12 Bakes of Christmas: A Festive Extravaganza of Yeast Bakes

Festive Extravaganza

It’s the most wonderful time of the year, and as the holiday season approaches, there’s nothing quite like the comforting aroma of freshly baked goods wafting through the air. This year, we’re celebrating the 12 Bakes of Christmas with a delightful twist – 12 scrumptious yeast bakes that are sure to fill your home with warmth and joy. Join us on this culinary journey as we explore these delectable treats

Bake 1: Cheese and Garlic Christmas Tree

Cheese Garlic Tree

“On the first day of Christmas my true love gave to me a Cheese and Garlic Christmas Tree”. Kicking off our 12 baking adventures is the Cheese and Garlic Christmas Tree, a savoury delight shaped like a festive evergreen. Loaded with cheesy goodness and aromatic garlic, this “pull-apart” bread is the perfect appetiser to start your Christmas celebrations.

Bake 2: Fruit Cake

Fruit Cake

A classic favourite, the Fruit Cake takes centre stage as our second bake. Rich with dried fruits and nuts, this dense and flavourful cake is a Christmas tradition that’s been passed down through generations. This is a cake with depth and that really makes its presence known on the festive dessert table.

Bake 3: Christmas Steamed Pudding

Christmas pudding

We delve into the world of traditional Christmas desserts with the Christmas Steamed Pudding. Served with a dollop of ice-cream or warm custard, this moist, dark pudding is a delightful way to wrap up any festive meal.

Bake 4: Cheese and Garlic Party Wheel

Cheese & Garlic Party Wheel

Our fourth bake features another cheesy delight, our Cheese & Garlic Party Wheel recipe produces a basic bread roll infused with garlic and topped with cheese, then fashioned into a circular beauty waiting for pieces of warm fluffiness to be torn off. Place a bowl of chilli in the centre for added presentation and a deliciously spicy dip to soak into the light and fluffy baked bread.

Bake 5: Chocolate Almond Twist

Chocolate Almond Twist

For chocolate lovers, bake number five brings the Chocolate Almond Twist. This delectable pastry is a delightful combination of sweet, nutty, and chocolatey goodness – a treat for your taste buds.

Bake 6: Savarin


Our sixth bake calls for elegance, and that’s exactly what you get with a Savarin. This ring-shaped yeast cake is soaked in a syrupy sauce and adorned with whipped cream and fruits for a pop of colour, making it a showstopper on your Christmas table.

Bake 7: Gingerbread Men

Gingerbread Men

For our seventh bake we feature a festive favourite, Gingerbread Men. These adorable little cookies, shaped like festive figures, are a favourite for both children and adults. This Gingerbread Men recipe shows that a good ginger bake mix must contain the right amount of nutmeg, cinnamon and ginger for that distinct spicey taste. Decorating them can be a fun family activity, they can also be packed and used as stocking fillers or a personal gift to someone special.

Bake 8: Festive Savoury Wreath

Festive Savoury Wreath

Number eight introduces the Festive Savoury Wreath, a decorative and appetising centrepiece for your holiday spread. A traditional basil pesto made with macadamia nuts for its buttery flavour and creamy texture, paired with the equally nutty pecorino cheese, and a few glugs of richly flavoured lemon or lime olive oil. The added sundried tomatoes give it a hint of sweet-tart. Holiday happiness all rolled into one.

Bake 9: Panettone


Panettone, a beloved Italian Christmas tradition, is a sweet, fluffy bread enriched with candied fruits, raisins, and a hint of citrus zest. This holiday delicacy boasts a distinctive dome shape and a tender crumb, making it a delightful treat to share with loved ones. Served in thin slices, Panettone pairs perfectly with a hot cup of coffee or a glass of sparkling wine. Its rich history and exquisite taste make it a cherished centrepiece at festive gatherings, adding a touch of Christmas warmth to the holiday season.

Bake 10: Festive Wreath

Festive Wreath

As we reach bake number ten, it’s time for a Festive Wreath, this beautiful and sweet bread is utterly pleasing to look at (you may be tempted to hang the wreath on your door) but not for long, when you eventually tuck into the flaky sweetness of the dough and fruits intermingling. The raisins, currants, sultanas, and cherries give our Festive Wreath recipe its subtle and naturally sweet flavouring, and the ground cinnamon adds the “Ho, Ho, Ho” for festive cheer.

