The holiday season is officially here! That means it’s time for special gatherings, shared moments with loved ones, and cherished memories made as you gather around the table. Amidst the hustle of holiday preparations, you can rest easy knowing one item has already been taken care of for you: preparing a delicious treat big enough to share with all your family and friends at your Christmas celebration. That’s because the Butter Braid® brand has created a delicious, festive pastry that is sure to please anyone who takes a slice: the Cinnamon Braided Pastry Ring.
The Cinnamon Braided Pastry Ring brings together the buttery, flaky dough and gooey cinnamon filling you know and love into a unique format that makes it the perfect centerpiece for all your holiday gatherings. In this blog post, we’ll explore all the wonderful ways the Cinnamon Braided Pastry Ring can sweeten your holiday festivities, from turning it into a stunning Christmas wreath to crafting the perfect Cinnamon Cream Cheese Dip to giving back to your community. So, put out your pastry ring, let it rise, and get ready to add a touch of sweetness and dash of giving to your traditional, seasonal celebrations!
Turning Your Pastry Ring into a Beautiful Christmas Wreath
Get ready to transform your Cinnamon Braided Pastry Ring into a festive holiday centerpiece! With just a few ingredients, themed decorations, and a little creativity, you’ll have a visually stunning treat that is sure to add an extra layer of holiday cheer to your celebrations.
- 1 Butter Braid Cinnamon Braided Pastry Ring
- Green food coloring
- Festive holiday decorations (i.e. edible ornaments, holly leaves, cranberries, sprinkles, etc.)
- Edible bow
- Optional: Homemade Vanilla Icing
- 1 c. confectioners’ sugar, sifted
- 2-3 tbsp. milk
- ½ tsp. vanilla extract
- Follow the baking instructions for your Cinnamon Braided Pastry Ring. Allow it to cool completely before starting the decorating process.
- If you choose to use the icing included with your pastry ring, take both packets and empty them into a small bowl. Add green food coloring, a few drops at a time, and mix until you achieve the color you want.
- If you choose to make your own icing, whisk the confectioners’ sugar, 2 tbsp. milk, and vanilla extract together. Add an additional tbsp. of milk to thin it out if necessary. Then, add green food coloring, a few drops at a time, and mix until you achieve the color you want.
- Use a spoon or piping bag to drizzle the icing generously over the cooled pastry.
- While the icing is still wet, place your chosen decorations strategically on the pastry. Choose items that add a pop of color to your pastry wreath.
- For an extra festive touch, fashion a bow out of colored icing or fondant or purchase an edible bow from your local grocery store or bakery. Place it at the bottom of the wreath.
- Allow the icing to set completely before serving.
Create a Cinnamon Cream Cheese Dip to Accompany Your Ring
Elevate the flavors of your Cinnamon Braided Pastry Ring by pairing it with a homemade Cinnamon Cream Cheese Dip. This sweet dip complements the warm spices in the filling, turning your pastry into an irresistible treat. Here’s a simple recipe to whip up the perfect Cinnamon Cream Cheese Dip to accompany your pastry ring.
- 1 Butter Braid Cinnamon Braided Pastry Ring
- ½ c. butter, slightly softened
- 8 oz. cream cheese, softened
- 2-3 tsp. vanilla extract
- 1 heaping tsp. cinnamon
- 4 c. powdered sugar
- Prepare the Cinnamon Braided Pastry Ring according to the directions on the packaging. Bake and allow to cool while you prepare the dip.
- In a mixing bowl, add the slightly softened butter, softened cream cheese, and 2-3 tsp. of vanilla extract.
- Mix on medium speed until fully incorporated (about 2 minutes). Scrape down the sides of the bowl with a spatula.
- Add in the powdered sugar and cinnamon. Start the mixer on the lowest setting and mix until everything starts to come together (about 30 seconds).
- Stop the mixer, scrape down the sides of the bowl, and increase the speed to medium-high. Mix for another 30-45 seconds, or until the mixture becomes light and fluffy.
- Taste the dip to determine if you are satisfied with the flavor and consistency. If needed, add more cinnamon or vanilla and mix again.
- Transfer the mixture to a serving bowl and serve alongside your Cinnamon Braided Pastry Ring.
Supporting Local Groups and Sharing the Spirit of Giving
When you purchase a Cinnamon Braided Pastry Ring from a local fundraiser, you’re doing more than ensuring your holiday guests have a sweet treat to enjoy. You’re also contributing to a local cause, spreading holiday cheer, and creating lasting memories.
Supporting a Cause
Schools, groups, and organizations host fundraisers to raise the funds they need to fulfill their mission. Money raised through fundraisers helps better the community, supports the dreams and goals of various organizations, and creates lasting change. Whether it’s funding educational programs, supporting local charities, or contributing to community projects, your choice to support a fundraiser and purchase a pastry ring becomes a gift that keeps on giving.
Spreading Holiday Cheer
The act of supporting a fundraiser extends the holiday spirit to those in need. Whether it’s a sports team in need of new equipment or a school striving to provide new computers for its students, your contribution spreads joy and warmth during a season that is all about giving. Your help becomes a symbol of compassion and generosity, embodying the true essence of the holidays.
Creating Lasting Memories
Imagine the joy of sharing a Cinnamon Braided Pastry Ring with your loved ones all while knowing that each bite contributes to something greater. The small act of purchasing this treat from a local fundraiser creates lasting memories, for you and the entire community. It transforms a delicious treat into a meaningful experience, creating memories of togetherness, support, and goodwill.
Get Ready to Sweeten Your Christmas Celebration!
Hopefully, all this talk of family, giving, and cheer has you as excited for the upcoming holidays as we are. There’s truly something special and magical about Christmas. It’s the time where you can put down your work, pick up candy canes, and deck the halls all while giving back to those in need. After all, that’s what Christmas is for.
If you’re ready to start celebrating the end to a wonderful year, you should get a Cinnamon Braided Pastry Ring from a fundraiser near you. This unique pastry includes everything you love about the holidays and adds an extra layer of joy and meaning to your celebrations. It can be decorated as a festive wreath, paired with a delicious Cinnamon Cream Cheese Dip that you can share with family and friends, and, most importantly, purchasing a pastry ring means you’re supporting local causes and spreading holiday cheer to those in need.
So, as you gather with loved ones, elevate your celebrations, embrace the spirit of togetherness, and make this holiday season truly unforgettable.
Wishing you a season filled with joy, love, and sweet holiday delights! Merry Christmas!