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Thursday, 5 December 2013

Christmas Tree Dinner Rolls

Christmas is drawing near and I am sure some of you would have starting to plan the menu for the day.

But are you planning to bake some dinner rolls too?  If you are, why not bake the rolls that look and shape like a Christmas tree.  It sure impress your guests having this Christmas tree dinner rolls as the centre piece on the dinner table.

Again I used back the Plain Milky Buns (Kopitiam Buns) with some slight change.

Christmas Tree Dinner Rolls

Overnight sponge dough

215g high protein flour
125g milk (cold)
2g instant yeast (1/2 tsp)


Add all ingredients in a mixing bowl, combine all ingredients to a rough dough by hands , the dough is dry and rough and don't need to knead till pass window pane. Cover tightly with cling film and immediately store in the fridge for overnight (at least 12 hours).

To prepare milk buns

1 quantity of above overnight sponge dough
90g high protein flour
30g egg (1/2 large egg)
4g instant yeast (1tsp)
3g fine salt (1/2tsp)
60g sugar (I used only 50g)
45g butter (room temperature)
1 tbsp milk (cold)
3-4 tbsp chopped fresh rosemary
1-2 tbsp Sea Salt

Tear the overnight sponge dough into pieces and add all ingredients except butter in a mixing bowl, knead till smooth dough.

Add in the butter and knead until dough is smooth and elastic. Cover with cling film and set aside to proof till double in size.

Punch down the dough to expel air, equal divide the dough to 19 portions (about 30g each), shape into round balls. Place dough in baking sheet and placing the dough balls shaping it like a Christmas Tree. Let it proof for another 30-45mins.
Brush some melted butter on top of the buns, sprinkle/scatter the chopped rosemary and then sea salt on top. 

Bake at pre-heated oven at 170C for 20mins.

This "Rosemary/Sea Salt topping was inspired from The Pioneer Woman of her Buttered Rosemary Rolls

I have made this "Christmas Tree" Butter Buns last year and thought of doing this Xmas tree shape again just to inspire you.

 I am submitting this to the "Baby Sumo's Christmas Recipes Collection 2013" event which is hosted by Baby Sumo of Eat Your Heart Out.


  1. I love this! got to try it soon, looks so christmasy:D

  2. great idea of arrange the dinner rolls into Christmas tree shape, maybe I should made this and surprise my kids.

  3. These little rolls looks great shaped like a xmas tree, mel! Sure sets the mood for christmas dining ^^

  4. Super yummy ....perfect for Christmas..

  5. Loved your Xmas tree buns Mel. You sure are busy getting into the festive mood. What's next on my your list?

  6. i wonder how people will react if i say "i just ate my friend's christmas tree..... kakaka".... very pretty bake ;)

  7. Yes, this will surely impress everyone at the christmas dinner table! Lovely idea Mel, very creative!

  8. Mel, Mel, Mel,
    I inspired!
    Love how Christmassy your lovely dinner rolls looks! I am going to bake this too :)

  9. Wow Mel! A christmas tree loaf... looks amazing! I rmbr someone else doing somehting similiar last year. Thanks for linking to my event :)

  10. very cantik and edible Chritsmas tree :D

  11. Mel, your x'mas tree dinner rolls look so golden! very pretty too!

  12. i'm sure friends would be delighted to see an edible christmas tree on the table :)

  13. What a beautiful X'mas tree! Good idea, Mel :)

  14. Mel, everyone will want a piece of your Christmas Tree Dinner Rolls!

  15. I want these for my Christmas party! Kids will be so excited to see a tree out of delicious bread. Amazing work, Mel!