Bake 11: Stollen


Number eleven highlights the classic Stollen, a classic German bake with marzipan and a dusting of powdered sugar on top and you can just hear the faint sound of those sleigh bells ringing in the distance. It’s a delightful treat with a cup of tea or coffee.

Bake 12: Mixed Fruit Pudding

Mixed Fruit Pudding

We wrap up our Christmas baking journey with a Mixed Fruit Pudding. This steamed dessert, packed with a variety of fruits, brings a burst of flavours to your Christmas feast. The warm milk coaxes the yeast to activate more swiftly, and the mixed fruit adds a lovely fruity flavour adding to a beautifully decorative finished look. The syrup, poured over with a heavy hand, seeps into the airy cake dough saturating it with sticky sweet goodness, making it the perfect conclusion to our 12 Bakes of Christmas.

This holiday season, why not try your hand at baking some or all, of these delicious yeast bakes? Your kitchen will be filled with the warm scents of Christmas, and your family and friends will appreciate the love and effort you put into creating these delectable treats. Merry Christmas and happy baking!

El Fresco Delights: Yeast Bakes for an Outdoor Feast!

Outdoor Feast

South Africa is a land of diverse landscapes, rich culture, and vibrant cuisine. With its stunning natural beauty and pleasant climate, there is something undeniably special about dining outdoors, and when it comes to elevating your El Fresco experience, nothing quite compares to the aroma and taste of freshly baked goods. In this blog, we’re going to explore a delectable array of yeast bakes that are sure to add a touch of warmth and comfort to your outdoor dining experience. Whether you’re picnicking in the park, enjoying a garden party, or simply dining on your patio, these recipes will elevate your El Fresco feast to a whole new level. So, gather your friends and family and embrace the great outdoors.

Chakalaka Bread

Chakalaka Bread

Chakalaka is a classic South African favourite. The vibrant colours and mix of flavours with a hint of spice and chilli is an apt representation of our country and people. With a history, like many culinary delights, chakalaka brings together some of the most basic ingredients for a great taste experience. A favourite at the weekend braai, this Chakalaka Bread recipe is what we do best – combining the best of both worlds and a sprinkle of cheese to balance the heat of the spice.



Elevate Your El Fresco Brunch! Bagels, the perfect outdoor dining companion. Enjoy the crisp morning air as you savour these chewy, golden delights. Creamy spreads, smoked salmon, or avocado, the choice is yours. Create your Bagel recipe masterpiece in the great outdoors!



Scones, delightful and fluffy, are a true testament to the art of simplicity in the world of pastries. These tender, flaky treats, often enriched with butter and cream, have a timeless appeal. Whether enjoyed fresh from the oven with a dollop of whipped cream and jam, or as a side to your afternoon tea, this scone recipe embodies comfort and charm in every bite. The magic lies in their delicate balance of sweetness and richness, making them a classic for outdoor tea parties, brunches, and any moment when a touch of indulgence is needed.

Savoury Muffins

Savoury Muffins

Savoury Muffins, are a versatile and flavourful addition to any El Fresco spread. These moist, crumbly delights come in a variety of savoury flavours, often featuring ingredients like cheese, herbs, and diced vegetables. Perfectly portable and easy to enjoy outdoors, this Savoury Muffin recipe is an ideal companion for picnics, hikes, or simply lounging in the great outdoors.

Pull-Apart Bread

Pull Apart Bread 1

Pull-Apart Bread, a delightful treat known for its soft, doughy texture and irresistible savoury or sweet fillings, is a popular culinary creation. This delectable bread is typically made by slicing the dough into individual portions, which are then assembled with various ingredients like cheese, herbs, garlic, or cinnamon and sugar. Once baked, the layers become crispy on the outside while remaining soft on the inside. This Pull-Apart Bread recipe is a crowd-pleaser at gatherings, offering a fun and interactive way to enjoy a shared meal. Whether served as an appetizer, side dish, or dessert, it never fails to bring a comforting and flavourful experience to the table.

