Wreath Bread Recipe (VIDEO)

How to Make a Bread Wreath with DIY video! Wreath bread has a crisp crackly crust and super soft center. Surprisingly easy and impressive for Christmas! | Natashaskitchen.com

This wreath bread has a crispy crackly crust and super soft, spongy center. It will rival the taste and texture of your favorite fancy restaurant rolls.

We used our favorite Crusty French bread as the base (super easy with very little active time). Forming it into a Christmas Wreath Bread is beautiful and so special for the holidays. It not only looks amazing, but tastes like it came out of a high end French bakery – holiday worthy!

TIP: Serve it as an edible centerpiece on your holiday table and your guests will be so impressed.

P.S. It’s easy!! Watch the video tutorial and you will quickly realize YOU CAN DO THIS!!

Watch How to Make Wreath Bread:


Did you hear that crunch? This isn’t just a show-stopping “pretty” bread, but really tastes incredible!

How to Make a Wreath Bread with DIY video! Wreath bread has a crisp crackly crust and super soft center. Surprisingly easy and impressive Christmas bread wreath!

Ingredients for Wreath Bread:

1 3/4 cups (14 oz) warm water (100˚F)
1/2 tsp molasses
2 1/2 cups (315 grams) unbleached all-purpose flour, *measured correctly
2 1/3 cups (290 grams) unbleached bread flour* plus more for dusting
2 tsp salt
1 1/4 tsp instant yeast (quick rise)

*To measure flour correctly, spoon into a dry ingredients measuring cup and level the top with the blunt edge of a knife.

*Watch our easy video tutorial on how to measure correctly

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How to Make Wreath Bread:

1. In a large measuring cup, stir together 1 3/4 cups warm water (100˚F) and 1/2 tsp molasses and stir until dissolved.

2. In a large mixing bowl, add 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour, 2 1/3 cups bread flour, 2 tsp salt, and 1 1/4 tsp yeast, whisking until combined. Add water-molasses mixture and stir with a spatula until it comes together. Knead by hand 4 minutes. Dough should be soft and sticky to the touch but won’t stick to clean fingertips. If dough is too sticky, add flour 1 Tbsp at a time (I usually add 2-3 Tbsp extra flour while kneading).

3. Cover bowl with plastic wrap and let rise at room temp (69˚F – 75˚F) for 4 hours. Every hour, punch down dough with a wet hand and fold it over onto itself a few times.

Note: a wet hand will keep the dough from sticking to your hands without adding unnecessary flour.

4. After the 4 hours of rising time, punch down the dough one last time and pinch it in the center to divide into two even pieces. Generously dust 2 pieces of parchment paper with flour. Place each dough piece on it’s own sheet of parchment, turning it to coat in flour. Poke a hole in the center of the dough piece and stretch the dough into a ring about 5-6″ diameter in the center and 9-10″ diameter on the outside. Let the rings rest on parchment at room temperature 30 minutes.

5. Meanwhile, place an upside-down large baking sheet in the center of your oven with a cast iron or broiler pan on to one side of the bottom rack. With pans in place, preheat oven to 450˚F.

CAUTION: Do not use glass on the bottom rack – you will add ice cubes once the pan is fully preheated which can cause glass to shatter.

6. Sprinkle the top of dough ring with flour. Holding kitchen scissors at a 45˚ angle to the parchment paper, cut deep slits into the dough about 1 1/2″ apart, pulling the points away from the ring as you cut them.  Rotate the parchment paper as you slice to maintain the correct cutting angle.

How to Make a Wreath Bread with DIY video! Wreath bread has a crisp crackly crust and super soft center. Surprisingly easy and impressive Christmas bread wreath!

7. Transfer your bread (with the parchment paper) to the preheated oven onto the hot baking sheet and immediately pour 1 cup of ice cubes into the hot cast iron pan on the bottom rack (be careful not to drip on glass surfaces!). Bake at 450˚F for 20 minutes or until top is golden brown. Repeat step 7 with the second ring.

