3 Classic Bread Maker Recipes to Warm Up the Holiday Season

Posted on December 28 in Articles | 0 comments

The Holiday Season is often an incredibly busy time of year, with many events and meals to attend.

Of course, holiday breads are an important aspect of many of these gatherings, but can require some intensive kitchen time.

The best bread machines for these recipes are those that are all-singing and all-dancing, from mixing to baking and cooling.

Check out the bread machine reviews for various models to see how others who bought them used and enjoyed them.

Here are three of my favorite holiday bread recipes that you can make in a bread maker, saving time and effort better spent with the ones you love.

Tipsy apricot fruit bread maker recipe

3 Classic Bread Maker Recipes to Warm Up the Holiday Season

Tipsy Apricot Fruit Cake

  • 1 c dried apricots
  • 2 c light rum
  • 3/4 cup butter
  • 1 c sugar
  • 5 eggs
  • 1 c raisins
  • 1 pound dried cherries
  • 1 pound candied mixed fruit
  • 2 c all purpose flour
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 1/2 c chopped pecans, (tossed in flour before mixing)


Soak the raisins, apricots, and cherries in the rum overnight, at room temperature in a tightly covered bowl.

Combine dry ingredients together first.

Beat the eggs separately.

Slowly add the fruit and rum, the butter, eggs, nuts, and candied fruit to the dry mixture.

Bake at 275 degrees for 2 hours.

Brush light corn syrup over the top of your finished cake as it cools completely on a wire rack.

The best bread machine for this type of holiday treat will be one that allows you to customize your mixing routine and frequently have the lid open while mixing.

If you are a fruit bread lover, Panasonic YD-SD250 is considered one of the best bread maker investment. It comes with such advanced features as automatic fruit and nut dispenser.

Be sure to read the bread maker reviews by customers who have similar needs to yours, so you know which models work best and which may present problems for your holiday baking schedule.

Recipe adapted from allrecipes
Gingered Pumpkin Loaf bread machine recipe

Gingered Pumpkin Loaf

  • 4 large eggs
  • 1/2 c water
  • 1/4 c dark molasses
  • 2 c sugar
  • 3/4 c canola oil
  • 1 15 oz can plain pumpkin puree
  • 1/2 c chopped crystallized ginger
  • 2 tsp ground ginger
  • 1 tsp allspice
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp ground cloves
  • 3 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp salt


Place all wet ingredients in your machine and mix well.

In a separate bowl, mix dry ingredients and crystallized ginger, then add to your wet mixture and blend well.

Bake at 350 degrees for one hour in a pre-coated baking form or two greased loaf pans.

Cool completely before enjoying.

The best bread maker for this scrumptious holiday recipe and many other quick bread needs will incorporate mixing functions with baking functions.

As well, it will offer multiple spaces for loaf pans or tube pans, and allow you to make recipes that create more than a single loaf.

Be sure to go through both positive and negative bread maker reviews so that you know how well particular models suited customers with similar baking preferences.

Recipe adapted from allrecipes
Eggnog Loaf Bread machine recipe

Celebratory Eggnog Loaf

  • 2 eggs
  • 1 c eggnog
  • 1/2 c dark rum
  • 2 1/2 c all purpose flour
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 stick of butter, melted
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/2 tsp nutmeg
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp ginger


Combine dry ingredients in a separate bowl.

In your bread machine, mix all wet ingredients together well.

Then, add the dry ingredients in thirds to the wet-mixing only enough to incorporate the flour.

If your bread maker has a single form, bake at 350 degrees for 60 minutes.

If you have the ability to use smaller baking pans, only bake for 35 minutes.

Allow your bread to cool fully, then remove it from the pan and wrap it tightly in plastic for storage in the refrigerator.

For this, as with many holiday breads, the best bread machine will have a coated baking form or forms that handle batters and wet doughs with ease.

Read through the bread machine reviews posted by customers who purchased various models, to get a good idea of the pros and cons of each model you’re considering.

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