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Celebrate any occasion with a cheesy, savory, and oh-so lovely braided pesto cheese bread wreath. This delicious and impressive twist is a tasty centerpiece for brunch and is the perfect party appetizer. Although it looks complicated, my twisted cheesy pesto wreath recipe is actually made with frozen dough – so it’s as simple to make as it is fabulous to enjoy!

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savory pesto cheese bread twist

I love hosting dinner parties and brunches where I can show off recipes that are pretty and scrumptious. There’s nothing better than a dish that doubles as both a table centerpiece and a tasty, shareable treat for guests! One of my favorites is this fall-tastic Easy Pumpkin Spice Bread Twist sweet wreath that I made for autumn last year.

This year, I wanted to create a new savory snack that looked just as impressive but was still really simple to make. This Pesto Cheese Bread Twist is a top-notch yummy appetizer, and you won’t believe how easily it is made by using frozen dough.

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What Ingredients are in this Pesto Cheese Bread Twist Recipe

A readymade frozen dough is key for making a “homemade” bread wreath with way less hassle. I prefer to use Bridgford Foods Ready-Dough.

Here are the other ingredients you need to make an easy cheesy pesto bread wreath:

  • Pesto sauce
  • Parmesan or asiago cheese
  • Egg
  • Butter
savory pesto cheese braided bread twist

How to Thaw Frozen Dough

Before you get started with this braided Pesto Cheese Bread appetizer recipe, first be sure to check out my tips to properly defrost frozen dough.

You have two options for how to thaw frozen bread dough:

  1. Defrost the frozen dough in the refrigerator overnight. This method requires very little effort. Simply place the frozen loaf of bread dough on an oil sprayed baking sheet, or use parchment paper. Cover the dough with plastic wrap that has been sprayed with cooking oil on the side facing the dough. (Otherwise you’ll wind up with a sticky mess.) Thaw the dough in the fridge overnight, or for about 8 – 10 hours.
  2. The second method is quicker but just as easy… Simply defrost the frozen bread dough at room temperature on your kitchen counter! Like the first option, place the frozen dough on an oil sprayed sheet pan or use parchment paper, and cover with plastic wrap that has been sprayed with cooking oil on the side facing the dough. Let defrost for 2-3 hours.

Whichever method you use, be sure your dough is still nice and cold before using to make the bread wreath.

How to Make a Braided Pesto Cheese Bread Wreath

After the dough has been defrosted, this bread twist can be made in only about an hour and a half, including rest time.

Firstly, roll the thawed but still cold dough out into a large rectangle on a floured surface or piece of parchment paper. Then spread the prepared pesto sauce onto the dough using a pastry brush, and sprinkle generously with cheese.

Roll the dough up length-wise and carefully slice to reveal the pesto and cheese inside. Lay the two loaves of dough side-by-side and pinch together at the top. Next, gently twist the two together while keeping the sliced part exposed at the top. Wrap the twisted loves so that the ends meet, and pinch together to create a wreath shape.

Here are a few photos of the process for reference:

Place the shaped braided wreath on a parchment paper-lined baking sheet. Spray the wreath lightly with cooking oil, cover with plastic wrap and let rise for about 45 minutes. It will look puffy, but not quite doubled in size.

Then brush the savory bread wreath with an egg wash to create a gorgeous golden brown color, and bake for about 20 minutes.

Once done, let the twist rest for a few minutes before you brush with melted butter and sprinkle on a bit more cheese and sea salt.

See Below for the Complete Pesto Cheese Bread Twist Recipe!

savory pesto cheese appetizer bread wreath

Frequently Asked Questions

What dips and spreads go well with a braided Pesto Cheese Bread Twist?

Serve warm and cheesy pesto bread with a side of zesty marinara sauce or creamy alfredo sauce for an Italian-inspired appetizer.

What other cheeses can I use to make a Pesto Cheese Bread Wreath?

This savory pesto twist can also be made with gooey Camembert or brie cheeses. While the cheese is cold (to make it easier to cut), thinly slice pieces and place them longways length-wise on the pesto-coated dough before rolling and slicing.

Can I use homemade dough?

While store bought frozen dough is the easiest way to make a bread twist, you certainly can use your own homemade dough! Try my recipe for homemade bread and use the chilled loaves for this savory bread wreath.

What if my bread dough is too soft to cut?

Your dough is probably a bit too warm if it seems too soft to neatly slice. Try recovering with oiled plastic wrap and sticking it back in the fridge for 15-20 minutes, or until the dough has “firmed up” again.

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Pesto Cheese Bread Twist on parchment paper with a serving tool
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Pesto Cheese Bread Twist

Wow your family and friend with this delicious, savory pesto cheese bread twist. It's the perfect appetizer. Thanks to frozen dough it's easy to make! But, it makes such an impression that no one will ever guess how simple it was to make.
Course Appetizer, Side Dish, Snack, Bread
Cuisine American
Keyword pesto bread twist, pesto bread wreath, cheese bread twist, braided pesto bread, savory braided bread
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Includes rising time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 30 minutes
Servings 12 servings
Calories 138kcal


  • Baking Sheet
  • pastry brush


  • 1 lb Bridgford Ready-Dough (thaw according to package)
  • 1/4 cup prepared pesto sauce
  • 1/2 cup parmesan or asiago cheese, grated
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 2 Tbsp butter, melted


  • (This recipe uses just one of the frozen bread loaves.) Let dough thaw, following instructions on bag. On a silpat, sheet of parchment paper, or floured surface, roll out the dough into the shape of a rectangle, about 18" x 12." Dough will be about 1/2 inch thick.
  • Using a pastry brush, spread the pesto sauce on the dough leaving a 1/2" margin around the edges. Sprinkle grated cheese evenly over the pesto. If needed, use the back of a spoon or spatula to level out the cheese mixture.
  • Tightly roll up the dough, length-wise. Use a sharp knife, scissors, or a bench scraper to cut the dough length-wise in half.
  • Lay the halves cut side up side-by-side. Pinch top of the loaves at the top and twist them together with the cut side facing up. This is what gives the twist the look of layers. Shape the dough into a round wreath and place on a large cookie sheet.
  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Brush on egg wash. When the oven is ready, bake the bread twist for 20 minutes or until the middle is 200 degrees.
  • Let bread twist cool for 5 minutes. Brush with melted butter and sprinkle with gourmet salt flakes and more cheese (optional).
    Pesto Cheese Bread Twist on parchment paper with a serving tool


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Serving: 1serving | Calories: 138kcal | Carbohydrates: 18g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 4g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 17mg | Sodium: 298mg | Potassium: 9mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 157IU | Calcium: 60mg | Iron: 1mg

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