4-Ingredient Tacky Dough Ball Christmas Tree (GF)

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This splendidly simple gluten free tacky dough ball Christmas tree is the proper festive bread to bake. No proving time is required and it solely takes Half-hour to bake.

Delicate gluten free dough balls, with tacky centres and slathered with garlic butter, this dough ball Christmas tree tastes completely scrumptious too!

Whether or not as a centrepiece for festive buffets, or a enjoyable addition to lunch or dinner, your family and friends will love this one.

For double tacky goodness, why not serve alongside a baked camembert and chutneys. Or for a straightforward but spectacular lunch, serve with huge bowlfuls of soup. My spiced carrot and parsnip or celeriac soups could be good with it.

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Can I Make This Dough Ball Christmas Tree in Advance?

It’s best baked recent, or a minimum of eaten inside a couple of hours of baking, so I might advocate you make it as close to to serving as attainable.

You may make the dough upfront, form and assemble the tree, them cowl with cling movie and retailer within the fridge for as much as a day. Then permit it to return as much as room temperature (ideally) earlier than baking when wanted.

You would additionally freeze, defrost and bake, when you’ve got sufficient freezer area to accommodate a dough ball tree!

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Can I Make a Bigger Dough Ball Christmas Tree to Serve Extra Individuals?

Sure completely. Double or triple the recipe when you want a much bigger tree, or have enjoyable creating completely different Christmas shapes. Perhaps a wreath with a baked camembert within the centre!

You might want a barely longer baking time, 5-10 minutes, to make sure the dough balls within the centre are baked via. You possibly can take it out of the oven to verify – it gained’t have an effect on the bake.

If going for an extended bake, finest that you just rotate the tray 180 levels half approach via baking, to make sure even browning.

Can I Make a Dairy Free/Vegan Model?

The bottom dough positively works with plant base yoghurt (use a thick, Greek fashion one). As for the cheese factor, I’ve not tried it however it could positively be value experimenting together with your favorite dairy free cheddar various.

I Can’t Have Garlic, Can I Exchange the Garlic Butter?

Sure you possibly can merely brush with melted butter and herbs – it can nonetheless be completely scrumptious!

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Tacky Dough Ball Christmas Tree Recipe

This gluten free tacky dough ball Christmas tree serves 2-4 folks, relying in your appetites. You possibly can double or triple the recipe (see particulars above) if you wish to feed a much bigger group.

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Gluten Free Cheesy Dough Ball Christmas Tree

Yield: Serves 2-4

Gluten Free Tacky Dough Ball Christmas Tree

Prep Time:
20 minutes

Prepare dinner Time:

Complete Time:
50 minutes

A scrumptious tacky dough ball Christmas tree, utterly gluten free, with garlic butter glaze to complete.


  • 300g/10.5oz gluten free white bread flour (I used Doves Farm) or Mulino Caputo Fioreglut flour
  • 1.5 tsp (2 US tsp) baking powder
  • 260ml/9.2 floz plain Greek yoghurt
  • 100g/3.5oz cheddar cheese

Non-obligatory extras:

  • Garlic butter – 40g/1.4oz salted butter, 2 tsp olive oil, 1 massive minced garlic cloves/1.5 tsp garlic paste, 1 tsp recent parsley (chopped finely)
  • Edible decorations reminiscent of purple pepper stars (I used a plunger star cutter to make these)
  • 15g/0.5 oz cheddar cheese


      1. Add the flour, baking powder and yoghurt to a bowl and blend with a spoon till you might have a crumbly dough.
      2. Knead together with your fingers for a couple of minutes, till you might have a clean ball of dough, then press the dough out pretty flat contained in the bowl (to present you most floor space for the cheese).
      3. Grate 50g of cheddar (I take advantage of the nice grater setting) into the bowl with the dough. Fold the dough to progressively incorporate the cheese, with out it clumping into a giant lump, then knead the dough till you might have a pleasant clean ball once more.
      4. Break up the dough into 17 equal-sized parts (approx 36g every) and put aside on a spot.
      5. Chop 17 small items of cheese from the remaining 50g. Take a dough portion, flatten barely and place a dice of cheese within the centre. Fold the dough across the cheese and roll every right into a ball. Repeat with 15 parts of dough to present you 15 dough balls.
      6. Take two parts of dough and mix – place the remaining two cubes of cheese within the center and type a rectangle form round them, to create your tree “pot”.
      7. With the ultimate piece of dough, flatten and form right into a star, both with a cutter or a knife.
      8. Now preheat your oven to 180C/350F (fan). Line a baking sheet with non-stick baking paper. Prepare your dough balls on the sheet in a Christmas tree form – 5 as the underside of the tree, then 4, 3, 2, 1 for the rows (from backside to high). Place the star on the high of the tree and the pot on the backside.
      9. Brush the tree, star and pot with slightly olive oil. The oil helps to present them a pleasant clean crust – when you skip it they could break up and look a bit rustic (except you might be utilizing Mulino Caputo flour, which is extra forgiving). Add 15g finely grated cheddar over the dough when you like an additional tacky end and any purple pepper star and ribbon decorations in case you are utilizing them.
      10. Bake on the decrease shelf for 25-Half-hour, till golden and scrumptious.
      11. If you wish to add the garlic butter to complete (extremely really useful), merely soften the butter in a small ramekin, add the garlic, olive oil and parsley. Stir to mix, then brush over the new dough balls. Get pleasure from! Serve heat for essentially the most scrumptious bread.

For extra festive treats, why not strive a few of my different gluten free recipes:

Get pleasure from! Laura xxx