Making pull-apart homemade bread rolls in a Christmas tree shape adds that extra special touch around the holiday season.
Making Homemade Bread Rolls
Since our traditional Christmas dinners feature plenty of food with all the fixings, we normally try to keep the lunches light. Instead of preparing more food, we offer cold cuts for making simple sandwiches. This pull-apart handmade bread rolls recipe shaped as a Christmas tree recipe is a thoughtful and unique way of making a simple meal special.
A Make-Shift Christmas Tree Baking Pan
Although you can buy Christmas tree shaped baking pans, we actually made one ourselves using a standard cookie sheet, aluminum foil and parchment paper. You can do the same by first lining the baking sheet with foil and then parchment paper over top. Next, roll the edges of the aluminum foil in to a tree shape. These edges will hold the buns in place while baking.
It’s good to have a variety of baking pans for personalizing recipes throughout the year, such as a heart shaped pan for making delicious apple cinnamon buns for Valentines.
Pull-Apart Christmas Tree Homemade Bread Rolls
- Baking Sheet, standard size cookie sheet
- Stand mixer with dough hook
- aluminum foil
- Parchment Paper
- 6 cups all-purpose flour, unbleached
- 1.5 cup warm milk divided
- 1 tbsp yeast
- 2 tsp powdered sugar
- 2 eggs
- ½ cup melted butter or margarine
- ½ cup vegetable oil or canola
- 1 tsp salt
- 1 egg yolk
- 1 tbsp seasame seeds optional
- Combine yeast mixture (1 cup warm milk, yeast and powdered sugar) in a small cup. Let is sit while you prepare the wet and dry ingredients.
- Combine wet ingredients (eggs, melted butter, oil and remaining 1/2 cup warm milk) in a large mixing bowl.
- Add flour and salt to the wet ingredients.
- Add the yeast mixture.
- Mix all ingredients together in KitchenAid until well combined, about 8-10 minutes.
- Leave dough in bowl and cover with a dish cloth. Let it rise to about double its size (about ½ hour to 1 hour).
- Wet your hands and break apart the dough in to a ball about the size of a large egg. Knead it with your hands until it forms a smooth shape. Make even and place into baking pan.
- Place it on the baking sheet at the top of the tree. Working one row at a time, continue making dough balls and placing them in to the pan until a tree shape is formed.
- When in pan, mix 1 egg yolk and brush over top of dough.
- Can add sesame seeds or sea salt over top as an optional ingredient.
- Bake 380F for 30 minutes.
Other Christmas Recipes To Try
Preparing food for Christmas doesn’t have to feel intimadating, here are just a few of our favorite holiday recipes:
- Marbled sugar cookies
- No bake coconut balls
- Snow capped pecan cookies
- Reindeer cheese ball appetizer
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