Christmas Bread

This recipe could be used as part of a 12 course meal known in Polish as Wigilia, or on its own. Wigilia is eaten after sundown on Christmas Eve.


(Makes 1 loaf)


  1. Preheat oven to Beat eggs with sugar using an electric mixer for 5 minutes at high speed.
  2. Mix chopped nuts, raisins, and orange peel with 2 tablespoons of flour. Mix remaining flour with baking powder and salt.
  3. Cream together the butter, lemon peel, and vanilla extract until fluffy. Beat in vodka, then add egg mixture gradually, beating constantly. Add the flour mixture and beat for 5 minutes. Fold fruit-nut mixture into the batter. Turn into a greased and floured 9 x 5 x 3-inch pan or a 1 1/2 quart ring mold.
  4. Bake at for 1 hour.
  5. Cool cake in pan on wire rack for ten minutes, then turn cake out onto rack and cool completely.
  6. Wrap in plastic wrap and set aside to mellow for a couple of days.


Difficulty: easy.
Time: 1/2 hour preparation, 1 1/2 hours cooking and cooling, 2 days aging.
Precision: Approximate measurement OK.


Original recipe passed down through the generations and 
translated from Polish into English (with a few mods) by 
Edward Chrzanowski 
MFCF, University of Waterloo, Waterloo, Ontario, Canada or {ihnp4,allegra,utzoo}!watmath!echrzanowski 
Recipe last modified: 1 Dec 87

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Date: 14 Dec 87 19:52:12 GMT
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