How to Make a Wreath Bread with DIY video! Wreath bread has a crisp crackly crust and super soft center. Surprisingly easy and impressive Christmas bread wreath!

Print-Friendly Christmas Bread Wreath Recipe:

DIY Wreath Bread (VIDEO)

5 from 15 votes
Prep Time: 4 hours 40 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 5 hours
How to Make a Wreath Bread with DIY video! Wreath bread has a crisp crackly crust and super soft center. Surprisingly easy and impressive for Christmas!
Author: Natasha of NatashasKitchen.com
Skill Level: Easy
Cost to Make: $2-$4
Calories: 184 kcal
Servings: 12 Makes 2 wreaths

Ingredients

  • 1 3/4 cups (14 oz) warm water (100˚F)
  • 1/2 tsp molasses
  • 2 1/2 cups unbleached all-purpose flour, measured correctly*
  • 2 1/3 cups unbleached bread flour, measured correctly,* plus more for dusting
  • 2 tsp salt
  • 1 1/4 tsp instant yeast quick rise

Instructions

  1. In a large measuring cup, combine 1 3/4 cups warm water (100˚F) and 1/2 tsp molasses and stir to dissolve.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, add 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour, 2 1/3 cups bread flour, 2 tsp salt, and 1 1/4 tsp yeast, whisking until combined. Add water-molasses mixture and stir with spatula until it comes together. Knead by hand 4 min. Dough should be soft and sticky to the touch but won't stick to clean fingertips. If dough is too sticky, add flour 1 Tbsp at a time (I usually add 2-3 Tbsp extra flour while kneading).
  3. Cover bowl with plastic wrap and let rise at room temp (69˚F - 75˚F) 4 hours. Every hour, punch down dough with wet hand and fold it onto itself a few times.
  4. After the 4 hours of rising time, punch down dough one last time and pinch it in the center to divide into two even pieces. Generously dust 2 pieces of parchment paper with flour. Place dough on parchment, turning it to coat in flour. Poke a hole in the center of each the dough piece and stretch dough into a ring 5-6" diameter in the center and 9-10" diameter on the outside. Let the rings rest on parchment at room temp 30 min.
  5. Meanwhile, place an upside-down large baking sheet in the center of your oven with a cast iron or broiler pan** set to one side of the bottom rack. With pans in place, preheat oven to 450˚F.
  6. Sprinkle the top of dough ring with flour. Holding scissors at a 45˚ angle to the parchment paper, cut deep slits into the dough about 1 1/2" apart, pulling the points away from the ring as you cut them. Rotate the parchment paper as you slice to maintain correct cutting angle.
  7. Transfer 1 ring (with the parchment paper) to the preheated oven onto the hot baking sheet and immediately pour 1 cup ice cubes into the hot cast iron pan below (be careful not to drip on glass surfaces!). Bake at 450˚F for 20 min or until top is golden brown. Repeat step 7 with second ring.

Recipe Notes

*To measure flour correctly, spoon into a dry ingredients measuring cup and level the top with the blunt edge of a knife.
**CAUTION: Do not use glass or ceramic on the bottom rack - you will add ice cubes once the pan is fully preheated which can cause glass to shatter.

Nutrition Facts
DIY Wreath Bread (VIDEO)
Amount Per Serving
Calories 184
% Daily Value*
Sodium 390mg 16%
Potassium 60mg 2%
Total Carbohydrates 37g 12%
Dietary Fiber 1g 4%
Protein 5g 10%
Calcium 0.9%
Iron 7.9%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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How to Make a Wreath Bread with DIY video! Wreath bread has a crisp crackly crust and super soft center. Surprisingly easy and impressive Christmas bread wreath!

Are you surprised how easy it is to make a bread wreath?!

I hope you all have a beautiful and Merry Christmas!! If you make this wreath bread and share a picture, let me know about it!! If you need more ideas for your holiday menu, check out our Christmas recipes here. 

Christmas Blessings to you!

