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Cranberry & Rosemary Wreath

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About the bake

It is tradition at Christmas to adorn your door with a seasonal wreath so why not also your dinner table? This Cranberry & Rosemary Wreath is a truly wonderful bread to share with friends and family. It is perfect for a Christmas gathering, or for a dinner party starter when served with soft gooey melted Camembert for dipping. This is also a great way to use up any leftover Cranberries after the festive period or simply enjoy any foodie cheese gifts that you might have received.

3Total Time
230Prep Time
30Bake Time
10Serves
A little effort

Method

  1. Step 1:

    Place the yeast, flour, oil, salt and sugar together in a bowl before gradually incorporating the warm water. You may not need to use it all.

  2. Step 2:

    Bring together the ingredients until they form a ball and knead for 10 minutes until smooth and elastic.

  3. Step 3:

    Leave the dough to prove in a warm environment until it doubles in size.

  4. Step 4:

    Once the dough is ready, use your knuckles to knock back the dough, removing any air bubbles.

  5. Step 5:

    Gently fold the dried cranberries and rosemary into the loaf and knead for a few minutes until the ingredients are evenly distributed.

  6. Step 6:

    Roll the dough up into a tight cylinder, rolling it to seal the edge. Cut it almost in half lengthways, leaving one end just joined so it resembles a pair of legs.

  7. Step 7:

    Twist the two dough lengths together then join the ends to form a Christmas wreath shape.

  8. Step 8:

    Place inside a 9” circular baking tin.

  9. Step 9:

    Cover your dough and allow to prove again until doubled in size.

  10. Step 10:

    Preheat your oven to 200°c (180°c, gas mark 6)

  11. Step 11:

    Lightly brush with egg wash and bake for 25-30 minutes or until baked throughout.

  12. Step 12:

    When ready to serve, warm your cheese in the oven ready for dipping.

Ingredients

  • For the Bread

    • 500g Allinson's Strong White Bread Flour
    • 7g Allinson's Easy Bake Yeast
    • 1 tbsp Walnut oil
    • 1 tsp Billington's Unrefined Golden Caster Sugar
    • 1 tsp Salt
    • 300ml Warm water
    • 75g Dried cranberries
    • A couple of sprigs Rosemary
    • 1 Egg (free range)
  • For the Decoration

    • 1 Camembert (large)

Utensils

  • Large mixing bowl
  • Oiled cling film or damp tea towel (for proving)

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