greek almond-crusted citrus christmas tree bread 希腊杏仁橙香圣诞树面包(*^3^)/~♡

Greek Almond-Crusted Citrus bread

when Joyce posted the recipe for Greek Almond-Crusted Citrus Loaves, i wanted to bake it right away     ( ˘ ³˘)❤… i love incorporating zesty peels and almonds into bread…. this one, has a mild zesty and tangy taste.. reminds me of fresh laundry.. it is very very very good when served immediately fresh from the oven (literally) ٩(๑•◡-๑)۶ⒽⓤⒼ❤

Recipe adapted from Kitchen Flavours (Joyce’s modifications in blue) (further adapted from “Coffee Cakes” by Lou Seibert Pappas)

greek almond crusted citrus loavesIngredients

– 1 package active dry yeast (1-1/4 teaspoons)
– 1/4 cup warm water (105F to 115F) (2 tablespoons)
– 1/3 cup granulated sugar, plus a pinch (35 gm)
– 1 cup warm milk (105F to 115F) (1/2 cup)
– 8 tablespoons (1 stick) unsalted butter, melted (60gm salted butter)
– 1 teaspoon salt (pinch of salt)
– 2 large eggs (1 large)
– 2 teaspoons vanilla extract (1 teaspoon)
– 1/2 teaspoon almond extract (1/4 teaspoon orange extract)
2 tablespoons grated orange zest (1 tablespoon)
– 1 tablespoon grated lemon zest (1/2 tablespoon)
– 4 to 4-1/2 cups unbleached all-purpose flour (2-1/2 cups in total)

– 1 large egg white, lightly beaten
– about 3 tablespoons slivered or sliced almonds
– 2 tablespoons Demerara or turbinado sugar


greek almond crusted citrus loaves– In a small bowl, sprinkle the yeast over the warm water, add the pinch of sugar; and stir until dissolved. Let stand until foamy, 10 minutes
– In a large bowl, combine the milk, butter, the 1/3 cup granulated sugar, and salt. Add the eggs, vanilla and almond extracts, orange and lemon zests, and 1 cup of flour. Using a wooden spoon or a heavy-duty electric mixer, beat until smooth
– Add the yeast mixture and 1 more cup of the flour and beat until smooth. Gradually beat in enough of the remaining 2 to 2-1/2 cups flour, 1/2 cup at a time, to make a soft dough
– Turn out onto a lightly floured board and knead until smooth and elastic; 8 to 10 minutes. The dough should be soft. Place in a buttered bowl, turn to coat, and cover with plastic wrap or a damp towel
– Let rise at room temperature until doubled in size, about 2 hours
– Lightly butter two 9-inch pie pans or 2 baking sheets. Turn the dough onto a floured board an knead lightly until smooth, 1 or 2 minutes. Divide the dough in half and place in the prepared pans. Cover with a tea towel and let rise until doubled in size, about 45 minutes
– (Divide the dough into 8 equal pieces, about 80-82gm each, roll each pieces into a round. Place in a well-greased round 9″ cake pan. Cover with greased cling wrap and leave to rise until doubled in size. Proceed with the following instructions below)
– Preheat the oven to 350F. For the topping, brush the loaves with the egg white and sprinkle with the almonds and sugar. Bake for 25 to 30 minutes, or until the loaves are golden brown
– Let cool, then transfer from the pans to wire racks. Serve warm, cut into wedges

Personal notes:

Greek Almond-Crusted Citrus bread– i used 2 cups of bread flour in total for the recipe
– i made 3 christmas trees out of the dough ~ cut out dough as such (after first proofing): 3 portions each of 20g, 35g, 50g and 60g dough. allow them to rest for 10 mins before proceeding with shaping
– after resting dough, take a dough, flatten it into a disc, and slightly make impressions of 3 lines (so it yields 6 wedges) on dough
– cut, but not entirely, the vertical line to split the dough into halve. further slice (but not entirely) the rest of the impressions, and then twirl the dough upwards so the ends meet to form a star. please refer to pic below

Greek Almond-Crusted Citrus bread– allow dough to proceed with second proofing. there will be some remaining dough ~ roll it out flat, and cut some stars out of it. my tip here is for you to allow the rolled out dough to be fully rested before cutting out the dough otherwise the stars will start shrinking back

greek almond crusted citrus loavescut a christmas tree bread or just eat it on its own  (○゜ε^○)

Greek Almond-Crusted Citrus breadand i’m keeping a “tree” for as my dining table’s centrepiece ( ^-^)_旦””

greek almond citrus crusted bread… his breakfast…. and he eventually finished an entire tree  (。・//ε//・。)

Pollution index: 13 (excellent)

Categories: Bread

11 replies

  1. 原来星星形状是这样切出来

  2. 谢谢分享这个可爱面包的做法 :)

  3. Lovely, just lovely….love this shape. Gorgeous. Oh, so many I want to try out but doesnt know which one….

  4. 我家今年特别原因,没把圣诞树给设起,

  5. 我也是懒懒的,没有圣诞树也没有圣诞歌,

  6. 你~每次都让我有惊喜!你太棒了!

  7. Hi Victoria,
    You are so creative! You have made simple rolls into such lovely decorative Christmas “tree”! Thanks for the mention! Glad that you like the bread!

  8. 这么多美美的圣诞树,不介意送我一棵吧。。:)

  9. 今年,我家的圣诞树也被收藏在仓库里, 今年特别懒。。。打算来你家过圣诞了!哈哈

  10. hi talented lady, that’s a very unique christmas tree that you made! i would nvr hv known how to make that star shaped bread…appreciate your tutorial pictures .

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