I tried to make a bread type dough out of my Lehmann recipe. I had some Christmas cake baking pans that were aluminum. I used my 16 oz. dough balls, that are a Lehmann pizza dough recipe. I tried 2 Christmas dough type breads. The first I made as below and the second dough, I let to rise a little more for about an hour and a half covered with saran wrap before baking. The second dough was higher in the finished tree.
I greased the pan with vegetable oil then opened my dough ball a little. I then placed the dough in the mold and pressed into place. On top on the dough I put on olive oil and pressed with my fingers.
Baked at 550 degrees F until the top of the dough looked finished. Removed from the pan and brushed with a mixture of olive oil, butter, margarine and other herbs I had ready for my breadsticks. Sprinkled with Italian herbs that were dry. Baked again until the top was browned.
The finished crust and tree tasted very good. I think I will make that for Christmas. I forgot to take a picture after it was cut. In my other post about Christmas I did post a picture of the crumb. I might also slice some olives and grape tomatoes and add to the final bake to make the finished product look more like Christmas.
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