Love,

-Natasha, Vadim and the littles 🙂

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  • December 14, 2018

    Hi I love your videos!….I just wanted to confirm that you are using teaspoons in the measuring and not tablespoons. Thanks Reply

    • Natasha
      December 14, 2018

      HI MC, yes that is correct, there are only teaspoon measures in this Christmas bread recipe 🙂 Reply

  • Beth
    December 5, 2018

    Have been baking bread for years and I just have one additional suggestion for this recipe. Before baking baste the bread with an egg wash and it will come out glossy for your table center piece. I do a wreath for Easter and place colored eggs within the slices or use braided bread and place the colored eggs within the bread. Typically used for the “blessing of the bread” at my church at Easter. Just thought I would share with you. Glad I found your web site. Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      December 5, 2018

      I’m so happy you discovered our blog also! Thank you for sharing your version with us! It sounds beautiful!! Reply

  • Heather Shields
    November 17, 2018

    Hi, Natasha!

    If these are made ahead of time, what’s the best way to store and reheat them? Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      November 17, 2018

      We wrap it either in plastic or aluminum foil to keep the bread’s natural moisture locked in there. Reply

  • Arlie
    November 17, 2018

    Do I really need to buy bread flour? I’ve generally just used AP for most breads. Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      November 17, 2018

      Hi Arlie, I have always made this particular bread with a combination of both flours. Bread flour has a higher gluten content and the dough results in a really soft and fluffy consistency. I have substituted my no-knead bread with 100% all-purpose flour and it worked well, so I think you could make it work. The amount might vary slightly with only all-purpose. Reply

  • Maryia
    November 16, 2018

    wow! i’m speechless! it’s beautiful, it’s delicious and it’s super easy! thank you for yet another amazing recipe! Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      November 17, 2018

      That’s just awesome!! Thank you for sharing your wonderful review 🙂 Reply

  • Fanny
    November 15, 2018

    Hi Natascha
    Do i wait for the water and molasses get cold after mix it and pour it the dry ingredients. Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      November 15, 2018

      We just pour it in following the next steps. It is still a bit warm. Reply

  • Fanny
    November 15, 2018

    Ho Natascha
    Do i need to wait the watter and molasses to get cold after to pour it to dough.
    Thanks again Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      November 15, 2018

      We just pour it in following the next steps. It is still a bit warm. Reply

  • laki
    April 20, 2018

    that’s really a great recipe to share, thank you so much Reply

    • Natasha's Kitchen
      April 20, 2018

      My pleasure Laki, I hope you like it! Reply

  • Jay
    March 4, 2018

    Wow, this looks so easy and delicious. However, if I don’t have a cast iron or broiler pan, is there an alternative I can use for the ice, e.g. an oven dish? Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      March 5, 2018

      Hi Jay, I wold use the smallest metal baking pan you can find instead. Reply

  • Martha
    January 21, 2018

    Have not tried it yet, but was wondering whether it is OK to use whole wheat flour instead of the unbleached all-purpose flower, and also sub honey for molasses. Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      January 22, 2018

      Hi Martha, I honestly can’t speak to the flour substitution since I haven’t tried that. Using only whole wheat flour tends to toughen the dough and the end result is not nearly as soft. You can sub the molasses for 1 tsp honey. Reply

  • Kallah
    January 19, 2018

    Can you use a pizza stone instead of an upside down pan? Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      January 20, 2018

      Hi Kallah, yes that will be fine just be sure your pizza stone is clean doesn’t have oil on it since it can get smoky at the high baking temperatures. Reply

  • Olga
    January 13, 2018

    Hi Natasha! This bread is so easy to make and at the end you get two beautiful, crusty, scrumptious wreaths. Thank you very much for the recipe and video! This is going to be one of our favorites for sure! Reply

    • Natasha's Kitchen
      January 13, 2018

      Hello Olga! You’re welcome, I’m glad you love the recipe. Thanks for sharing your great review! Reply

