For me Christmas always means baking bread and cookies, this year I couldn’t travel the world cuisine to make one traditional Christmas bread as time is running out now. So, for the time being I decided to stick with Christmas tree bread as my kiddos helped me making this bread. This is easy dinner rolls which can be show stopper on your Christmas party table.
This is my most trusted recipe which I adapted from King Arthur flour website. I have made my turkey bread with this. This is the Easy and soft dinner rolls that are also bite size. You can make this with store-bought pizza dough for which I can see the recipes everywhere. But trust me if you try this bread recipe you are not going to look at any other.
Even though it looks fancy, no extra effort is needed. Only time-consuming part is the making the small balls with dough, that you need to do it precisely as it requires weighing 36 balls of 22 grams each. Once it comes out the oven I brushed with melted butter, parmesan, minced garlic and fresh rosemary. You can play with your favorites here. But make sure to added minced garlic and rosemary as they make it more festive.
When I decided to make this Christmas tree, my daughter told me to add a star, and without it mama, Christmas tree will not look good. I too liked her idea, as my kids are the one decorating the Christmas tree at home. Now they started adding stockings, and Elf in the Shelf to make sure that they are in the good list so and get gifts from the Santa.
Yesterday my 5-year-old son came and asked me “Mama why you didn’t ask any gifts from Santa? I told him. I have everything, and I don’t need anything now. He was not happy with that answer. He told me you can ask something from Santa he will bring to you. Finally, I told him Santa only brings present to kids not the adults. I don’t know he satisfied with my answer, he just left the kitchen.
Coming back to recipe, give it try you will love it. This bread stays good at room temperature for 2-3 days.
Merry Christmas and Happy Baking.
Christmas Tree Bread
- 41/4 cups /595g King Arthur Unbleached All-Purpose Flour
- 2 1/4 teaspoons/7g instant yeast
- 2 tablespoons/26g potato flour*
- 3 tablespoons/23g nonfat dry milk
- 2 tablespoons /27gsugar
- 1 1/2 teaspoons/9g salt
- 4 tablespoons /54g soft butter
- 1/2 cup lukewarm water
- 1/2 cup lukewarm milk Topping Egg wash If you want egg less do with 2 tablespoon melted butter
- For Rosemary Garlic Parmesan butter
- 2 tablespoon melted butter
- ¼ cup grated Parmesan cheese
- 1 clove garlic minced
- 1 tablespoon fresh rosemary chopped
- Combine all the dough ingredients in a bowl of kitchen aid stand mixer attached with dough hook, to make soft, smooth dough.
- Place the dough in a lightly greased container — an 8-cup measure works well here. Cover the container, and allow the dough to rise for 60 minutes, until it's just about doubled in bulk
- Gently deflate the dough, and transfer it to a lightly dusted work surface with all purpose flour.
- Divide the dough into 22 g pieces makes about 36 dough pieces. For star you need 4 pieces of dough. For tree trunk also you need 4 pieces. Then rest of pieces arrange as tree, Staring from 1 in first row and increase one each stop at 7 dough balls.
- In a baking sheet lined with parchment
- Cover the pans, and allow the buns to rise till they're crowded against one another and quite puffy, about 30 minutes. Towards the end of the rising time, preheat the oven to 350°F. W
- After an egg wash and bake them for 18 minutes, until they're golden brown on top and the edges of the center bun spring back lightly when you touch it. An instant-read thermometer inserted into the middle of the center bun should register at least 190°F.
- In a small bowl mix all the ingredients for rosemary garlic Parmesan butter and set aside.
- Once you remove the bread from the oven brush generously with For rosemary garlic Parmesan butter.
- After a couple of minutes, turn them out of the pan onto a cooling rack.
- Serve warm. Store leftovers well-wrapped, at room temperature. 10. Enjoy as much you want.
This recipe is adapted from my own turkey shaped dinner rolls.
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This is Swathi ( Ambujom Saraswathy) from Zesty South Indian Kitchen who loves to explore cuisines from all over the world. Whenever possible I try to to give an Indian touch to several of the world cuisine, and has weakness for freshly baked bread. All the recipes you see here are created by me and approved after taste-test by my family.