‘Tis the Season to Make Everything Christmassy — Try This Cinnamon Bun Christmas Tree!
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‘Tis the Season to Make Everything Christmassy — Try This Cinnamon Bun Christmas Tree!

I guess everyone probably thinks this of themselves, but I really think I might be the most excited person on the planet when it comes to Christmas. Christmas slippers, Christmas music, Christmas earrings — if it can be Christmas-ified, I’m doing it. The same goes for my food — why just eat a cinnamon bun, when you could eat a cinnamon bun Christmas tree, drizzled with homemade cranberry jam?! It’s an absolute no-brainer. Especially when you use my favorite time-saving hack: Use shop-bought pizza dough instead of making your own!

Ingredients:

  • 1 batch pizza dough (enough for 1 large pizza)
  • 1 Tablespoon butter
  • 5 Tablespoons caster sugar, divided
  • 1 Tablespoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 cup fresh cranberries
  • 3 Tablespoons water
  • 3 Tablespoons powdered sugar
  • 1 Tablespoon milk
  • chocolate stars

Instructions:

1. Roll out the dough until it forms a rough rectangle. Melt the butter and brush it over the dough, then sprinkle over 2 tablespoons of sugar and all of the cinnamon. Use a pastry brush or the back of a spoon to spread everything around.

2. Roll the dough tightly, then cut into 11 equal pieces. Arrange the rolls on a lined baking tray in the shape of a Christmas tree. Bake at 375 degrees Fahrenheit for around 20 minutes, or until the dough is firm and golden brown.

3. While the cinnamon buns are baking, prepare the cranberry jam. Halve each cranberry (this prevents them splitting as they cook), and add them to a saucepan with the water and the remaining 3 tablespoons of sugar. Cook over a medium heat, stirring constantly, for 5-10 minutes, until the cranberries have cooked right down and the mixture has thickened up to produce jam.

4. Add the powdered sugar to a dash of milk, and mix thoroughly with a fork to make icing. You can adjust the consistency with a touch more milk or more sugar.

5. When the cinnamon buns have finished baking, decorate the tree with a drizzle of icing and dollops of cranberry jam. I also added some small white chocolate stars.

Roll out the dough until it forms a rough rectangle. Melt the butter and brush it over the dough, then sprinkle over two tablespoons of sugar and all of the cinnamon. Use a pastry brush or the back of a spoon to spread everything around.

Roll the dough tightly, then cut into 11 equal pieces. Arrange the rolls on a lined baking tray in the shape of a Christmas tree. Bake at 375 degrees Fahrenheit for around 20 minutes, or until the dough is firm and golden brown.

While the cinnamon buns are baking, prepare the cranberry jam. Halve each cranberry (this prevents them splitting as they cook), and add them to a saucepan with the water and the remaining three tablespoons of sugar. Cook over a medium heat, stirring constantly, for 5-10 minutes, until the cranberries have cooked right down and the mixture has thickened up to produce jam.

Add the powdered sugar to a dash of milk, and mix thoroughly with a fork to make icing. You can adjust the consistency with a touch more milk or more sugar.

When the cinnamon buns have finished baking, decorate the tree with a drizzle of icing and dollops of cranberry jam. I also added some small white chocolate stars.

I think the best way to serve this cinnamon bun Christmas tree is to place it in the middle of the table, and let everyone dig in! It’s the best kind of Christmassy pull-apart bread.

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