Embrace the holiday spirit with a stunning 4-ingredient Holiday Bread Wreath. This recipe, while simple in its traditional form, can also be adapted for those following a gluten-free diet without losing its festive charm and delicious taste.
The Recipe: Festive, Fun, and Inclusive
Creating this Holiday Bread Wreath is straightforward and rewarding:
- Combining Dry Ingredients: Mix 2½ cups of all-purpose flour (or gluten-free alternative), 1 teaspoon salt, and slightly more than ½ teaspoon instant yeast.
- Adding Liquid: Pour in 1 cup of warm water (with an optional teaspoon of honey for added sweetness) and mix until a shaggy dough forms.
- Kneading the Dough: Knead on a flat surface for 5-7 minutes until smooth yet slightly sticky. Let it rise covered for 4 hours.
- Shaping the Wreath: On floured parchment paper, shape the dough into a wreath with a 5” center hole, expanding it to about 9” in total. Cover and allow a 30-minute rise.
- Creating the Design: After rising, dust with flour and cut deep slits around the wreath at a 45-degree angle, pulling sections outward.
- Baking: Preheat the oven to 450°F and bake for 20 minutes, using a water bath for the first 10 minutes.
Specific Gluten-Free Adaptation
- Flour Choice: Opt for a high-quality gluten-free all-purpose flour blend. Look for a mix that includes rice flour, tapioca starch, and potato starch. The inclusion of xanthan gum in the blend is crucial as it acts as a binder, replacing the gluten’s role in providing elasticity and structure.
- Dough Texture: Gluten-free doughs are generally more sticky and less cohesive than their gluten counterparts. Don’t be tempted to add too much flour while kneading; a slightly wetter dough yields better bread.
- Handling and Shaping: Handle the dough gently as gluten-free doughs are more fragile. When shaping the wreath, use a light touch and be patient as it might take a bit longer to get the desired shape.
- Baking Considerations: Gluten-free breads can brown faster. Keep an eye on your bread wreath during the last minutes of baking to prevent over-browning. If necessary, cover the top with foil to slow down the browning process.
Why Choose This Bread Wreath
- Visually Stunning: It’s not just bread; it’s a centerpiece that celebrates the season.
- Simple yet Satisfying: Four ingredients bring this festive bread to life.
- Adaptable for All: With gluten-free options, everyone can enjoy this holiday treat.
Enjoying the Art of Baking
This Holiday Bread Wreath recipe isn’t just about baking; it’s an expression of holiday joy and creativity. Whether you’re following a traditional or gluten-free path, the process is filled with anticipation and satisfaction.
Invitation to Bake and Share the Joy
Gather your ingredients and join in the holiday cheer with this inclusive, festive bread wreath. It’s more than a recipe; it’s a celebration of togetherness and the warmth of the holiday season. Happy baking!
4 Ingredient Holiday Bread Wreath!
- 2 ½ Cups All Purpose flour
- 1 Tsp Salt
- ½ Tsp Instant Yeast (slightly more than half)
- 1 Cup Warm Water
- 1 Tsp Honey (Optional)
- In a bowl, combine all purpose flour, salt, and slightly more than 1/2 tsp instant yeast.
- Add in warm water (optional but recommended: mix honey in the water). Mix until a shaggy dough forms.
- Transfer to a flat surface and knead for 5-7 minutes until a smooth and slightly stick dough forms. Cover and allow to rise for 4 hours. (Optional: punch down the dough ever hour to improve the rise)
- Once done, place dough onto a floured piece of parchment paper in an oven tray. Poke a hole in the centre and start to expand the whole with your hands until it’s about 5” in diameter in the centre and 9” on the outside. Cover again and allow to rise for 30 min.
- Once done, sprinkle ring with some flour and with kitchen scissors, cut deep slits into your ring at a 45 degree angle going all the way around the ring. Pull the leaves out as you cut them. Rotate your tray to maintain the angle.
- Preheat your oven to 450 degrees and bake our dough for 20 minutes total. The first 10 minutes, add in a water bath. You will do this by placing your dough on the top rack of your oven and an empty oven tray on the bottom rack. Our 2 cups boiling water into the empty oven tray, and close the oven door immediately. The steam will develop the crust. Remove the water bath after the first 10 minutes.
- Remove, allow to cool and enjoy!!