Christmas traditions: Hero Selected Jam and German Bread

Get the recipe of this healthy fruity bread and style it with Hero’s Selected Red Currant Jam.

For those just now realizing that the holidays are days away, we’ve got you covered: scroll down for the best last minute, easy, quick to make delicious German bread recipe even the most conventional guest will love, the foodies will die for and the health conscious will mark as their favorite: it’s vegan, gluten free and full of food properties. And really tasty.

As holidays are the time to sparkle, upgrade every slice of bread with the most delicious food editor-approved jam: Hero Selected Red Currant Jam. Perfect to style our signature Christmas bread must-have.

Take this as a motivation to create new Christmas traditions in the kitchen. Our Food Editors know a thing or two when it comes to reach a new level of chic and delicacy on your Christmas table, and as great ‘bread jet setters’, we know the power of a good bread and a great jam. Selected, full of currants, this Hero Jam pairs perfectly with the texture of the bread.

Perfect for your Christmas home meetings with friends and family, prepare to wow everyone on your holiday guest list. We’re definitely fans.

Hero comes from Spain and it’s well know for its tradition, excellence and improvement on flavors and products. Their jams are our favorite and we couldn’t wait for you all to try them. Among many other products, they have salt and sweet jams and they come in many different and original flavors. Shop online here:

Our signature Christmas German Bread recipe:

We are concerned about our health, but we enjoy some treats. This time we went for a gluten free and vegan recipe. We were looking for an easy and tasty one so all of our readers could have the chance to try it. Sometimes making bread it’s time consuming as it takes too long to make, but this will take you less than an hour and a half. No time to rise needed: it rises in the oven, all way up.

The recipe is from Maja Redlin, a really nice food blogger from Germany. We hardly recommend you to check her blog. She cooks almost everything vegan and gluten free and we love every single recipe she makes. Don’t be afraid to try it at home, you’ll be hooked on.
Just one tip before going with the recipe: Hers calls for 500 ml water but we used some water to dissolve the fresh yeast. But every time we made this recipe we didn’t use all the water as the dough didn’t needed it as there is a humidity are. So, feel free not to add all the 500 ml water if you see your dough it’s too runny.

For a one loaf you need:
500 grams spelt flour (wholemeal)
2 tsp apple vinegar
2 tsp salt
500ml warm watter (me: 425 ml at much)
60 grams of seeds (we used poppy seeds, sunflower seed, sesame seeds…) at your choice
50 grams of dried cranberries (chopped)
50 grams of walnuts (also chopped)
2 Tbsp fine oats (to sprinkle on top before baking)
25 grams of fresh yeast (we dissolved it in some warm water)

It’s really easy.
We prefer to dissolve the fresh yeast in some warm water (around 100 ml will be enough) for about 5 minutes. Stir it until dissolved in the water. Ready to use!
Take your standard mixer, you can do it by hand as well. Place the flour in the bowl.
Add the yeast, the salt, the seeds, vinegar, cranberries and walnuts. Mix for some minutes and add the water slowly. You should get a wet dough but not runny. Add water little by little, letting your dough absorb the water. When you get that sticky point, that’s the time to pour it into a prepared cake tin (greased and with parchment paper). Sprinkle the oat on top.
Put the bread in the middle rack of the oven and heat it up to 200ºC  (no preheated needed). Bake for one hour. We use non FAN with this one, but the last 5 minutes we reduce the heat to 180ºC with FAN (this is our personal tip).
Once baked, take it out of the oven and allow to cool on a wire rack. The first time we tried it warm and it was amazing!
Slice it and served with Hero red currants jam. The best thing about this bread is that it’s versatile: you can either have it with sweet things and also match it with some savory ones. To upgrade the bread and jam, add some cheese. You got the perfect Cheeseboard!

All you need is to set the date to your friends gathering and enjoying baking and eating.

Merry Christmas!