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Raspberry and Pistachio Wreath on baking paper and marble serving board.
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Raspberry and Pistachio Wreath Recipe

Raspberry and pistachio wreath recipe perfect for Christmas and gifting to loved ones! Easy to make, impressive and delicious.
Prep Time20 mins
Cook Time40 mins
Resting time2 hrs
Total Time3 hrs
Cuisine: American, Vegan
Servings: 12 people
Author: Anthea

Ingredients

Quick Raspberry Jam (or thick store-bought jam, see note 1)

Wreath

Optional add-ins

To decorate (note 3)

  • ¼ cup (50g) granulated sugar
  • 2 tablespoons (30g) water
  • ¼ cup pistachios

Instructions

To make the jam:

  • Add all ingredients to a small saucepan and bring it to a boil for 5 minutes. Stir while mashing the raspberries. Reduce to a simmer for another few minutes or until the raspberries have broken down. The mixture is ready when it's thick and sticky. Remove from the heat and cool.

To make the dough:

  • Combine all ingredients (and optional add-ins) in a large bowl or stand mixer and mix until it comes together. Knead the dough for 5-10 minutes or until the dough becomes soft and stretchy. The dough should be tacky but shouldn't stick to the side of the bowl. If the dough is sticky, add a little more flour and knead again. If the dough is dry (where cracks are showing on the surface), add a dash of milk and knead again.
  • Leave the dough in the bowl or stand mixer, cover with a tea towel and place it in a warm place for at least 1 hour or until the dough doubles in size. If it doesn't double in size, place it in a WARMER spot and wait until it does.
  • Dust a clean surface with flour. Roll out the dough into a rectangle shape around 25 x 45 cm large (10 x 20 inch). Spread the cooled jam onto the dough so it's close to the edge.
  • Starting from the long side of the dough, roll it into a tube (note 5). Use a sharp knife to cut the tube in half length ways creating two long 'strips' of pastry. Carefully twirl the two halves together.
  • Place the dough on a lined baking tray. Connect the two ends of the dough together to form a wreath. Cover the wreath and let it rest in a warm place for at least 1 hour or until increased in size by at least 20%. You can also let the wreath rest in the fridge overnight.

Baking the wreath:

  • If you chilled your wreath overnight, let it come to room temperature. When you are ready to bake, preheat the oven to 170°C (340°F).
  • Bake the wreath for around 20 minutes or until the outside is slightly golden brown. The baking time will depend on the thickness of your wreath. If you insert a skewer into the wreath, there should be no wet dough on it. Allow the wreath to cool on the baking tray.

Decorating the wreath:

  • To make a sugar glaze, add the sugar and water to a small saucepan over medium heat. Stir until the sugar has dissolved. While the babka is still hot, drizzle the sugar glaze on top.
  • Sprinkle the pistachios on the wreath just before serving. Enjoy! The wreath is best eaten the day it is baked. Alternatively, store it an airtight container at room temperature for 1-2 days.

Notes

  1. If your store-bought jam is a little runny, reduce it on the stove for 5 minutes. Add the jam to a small saucepan over medium heat and allow it to simmer until it's thick and some of the liquid has evaporated. The jam should not drip and be sticky. If in doubt, the thicker the better! Use the pictures in the blog post as a reference.
  2. Instant yeast doesn't need to be 'activated' or 'bloomed' beforehand. However, if you use another type of yeast, combine it with warm milk and a pinch of sugar beforehand. Wait until it bubbles then use it in the recipe.
  3. If you're avoiding refined sugar, you can use 50g of any liquid sweetener instead of the sugar and water. Heat it up and drizzle on the wreath while it's hot.
  4. If your dough is too soft and will be difficult to shape, place it in the fridge for 30 minutes to firm up. This is just for the wreath's appearance and won't affect its taste or texture.

Nutrition

Serving: 1 serve with only pistachios | Calories: 234kcal | Carbohydrates: 36g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 8g | Sodium: 82mg | Potassium: 104mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 8g | Vitamin A: 380IU | Vitamin C: 3mg | Calcium: 40mg | Iron: 2mg
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