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Woven Breadstick Wreaths

Flaunt your braiding skills with an elegant woven bread wreath.

  • Yield: Makes 4
Woven Breadstick Wreaths

Source: Martha Stewart Living, November 2008


  • 2 cups all-purpose flour, plus more for surface
  • 2 teaspoons sugar
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 1 ounce (2 tablespoons) unsalted butter, cut into small pieces, plus more for baking sheet
  • 2/3 cup whole milk
  • 1 large egg yolk
  • 2 tablespoons heavy cream
  • Fresh thyme sprigs, for garnish


  1. Lightly butter a baking sheet, and line with parchment. Pulse flour, sugar, and salt in a food processor until combined. Add butter, and pulse until mixture resembles coarse meal. With machine running, add milk in a slow, steady stream, and process just until dough forms.

  2. Turn dough onto a lightly floured surface, and divide into 16 pieces. Roll each piece into a ball, and cover with a kitchen towel. Working with 1 piece at a time, roll a dough ball into a rope, 28 inches long and 1/4 inch thick. Repeat 3 times. Place the 4 ropes side by side on a baking sheet, and pinch 1 set of ends together. Braid ropes (pictured, below). Shape braid into a 4 1/2-inch ring, overlapping ends. Tuck ends underneath. Repeat with remaining dough, rolling 4 at a time. Cover breadsticks, and let stand for 30 minutes.

  3. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Combine yolk and cream in a small bowl. Using a pastry brush, brush yolk mixture onto breadsticks, coating completely. Bake until golden brown, about 25 minutes. (If breadsticks do not brown, increase temperature to 375, and bake for an additional 5 minutes.) Let cool on baking sheet on a wire rack. Garnish each wreath with a thyme sprig before serving. Serve breadsticks within 12 hours of baking.

Cook's Note

For an even more festive decoration, sprinkle the top of each breadstick wreath with either poppy seeds, sesame seeds, or coarse salt -- or any combination of the three -- just before baking.

Reviews (2)

  • gwashington1961 20 Dec, 2011

    These Braided Bread Wreath's will be a lovely dress-up for each place setting. You can make Parker House Rolls or really any other general shape to serve in baskets with the meal. The dough recipe will give you a good back up in the freezer. For any unexpected drop in guests you can grab it out to thaw and be feasting in very little time. Kaiser style rolls with Poppy or Sesame Seeds on top of an egg wash and a big X on top. You can cut Pepperoni into 1 1/2" x 1/2" pieces,wrap in dough.

  • wynne1 25 Nov, 2008

    can you freeze the dough one day ahead of time

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