A step-by-step photo tutorial for how to make Golden Santa Bread! I promise it is NOT as hard as it looks. This is such a fun breakfast to make ahead for Christmas morning! Very kid-friendly. Actually it’s pretty much errbody-friendly.
I have been making this Golden Santa Bread every Christmas for several years now. It’s easy and festive and I love it! But what happened when I wanted to take new pictures of it for the blog? The first time I burned it. (And then stress-ate Santa’s nose. AND the puff ball on his hat.)
The second time I tried to make it I killed my yeast with too-hot liquid and it didn’t rise. AT ALL.
The third time I tried to make it I killed my yeast with too-hot liquid and it didn’t rise.
And just when I was about to kick my foot through Santa’s smug looking face, it dawned on me that ALL of my yeast was dead. I wasn’t a complete failure who had lost all of her bread-making skillz. That yeast needed a funeral and it wasn’t my fault dangit. No life-reassessment needed on my part. Whew.
I changed the recipe so that I remember to proof my yeast next time I make this. NO CHANCES. I own you, Santa.
I’m doing a terrible job selling this as an easy recipe. But it is, I swear! I mean sure, it’s going to take you a while, especially the first time. But just consider it a project. Turn on some Bing Crosby or Michael Bublè and have yourself a little Santa Claus dance party! Believe me, if I can make this so can you… just don’t use dead yeast :)
Every year I make this with Cinnamon Honey Butter. It takes this sweet bread from awesome to mind-blowing. This is such a fun breakfast to serve on Christmas morning. I always make it ahead and freeze it. Bread freezes so well. You can set it on the counter on Christmas Eve when you go to bed, then pop it in the oven for a few minutes before serving (because warm bread WINS).
Here’s my original photo from 2011, when I first published this recipe. Just for kicks!
Source: adapted slightly from Taste of Home
Put your nose a little further down than this, otherwise Santa’s eyes will be squished, like this.
Try to get in all the crevices. The bread will puff up a lot. Avoid getting red on the parts that are supposed to be white. If the red yolk drips (like in the photo on the right), clean it up with the corner of a paper towel.
I highly recommend you serve this Santa bread with Cinnamon Honey Butter…match made in heaven:
If you are making Santa for Christmas morning, here are some other breakfast ideas to go along with it:
Easy Breakfast Casserole with Potatoes and Ham << I need to redo these photos, but don’t judge a book by it’s cover. This is one of my favorite breakfasts of all time:
Overnight Eggs Benedict Casserole:
Asparagus, Tomato, and Goat Cheese Quiche: (I could eat this every day.)