Crown Of Thorns Bread

Baking a crown of thorns out of bread is fun and easy. It’s great for serving with dinner on Ash Wednesday or Good Friday. You can find all of my holy week food ideas for kids here.

crown of thorns bread how to

You do not have to make homemade bread to do this! You can just get the Pillsbury breadsticks from a can and put them together the way I do the cinnamon rolls for St. Lucy bread.

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Ingredients Needed:

  • Bread dough (your favorite recipe or Pillsbury breadsticks from a can)
  • Pretzel Sticks
  • 1 egg

Make your favorite bread dough recipe, separate into 3 equal pieces, and roll into 3 ropes.

how to braid bread

Braid the dough together, and shape into a circle. Pinch together at the end. Don’t worry- it seriously doesn’t have to be perfect.

braided wreath bread

Beat one egg, and brush across the top of the bread.

braided bread

Bake according to dough directions.

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how to bake a crown of thorns bread

Once it’s all baked, stick pretzel stick in the bread all over to be the “thorns”, poking out at different angles. They will easily go into the bread while it is still warm.

crown of thorns bread

crown of thorns bread how to

This is great to serve with meatless soup on Ash Wednesday or Good Friday. We served ours with pea soup.

good Friday or Ash Wednesday dinner

Just slice off pieces of the bread and serve.

eating crown of thorns bread

eating crown of thorn bread

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  1. Tracy Bua Smith says

    Love this idea Lacy! I posted about our Holy Week Happenings and how we turn our salt dough crown of thorns from the beginning of Lent into a crown of jewels at Easter. Here’s my post about it if you want to check it out 🙂

    Have a blessed Holy Week!

  2. We did this on Good Friday and it was a huge hit! I used 3 loaves of frozen bread dough to make 2 crowns. The house smelled heavenly with the baking bread…especially after a day of fasting! I served sliced cheese and apples to go along with it. This will definitely become our Good Friday dinner tradition!

  3. Thanks for the idea! I did it for Good Friday, kids loved it! Check my blog:
    God bless!
    Janka from Hungary

    • So cute! You did a much better job of braiding your bread than I did- lol. Love the pictures! 🙂