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.




9 comments:

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

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  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..
    annieptigger@aol.com

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  3. Perfect gift Patrice!

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

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

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

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

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

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  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

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  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!

    Susie

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