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“Just a fun idea for the holidays. What is nice about this recipe is you can use anything in the bread. I like some of the candied green and red cherries, cranberries and even hazelnuts, walnuts or pecans. Those are just some of the combinations I like for this. Now you can use your favorite bread recipe, but I actually use a canned bread like Pillsbury. Now I am not a baker, so I won't give you a bread recipe, but rather my quick method. But these are so cute to make mini candy cane loafs, around 6-8" long and then you can serve it with with a little orange butter which just makes a nice touch. Top them off with a very thin drizzle like a candy cane stripe of a powdered sugar icing and wrap it up in a clear bag with red and green bow.”
READY IN:
50mins
SERVES:
8
YIELD:
2 Candy Canes
UNITS:
US

Ingredients Nutrition

  • 1 (11 ounce) can Pillsbury refrigerated crusty french loaf
  • 1 cup chopped nuts, toasted (hazelnuts, walnuts, pecans)
  • 1 cup dried fruit, diced
  • Glaze
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1 tablespoon orange blossom honey
  • 1 cup very fine chopped nuts
  • Icing
  • 1 cup confectioners' sugar
  • 1 teaspoon milk (you may need just a bit more, but go slow, you don't want runny icing)

Directions

  1. Bread -- Now, this is my method to make 2 candy canes.
  2. Method -- I like to cut the loaf in half - then I cut each half piece in half again but lengthwise.
  3. Now take 1 of the loaf halves you just cut in two lengthwise. This will make one of your candy canes.
  4. Fruit -- Lay them out flat and pull them to stretch them out a bit. I press them down a little, but not too much. Press the nuts and dried fruits on each of the pieces and make sure you press the fruit and nuts in good.
  5. Twist -- Put the two pieces together. Lay the second piece right on top of the first piece fruit side up. Pinch the ends together Then just twist the two together 4-5 twists.
  6. Bake -- Form the twisted bread like a candy cane and place on a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper. Heat up the oven according to the package directions to 350 degrees.
  7. Glaze -- Melt the butter and honey in the microwave for just a few seconds 5-10 second, just so the butter melts a bit and then brush on the bread and sprinkle with the very fine chopped nuts. Baking time I really find varies on the oven and pan used. I check mine after 15 minutes. It can take anywhere from 20-25 minutes on average. Just check to see when golden brown. Remove and let cool.
  8. Icing -- Mix powdered sugar and add a little milk at a time until you get a nice icing consistency. Your bread should be cooled by now, just do this on warm bread. Drizzle the icing on with a spoon at an angle. The twists in the bread will give you an idea where the icing should go. I just do thin drizzles. It should resemble a candy cane.
  9. Wrap up in a cellophane bag and tie with a red and green ribbon and a small candy cane. What a nice simple gift which costs maybe 2 dollars. One year I made 40 of them to give to friends at work. I could make 10 at a time in the oven so, in just a couple of hours, I had made 40 gifts. Just a nice thought for the holiday season.

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