Christmas Wreath Bread

Christmas Wreath Break with pear blackberry compote, dark chocolate and pecans.

Wreath Bread can be made in a number of different ways. You can twist, braid, cut, or overlap the dough. Fill it, stuff it, or glaze it, just as long as its a circular wreath shape, you’re good. I like to get creative with my bread recipes and this one is no exception. First, start with a soft pillowy dough, then fill it with blackberry pear compote, shaved dark chocolate, and pecan pieces. Then, roll your dough into a long tube, cut into quarters and arrange the pieces overlapping one another in a circle. Tada, a wreath with tasty inner swirls!!

Recipe for bread wreath with blackberry compote and chocolate.

Wreaths hanging on doors is as symbolic to the Christmas season for me as a tree, or shiny lights. Something I attribute to a welcoming and festive home for the holidays.  With so many historical and nostalgic meanings, why not have one in the kitchen as well?!

I decided to style this scene with some of my favorite holiday treasures. Pine cones from fir trees that remind me of mountains, winter, and fireplace decor. Old wooden furniture for memories of holidays past. Brown string for simple gift wrapping. Old bells I received in my stocking as a child from ‘Santa’s Sleigh’. (Polar Express lover here!) Warm smells of baked bread in the form of a Christmas Wreath.

Tips for Christmas Wreath Bread:

  • Let your dough rise in a warm draft free location for 1-2 hrs until doubled in size.
  • While the dough is rising make your blackberry pear compote. (You can also make the day before and store in fridge.)
  • Use quality baking dark chocolate pieces.
  • Chop you pecans into small pieces.
  • Use a springform pan to help maintain the shape while baking.
  • You can remove the outer springform from the base halfway through baking if you choose. (Be careful not to burn yourself or drop loaf.)
  • Cover bread with loosely with a sheet of  aluminum foil halfway through baking to prevent over browning the top.
  • Brush with honey before serving!

Recipe for Christmas Bread Wreath with fruit filling.

Holiday Bread Recipe with blackberry compote, chocolate, and pecans.

Christmas Wreath Bread

Christmas Wreath Bread filled with blackberry pear compotes, shaved dark chocolate, and pecan pieces. Perfect Holiday Bread Recipe!
Course Bread
Cuisine American
Keyword blackberry, bread, pear, wreath
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
rising time 2 hours
Total Time 1 hour 15 minutes
Servings 12 Slices

Ingredients

Dough

  • 2 ¼ tsp Active Dry Yeast
  • 1 Cup (250 ml) Warm Almond Milk
  • 3 Tbsps Granulated sugar
  • ¼ Cup (62.5 g) Unsalted Butter, melted
  • 1 tsp Vanilla Extract
  • 3 Tbsp Water
  • 1 Egg
  • 3 1/2 Cups (875 g) All Purpose Flour
  • ¾ tsp Kosher Salt

Blackberry Pear Compote

  • 3 Cups Blackberries
  • 2 Bosch Pears peeled, cored and chopped into small pieces
  • 1 Cup Granulated Sugar
  • 3 Tbsp Lemon Juice
  • 3 Tbsp Cornstarch

Filling

  • 1 Cup Dark Chocolate Pieces chopped
  • 1 Cup Chopped Pecans

Instructions

Dough

  1. In the bowl of a stand mixer add yeast, sugar, and warm milk. Gently whisk together and Let sit 5-10 minutes until frothy.
  2. Using paddle attachment, mix in the egg, water, salt, vanilla, and butter on medium low.
  3. Switch to the dough hook and slowly spoon in flour on medium low speed.
  4. Once the flour is incorporated, turn up to medium-high and beat the dough for 5 minutes.
  5. Tear off a small piece and do a windowpane test.(stretch dough with fingers and hold up to light, if you can see through the dough without it breaking, then its ready).
  6. If dough isn’t ready, beat or hand knead for an additional 5 minutes.
  7. Shape dough into a ball and place in a lightly oiled or floured bowl.
  8. Cover with plastic wrap, place in a warm draft free location. Let sit for an hour or until doubled in size.

Make Compote

  1. In a medium saucepan over medium heat, combine the blackberries, chopped pears, lemon juice, cornstarch, and sugar. 

  2. Bring to a boil for 2-3 minutes then turn down to medium-low heat until the berries start to break down. Stir often for 5-8 minutes.
  3. Lower the heat and simmer until the liquid becomes thicker, about 10 minutes.

  4. Remove from heat and let cool down slightly.
  5. Use one of two methods for compote.
  6. (#1) Drain fruit through a sieve and only use thick chunks of fruit.

  7. (#2) Use immersion blender in a bowl or put compote into a regular blender and pulse compote until smooth like jam.

  8. Keep in an air tight container in fridge.

Make Bread

  1. Preheat oven to 350 F (190 C). Line bottom of springform pan with parchment paper and spray non stick spray on the sides.

  2. Remove plastic from risen dough.
  3. Slowly punch your fist down into the dough to remove excess air.
  4. Place dough on a lightly floured surface.

  5. Using a bench scraper or large knife divide the dough into 2 equal portions.(weigh each portion to be exact)
  6. Take one half and roll out into a large rectangle (1/8-1/4 inch thickness). Doesn’t have to be exact. (Dust rolling pin with flour.)

  7. If you use fruit chunks, paint a thin coat of melted butter onto dough leaving a half inch border around edge.

  8. If you use compote in a blended jam, spoon only compote in a thin layer onto dough leaving a half inch border around edge.
  9. Sprinkle chocolate and pecan pieces onto fruit.
  10. Roll the dough inwardly lengthwise to create a cylinder shape.
  11. Take your knife and slice the rolled dough lengthwise into fourths. This should create four small rolled logs.

  12. Repeat with other half of dough.
  13. Take the log pieces and begin to place them in the pan in a circular shape.

  14. Set one log down and continue laying them overlapping each other in a circle until a circle is made.
  15. Cover the pan loosely with a cloth and let puff for an additional hour.
  16. Once puffed place springform pan on cookie sheet and place in the oven.
  17. Bake for 35-45 min until golden brown and dough center has reached 190F.
  18. If bread is browning too quickly cover with aluminum foil halfway through baking. Also I recommend removing outer ring of springform pan halfway through baking to encourage even temps. (Remove from oven, take off outer ring carefully with oven mitts and then place bread still on bottom of pan on cookie sheet back in the oven.)
  19. Remove wreath and set pan on wire rack to cool for 5-10 min.
  20. Brush with honey and serve!

2 Comments

  • Reply
    nicole (thespicetrain.com)
    December 26, 2018 at 4:44 pm

    This bread looks and sounds delightful. Thank you for sharing! 🙂

    • Reply
      Jenn
      December 29, 2018 at 7:00 pm

      Thank you so much Nicole!!

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