Indulge in October’s Sweet Delights: Celebrating National Cookie Month

National Cookie MonthOctober is National Cookie Month, and what better way to celebrate than by indulging in a delightful array of cookies? Whether you’re a fan of classic sugar cookies, crave the comforting taste of buttermilk cookies, or prefer the spicy charm of gingerbread men cookies, there’s something for every palate this cookie season. So, put on your apron and let’s dive into the world of cookies!

Mama’s Biscuits


Sugar cookies are the canvas of the cookie world. Their simplicity makes them a versatile choice for any occasion. To make our delicious Mamma’s Biscuit recipe, you’ll need margarine / butter, sugar, eggs, flour, and Anchor Instant Yeast. The magic lies in the decorating. Form the dough into small balls, place onto a greased baking try and press flat with a fork. Then unleash your inner artist and decorate with cherries, silver balls, sprinkles, or vermicelli. These cookies are a fantastic option for those who enjoy the process of decorating just as much as they love eating cookies.

Buttermilk Cookies

Buttermilk Cookies

Buttermilk cookies are a hidden gem in the world of cookies. They have a unique tanginess and tenderness that sets them apart. To make these, combine buttermilk with classic cookie ingredients like margarine / butter, sugar, and flour. The result? A slightly tangy, buttery cookie that’s incredibly soft and moist.
These cookies are excellent for those who appreciate a more subtle, more complex flavour profile. You can customise them with add-ins like chocolate chips, dried fruit, or nuts to suit your taste. But one bite of a perfectly baked buttermilk cookie, and you’ll be hooked.

Gingerbread Men Cookies

Gingerbread Men

These spiced treats are not only delicious but also quintessentially festive. The key ingredients include honey / syrup, ground ginger, cinnamon, nutmeg, and of course, love.

Gingerbread Men are perfect for holiday gatherings and make for fantastic edible decorations. Roll out the dough, cut out your gingerbread men, and decorate them with icing and candy. You can make them as simple or as intricate as you like – from charming bow ties to adorable faces.

Incorporate these gingerbread men into your holiday traditions, like hanging them on the Christmas tree or placing them as edible placeholders at your dinner table.

National Cookie Month is a perfect excuse to experiment with these three classic cookies. Whether you’re hosting a cookie decorating party, sharing a batch with friends and family, or simply enjoying them with a cup of tea, sugar cookies, buttermilk cookies, and gingerbread men cookies all bring a touch of sweetness to your October celebrations. So, whip up a batch (or three) and savour the joys of cookie season!

Celebrate South Africa’s Rich Heritage with Irresistible Bakes on National Heritage Day

Heritage Day Banner

As the warm sun bathes the landscape in a golden glow and the air carries a sense of unity, National Heritage Day approaches in South Africa. On this special day, we not only honour the diverse cultural tapestry that defines our nation but also the delicious bakes that have become an integral part of our heritage. Join us as we embark on a culinary journey through some of South Africa’s most cherished baked delights, perfect for celebrating this occasion in true flavourful style.

Malva Pudding: A Sweet Embrace of Tradition

Malva Pudding

No celebration of South African heritage would be complete without the iconic Malva Pudding. This warm and comforting dessert envelops you in a cloud of nostalgia, harking back to family gatherings and cherished moments. With its rich, caramelised texture and a hint of apricot jam, Malva Pudding is a true testament to the fusion of flavours that make South African cuisine so extraordinary.

Stokbroodjies: A Culinary Journey Around the Fire


And now, let’s shine a spotlight on the beloved Stokbroodjies – a treat that embodies the essence of outdoor gatherings and the spirit of togetherness. This delightful bread is a staple at braais and camping trips, encapsulating the heart of South African culinary heritage.

Cheese and Corn Braai Bread: A Fusion of Flavour and Tradition

Cheese Corn Braai Bread
Cheese and Corn Braai Bread is a testament to our love for both the braai and the art of baking. It harmoniously brings together the rich creaminess of cheese, the sweetness of corn, and the rustic allure of freshly baked bread. It’s a dish that not only tantalises the taste buds but also creates a sense of unity among friends and family.

Koeksisters: A Taste of Sweet Harmony

Coconut Koeksisters

Koeksisters celebrate South Africa’s melting pot of cultures. Originating from the Cape Malay community, these twisted pastries are soaked in sweet syrup, resulting in a delicious combination of textures and flavours. Their intricate braided design represents the blending of traditions that has shaped our nation, making them a wonderful addition to any National Heritage Day spread.

