- 2-3/4 to 3-1/4 cups all-purpose flour
- 1/4 cup sugar
- 1 package (1/4 ounce) active dry yeast
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
- 1 cup buttermilk
- 1/4 cup shortening
- 1 egg
- 2 tablespoons butter or margarine, softened
- 1 tablespoon red colored sugar
- 1 tablespoon green colored sugar
- In a mixing bowl, combine 1-1/2 cups flour, sugar, yeast, salt and baking soda. In a saucepan, heat buttermilk and shortening to 120°-130°. Add to dry ingredients; beat until moistened. Add egg; beat on medium speed for 30 seconds. Beat on high for 3 minutes. Stir in enough remaining flour to form a firm dough. Turn onto a floured surface; knead until smooth and elastic, about 6-8 minutes. Cover and let rest for 10 minutes. Divide dough in half. Roll each into a 14-in. x 3-in. rectangles; pinch seam to seal. Cut each into fourteen 3-in. x 1-in. strips. Beginning with the red-sugared strips, twist each strip several times. On a greased baking sheet, arrange strips in a tree shape by placing pinched edge of a strip in the top center of baking sheet and fanning out rounded end, allowing filling to show. Use six strips of dough on one side and seven strips on other side. Pinch dough in center to join. Use remaining strip for tree trunk. Repeat with green-sugared strips. Cover and let rise in a warm place until doubled, about 1 hour. Bake at 375° for 15-20 minutes or until lightly browned. Remove from pans to wire racks to cool. Yield: 2 loaves.
Reviews forChristmas Tree Twists
"I've been preparing this recipe for the past 15 years and it's not only fun to make but delicious to eat. Back in the 1960's this recipe was in "Better Homes and Garden""