December 24, 2014

24th December – MERRY CHRISTMAS!

For some of you the presents will only come tomorrow – but we Europeans like to unwrap our gifts tonight. I hope you get all you wished for, a jolly family reunion, a sappy christmas tree, lots of cookies, twinkly lights and SNOW!

At this point I would like to say thanks to all the people who supported me last year! It was an emotionally tough one for me – with more lows than ups. I hope you all [my family, my boyfriend and his family] know how much I appreciate you being there for me!

Today I gonna give you a ‘christmas tree’! This bread makes for a great addition to your christmas dinner table. If you don’t want to take the time to make the yeast dough – just get a pre-made pizza dough from the store – works just as well.



  • 200ml water [lukewarm]
  • 4g dry yeast
  • 2.5 cups flour
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 0.5 tablespoons salt
  • 1 teaspoons sugar

_ dissolve yeast and sugar in lukewarm water

_ mix flour and water in a bowl

_ once water is well mixed in add olive oil [one spoon at a time] and salt

_ knead until you have a soft dough [will take a while – but the dough should get smoother and smoother the more oil you add]

_ form into a ball, cover with olive oil and place into a bowl

_ cover with plastic wrap and keep in a warm place [for about 2 hours]


  • 100g cream cheese
  • 1 ball mozzarella
  • 1 clove garlic
  • pinch salt
  • olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 3 tablespoons basil and rosemary

_ finely chop garlic

_ cut mozzarella into small cubes

_ combine mozzarella, cream cheese, garlic and a pinch salt [you can use parmesan instead of mozzarella if you want the bread to be more salty]

_ once dough is risen form walnut sized balls [30 pieces]

_ fill balls with cheese mixture [make sure to seal them tight – otherwise the cheese will melt out in the oven]

_ cover them with olive oil

_ place onto a baking sheet [form a tree – like shown in the pictures]


_ cover with a kitchen towel and let rise for another 20-30min


_ preheat oven to 200°C

_ drizzle dough with a little more olive oil

_ bake for 20-30min until buns are golden

_ finely chop basil and rosemary

_ remove from oven and brush with butter

_ sprinkle with herbs [the warm bread will make the herbs smell great]

_ serve immediately [bread is good cold too – but you want the cheese inside to be molten]

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