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.
CHRISTMAS TREE BREAD
_ 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]
_ 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]