One of my favourite Christmas bakes is Cinnamon Star Bread. Not only does it make a huge, show-offy, beautiful loaf to feed a crowd, but it is also actually much simpler than it looks, relying on some clever cutting and twisting to achieve the beautiful design.
note 1: While an enriched yeast dough like this is easier to make with a stand mixer, you can make it by hand too! Because the dough starts off very wet, you will need to use a wooden spoon to ‘knead’ it until it starts to come together. After that you can knead as normal, using a small amount of extra flour if it is very sticky.