Twisted Christmas Tree Bread

1
Pat Duran

By
@kitchenChatter

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.

Rating:

★★★★★ 1 vote

Comments:
Serves:
1 tree bread
Prep:
20 Min
Cook:
20 Min
Method:
Bake

Ingredients

  • FILLING:

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

  • 2 c
    sifted cake flour
  • 3/4 tsp
    salt
  • 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

How to Make Twisted Christmas Tree Bread

Step-by-Step

  1. Filling:
    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.
  2. Dough:
    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.
  3. To 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.

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About Twisted Christmas Tree Bread

Main Ingredient: Fruit
Regional Style: Italian



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