Puff pastry Christmas tree – with nut free chocolate spread

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Puff pastry Christmas tree with a nut free chocolate spread - impressive to look at and simple to make

This puff pastry Christmas tree is such an impressive dessert to bring out for Christmas dinners. Your guests, both big and small, will love this tasty tear-and-share tree.
 
It’s also much easier to make than it looks.
 
You can make it with Nutella chocolate spread or with our nut free homemade chocolate spread  if you’re concerned about tree nut allergies.

 

Summary

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

Puff pastry Christmas tree with a nut free chocolate spread - impressive to look at and simple to make

Ingredients

Puff pastry Christmas tree

Chocolate spread

You can either use:

Nut free chocolate spread

  • 225 grams milk chocolate
  • 2 tablespoons of coconut oil
  • 1 cup sunflower seeds (150 grams)
  • ½ tablespoon of sugar
  • ½ teaspoon of vanilla extract
  • Pinch of salt

Or:

Nutella

  • 1 pot Nutella or your favourite chocolate spread.

Instructions

Nut free chocolate spread:

  1. Preheat your oven to 180°C fan setting.
  2. Lay the sunflower seeds out on a shallow baking tray, spreading them out as much as possible.
  3. Toast them in the oven until golden, which should be about 8-10 minutes. Don’t let them overcook. Take them out when you start to smell roasted sunflower seeds. Set to one side to let them cool down.
  4. Melt your chocolate by placing it in a glass heatproof bowl and stirring it over a saucepan of boiling water. Add the coconut oil and mix into the chocolate as it’s melting.
  5. Place the toasted sunflower seeds, sugar and salt (the dry ingredients) in a food processor. Blend until it makes a clumpy, thick mixture.
  6. Add in the melted chocolate with coconut oil and vanilla extract. Blend again until you get a thick mixture.
  7. Your chocolate spread is ready to use!

Puff pastry Christmas Tree:

  1. Preheat your oven to 180°C fan setting.
  2. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Place the two sheets of puff pastry one on top of the other on the baking sheet.
  3. Cut through both puff pastry sheets in the outline of a triangular Christmas tree. Don’t worry about the branches at this point. Remove the top layer and set aside.
  4. Spread your chosen chocolate spread evenly on one sheet of pastry. Place the second cut out sheet of pastry on top of it.
  5. Then create the branches. Cut horizontal slits evenly on both sides, leaving at least 6 cm at the centre intact as the ‘trunk’.
  6. 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. Your Christmas tree now has branches.
  7. Next make the star for the top of the Christmas. Using the leftover puff pastry, combine it and roll it out to the same thickness as the other layers.
  8. Cut out two star shapes using a large cookie cutter or knife.
  9. 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.
  10. Brush the puff pastry on the whole tree with 1 beaten egg mixed with some water.
  11. Place in the oven and bake for 25 minutes until golden.

Puff pastry Christmas tree – our step by step guide:

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Nut free nutella alternative - try this homemade chocolate spread made with sunflower seeds over nuts
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Prepare your chocolate spread

You can either use a ready made chocolate spread like Nutella, or your favourite one.

Or you can make your own Nut free chocolate spread following our recipe above and here.

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Puff pastry Christmas tree with a nut free chocolate spread - impressive to look at and simple to make
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Cut out your Christmas tree

Preheat your oven to 180°C fan setting.

Line a baking tray with greaseproof baking paper. It’s important to make your tree directly onto the tray as it will be hard to transfer it later.

  1. Take 2 pieces of puff pastry and place them one on top of the other on a flat surface lined with parchment paper. Cut a tree outline through both pieces of pastry.
  2. Remove the top puff pastry layer and set it aside. Spread your chocolate spread evenly over the bottom pastry layer of your tree outline.

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

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Puff pastry Christmas tree with a nut free chocolate spread - impressive to look at and simple to make
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Make your Christmas tree branches

  1. Cut horizontal slits through both layers of pastry. Your branches should be even widths. Leave the middle of the tree intact – about 6 cm width – as your tree trunk.
  2. Twist each branch two times and press the end into your baking sheet.

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Puff pastry Christmas tree with a nut free chocolate spread - impressive to look at and simple to make
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Make your puff pastry stars

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

Spread your chocolate spread onto one of the stars, and place the second star on top of the first.

Attach it to the top of the Christmas tree.

You can make some extra stars to scatter around as well if you like.

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Puff pastry Christmas tree with a nut free chocolate spread - impressive to look at and simple to make
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Bake until golden

Lightly beat an egg with a little water. Brush it all over the Puff pastry tree.

Place it in the oven and bake for 25 minutes or until golden.

Dust with some icing sugar before serving.

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

 

Puff pastry Christmas tree with a nut free chocolate spread - impressive to look at and simple to make

 

Puff pastry Christmas tree with a nut free chocolate spread - impressive to look at and simple to make

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Puff pastry Christmas tree with nut free chocolate filling

Your guests, both big and small, will love this tasty tear-and-share puff pastry Christmas tree. You can make it with Nutella chocolate spread or with our nut free homemade chocolate spread if you’re concerned about tree nut allergies.
Course Dessert, Treats
Cuisine American
Keyword Nutella christmas tree, puff pastry christmas tree
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Servings 1 Puff pastry Christmas tree
Author xanda

Ingredients

Pastry Christmas tree:

  • 2 sheets of puff pastry
  • 1 pot chocolate spread (Nutella or our nut free chocolate spread below)
  • 1 egg

Nut free chocolate spread:

  • 225 grams milk chocolate
  • 2 tablespoons coconut oil
  • 1 cup sunflower seeds (150 grams)
  • ½ tablespoon sugar
  • ½ tablespoon vanilla extract
  • pinch of salt

Instructions

Nut free chocolate spread:

  • Preheat your oven to 180°C fan setting.
  • Lay the sunflower seeds out on a shallow baking tray, spreading them out as much as possible.
  • Toast them in the oven until golden, which should be about 8-10 minutes. Don’t let them overcook. Take them out when you start to smell roasted sunflower seeds. Set to one side to let them cool down.
  • Melt your chocolate by placing it in a glass heatproof bowl and stirring it over a saucepan of boiling water. Add the coconut oil and mix into the chocolate as it’s melting.
  • Place the toasted sunflower seeds, sugar and salt (the dry ingredients) in a food processor. Blend until it makes a clumpy, thick mixture.
  • Add in the melted chocolate with coconut oil and vanilla extract. Blend again until you get a thick mixture.
  • Your nut free chocolate spread is now ready to use.

Puff pastry Christmas tree:

  • Preheat your oven to 180°C fan setting.
  • 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 triangular Christmas tree. Don’t worry about the branches at this point. Remove the top layer and set aside.
  • Spread your chosen chocolate spread evenly 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 as the ‘trunk’.
  • 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. Your Christmas tree now has branches.
  • Next make the star for the top of the Christmas. Using the leftover puff pastry, combine it and roll it out to the same thickness as the other layers.
  • Cut out two star shapes using a large cookie cutter or knife.
  • 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 puff pastry on the whole tree with 1 beaten egg mixed with some water.
  • Place in the oven and bake for 25 minutes until golden.
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