Twisted Christmas Tree Bread

Pat Duran


Started making this Christmas bread when I was first married 46 years ago and I am still making it. Now my neighbors always look forward to their personal Christmas Tree Bread. I have not disappointed them in 20 years.

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1 tree bread
20 Min
20 Min



1/2 c
raisins or crasins
1/4 c
chopped maraschino cherries
1/4 c
chopped apricots
1/3 c
granulated sugar
1 tsp
1 Tbsp
lemon juice
1/3 c
boiling water


2 c
sifted cake flour
3/4 tsp
5 Tbsp
cold real butter
1 large
egg, slightly beaten
2 1/2 tsp
baking powder
3 Tbsp
granulated sugar
1 tsp
grated lemon rind
1/3 c
light cream


Combine all fruits, sugar, cinnamon, the boiling water and lemon juice in a saucepan. Cook and stir over low heat until sugar is melted and mixture is well blended.
set aside to cool. This may be made the day before.
Measure sifted flour, add baking powder, salt and 3 Tablespoons of sugar and sift together. Cut in butter. Add lemon rind, Combine egg and cream. Add to flour mixture, stirring only until soft dough is formed about 20 strokes. Turn out on lightly floured surface; knead about 1 minute.
3To Make Tree:
Divide dough in 1/2. Roll each 1/2 into a triangle, (tree shape, about 1/8 inch thick). Trim off a narrow strip from bottom of each triangle; cut strip in half. Place one of the triangles on greased baking sheet. Fasten 2 of the strips at bottom to form a tree trunk. Spread cooled filling evenly over entire tree, leaving 1/4 inch edge of pastry. Moisten edge. Arrange the second triangle and remaining 2 strips on top; press edges together like for pie crust. Cut 4 or 5 slits on each side of tree and 3 or 4 in center of tree for vents.
Twist side tips upward to resemble branches(filling will show)
Bake in 375^ oven for 20-25 minutes. Frost with a simple white icing and sprinkle with green decorating sugar.
Decorate with red hot cinnamon candy pieces, here and there.

About Twisted Christmas Tree Bread

Main Ingredient: Fruit
Regional Style: Italian
Other Tags: Quick & Easy, Healthy, Heirloom