Dombolo/Steamed Bread: A Fusion of Cultures in Every Bite

Steam Bread

Much like our Dumplings recipe, this Dombolo/Steam Bread recipe, as its name suggests, requires the prepared dough to be steamed over a boiling pot of water. Steaming, instead of baking, gives the bread a lovely moist texture and great taste. Add some traditional veggies in the way of spinach and butternut or pumpkin and you cannot deny your true Mzansi colours!

Celebrating Unity Through Baking

National Heritage Day isn’t just about celebrating our past; it’s about embracing the present and future while cherishing the moments that shape our identity. Through the art of baking, we unite the flavours, stories, and traditions that make South Africa a unique and vibrant nation. Why not gather your loved ones and indulge in these timeless bakes? Let the aroma, flavours, and textures remind us of the rich heritage we’re fortunate to call our own.

‘Celebrating Sandwich Month’ with the Timeless Delight of Rye Bread

Salmon Sandwich

A wonderfully versatile culinary invention, the good ol’ fashioned sandwich has become a cherished comfort food across the globe. And although they come in countless variations, one particular type of bread stands out for its unique flavour and history – Rye bread.

Join us as we delve into the rich heritage of Rye bread and explore how it perfectly complements the celebration of Sandwich Month.

The Timeless Legacy of Rye Bread

Believed to have originated in Eastern Europe, Rye bread has a history that spans centuries. Its distinct nutty flavour and dense texture have made it a favourite among bread enthusiasts worldwide. Traditional Rye bread is made using a combination of rye flour and wheat flour, creating a balanced taste that can vary from mildly sweet to mildly sour, depending on the recipe and fermentation process.

Wholesome and Nutritious

One of the reasons Rye bread has remained so popular throughout the years is its impressive nutritional profile. Compared to its white bread counterpart, Rye bread contains a higher amount of fibre, which supports digestive health and helps regulate blood sugar levels. Additionally, Rye bread is a great source of vitamins and minerals, such as manganese, magnesium, and phosphorus, promoting overall well-being.

We think Sandwich Month is an excellent opportunity to get creative with sandwiches, and Rye bread provides the perfect canvas for culinary exploration. Here are some delicious Rye-based recipes to inspire your taste buds:

German Rye Bread

German Rye Bread

This hearty bread is made mostly from rye flour, often combined with wheat flour for a balanced taste. The traditional slow fermentation process allows the flavours to deepen, resulting in a wholesome and fulfilling loaf. Enjoy our German Bread recipe fresh out the oven with butter or spreads, as an accompaniment to cold cuts and cheeses, or as the foundation for your favourite sandwich toppings.

Black Bread

Black Bread

Originating in Germany and widely popular in Eastern Europe, Black Bread is cherished for its earthy, slightly sweet taste. It pairs perfectly with savoury spreads, cheeses, and cured meats, making it a flavourful addition to any platter or simply on its own.

For the Love of Sandwiches

Whether it’s served as a side with soups, transformed into croutons for salads, or enjoyed as a simple toast with butter, Rye bread never fails to delight and add a distinct touch to every meal.

So, grab your favourite ingredients, spread the love for sandwiches, and savour the unmatched taste of Rye bread during Sandwich Month and beyond.

Soul-Warming Winter Comforts 

Soul Warming Winter Comfrots


As the chilly winds and frosty temperatures make their presence known, there’s no better way to cosy up than with the aroma of freshly baked goodies wafting through your home. 

We’re sharing a collection of our favourite winter recipes that are guaranteed to warm you up from the inside out – from hearty black bread and soft-as-a-cloud crumpets to spicy mandazi and wholesome brown rolls.  

Grab your apron, preheat the oven, and let’s dive into the world of irresistible winter bakes that will satisfy your cravings and bring plenty of warmth to your soul. 

Black Bread

Sliced black bread

If you’re after a bread that is hearty, dense, and exquisitely dark, this Black Bread Recipe is a must-try. The blend of cocoa, coffee, and molasses gives it a beautiful colour and equally decadent taste with hints of sweetness. But that’s not all – the addition of aromatic caraway seeds lends a unique spice-like aftertaste that will leave you wanting more. We’re certain that the rich colours and intense flavours will win you over and become a new beloved favourite in your household.

