I developed this recipe for clementine and cranberry wreath bread a year ago.
It happened by accident.
I had planned chelsea buns but they didn’t quite happen! The filling was too hot and soft and the buns were clearly not going to hold their shape…so this came about instead.
The bread is beautifully soft, the filling, tart and tongue tingling.
If you don’t have time (or the inclination) to make my filling, fill this bread with shop-bought mincemeat or with one of my rather special mincemeat recipes. You’ll find the clementine and cointreau one here or my pear and amaretto one here.
Alternatively you could fill it with something like chocolate spread or chocolate chips.
I created my own filling to try and keep the sugar content as low as possible. It is also low FODMAP for those of you who are following that diet for your Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS).
A couple of years ago I was following that diet and know first hand how tricky no dried fruit is hard around Christmas!
I’m pretty sure you could shape this in the evening let it rise then place it in the fridge over night before bringing it up to room temperature and baking it in the morning for Christmas breakfast. It may take a couple of hours to get to room temperature before baking but given how early the kids wake up on Christmas morning that shouldn’t be a problem!
Oh and if you don’t eat it all in one day, slice it and freeze it and give it a little zap in the microwave to bring it back to full glory!
Anyway, once again I’m working with some fabulous bloggers to make your freefrom Christmas easier. Check out the #FreeFromChristmas hashtag across social media to find other incredible recipes. Alternatively visit their blogs to find full recipes:
- Kate – Gluten Free Alchemist
- Jo – Modern Food Stories
- Emma – Free From Farmhouse Tear and Share Christmas Tree
- Laura – Dairy Free Kids
- Midge – Peachicks Bakery – vegan black forest Christmas cake
- Mandy – Sneaky Veg
- Mel – Le Coin de Mel
- Nathalie – Intolerant Gourmand, Intolerant Gourmand – Christmas biscuits
- Eva – The Healthy Tart, The Healthy Tart – vegan mincepies
- Eb – Easy Peasy Foodie
- Sarah – GF Blogger
- Rebecca – Glutarama
Clementine & Cranberry Wreath Bread
- FOR THE FILLING:
- 300 g clementines
- 100 g frozen or fresh cranberries
- 50 g dried cranberries
- 50 g sugar or sugar alternative
- 30 g butter coconut oil or margarine
- 1 tsp ground cinnamon
- 1 tsp ground ginger
- FOR THE BREAD:
- 400 g gluten-free Free From Fairy plain flour
- 100 g potato starch
- 3 tsp psyllium husk
- 40 g sugar or sugar alternative
- 1/2 tsp sea or rock salt
- 1 tsp baking powder
- 2 tsp dried active yeast
- 230 ml milk or dairy-free milk
- 50 g coconut oil melted
- 1 medium free range egg
- 1 tsp balsamic vinegar
- FOR THE DRIZZLE TOPPING
- 50 g icing sugar
- 2 tsp orange or clementine juice or water
FOR THE FILLING:
Peel the clementines and chop the segments into small pieces
Place the prepared clementine pieces into a small saucepan and add all the other ingredients
Cook on a low heat for around 10 minutes with the lid on, then 10 more minutes with the lid off until the fruit is softened and sauce is thickened
Taste for sweetness (you may want to add more if you eat a lot of sugar)
Leave to cool completely before using it in the bread
FOR THE BREAD:
Place the milk into a microwavable jug and heat for 30 seconds on high power. Add the yeast to the milk and whisk well to combine then set aside for 10 minutes
Place all the dry ingredients into a bowl (or the bowl of a stand mixer) and mix together well
Add the egg, melted butter or margarine and balsamic vinegar into the dry mixture
Once the milk mixture looks frothy and smells yeasty add it to the dry mixture and beat well until a dough forms
Place a large piece of cling film onto a clean work surface and place the dough on top
With clean hands work the dough out into a rectangle measuring around 45cm x 20cm - the dough should be around 5mm in thickness
Spread the filling onto the rectangle - leaving about 8cm along the long edge furthest from you free from filling
With the help of the cling film start carefully rolling the rectangle from the fully filled long edge, ending at the unfilled edge
Using the cling film, gently roll the roll (!) onto a large flat baking tray (removing the cling film as you go) and shape into a wreath shape, joining the ends together as best as you can
With wet hands gently smooth over the dough, removing any cracks. The smoother it is now the better it will look when baked
Cover with cling film and allow to rise for 45 minutes to 1 hour
Bake in a pre-heated oven at 180 degrees, 160 degree fan for around 30 minutes or until golden
Leave to cool slightly before drizzling with the icing
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