Luther Bread

Luther Bread
A sweet baked treasure made with wheat flour, nuts, almonds, candied citrus fruits, raisins, milk, honey, apricot jam and chocolate shavings. Reportedly created by Katharina von Bora, the wife of Martin Luther. In Saxony, this sweet specialty bread is baked one a year in honor of Reformation Day.
Course Bread
Cook Time 50 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes
Servings 8


Dry Ingredients

  • 8 cups wheat flour
  • 1 cup sugar granulated
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 2 packs dry yeast
  • 1-1/3 cups golden sultana raisins
  • 1-1/3 cups candied oranges or candied lemons

Liquid Ingredients

  • 13-1/2 fl. oz. milk 2%
  • 14 tbsp butter (2 sticks)
  • 5 tbsp honey
  • 4 drops lemon juice concentrated
  • 1 egg medium size


  • 3 tbsp apricot preserve
  • 2 cups chocolate shavings


  • Mix all dry ingredients well in a large bowl
  • Warm milk in a small pot on the stove (don't bring to a boil) Add all liquid ingredients to the warm milk
  • Add liquid ingredients to the dry ingredients. Add the egg at the end. Stir and knead all ingredients well until the dough separates from the edges of the bowl.
  • Cover dough with a towel and let rise for 30 min at a warm place. If you do not find a warm place. heat oven to 150 F, let dough rise inside.
  • Grease 10-inch baking pan and dust with flour. Knead dough one more time for 5 minutes and add to the baking pan. Let rise again for 30 minutes.Pre-heat oven to 380 F.
  • Bake the Lutherbread for 50-60 minutes. Test the bread by "knocking" on the top. If it sounds "hollow" the bread is done. While still warm, glaze the bread with apricot preserve and sprinkle with the chocolate shavings
Adopted from the German "Kidsweb Spezial"

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