Brown Bread Rolls 

Brown Bread Rolls

If there was an award for the most versatile winter staple, this Brown Bread Rolls Recipe would hands-down be the winner. A soft, warm, comforting delight that pairs perfectly with just about any meal or stands wonderfully on its own. Our personal favourite: Hollow them out, and you have the perfect vessel for a creamy soup. Best of all, they’re remarkably easy to make. 


Crumpets with Honey & strawberries

Pure homemade goodness that melts in your mouth, these golden-brown Crumpets are little pieces of fluffy heaven that are just waiting to be slathered with butter, syrup or your favourite toppings. They may be small but they’re packed with pure happiness and will turn any breakfast, snack or after-dinner treat into a special occasion. 

Pull Apart Bread 

Pull apart cheese bread

This Pull Apart Bread is not your average loaf – it’s a complete sensory experience that combines flavour, texture, and pure satisfaction. An absolute delicacy and crowd-pleaser (or simply enjoy it all to yourself). Sensational when served with dips, soups, stews, spreads, cheese platters, and just about anything else you can think of. 


golden-fried Mandazi bites

Bring a touch of East African magic into your home and kitchen with this Mandazi Recipe – a feast for the senses. Also known as puff-puff or bofrot, these light, fluffy, golden-fried bites of deliciousness are perfect for sharing and dipping and will have you coming back for more. Enjoy them warm or cold with your favourite filling.  

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Bread Baking Faults and Reasons

Bread Baking Faults

It’s important to know about some of the problems you might run into if you want to become a great bread maker. Baking bread can be a bit tricky, but these tips will help you avoid common pitfalls and reach delicious results.

Although you should expect to encounter some trial and error as you improve your bread baking skills, your journey does not have to end with unpalatable results. To avoid errors in your baking adventures, we’ll address some common bread making problems, and offer potential solutions.

Too much Volume:

Too Much Volume

  • Overproofed
  • Pan too small for quantity of dough
  • Oven temperature too low

Holes Under Top Crust:

Holes Under Crust Loaf

  • Overproofed
  • Oven too hot

Badly Shaped Bread:

Badly Shaped Bread

  • Bad Moulding
  • Pan too small for quantity of dough
  • Pans too close together in oven, if using multiple pans
  • Uneven temperature

Lack of Volume:

Collapsed Loaf

  • Flour with poor gluten content
  • Too much sugar or butter
  • Underproofed
  • Dough too dry – not enough liquid

Easter Bakes

Easter Bakes

There’s no better excuse to indulge than at Easter time. Throw out the diet or healthy eating regime to make room for filling yourself with some love and self-care. And by love and self-care, we mean everything you touch dripping in luxuriously smooth textured chocolate or warm and buttery pastries made for the sweeter tooth. The months have felt like years, we all deserve some sweet treats. Add extra effort and put your baking prowess on show for family and loved ones with our yummy Easter bakes requiring a healthy dose of chocolate, including the traditional favourite Hot Cross Buns with a chocolate version, an Easter Ring, Choc Chip Cupcakes, Easter Chocolate Brownies and Chocolate Doughnuts. Enough chocolate?

Easter Bunnies

Hot Cross Bunnies

Kids love a bunny and we’re willing to bet that this has a lot to do with Easter and chocolate eggs delivered by a very generous and sweet-toothed floppy eared, cotton-tailed rabbit. Our Hot Cross Bunnies recipe is a kid-friendly take on the traditional hot cross bun – heaps of fun to put together and the white chocolate glazing is a big ‘nom nom’ factor.

Chocolate Easter Cake

Easter Chocolate Cake

Very much like its close cousin, the chocolate brownie, the chocolate cake needs no introduction and does little, if anything, to win at the popularity stakes. Now if only we could convince the culinary world of its need to become a staple form of nutrition! The combination of baking soda and Anchor Yeast in this Chocolate Cake recipe gives it a dramatic rise to stand proud. Choco-delicious and a showstopper. Decorate as you desire – go on…go to town on it!

