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Sweet Christmas Bread

With a hint of orange, sweet Christmas bread is a sort of brioche made with olive oil. Part of the 13 desserts of Provence, it is called ''Pompe à l'huile".
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time25 mins
3 hrs
Total Time3 hrs 40 mins
Course: Breakfast, Dessert
Cuisine: French
Keyword: brioche, christmas, french, olive oil, orange, sweet bread
Servings: 2 breads
Calories: 1632kcal
Author: Mélanie


1st step

  • 1 and ¾ cup flour 2oog
  • cup sugar 65g
  • 1 packet of yeast 8g
  • 1 cup warm water

2nd step

  • 150 ml olive oil
  • 2 tablespoon zest of orange
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 and ¾ cup flour 200g (2nd round needed)
  • 2 tablespoon orange juice freshly squeezed

Egg Wash

  • 1 egg yolk
  • 1 teaspoon water


1st step

  • In a bowl, mix the flour, sugar, yeast.
  • Add the water.
  • Mix well and let it rest an hour (or more) in a warm place.

2nd step

  • Your first step has double size.
  • Add the olive oil, the orange zest, the salt, the orange juice, the flour. Mix well and knead.
    If you are using a stand mixer, knead with the hook for 3-4 minutes. If you are kneading with your hands 7 to 10 minutes.
  • Rest for 2 to 3 hours in a warm room.
  • Pre-heat the oven at 425F.
  • Your dough will have doubled size.
  • Separate the dough in 2 balls.
  • Roll each down in an oval shape and make some cute in the bread. With a brush, spread thinly some of the egg wash (mix the egg yolk and water) on each bread.
  • Bake the breads 20 to 25 minutes (depending of your oven) or until your bread looks golden (see picture)




Calories: 1632kcal | Carbohydrates: 204g | Protein: 24g | Fat: 80g | Saturated Fat: 12g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 9g | Monounsaturated Fat: 56g | Cholesterol: 98mg | Sodium: 1174mg | Potassium: 297mg | Fiber: 7g | Sugar: 35g | Vitamin A: 189IU | Vitamin C: 17mg | Calcium: 58mg | Iron: 11mg