Quick Christmas Tree Bread

Yield:
10 to 12 small servings
Level:
Easy
Ingredients
  • 2/3 cup milk
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 large egg, yolk and white separated
  • 3/4 cup (4 ounces) diced dried fruit mix (or make your own, mixing raisins, currants, snipped dried apricots, apples, prunes-whatever's on hand)
  • 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons pumpkin pie spice or ground cinnamon, or 3/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon, and 3/4 teaspoon ground cloves or ground allspice
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 8 tablespoons (1 stick) cold, unsalted butter, cut into small pieces
  • Granulated sugar or homemade vanilla pearl sugar
Directions
  • Check to see that one rack is in bottom third of oven and heat oven to 425 degrees F.

  • Measure milk in a 2-cup measure, add sugar and egg yolk, stir to mix well. Stir in dried fruit. Let stand until ready to use.

  • Put flour, baking powder, spice, and salt into a large bowl, stir to mix well. Add butter and cut in with pastry blender or rub in with fingers, until mixture looks like fine granules.

  • Stir milk mixture and pour over flour mixture. Stir with a fork until a soft dough forms. Turn out dough onto a lightly floured surface and give 10 kneads. (If very sticky, let stand 3 or 4 minutes or add a little more flour.) Cut off about one-fourth of the dough. Put remaining dougn on an ungreased cookie sheet at least 16 inches long. Using both rolling pin and fingers, pat and roll dough into a flat triangle about 12 inches long and 9 inches wide across the bottom. With scissors, make about ten diagonal cuts down each long side of the triangle, cutting to within about 1 inch of the center.

  • Shape a small piece of reserved dough into a trunk at bottom of tree and remaining dough into a "pot." Dough may now be covered with plastic wrap and refrigerated for a couple of hours or frozen for up to 2 weeks.

  • Bake tree 10 minutes. Beat egg white with a fork until broken up. Brush over hot bread, sprinkle with sugar. Bake 5 to 8 minutes longer, until light brown. With two spatulas, carefully transfer tree to a wire rack. If possible, cool at least 2 hours before serving. Let guests break off small pieces.


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