Hot Cross Buns

Hot X Buns

Like most loved foods or bakes, cultures across the world have replicated or made tasty alterations to put their own special mark on them. The same goes for the Hot Cross Bun, which in South Africa is traditionally eaten during the Christian commemoration of Good Friday marking the end of Lent. However, this naturally sweet and mildly spicy yeast bun is sought-after all year round. Get ready to fend off the hoards when these glistening beauties make their way out of the oven.

Chocolate Hot Cross Buns

Choc Hot X Buns

No holiday celebration is complete without something chocolaty making an appearance in whatever form. The Chocolate Hot Cross Buns recipe is a joyful take on the traditional, which itself is simply fabulous.  The chocolate chips give this Chocolate Hot Cross Bun recipe a deep brown colour and of course it’s decadent chocolate taste. Spread some butter over the warm bun out the oven for a melt-in-your mouth moment.

Easter Ring

Easter Ring

We’re betting the Easter Bunny himself will be very impressed with this decadent Easter Ring recipe. It has all the ingredients and make-up you would expect with a smidgen of spice, fruit for naturally sweet flavour, while glistening red and green cherries give it that festive pop of colour. Pour lovely opaque and shiny prepared sugar water glaze and sprinkle with multi-colour chocolate eggs to bring childlike and magical excitement to the occasion.

Easter Chocolate Cup Cakes

Easter Cupcakes

Cupcakes are one of the easiest ways to show-off your baking prowess. It is the perfect beginner’s project, and the decoration is the ‘icing on the cake’. The batter is easily whipped up and this Easter Choc Chip Cupcakes recipe has a neat trick up its sleeve for ‘blooming’ good cake – the Anchor Instant Yeast, helping your cupcakes rise and produce a fluffy texture. The Easter topping gives it a stylish look and is gratuitous indulgence. We say ‘Easter’, but don’t let us limit you, indulge all year round and decorate to suit the celebration.

Easter Chocolate Brownies

Choc Brownies

Brownies are a pure gooey chocolate indulgence quickly whipped up by anyone with a cocoa craving. And let us be honest, this Easter Chocolate Brownie recipe is just an excuse to turn the well-loved chocolate brownie, into an even more indulgent and decadent dessert with some more chocolatey Easter bling. The addition of Anchor Instant Yeast gives it a lovely rise, making it airy and fluffy. Remember that brownies are at their best slightly gooey so don’t be concerned that they may seem ‘undercooked’ in the end, you want that sticky, chewy chocolate centre. Serve warm or cold, whichever you prefer.

Chocolate Doughnuts

Easter Doughnuts

If it wasn’t for diamonds and puppies, surely the chocolate doughnut would be anyone’s best friend. With all the comforts of the traditional doughnut – light with a touch of sweet and soft golden outer crisp – dipped in melted chocolate and dressed up with tasty fruit morsels (plus extra chocolate bits), this Chocolate Doughnut recipe gives the basic some pizazz

Not all Dough is Created Equal

Not All Dough is Created Equal Blog

Explore the three main types of dough and learn how to properly store and freeze your dough so that you always have a batch on hand when you’re in the mood to whip up something delicious at home.

Basic Dough

Basic Dough:  

Basic Bread Dough contains flour, salt, a small quantity of sugar, shortening and yeast. This mixture is mixed to a soft dough with lukewarm water. The dough must be kneaded until the surface is smooth and the dough is elastic. A basic dough will take only 20 – 30 minutes to rise. The texture of the final baked product should be fine and even, without large holes.

Sweet Dough: 

A sweet dough has a larger quantity of sugar and often the mixture contains milk, eggs, increased shortening, dried fruit and spices. A small quantity of sugar activates the yeast, but the richer and sweeter the dough, the slower the rising. The dough must be kneaded until the surface is shiny and the dough becomes elastic. The texture of the final baked product should be finer than that of the basic dough.

Sweet Dough
Batter Dough

Batter Dough

This mixture contains a large quantity of liquid in the form of water, milk, or eggs. The batter mixture is a thin, dripping consistency and is not as firm as a dough mixture. Batters with yeast, must be mixed until the batter comes together, and no batter threads are visible. The product will then hold its shape when baked. After mixing, the batter is usually placed directly into the pan for the rising process. As batters are soft and runny, these mixtures rise very quickly. The texture of the final baked product is different from that of kneaded dough as it is more open and a little coarser.