  • Elena
    January 6, 2018

    These are crazy delicious! I made them and they turned out great but the ‘petals’ didn’t turn out to look very good. Since I have 9 people in my family, this bread was gone before you could blink.Thanks for your recipes Natasha. Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      January 8, 2018

      Elena, thank you for such a nice review, I’m all smiles after reading your comment 😬 Reply

  • Alina
    January 4, 2018

    If I use bleach flower will I get the same results ? Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      January 5, 2018

      Hi Alina, that should still work well to use bleached all-purpose flour rather than unbleached. Reply

  • Diana S
    December 30, 2017

    Such a yummy bread! It was so simple to make, yet the end result is so impressive!!! I didn’t have any bread flour so I did it with just regular flour. I usually don’t make double batches on the first try because who knows if it’ll actually work, but I dared with this recipe and am so glad that I did! I baked them at my mother-in-laws house and all 4 loaves were gone in one evening!! So I’m making more today. 😊 Thank you for your hard work, and your delicious recipes! Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      December 31, 2017

      Hi Diana, I’m all smiles after reading such a nice review 😬. I’m glad it works with just regular flour. Have a blessed New Year! Reply

  • Marie
    December 29, 2017

    I was following the recipe until I got to the end where you put the pan in upside down. Did you have the dough on another’s pan or just put it on the upside down cooking sheet? If so, how did you get it there without dropping it? I guess this old 87 year old head does not understand Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      December 30, 2017

      Hi Marie, great question!! I place the dough on a cool cookie sheet to transfer it onto the hot cookie sheet. I slide it off of the cool cookie sheet onto the hot one. I also take it out of the oven the same way – slide it off with the paper from the hot cookie sheet onto the cool cookie sheet. 🙂 Reply

  • Jane
    December 28, 2017

    Way tooo much ads, increases every time I go on here.. ehhggg Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      December 29, 2017

      Hi Jane, I sure appreciate your feedback! We haven’t increased the amount of ads we’ve had for the past 6 months. We are working on a strategy that can reduce the number of ads, but we will always need to have ads present to keep the site running and keep recipes available to our readers free of charge 🙂 Reply

  • Leeza A.
    December 28, 2017

    Made the wreath holiday bread, tasted wonderful and looked amazing! Thank you Natasha for once again guiding me through the screen in my kitchen and sharing your recipes with us. Reply

    • Natasha's Kitchen
      December 28, 2017

      You’re welcome Leeza! I’m happy to hear how much you enjoy the recipe. Thanks for sharing your great review! Reply

  • Jeff Franks
    December 28, 2017

    Hello Natasha:0 I found your site and decided to make the wreath bread tonight, to my amazement, it came out very nice, so crunchy on the outside, tender inside. It looks so very beautiful also. Thank you for the recipe.

    Jeff Franks :)) Reply

    • Natasha's Kitchen
      December 28, 2017

      You’re welcome Jeff! I’m glad to hear how much you enjoy the recipe. Thanks for following and sharing your wonderful review with other readers! Reply

  • Jessica
    December 26, 2017

    Hi Natasha! It’s me again, and im currently making the bread right now and i was wondering why we need the ice. Thank you! Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      December 26, 2017

      Hi Jessica, the ice turns into steam which helps the crust to form and become crunchy. Reply

  • Zora
    December 26, 2017

    For some reason my dough came out really hard. I added the flour as it says to (measured correctly with your method) and it still came out so hard i couldn’t even knead it 🙁 Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      December 26, 2017

      Hi Zora, I haven’t had that experience or report yet. Are you certain you didn’t miscalculate the flour and add an extra cup? It should be very soft and pliable and easy to knead. Also, did you possibly change the type of flour? Reply

  • Valerie
    December 26, 2017

    Hello Natasha,
    I was wondering… can you prepare the wreaths following all the steps until prior to the baking part and freeze the dough (already shaped as a wreath)? For small families, two wreaths might be too much especially if it’s better to eat them the same day they are baked… I am a huge fan of your recipes… Love your videos… they make it so easy to follow your instructions. You are so friendly and bubbly…. fun to watch and follow 😄😄😄. Happy holidays 🎄🎅☃ Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      December 26, 2017

