Chrysanthemum Bread | #BreadBakers

Our Sundays are slow paced and relaxing. There is always some baking and cooking on Sundays. Kids want to have something ‘special’. This ‘special’ is really ambiguous and I always try my best to interpret it. Is it a new recipe that they are looking forward to? Or do they mean their old favourite recipe? But by and large anything with a twist fits the bill. This Sunday, we baked something special. We baked a beautiful Chrysanthemum Bread. We filled the petals with pizza sauce and cheese. It was great fun to shape the petals. Arranging the petals in the pan was done with great precision from our side. While the bread was rising and baking, we sat out on our veranda in the soft and mellow winter Sun. How beautiful are Sundays! The lazy mornings and languid afternoons.

We saw a butterfly sunning herself in the Magnolia tree.

 And another butterfly in the fireball plant.

Soon we could smell the heavenly aroma of the bread. And when it came out of the oven, there were smiles, awe, astonishment, and happiness :)

I was waiting to  bake this bread since long. Bread Bakers gave me a perfect reason to go ahead with it.

 We loved to pull out the petals and enjoyed the bread.

Chrysanthemum Bread


  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 6 tablespoons olive oil
  • ½ cup warm milk
  • 1 ½ tablespoons honey
  • 2 teaspoons instant dry yeast
  • 1/3 cup thick yogurt
  • 1 tablespoon melted butter


  • ¾ cup pizza sauce (get the recipe here)
  • ¾ cup grated cheddar cheese
  • Pizza seasoning


  • 1 egg yolk
  • 2 tablespoons milk


  1. Whisk together first three ingredients in a large bowl.
  2. Mix milk and honey. Stir in yeast. Cover and keep for 10 minutes. The yeast will turn frothy.
  3. Beat yogurt.  
  4. Add all the ingredients to the flour mix and knead to for 6-8 minutes to get a very soft, smooth and elastic dough. Add more warm milk if the dough feels a little hard, or, add more flour if it feels too sticky.
  5. Transfer dough to a greased bowl. Turn around once so that it is evenly coated with oil. Cover with a kitchen towel and keep in a warm place for 1 to 1 ½ hours or until double. 
  6. Grease one 8 inches shallow pie pan/cake pan. Line the bottom with the parchment  sheet
  7. Gently punch the risen dough, and divide into two pieces.
  8. We will work on one portion at a time. Keep the other portion covered.
  9. Dust the working counter with some flour. Roll out the first portion to 3 mm thickness. Using a cookie cutter or a glass, cut out circles of about 3 inches from the dough. Reshape the remaining dough, roll out again and cut the circles. Repeat with the second portion.
  10. Take 1 teaspoon of pizza sauce and spread around the circles leaving the edges. Add 1 ½ teaspoon of grated cheese.
  11. Fold the circles into half to get a semicircle. Fold it in half again. Now bring the edges together to get a petal. Pinch the edges.
  12. Arrange the prepared petal around the edge of the prepared pan. The point of the petals should be towards the center. 
  13. Arrange the petals in two rows. For center, take two filled semicircles and intertwine the halves.
  14. Cover with a kitchen cloth and keep in a warm, place for 25-30 minutes.
  15. Preheat oven to 180 degrees C.
  16. Prepare glaze by beating yolk and milk. Brush the bread with the glaze.
  17. Bake for 15 minutes. Lower the temperature to 175 degrees. Bake for another 10 minutes. The top should turn golden. Cover with a foil if it is browning too fast.
  18. Remove from the oven after 10 minutes. Shift to the cooling rack. Brush with melted butter.
#BreadBakers is a group of bread loving bakers who get together once a month to bake bread with a common ingredient or theme. Follow our Pinterest board right here. Links are also updated each month on this home page.
We take turns hosting each month and choosing the theme/ingredient. 
Our host this month is Kelly from Passion Kneaded. Her blog is a must visit for lovely breads. She chose pull-apart bread this month. Thank You Kelly!we loved the theme and enjoyed baking bread.
Do check out all fabulous pull-apart bread  baked by other members

·         Apple Pecan Streusel Pull Apart Bread from Hostess at Heart
·         Bananas Foster Monkey Bread from Food Lust People Love
·         Caramel Nut Rolls from House of Nash Eats
·         Cheese Stuffed Garlic Pull Apart Bread from Mayuri's Jikoni
·         Cheesy Pesto Pull Apart Bread from Spill the Spices
·         Christmas Tree Bread from Sara's Tasty Buds
·         Chrysanthemum Bread from Ambrosia
·         Cinnamon Sugar Pull Apart Bread from Cook's Hideout
·         Coffee Pull-Apart Bread from Passion Kneaded
·         Coriander Garlic Pull Apart Bread from The Mad Scientist's Kitchen
·         Cranberry Chutney Pull Apart Bread from Spiceroots
·         Garlic Pull Apart Bread from Palatable Pastime
·         (High Altitude) Cranberry Orange Cardamom Pull-Apart Bread from The Wimpy Vegetarian
·         Jalapeño & Cheese Pull Apart Bread from I camp in my kitchen
·         Laadi Pav or Pull Apart Rolls from Sneha's Recipe
·         Monkey Bread from Sonlicious
·         Overnight Monkey Bread Pudding from A Day in the Life on the Farm
·         Paneer Pesto Pull Apart Rolls from Veena's Vegnation
·         Pull-Apart Dill Bread from Karen's Kitchen Stories
·         Pumpkin, Garlic, and Sage Pull-Apart Bread from Baking Sense
·         Pumpkin Spice Latte Pull-Apart Bread from All That's Left Are The Crumbs
·        Stuffed Sweet Potato Pull-Apart Rolls from The Schizo Chef


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  1. That takes a lot of effort and it is so beautifully done!

  2. What a gorgeous loaf and then to have it filled with a pizza surprise...perfect.

  3. Wow, what a pretty bread. I bet the kids absolutely loved it!

  4. This bread is so pretty! I'm sure it was a lot of work but it's just a stunner and I can only imagine how delicious!

  5. I have this bread with pizza sauce, cheese, and pepperoni in it on my blog, but my shaping is not nearly as gorgeous as yours. Beautiful.

  6. Finding what 'special' means to kids is sure is a psychological feat :-) I don't think many moms have cracked that code yet :-)
    This Chrysanthemum bread sure is a very special treat for any occasion. It looks absolutely stunning. I've pinned it -- hopefully I can try it some time this holiday season.

  7. Special?? Even I am stumped at my kids demand for special and mind you my elder one is 24. yet to decipher what she means by special.
    Lovely bread I am sure this will fill the bill for special. Looks yum.

  8. Namita such a beautiful bread. I have it bookmarked but chickened out thinking its too much work! Love your step by step clicks. The butterflies look so beautiful.

  9. wow , beautiful chrysanthemum bread........

  10. Gorgeous bread, can't take my eyes off it.