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Cheesy Garlic Christmas Tree Buns

These soft fluffy cheese buns, shaped as a Christmas tree, is what your next festive gathering needs!
Prep Time20 minutes
Cook Time20 minutes
Resting Time1 hour
Total Time1 hour 40 minutes
Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: American, European
Keyword: Bread, buns, Cheese
Servings: 40 buns


  • 450 g strong bread flour
  • 55 g butter cubed
  • 300 ml milk lukewarm
  • 1 egg
  • 6 g salt
  • 12 g sugar
  • 11 g active dry yeast
  • 100 g low moisture mozzarella cheese
  • 50 ml olive oil
  • 3 garlic cloves minced
  • 1 tsp chili flakes
  • handful of parsley


  • In a small bowl mix the lukewarm milk, yeast and sugar. Let the mixture foam for about 15 minutes.
  • In the meantime to a mixer with a dough hook, add all the ingredients, apart from the butter and mix together. Once you have a dough starting to form, start adding the butter piece by piece until it's all incorporated. Knead the dough for about 15 minutes.
  • Cover the dough and let it rest for an hour in the warmest place in your kitchen until it doubles in size.
  • Preheat the oven to 180°C or 350°F. Line a baking tray with parchment paper. Set aside.
  • Once the dough is ready, punch it down and knead for a couple of minutes. Divide the dough into 40 equal parts and form into balls.
  • Flatten each dough ball down and place a piece of cheese in the middle. Close the edges and roll into a bun.
  • Place the buns on the tray forming a Christmas tree. Before placing the buns into the oven, brush them with some milk.
  • Bake in the oven for about 20 minutes, until the buns have a nice golden brown colour.
  • In the meantime chop the parsley and mince the garlic. Combine them with the olive oil, chili flakes and a sprinkle of salt. Set aside.
  • Once baked, let them rest for a couple of minutes before brushing on top the garlic parsley oil. Enjoy!