      Hi Valerie, I haven’t tried freezing bread dough to be honest. I have refrigerated the dough overnight and then let it get to room temperature and rise before baking the following day and that worked out well.
      Has anyone else tried freezing French bread dough? Thanks in advance!  Reply

      • Oksana
        December 27, 2017

        Google says you can freeze this kind of dough up to 3 months. Reply

        • Natasha
          natashaskitchen
          December 27, 2017

          Thanks for sharing! Reply

  • Nastya
    December 25, 2017

    I made this recipe for Christmas family gathering. I changed the ingredients because I didn’t have the original in the recipe. I used 1 tsp honey and 4 cups purpose flour for the dough. The bread turned out wonderful! Everyone loved it. Thank you so much for all the recipes because this is another one that made it to my all time favorites from Natashas Kitchen. Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      December 25, 2017

      I’m so happy you all loved the bread!! 🙂 Thank yo for sharing your amazing review! 🙂 Reply

  • Marizza F.
    December 24, 2017

    First time baking bread and this recipe turned out great! I followed the instructions as directed and my wreath bread turned out perfect. The crust was crispy and soft inside. Thank you so much for this recipe!!! Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      December 24, 2017

      YESSS!!! I’m so happy for your success! Thank you so much for sharing your amazing review 🙂 Reply

  • Natasha
    December 23, 2017

    THIS BREAD IS AMAZING. MADE IT TODAY AND MY FAMILY ABSOLUTELY LOVED IT!!!

    THANK YOU FOR ALL THE YEARS OF AMAZING RECIPES 💟

    From your sister in Christ all the way up in Niagara Falls Canada! Reply

    • Natasha's Kitchen
      December 23, 2017

      It really is my pleasure Natasha! I’m glad to hear everyone enjoys the recipe. Thanks for sharing and Merry Christmas! Reply

  • Oksana
    December 23, 2017

    Such a wonderful idea!! I am sure this wreath itself is a very nice decoration on a table! Thank you for sharing this recipe.
    Merry Christmas to you and your family! Reply

    • Natasha's Kitchen
      December 23, 2017

      My pleasure Oksana! It is so easy and festive. Merry Christmas! Reply

  • Kathy
    December 23, 2017

    Does this reheat well or get too hard? Thx. Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      December 23, 2017

      Hi Kathy, I think it is the very best served the day it is baked because it’s super crisp outside and soft inside. Reply

  • JAQUELINE HOELTGEBAUM
    December 23, 2017

    I love their recipes, they are simple and easy to make.
    Is it possible to make this bread only with common plain flour?
    Merry Christmas! Greetings from Brazil! Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      December 23, 2017

      Hi Jaqueline, I have always made this particular bread with a combination of both flours. Bread flour has a higher gluten content and the dough results in a really soft and fluffy consistency. I have substituted my no-knead bread with 100% all-purpose flour and it worked well, so I think you could make it work. The amount might vary slightly with only all-purpose. Merry Christmas to you also! Reply

  • December 22, 2017

    Love the creative wreath idea, especially for the holidays. #SuperTalented you!! Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      December 22, 2017

      You’re so sweet! Thank you Valentina! Also thank you for the beautiful Christmas card! I loved it! Reply

  • JJ
    December 22, 2017

    Yum, Yum!!! That looks amazing and so delicious! I have to try this. Thanks for the recipe. Where do you get the molasses? Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      December 22, 2017

      Hi JJ, any grocery store should have molasses in the baking section. Thank you for visiting the site and have a Merry Christmas 😬 Reply

    • December 23, 2017

      I used honey it worked out well. Reply

  • Jessica
    December 22, 2017

    Hi Natasha! I was wondering if I could make this recipe with out molasses would it still work out? Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      December 22, 2017

      Jessica, I would add 1 tsp of honey as a substitute. Let me know how it turns out 😬 Reply

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