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15 INGREDIENTS12 STEPS3HR

Chelsea Bun Christmas Tree

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Jeanie and Lulu's Kitchen
Welcome to Jeanie and Lulu’s Kitchen, a love letter to my two incredible grandmothers, both of whom I think about every time I’m in the kitchen.
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This delicious treat also happens to be a gorgeous, showstopping bake that will make Christmas morning or lazy Sundays sweet and yummy.

3HR

Total Cooking Time

15

Ingredients
Jeanie and Lulu's Kitchen
Welcome to Jeanie and Lulu’s Kitchen, a love letter to my two incredible grandmothers, both of whom I think about every time I’m in the kitchen.
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Ingredients
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Servings:
12
Serves 12
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Dough
5 3/4 cups
Bread Flour
1 Tbsp
1 1/2 cups
1/4 cup
Filling
3 cups
Jarred Fruit Mincemeat
1 cup
Pistachios , chopped
plus more for topping
1
Orange , zested, juiced
2 Tbsp. of juice
1 Tbsp
Ground Cinnamon
1/2 tsp
Ground Nutmeg
2 Tbsp
Butter , melted
Finishing
3 Tbsp
Apricot Jam
1/2 cup
Powdered Confectioners Sugar
10
Maraschino Cherries
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Directions

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Step 1
Set up a stand mixer and fit it with the dough hook. Add the Bread Flour (5 3/4 cups) to its bowl, then pour the Instant Dry Yeast (1 Tbsp) on top on one side and the Salt (1 Tbsp) on the other side.
Step 2
Combine the Milk (1 1/2 cups) and Butter (1/4 cup) in a microwave-safe bowl and heat it up for about 2 minutes, until the butter is melted and it feels like hot bathwater.
Step 3
Pour it into the bowl with the dry ingredients and let it sit for a couple of minutes to bubble up.
Step 4
Add in the Eggs (2) , and run the dough hook on low to start mixing it all together until it starts to form a dough. Turn the speed up one more notch and let the hook kneed the dough for 3-4 minutes to really work it together. Cover the bowl and let the dough double in size for an hour in a warm, dry area of the kitchen.
Step 5
Cover the bowl and let the dough double in size for an hour in a warm, dry area of the kitchen.
Step 6
Simply stir Jarred Fruit Mincemeat (3 cups) , Pistachios (1 cup) , the juice and zest of the Orange (1) , Ground Cinnamon (1 Tbsp) and Ground Nutmeg (1/2 tsp) together thoroughly in a medium bowl.
Step 7
When the dough is done rising, roll it out into a large, thin rectangle that measures about 20 x 14. Brush the Butter (2 Tbsp) all over the rectangle and spread the filling in a thin layer on top of the butter, leaving a small border. Roll up the short side really tightly and trim the ends off so that they’re neat.
Step 8
Then cut 16 rolls out of it that are about 1-inch. Get out a sheet tray and line it with parchment. Form the tree by placing 1 roll at the top, followed by 2 in the next row, then 3, then 4, then 5. Use the 16th roll and the two trimmed ends to form the trunk. Cover the tray and let the rolls rise again for 1 hour.
Step 9
When the hour is almost up, preheat the oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).
Step 10
Bake the tree for 25-30 minutes, until completely golden but still soft.
Step 11
While they bake, start preparing the finishing items. Melt the Apricot Jam (3 Tbsp) with a big dash of water in a small saucepan over low heat until it forms a glaze. Set it aside. Then stir the Powdered Confectioners Sugar (1/2 cup) and Orange Juice (2 Tbsp) together until it forms a thick icing.
Step 12
When the chelsea bun tree is done, brush it all over with the apricot glaze to give it a shine. Then drizzle it generously all over with the icing to look like snow and place the Maraschino Cherries (10) and chopped pistachies on top. Serve immediately and enjoy!

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