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Soft bread Christmas tree: the vegan recipe!

Salty Christmas tree

The salty Christmas tree is a fun recipe to enjoy during the holiday season, easy to make and perfect even for those who follow a vegan diet.

Today we are preparing a very easy appetizer with a great scenic effect if served during the Christmas holidays : the bread Christmas tree. This delicious dish consists of many small soft oven-baked vegan sandwiches , arranged close together to form a real bread tree: a convivial and perfect recipe for sharing an aperitif with friends or family.

The best way to enjoy this dish is to tear off the balls of bread and dip them in a fantastic tomato and basil sauce : try it too, this recipe is very simple but with guaranteed results!

Salty Christmas tree
Salty Christmas tree

Preparing the Christmas bread tree

  1. Let's start preparing the bread. Warm up your vegetable milk and once it is lukewarm, dissolve a cube of yeast inside it. Once melted, start mixing the milk with the flour in a large bowl and add the extra virgin olive oil and salt.
  2. Keep kneading with your hands for a long time, until you get a homogeneous and smooth mixture. At this point, let the bread rise in the oven for at least 1 hour.
  3. Once the dough for your soft rolls has risen, divide it into many small balls and arrange them on a baking tray lined with a sheet of baking paper all close together, giving the shape of a Christmas tree.
  4. Brush them with extra virgin olive oil and cook in the oven at a temperature of 180°C for about 20 minutes . You can also decorate with sesame or sunflower seeds, to give some color to the bread.
  5. Once ready, serve it hot and… enjoy your meal!

Also discover all our Christmas appetizers : you will love them!

How to make the accompanying sauce

The leavening times of this bread are quite long, therefore, in order not to remain idle, you can make a delicious sauce that will serve as a dip for your sandwiches ! Here is the recipe and the ingredients you will need!

Tomato puree
Tomato puree


  • 3 cans of peeled tomatoes
  • 1 shallot
  • 1 clove of garlic
  • fresh basil to taste
  • extra virgin olive oil to taste
  • Salt to taste
  • pepper as needed
  • sugar to taste


  1. Fry the poached garlic in a saucepan with the finely chopped shallot and two tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil.
  2. Once the shallot is well browned, put the tomatoes and add salt, pepper and a pinch of sugar.
  3. Bring to the boil, waiting at least 20 minutes, and once the sauce is ready, remove the garlic and season it with a few leaves of fresh basil . Finally, let it rest in the fridge until it has cooled down.

You can make any type of gravy: yoghurt sauces, a basil pesto, a cheese fondue… use your imagination !

Or, why not make a vegan mayonnaise ?


This Christmas dish can be kept in a cool, dry place for a maximum of 1-2 days , later the bread will lose its softness. The sauce, on the other hand, can be kept in the fridge for about 3-4 days , well covered in transparent film.

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