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Christmas Tree Bread

Delicious and easy show stopper  Christmas tree bread for your Christmas dinner table.
Prep Time1 hr 30 mins
Cook Time18 mins
Total Time1 hr 48 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Servings: 12
Author: Swathi (Ambujom Saraswathy)


  • 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.


*if you don’t have potato flour, use a mashed potato, then adjust amount of water accordingly.
This recipe is adapted from my own turkey shaped dinner rolls.