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How to Make Pull-Apart Chocolate Chrysanthemum Bread

This treat is definitely photo-worthy — but you'll have to be quick. Your guests are sure to dive in as soon as it hits the table.

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Blooming Bread

This showstopper is the perfect playful dish for brunch. Get the full recipe here and follow along with these step-by-step photos to see how it's done. But don't worry if you're not a pro — since flowers come in all shapes and sizes, this bread's construction is very forgiving.

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Step 1

Prepare the dough according to the recipe instructions. When the dough has risen, punch it down and roll with a lightly floured rolling pin on a well-floured work surface into a 24-by-16-inch rectangle (about 1/4-inch thick). Use a 3 1/2-inch round cutter to cut out as many circles as you can from the dough.

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Step 2

Make the filling according to the recipe instructions (it's a delicious mix of chocolate, butter, pecans, sugar, cinnamon and salt). Fill each circle to the edge with about a tablespoon of filling and fold in half.

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Step 3

Then fold each circle in half again, so it looks like a quarter of a circle. Pinch the tip of the dough so that the rounded edge opens slightly. See the how the "petals" start to take shape?

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