How to make a Christmas Reindeer Loaf

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I had so much fun making this delicious Reindeer Loaf! Sweet, Buttery and adorable! An impressive festive bake that even a beginner baker can master. Follow my fuss free recipe for your very own, Red Nose Rudolph.

Would you look at that face! I could eat it up! Which I will, the moment I finish this post! I’m thinking…Butter, Cheese, Olives, maybe some festive chutney-I’m making myself Hungry! I had Zero plans to bake a Reindeer today! But my husband sent me a picture of a Christmas tree, which made me feel festive, so of course, I Just had to bake a Reindeer…A completely logical, natural thought process in my world! I kind of winged it in regards to the Reindeer head, I think it worked out pretty well! Here’s how I did it….

Why you’ll love this Christmas Reindeer Loaf

  • Its Fun- I had the best time, listening to Christmas Music and Creating Rudolph!
  • Its Delicious-Sweet and Buttery!
  • Easier than it looks-Just follow the basic steps for a Successful bake
  • Impressive- It would make a wonderful table Centrepiece
  • Great for Kids- A fun Christmas bake to get the kids involved

How to Make A Christmas Reindeer Loaf

The Reindeer could be as fabulous and wonderful as Christmas morning! But if it doesn’t taste good-what’s the point. So the priority is first and foremost, flavour. I wanted a sweet Bread, something that would go well with savoury/sweet chutneys and cheeses…I think I nailed it! Its Buttery and delicately sweet, a perfect festive loaf!

Ingredients

  • Strong White Bread Flour
  • Granulated Sugar
  • Quick action Yeast
  • Salt
  • Milk
  • Water
  • Butter
  • 2 Eggs beaten
  • 1 Egg for Egg wash

‘Paint’

  • Red food colouring
  • Midnight Blue Food Colouring
  • 2 Egg Yolks

The Basic Steps (Full Instructions at the end of the post)

  • In a large bowl, add Flour, Sugar, Yeast and Salt, stir together.
  • Add milk, water and Butter to a saucepan, heat just until the butter melts
  • Stir the milk/butter mixture into the flour bowl.
  • Add the beaten Egg, stir until it resembles sloppy cake batter
  • Stir in the remaining flour, until a dough forms
  • Turn out the dough onto a floured surface, knead until smooth and elastic
  • Place the dough in an oil bowl or proving bowl, allow to rise for 1 hr 30 minutes
  • Punch the dough to release any air
  • Preheat the oven
  • Cut 1/3 of the dough off and set aside (This is for the nose, eyes and muzzle)
  • Shape the larger piece of dough into a tapered Oblong
  • Make cuts for the Antlers and ears (see picture below)
  • After Shaping the Antlers, ears and face. Get the dough you saved earlier. Cut it in half.
  • With one half of the dough, roll it out flat and cut a triangular shape for the Reindeer Muzzle (see picture)
  • Attach the muzzle to the reindeer face by brushing some water over the surface of the face.
  • Brush the Muzzle with flour.
  • With the second half of the dough, shape the eyes and nose
  • Attach all the facial elements to the reindeers face, with a dab of water to act as a glue.
  • Mix one egg yolk with the Red food colouring, and the other egg yolk with the blue food colouring
  • Gently Paint the Nose Red and the eyeballs blue. ** To give Rudolph a twinkle in his eye, place a grain of sea salt on each eyeball.
  • Brush with egg, everywhere, but the mussel, nose and eyes.
  • Cover loosely with tin foil and place in the oven for 10 minutes. Then bake uncovered for a further 10-15 minutes until golden and the base sounds hollow when drummed.
As you can see I decided to move the nose down. Put the nose in the middle if you want to give him a smile. Or skip the smile like I have and put the nose at the bottom.

What You’ll need to make A Christmas Reindeer Loaf

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Mixing Bowl

Bowl or Proving bowl

Wooden Spoon

Pastry Brush

Rolling Pin

Baking Tray

Baking Liners

Red Food Colouring

Midnight Blue Food Colouring

Knife or Dough Cutters

Digital Scales

Looking for more Festive Bakes?

Try these delicious, easy to follow Christmassy Recipes:

Berry and White Chocolate Flapjacks

Christmas Star Mince Pies

Toadstool Cookies

Did you make this recipe? If so, please leave a rating and comment below, I would love to know what you thought. Did you take a picture? Great! Tag me on Instagram, I love to share your creations on my stories.

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Red Food Colouring , Midnight Blue Food Colouring

Christmas Reindeer Loaf

Prep Time2 hrs
Cook Time20 mins
Course: Bread
Cuisine: English
Servings: 6

Ingredients

  • 480 g Strong White Bread Flour
  • 100 g Granulated Sugar
  • 2 x 7g Sachets of Quick action Yeast
  • 1 1/2 tsp Salt
  • 120 ml Milk
  • 60 ml Water
  • 60 g Butter
  • 2 Eggs beaten
  • 1 Egg for Egg wash

'Paint'

  • 2 Drops of Red food colouring
  • 2 Drops of Midnight Blue Food Colouring
  • 2 Egg Yolks

Instructions

  • In a large bowl, add 240 grams of Flour, Sugar, Yeast and Salt, stir together.
  • Add milk, water and Butter to a saucepan, heat just until the butter melts (don't let it boil)
  • Let the milk mixture stand for a couple of minutes and make sure it is warm to the touch (not hot). Stir into the flour bowl.
  • Add the beaten Egg, stir rigorously, until it resembles sloppy cake batter
  • Stir in the remaining flour, until a dough forms. ( If it feels too wet, sprinkle extra flour, until workable)
  • Turn out onto a floured surface, knead until smooth and elastic (around 5 minutes)
  • Place the dough in an oil bowl or proving bowl, allow to rise for 1 hr 30 minutes or until doubled in size
  • Punch the dough to release any air
  • Preheat the oven to 180 degrees
  • Cut 1/3 of the dough off and set aside (This is for the nose, eyes and muzzle)
  • Shape the larger piece of dough into a tapered Oblong
  • Make cuts for the Antlers and ears (see video below)
  • After Shaping the Antlers, ears and face(see video). Get the dough you saved earlier. Cut it in half.
  • With one half of the dough, roll it out flat and cut a triangular shape for the Reindeer Muzzle (see picture)
  • Attach the muzzle to the reindeer face by brushing some water over the surface of the face.
  • Brush the Muzzle with flour.
  • With the second half of the dough, shape a round ball for the Nose, and 4 smaller balls for the eyes- flatten 2 of the small balls with your thumb, and pinch the corners-they will be the eye sockets, the other 2 will be the eyeballs (see video)
  • Attach all the facial elements to the reindeers face, with a dab of water to act as a glue.
  • Mix one egg yolk with the Red food colouring, and the other egg yolk with the blue food colouring
  • Gently Paint the Nose Red and the eyeballs blue. ** To give Rudolph a twinkle in his eye, place a grain of sea salt on each eyeball.
  • Brush with egg, everywhere but the mussel, nose and eyes.
  • Cover loosely with tin foil and place in the oven for 10 minutes. After 10 minutes remove the foil and bake for a further 10-15 minutes until golden and the base sounds hollow when drummed.

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