Flaunt your braiding skills with an elegant woven bread wreath.

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Ingredients

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Directions

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

  • 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 Notes

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.

Cook's Notes

Basket-weave butter pats are an elegant extra. To make them, spread a layer of softened butter onto parchment paper, and chill. Fit a pastry bag with a basket-weave tip, fill it with softened butter, and pipe it onto the cold butter base. Chill again, then cut the butter into squares.

Reviews (2)

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Rating: 4 stars
12/20/2011
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.
Rating: Unrated
11/25/2008
can you freeze the dough one day ahead of time