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Sun-Dried Tomato ‘n’ Basil Wreath

I added to a family recipe to create this bright and pretty wreath. Served with herb butter, it makes a special accompaniment to holiday meals. —Teresa Morancie of Brewer, Maine
  • Total Time
    Prep: 50 min. + rising Bake: 20 min.
  • Makes
    1 loaf (12 slices)


  • 1/2 cup boiling water
  • 1/4 cup sun-dried tomatoes (not packed in oil)
  • 1/2 cup fat-free milk
  • 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 4-1/2 teaspoons minced fresh basil
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 package (1/4 ounce) active dry yeast
  • 2 tablespoons warm water (110° to 115°)
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 2-1/4 to 2-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 2-1/4 teaspoons minced fresh basil
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons olive oil


  • Pour boiling water over tomatoes; let stand 15 minutes. In a saucepan, combine the next six ingredients. Drain and chop tomatoes; add to pan. Cook and stir mixture over low heat until sugar is dissolved. Remove from heat; cool slightly.
  • In a large bowl, dissolve yeast in warm water. Add tomato mixture, egg and 2 cups flour; beat until smooth. Stir in enough remaining flour to form a soft dough. Knead on a floured surface until smooth, about 6-8 minutes. Place in a bowl coated with cooking spray; turn once to coat top. Cover and let rise until doubled, about 1 hour.
  • In a small saucepan, melt butter; add the basil, Parmesan and oil. Keep warm. Punch dough down; divide into three portions. Shape each into an 18-in. rope.
  • Brush with half of herb butter. Place ropes on a baking sheet coated with cooking spray; braid and shape into a wreath. Pinch ends to seal. Cover and let rise until doubled, about 40 minutes.
  • Brush with remaining herb butter. Bake at 350° for 20-25 minutes or until golden brown. Remove to a wire rack.
Nutrition Facts
1 slice: 155 calories, 6g fat (3g saturated fat), 30mg cholesterol, 207mg sodium, 21g carbohydrate (3g sugars, 1g fiber), 5g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 1-1/2 starch, 1 fat.
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