Pastry Christmas tree with nut free chocolate filling

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Pastry Christmas tree with a nut free filling - avoid nut allergies

This pastry Christmas tree is a fun and festive party centrepiece, and it’s much easier to make than it looks. Your guests, both big and small, will love this tasty tear-and-share tree. It’s so easy to make that kids can even join in. Our filling is a nut-free chocolate spread that is a snap to make and will ensure that you sidestep any allergy hazards at Christmas parties.

Summary

Prep: 15 minutes
Cooking: 25-30 minutes
Ages: Toddlers to Teens
Difficulty: Intermediate
Makes: 1 puff pastry Xmas tree

Pastry Christmas tree with a nut free filling - avoid nut allergies

Ingredients

Pastry Christmas tree:

  • 2 sheets of puff pastry, semi frozen
  • 2 Tablespoons of our nut free chocolate spread
  • 1 egg

Nut free chocolate spread:

  • 2 cups of sunflower seeds (300 grams)
  • 2 Tablespoons of coconut oil
  • 1 Tablespoon of sugar
  • 8 oz of milk chocolate square (225 grams)
  • Pinch of salt
  • ½ teaspoon of vanilla extract
Pastry Christmas tree with a nut free filling - avoid nut allergies

Instructions

For the nut free chocolate filling:

  1. Preheat oven to 180 degrees Celsius.
  2. Toast the sunflower seeds on a baking sheet for 8-10 minutes. Let them cool.
  3. Meanwhile, melt the chocolate with the coconut oil. You can pop it in the microwave on a low setting or stir it in a heat proof bowl over a saucepan of boiling water.
  4. Blend the cooled sunflower seeds with the pinch of salt and 1 tablespoon sugar in a blender until the mixture is thick.
  5. Add the melted chocolate and coconut oil mixture to the blender, as well as ½ teaspoon vanilla extract. Blend until smooth.
  6. Transfer mixture to a jar.

For the pastry Christmas Tree:

  1. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Place the two sheets of puff pastry one on top of the other on the baking sheet.
  2. Cut through both puff pastry sheets in the outline of a Christmas tree. Don’t worry about the branches at this point. Remove the top layer.
  3. Evenly spread the nut free chocolate spread on one sheet of pastry. Place the second cut out sheet of pastry on top of it.
  4. Then create the branches. Cut horizontal slits evenly on both sides, leaving at least 6 cm at the centre intact.
  5. Place a finger down at the base of each ‘branch’, where it is likely to break. Twist each strip of pastry twice, and press the ends into the baking sheet.
  6. Combine and roll out the leftover pastry to the same thickness. Cut out two star shapes with it. Spread the chocolate spread on one star and place the other on top of it (in the same way that we have just made our tree). Position the star at the top of the tree.
  7. Brush the pastry with 1 beaten egg mixed with some water. Bake for 25-30 minutes at 180 degrees Celsius or until golden.

 

Pastry Christmas tree – our step by step guide:

 

To start your nut free chocolate spread, first spread you sunflower seeds out on a baking sheet.

Place them in the oven at 180 degrees and toast until they are lightly golden and fragrant (7-10 minutes).

 

Pastry Christmas tree with a nut free filling - avoid nut allergies

 

While your sunflower seeds are toasting, melt your chocolate and coconut oil.

You can do this in the microwave on low power or by placing them in a heatproof bowl over a saucepan of boiling water and stirring.

 

Pastry Christmas tree with a nut free filling - avoid nut allergies

 

Put your cooled sunflower seeds in the blender with 1 tablespoon sugar and a pinch of salt.

Blend until the mixture is thick.

It will take some time. Keep scraping the edges down and blending.

 

Pastry Christmas tree with a nut free filling - avoid nut allergies

 

Add the melted chocolate mixture along with ½ teaspoon vanilla to the blender.

Blend everything until it’s smooth and well combined.

Set your chocolate spread aside while you begin to make your Christmas tree.

 

Pastry Christmas tree with a nut free filling - avoid nut allergies

 

Put both pieces of puff pastry one on top of the other, on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper.

Cut a tree outline through both pieces of pastry and remove the top sheet, setting it aside.

Get your chocolate spread and spread it all over the bottom pastry layer.

Place the other pastry sheet on top, so your chocolate spread is sandwiched between the two layers.

 

Pastry Christmas tree with a nut free filling - avoid nut allergies

 

Cut slits through both layers of pastry. Your branches should be cut evenly, leaving the middle of the tree intact.

Twist each branch two times and press the end into your baking sheet.

Cut two stars out of a piece of your remaining pastry.

Spread the nut free chocolate mixture on one of the stars, and place the other star on top of the first.

Lightly beat an egg and brush it all over the tree.

Place in the oven at 180 degrees Celsius.

 

Pastry Christmas tree with a nut free filling - avoid nut allergies

 

Bake for 25- 30 minutes or until golden.

 

Pastry Christmas tree with a nut free filling - avoid nut allergies

 

Enjoy your puff pastry Christmas tree with a bit of extra chocolate spread on the side!

 

Pastry Christmas tree with a nut free filling - avoid nut allergies

 

For a savoury puff pastry centrepiece try our Tarte Soleil with spinach and parmesan.

 

 

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Pastry Christmas tree with nut free chocolate filling

This pastry Christmas tree is a fun and festive party centrepiece, and it’s much easier to make than it looks. Your guests, both big and small, will love this tasty tear-and-share tree. It’s so easy to make that kids can even join in. Our filling is a nut-free chocolate spread that is a snap to make and will ensure that you sidestep any allergy hazards at Christmas parties.
Course Treats
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Servings 1 puff pastry Xmas tree

Ingredients

Pastry Christmas tree:

  • 2 sheets of puff pastry, semi frozen
  • 2 tbsp our nut free chocolate spread
  • 1 egg

Nut free chocolate spread:

  • 2 cups sunflower seeds (300 grams)
  • 2 tbsp coconut oil
  • 1 tbsp sugar
  • 8 oz milk chocolate square (225 grams)
  • Pinch of salt
  • 1/2 tbsp vanilla extract

Instructions

For the nut free chocolate filling:

  • Preheat oven to 180 degrees Celsius.
  • Toast the sunflower seeds on a baking sheet for 8-10 minutes. Let them cool.
  • Meanwhile, melt the chocolate with the coconut oil. You can pop it in the microwave on a low setting or stir it in a heat proof bowl over a saucepan of boiling water.
  • Blend the cooled sunflower seeds with the pinch of salt and 1 tablespoon sugar in a blender until the mixture is thick.
  • Add the melted chocolate and coconut oil mixture to the blender, as well as ½ teaspoon vanilla extract. Blend until smooth.
  • Transfer mixture to a jar.

For the pastry Christmas Tree:

  • Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Place the two sheets of puff pastry one on top of the other on the baking sheet.
  • Cut through both puff pastry sheets in the outline of a Christmas tree. Don’t worry about the branches at this point. Remove the top layer.
  • Evenly spread the nut free chocolate spread on one sheet of pastry. Place the second cut out sheet of pastry on top of it.
  • Then create the branches. Cut horizontal slits evenly on both sides, leaving at least 6 cm at the centre intact.
  • Place a finger down at the base of each ‘branch’, where it is likely to break. Twist each strip of pastry twice, and press the ends into the baking sheet.
  • Combine and roll out the leftover pastry to the same thickness. Cut out two star shapes with it. Spread the chocolate spread on one star and place the other on top of it (in the same way that we have just made our tree). Position the star at the top of the tree.
  • Brush the pastry with 1 beaten egg mixed with some water. Bake for 25-30 minutes at 180 degrees Celsius or until golden.