pesto pull apart bread in the shape of a christmas tree, on a plate with fresh herbs and cranberries

Holiday Pesto Pull Apart Bread

Servings1 loaf
Prep Time2 hours 25 minutes
Bake Time25 minutes


Easy Pizza Dough

Pesto Pull Apart Tree

  • 1 easy pizza dough
  • ½ cup pesto (homemade or your favorite store bought)
  • ½ cup mozzarella cheese
  • 1 tablespoon sesame seeds
  • 1 egg wash (1 egg + 1 tablespoon water)


Easy Pizza Dough

  • In a large bowl, mix together flour and water. Allow to rest for 45 minutes. This is a hands-off method to build gluten and it’s called autolyse.
  • Once the dough has rested, add salt and yeast on two separate sides of the bowl. Mix until well incorporated into the dough.
  • Let rest for 15 minutes.
  • Remove from the bowl and knead on a clean countertop (no added flour). Knead dough for 5-10 minutes until a smooth dough forms. Add the dough ball back to the bowl and cover for 1 hour or until doubled in size.

Pesto Pull Apart Tree

  • Divide dough into two even balls. Allow to rest for 10 minutes. Roll and stretch out each piece of dough into a triangle shape (about 16 inches long and 12 inches wide). Place onto parchment paper.
  • Spread pesto into a tree shape leaving about an inch from the edges. Sprinkle cheese on top of the pesto and layer the second half of the dough on top. Refine the shape by cutting off the sides.
  • Using a pizza cutter or knife, make horizontal slices about 1-inch apart from the top to bottom, leaving the middle “trunk” of the tree intact.
  • Pull the strips outwards and twist.
  • Top tree with a star made from leftover dough.
  • Brush with egg wash and sprinkle on sesame seeds.
  • Slide parchment paper with tree onto a large baking sheet. Bake in a preheated 375°F oven for 20-25 minutes until golden brown.
  • Serve with more pesto or marinara.


Elevate your holiday celebrations with our delightful Holiday Pesto Pull Apart Bread. This pizza pull-apart bread recipe, shaped like a Christmas tree, is not just a treat for the taste buds but a visually stunning centerpiece for your holiday spread.
Create a memorable holiday treat with this Christmas Tree Pull Apart Bread – a delicious and visually stunning addition to your festive table. Explore the joy of baking with our pull-apart bread recipe and make your celebrations even more special!
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