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Buttery Herb Christmas Tree

Ingredients

  • 1 package (1/4 ounce) active dry yeast
  • 2 tablespoons warm water (110° to 115°)
  • 1/2 cup warm 2% milk (110° to 115°)
  • 1/4 cup butter, softened
  • 1 large egg
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2-1/2 to 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • HERB BUTTER:
  • 1/4 cup butter, softened
  • 1 small garlic clove, minced
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried minced onion
  • Dash cayenne pepper
  • 1 tablespoon water
  • 1 teaspoon sesame seeds

Directions

  • 1. In a large bowl, dissolve yeast in warm water. Add the milk, butter, egg, sugar, salt and 1-1/2 cups flour. Beat until smooth. Stir in enough remaining flour to form a firm dough.
  • 2. Turn onto a lightly floured surface; knead until smooth and elastic, 6-8 minutes. Place in a greased bowl, turning once to grease the top. Cover and let rise in a warm place until doubled, about 1 hour.
  • 3. Punch dough down. Turn onto a lightly floured surface. Roll out dough to 1/8-in. thickness; cut out into seventeen 3-1/2-in. circles.
  • 4. For herb butter, combine the butter, garlic, basil, oregano, onion and cayenne. Set aside 1 teaspoon herb butter. Spread the remaining herb butter over dough circles to within 1/2 in. of edges. Using the dull edge of a table knife, make an off center crease in each roll. Fold along crease.
  • 5. To form tree, place one roll near the top center of a parchment paper-lined 15x10x1-in. baking pan. Arrange 14 rolls overlapping slightly, forming a tree. Use water to moisten dough where it overlaps.
  • 6. For trunks, place remaining rolls on bottom of tree. Cover and let rise until doubled, about 40 minutes.
  • 7. In microwave, melt reserved butter mixture. Brush over rolls; sprinkle with sesame seeds. Bake at 350° until golden brown, 15-20 minutes. Serve warm.

Nutrition Facts

1 roll: 130 calories, 6g fat (4g saturated fat), 27mg cholesterol, 185mg sodium, 16g carbohydrate (2g sugars, 1g fiber), 3g protein.

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