Thursday, December 23, 2010

A Christmas Bread

     It seems we forgot a present for the horseback riding instructor. Oops! When in doubt, bake it out! I remembered a Christmas bread that I made when I was just about the same age as my horsey girl. The recipe had been long lost, but I still remembered how it was made. I don't have a clue what filling I used back then, but I easily mixed up a batch for today's bread.

Christmas Tree Bread
Enough bread dough for 2 standard loaves
1/2 bag chocolate chips
1 cup pecans, chopped
4 T. butter, melted
4T. brown sugar
1 egg white mixed well with 2 T. water
frosting- I just used a basic buttercream

Before you do anything else, mix together the chocolate chips, pecans, butter, and brown sugar.

Take a section of dough about the size of a lemon. Make it into a round ball. Flatten it.

Place a heaping Tablespoon of the filling in the center of the bread. Pull up all of the edges to surround the filling with the bread. If you have a seam at the back of the ball that won't stick together to close the dough, use a bit of water on your fingers to seal it.

Place the stuffed dough on a cookie sheet that has been sprayed with spray oil.

Place them together in the shape of a Christmas tree. I used a tiny bit of water on each stuffed dough ball at the place where it touches another, so they will stick.

Brush the top of the bread with the egg white/water mixture. Bake at 350 for 25 minutes. 

Decorate by draping frosting. You can add pieces of candied fruit to look like ornaments. We were in a hurry and didn't have too many options to decorate, but it still made a nice gift for a teacher.


  1. Very pretty. I liked your slogan: When in doubt, bake it out. :)

  2. OH this looks so good.. I'm going to have the grandchildren help me make this when we are together again...
    yum yum~!
    ta ta for now from Iowa..

  3. Perfect gift Patrice!

    Thank you so much for your support, I cannot express how comforting it is.
    Rose H xx

  4. That is a real "WOW" bit of baking! It is so pretty, and with that filling I know it will be scrumptious!

  5. that looks so yummy and I have not eaten all day. :) Have a lovely Christmas and enjoy you lovely family.

  6. Such beautiful bread. I love how you shaped it like a tree and wrapped garland around it. Yummy :)

  7. Wonderful idea to stuff the buns with delicious things! I will have to do that!

  8. Yum Yum, I like's the look of that, oh I've just seen Christmas Cookies and Tears, will take a look at that to :) I will be at some time when mom pulls her fingers out make pop overs as a blog post,lol!!! so you can pop over and see if they are up to the mark.
    Thank You for Wishing dad a Happy Birthday.
    Have a great Christmas to all of your family
    Catch up with you soon
    Love and Hugs George and Jan xxx

  9. Very cool! I've never seen any like these! yum!

    Thanks for putting my button in your side bar and g'luck with the $100 CSN Stores giveway!



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