From Thursday, 16 Dec 2021

Chocolate Pastry Christmas Trees

Hosted by Rob Baker

Dessert
Vegetarian
40 mins
Suitable for beginners
  • Ingredients

    • 2 Ready-Rolled Puff Pastry Sheets
    • 150g Nutella
    • 1 medium egg (beaten)
    • Your choice of festive decorations

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

  • 1. Preheat oven to 220°C/200°C Fan/Gas Mark 7 and line a large baking sheet with greaseproof paper.

    2. Carefully unwrap one of the puff pastry sheets and place it centrally onto the lined baking sheet.

    3. Spread the Nutella over the entire pastry sheet using the back of a spoon, before laying the second pastry sheet neatly on top.

    4. Gently mark out the rough outline of a triangular Christmas tree onto the top layer of pastry, before using a pizza wheel to cut away the excess pastry.

    5. Lightly mark in two lines down the middle of the triangle to form the trunk and then use these as a guide to cut horizontal branches into the sides of the triangle.

    6. Twist each branch upwards (towards the top of the tree), trying to get as many turns in as you can on each one.

    7. You can use the excess pastry to create additional details, such as a trunk, plant pot or even a star for the top of the tree.

    8. Brush the tree (and any additional details) with the beaten egg and place into the preheated oven.

    9. Bake for around 12-15 minutes until puffed up and golden brown. Once cooked, leave to cool on the baking tray for around five minutes, before transferring onto a serving plate and adding your decorations.

    We can’t take any of the credit for pairing up puff pastry and Nutella, as that combination seems to go viral on a daily basis. However, we particularly loved the idea of creating a puff pastry Christmas tree stuffed with Nutella and had to create our own version! We hope you will love it too! Chocolate Pastry Christmas Trees might look pretty complicated, but they are actually super simple – plus they taste delicious warm from the oven or served up the next day! They might actually be the perfect Christmas treat…

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