Storing Yeast Dough

If it is not convenient to bake bread dough immediately, you can store it in an oiled bowl covered with clear film (cling wrap), or seal it in a plastic bag. Dough can be stored in the refrigerator for up to 2 days if it contains butter, milk or eggs and up to 4 days if no perishable ingredients are included. Keep an eye on the dough and knock it back (punch it down) occasionally. When you are ready to use the dough, bring it back to room temperature, then shape, prove and bake it in the normal way.

You can make dough in your bread machine, shape it, place onto a baking tray or into a bread pan. Keep it in the refrigerator over-night, ready for baking conventionally the next morning. Cover with a lightly greased plastic as usual.

Freezing Yeast Dough

Bread dough can be frozen in a plastic bag for up to one month. When you are ready to use it, thaw the dough over-night in the refrigerator or at room temperature for 2 – 3 hours. Once the dough has thawed, place it in a warm place to rise, but bear in mind that it will take longer to rise than freshly made dough.

Storing Baked Products

Cool the bread, then wrap it in foil or place it in a plastic bag and seal it to preserve the freshness. If your bread has a crisp crust, this will soften with storage, so until it is sliced it is best left uncovered. After cutting, put the loaf in a large plastic bag, but try to use it quickly as bread starts to dry out as soon as it is cut. Bread containing eggs tends to dry out even more quickly, while those made with honey or added fats, stay moist for longer.

Freezing Baked Products

Ideally fresh baked bread should be consumed within 2 – 3 days. Avoid storing bread in the refrigerator as this causes it to go stale more quickly. Freeze baked breads if you need to keep them for longer. Place the loaf or rolls in a freezer bag, seal and freeze for up to three months. If you intend to use the bread for toast or sandwiches, it is easier to slice it before freezing, so you can remove only the number of slices you need. Thaw the bread at room temperature, still in its freezer bag. With some loaves, however, freezing may not be a sensible option. For example, very crusty bread, such as French Bread, tends to come apart after it has been frozen and thawed.

Hint: To serve bread warm, wrap the bread in foil and place in a preheated oven at 180 ˚C / 350 ˚F for 10 – 15 minutes, to heat through. This is also a method that can be used to freshen bread.

Make Your Own Christmas Magic

Mon and Kid Baking Christmas

We’ve loaded our Festive Bakes with deliciousness for a sweet mix of smiles and memories. There is no better way to bring cheer to your loved ones, in the holiday season, than to make a few scrumptious baked goods.

Fruit Cake


A traditional festive bake, the Fruit Cake is a simple cake batter filled with tasty spices and raisins for that oh so fruity taste. Nuts can be added for extra flavour (take care with the type of nuts you use as they will produce very specific flavours). Our Fruit Cake recipe is laced with a little brandy for a perfect soft and moist consistency.

Gingerbread Men


If there is one cookie that never fails to make us smile, it’s our Gingerbread Men recipe. This classic children’s fairy tale conjures up warm memories of gingerbread biscuits with spicy ginger and sweet icing. Make your own version at home with this easy-to-follow recipe and gather the kids around for some baking fun!

Festive Wreath


It wouldn’t be Christmas without this delectable wreath that makes for a beautiful table centre piece. This lovely Festive Wreath is filled with fruit pieces, raisins and sultanas which release a subtle and naturally sweet flavouring. It is then rounded off with a pinch of ground cinnamon, giving it the perfect festive touch.



Panettone is a traditional sweet Italian bread that is enjoyed for Christmas and New Year. This slightly lighter and more airy texture will make you fall in love with it! Enjoy our Panettone recipe at brunches, during coffee or tea times, or even as a sweet side dish with your desserts.



This traditional German bake, known as Christstollen and typically enjoyed during Christmas time, is a fruity bread with a sweet and almond nutty flavour. Stollen is filled with marzipan for an authentic stollen taste and is topped with a fine coating of icing sugar, giving it that classic finishing touch.

Festive Savoury Wreath


Whether it’s served as a breakfast treat or used for a special festive family occasion, this Savoury Wreath offers a delicious combination of flavours. The macadamia nuts give the pesto a rich, buttery taste and creamy texture, while the lemon zest adds extra tanginess. The addition of pecorino cheese and sundried tomatoes provides extra depth to thishttps://ilove2bake.co.za/festive-wreath/ yummy recipe.

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