Specialty breads for the holidays with Breadsmith

Featured breads for the holiday season from Breadsmith in Green Bay, November 11 2017, (WLUK/Justin Steinbrinck)

(WLUK) -- With Veteran's Day upon us and Thanksgiving less than two weeks away, family gatherings are becoming more numerous over the next few weeks. With that, Breadsmith of Green Bay is looking to offer a variety of specialty breads that will add appeal and taste to your kitchen table over the holidays.

Bruce and Erika Johnson of Breadsmith on Holmgren Way in Green Bay joined us in the kitchen to showcase some of their favorite offerings for the season, and give us some of the specials for Veteran's Day today, and the upcoming holiday season.

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Overnight Cranberry Orange French Toast


-- 2 tbsp granulated sugar

-- Zest of one large orange

--1 cup fresh cranberries, halved

--1 loaf day-old Breadsmith Country Buttertop

--6 large eggs

--2 1/2 cups whole milk

--1/2 cup pure maple syrup

--1 tbsp vanilla extract

--1 tsp cinnamon


1. Place granulated sugar and orange zest in a medium bowl. Use your fingers to mix the sugar and zest together until fragrant. Add the cranberries and stir to combine. Set aside.

2. Spray a 9x13 baking dish with cooking spray. Cut the bread into small pieces (about 1-inch cubes). Place the bread cubes in the dish and arrange them into a single layer as much as possible. Sprinkle cranberry-orange sugar mixture over the bread.

3. In a large bowl, combine the eggs, milk, maple syrup, vanilla, and cinnamon. Whisk until well combined and then pour evenly over the bread in the dish.

4. Cover the french toast with plastic wrap and refrigerate overnight.

5. When you are ready to bake the casserole, preheat the over to 450 degrees F. Once the over is preheated, remove the plastic wrap from the casserole and cover it with foil. Sprinkle with brown sugar over the top. Back for 30 minutes.

Cream Cheese Fruit Dip and Freedom Bread Bowl


1 package (8 ounces) 1/3 Less Fat Cream Cheese, softened

1 small tub (8 ounces) non-far Plain Yogurt

1/4 cup packed light brown sugar

1 tsp pure vanilla extract

Fruit for dipping

1 Breadsmith Freedom Bread Round


1. Place cream cheese in your mixing bowl and beat on low speed until creamy and smooth.

2. Slowly add the yogurt and continue to beat until well combined.

3. Add brown sugar and vanilla, beat until combined and smooth.

4. Taste for sweetness and adjust accordingly. Chill in the fridge until ready to serve.

5. Cut the top off the Freedom Bread Round. Hollow out the middle of the round. Cube up the inner piece for dipping.

6. Remove dip from fridge and fill the hollowed out round. Serve with sliced rolls and fruit.

Note: If you need to thin the dip, simply add one tablespoon of milk and stir until combined.

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