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Christmas Wreath - Christmas Braided Bread

Christmas Wreath - Christmas Braided Bread

5 from 2 votes
I am so glad to share with you this beautiful Christmas Wreath that is a great appetizer idea you can prepare for Christmas this year. It looks quite impressive and appetizing and even though it might look difficult to prepare it is actually quite easy and forgiving.
Servings 10 servings
Prep Time 30 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Total Time 50 mins

Ingredients
  

For the dough

  • cups (280g) all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 tsp (4g) salt
  • 3/4 cup (180ml) lukewarm milk divided
  • 2 tsp (6g) active dry yeast
  • 1 tsp (5g) sugar
  • 2 tbsp (30g) butter melted
  • 1 egg yolk

Spinach Pesto

  • 1.5 oz (40g) fresh spinach leaves (basil or parsley are good too)
  • 1 garlic clove minced
  • 2 tbsp (20g) walnuts
  • 1 tbsp (15ml) lemon juice
  • 1/4 cup (20g) Parmesan cheese grated
  • Pinch of salt
  • 2 tbsp (30g) olive oil

For the filling

  • 1 cup (100g) cheddar cheese grated
  • 1 red pepper finely chopped

For brushing

  • 1 egg white

Instructions
 

  • In a medium bowl add yeast, sugar and lukewarm milk. Let it rest for 5-10 minutes to activate the yeast.
  • In a large bowl whisk together the flour and salt. Add the remaining milk, activated yeast, egg yolk and melted butter.  Start kneading it until it pulls away from the sides of the bowl. Give the dough the shape of a ball. Transfer the dough into an oiled bowl and cover with plastic wrap. Let it rest for about 1 hour at room temperature (warm space) until doubled in size.
  • While the dough rises, prepare the spinach peste.
  • Place the spinach leaves, walnuts, minced garlic, lemon juice, Parmesan cheese, salt and olive oil into the bowl of a food processor. Process until well combined and smooth.
  • Preheat the oven to 400F (200 C). Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  • On a floured surface, using a rolling pin, roll the dough to a rectangle of about 18×12 inches (45x30cm).
  • Spread spinach pesto evenly, leaving about a 1/2-inch (1cm) border around the edges. Sprinkle the grated cheese and red pepper over the pesto. Roll up the dough and using a sharp knife, cut the log in half lengthwise.
  • Start braiding the two pieces, trying to keep the open layers exposed so the cut ends remain on top. Pinch the ends together and form a wreath.
  • Transfer it to the prepared baking sheet. Brush the wreath with egg white. Bake for 20-25 minutes until golden.

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Nutrition

Calories: 2304kcalCarbohydrates: 246.5gProtein: 79.1gFat: 113.5gSaturated Fat: 48.6gCholesterol: 409mgSugar: 21.5g
Calories: 2304kcal
Course: Appetizer, Side Dish, Snack
Cuisine: American
Keyword: christmas appetizer, christmas braided bread, christmas wreath, holiday appetizer, savory bread, savory wreath, spinach braided bread, spinach pesto