Christmas Wreath | Christmas Braided Bread



I am glad to share with you this beautiful Christmas Wreath - Christmas Braided Bread 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. This wreath consists of a simple yeasted dough, filled especially for Christmas with a green, white and red filling. Therefore, I chose a spinach pesto, cheddar cheese and red pepper for the filling but feel free to use whatever fresh herbs you like best for the pesto, like basil or parsley, different types of cheese and for a a more spiced appetizer sprinkle with red chili pepper flakes.
0:00 - Intro
0:37 - Preparing the dough
1:57 - Spinach pesto
2:58 - Rolling the dough
3:44 - Filling the roll
5:05 - Cut in half lengthwise
5:24 - Braid the two pieces of dough
5:42 - Shape into a wreath
6:11 - Baking time
6:19 - Enjoying the wreath
For the dough
2 1/4 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