Pull-Apart Pizza Bun Wreath; why didn’t I think of this before? I used my old-faithful bun recipe to create this cheesy and super fun appetizer for the Christmas season. Make it for your next holiday party to earn extra points on the ‘nice’ list!
These buns take a little bit of effort but they are well worth the work my friends. This recipe uses the dough from my Perfect White Buns. We made tiny little buns and stuffed each with a mixture of cream cheese, mozzarella, spinach, and basil (you can use vegan options of the cheeses). AH-mazing! Seriously, why didn’t I think of this sooner? To top it all off we served them with a simple homemade pizza dipping sauce that is wayyyy better than anything store bought.
While this is a bit more indulgent than some of my other recipes, there is something about a homemade treat that is so much more satisfying (and impressive) than anything store-bought. And if you’re going to splurge, make it count!
Now, if you want to take this up a health notch use whole wheat or spelt flour for the dough – I love them this way as well! This recipe is vegetarian but if you wanted to give this a try and make it vegan replace the filling with a vegan cheese, omit the egg white wash and use sugar instead of honey in the bread dough!
If you want to cut some corners you can buy premade pizza dough and fill each bun with a cube of mozzarella. I recommend the real deal but I know what it feels like when you don’t have an extra hour to spare but still want to put out something impressive for guests!
Holiday Pizza Bun Wreath
Pull-Apart Pizza Bun Wreath
This Pull-Apart Pizza Bun Wreath is so delicious and perfect for the Christmas season!
Tomato Dipping Sauce
- 1 796mL can whole tomatoes*
- 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
- 1 teaspoon dried oregano
- 2 cloves garlic, crushed
- salt and pepper to taste
- 1 cup shredded mozzarella (or vega mozza)
- 1/4 cup cream cheese (or vegan cream cheese)
- 1/4 cup fresh basil (finely chopped)
- 1 cup fresh spinach (finely chopped)
- 1/2 batch Perfect White Bun dough (see link in text above)
- 1 egg white
Tomato Dipping Sauce
In a bowl with high sides, combine all the sauce ingredients and blend with an immersion blender until smooth.
Transfer sauce into a small saucepan and simmer on low for 15-20 minutes until the sauce has thickened to a dipping consistency.
Filling + Bun Wreath
In a medium bowl, mix together all of the filling ingredients until fully incorporated. Place in the refrigerator until ready to use.
Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper and place a small bowl (around 4" in diameter) upside down on the baking sheet.
Taking 25g of perfect bun dough, flatten it out into a 2-3" circle. Take approximately 2 teaspoons of filling rolled into a ball and place the filling in the centre of the dough and fold the dough over the cheese. Pinch the bottom of the dough together completely so that the cheese is fully sealed inside your bun.
Arrange filled buns around the bowl (seam side down) on the parchment lined baking sheet, starting with one inner circle and forming a second circle around it. Remove the bowl and cover the tray with a clean dish towel. Set in a warm draft-free area to rise until doubled, around 1-1 1/2 hours.
Preheat your oven to 375 F. Brush the top of each bun lightly with egg white and sprinkle with sea salt. Bake for 15-20 minutes or until the buns are golden brown.
If you enjoyed this Pull-Apart Pizza Bun Wreath leave us a comment below! We’d also love to hear what your favourite holiday appetizers are.