Special Occasion

Ham & Cheese Christmas Tree Bread
60 minutes
When you see a Christmas tree, you can't help but just smile. Foods shaped in festive ways just bring you joy during the December holiday. The ham & cheese Christmas Tree Bread can be served as a charming and delicious festive appetizer or side dish.

Bread Dough:

2 1/2 Pound Self Rising Flour 

5oz Sugar

2 1/2oz Butter

2 1/2oz Crisco Shortening 

1oz Salt

1oz Instant Yeast

3oz Powder Milk

3 Egg Yolk

+/- 3 Cup Cold Water


1 pack Mozzarella Cheese Sticks 

8 slice HAM

1 Egg

1 Garlic Clove

1 Tbsp Butter

Italian Seasoning



Preheat oven at 350 degrees.

Preparing time is 20 minutes and cooking time is approximately 40 minutes.

  • Add flour, sugar, butter, Crisco shortening, yeast and powder milk into a bowl and bring to mix.
  • Add cold water slowly into the mixture and continue mixing.
  • Add salt slowly while mixing.
  • When dough is ready, break golf-ball sized pieces off and flatten in the palm of your hand.
  • Add a cube of cheese and piece of ham then bring all the edges up, pinching them together then roll into balls.  
  • Place the dough balls onto a parchment-lined baking sheet or large sheet pan in the shape of a Christmas tree. Allow a little space in between the dough balls
  • Brush the though with beaten eggs and sprinkle with italian seasoning.
  • Place in the oven and allow to bake for 30-35 minutes or until the bread is golden brown and cooked through.
  • Remove from the oven, allow to cool for 10 minutes then decorate with parsley (optional) before serving.