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A delicious four-ingredient Nutella Christmas tree with puff pastry, a Nutella centre, and a snowy dusting of sugar.
Say hello to one of the easiest bakes that you can possibly make this Christmas season… my Nutella Christmas Tree! It’s only four ingredients, and it’s always a showstopper on the festive table.
So in a bit of a shocker, this is my first new Nutella bake in over two years! I couldn’t quite believe it when I realised, because I just adore Nutella?! Honestly – how has it been two years?!
Christmas seemed the ideal time to bring back the chocolate hazelnut spread goodness though and I am utterly in love. I love to stuff Nutella into whatever I can including my Nutella stuffed cookies, Nutella ice cream, or even my Nutella rocky road.
I find in the colder weather eating something utterly covered in a gooey chocolate spread does make everything better, so here you go.
So, as you can see, we went for the Christmas tree shape. I say it’s Christmas tree shaped, it’s as close to a tree shape as I could manage and I am actually quite happy with it!
I found that making the shape was far easier using two pieces of pastry, and it also provided more servings of the delicious Nutella Christmas tree, so it’s all good in my books.
You have to be quite confident with the pastry – and don’t do what I did, and make the perfect tree, and then have to move it to your baking tray. Shape the pastry ON THE TRAY!!!
I used shop-bought pastry because I really don’t want to bother making it myself. Yes I know, some people simply hate me for using shop-bought ingredients, and I have no idea why. If the ingredient exists, it’s there to be used.
The puff pastry creates a wonderful texture to the Nutella Christmas tree, which you wouldn’t get from other types of pastry. I think shortcrust would be too crumbly and dry, compared to the light buttery texture of puff.
Shaping the pastry is surprisingly easy though it looks fancy. You just need to stick to a triangle shape for the tree, cut down firmly on the trunks of the tree, and twist.
It’s important to not cut through the middle stalk of the tree though as you need something stable for the pastry to stick to.
So, as you are fully aware by now, the filling is Nutella. I melt the Nutella slightly before using it to make sure it’s easier to move and spread about tearing the pastry. I do this in the microwave, but in a pan on low heat also works well.
If you don’t want to use Nutella though, you can use so many other flavours, or even combinations! Biscoff, peanut butter, jam, whatever you want that is spreadable! I’ve made this before and swap the trunks of the tree between Nutella and Biscoff, and it’s been wonderful.
Tips & Ideas
You can make other shapes, such as a snowflake. Follow the same idea, but instead of making triangles of pastry, you can make circles, and cut in the same way. Leave a small circle in the middle to keep it all attached, and twist.
I use shop-bought pastry as I have said – you can buy the sheets, or buy the block and roll them out.
Nutella Christmas Tree
- 2 sheets of puff pastry
- 250 g nutella
- 1 egg (beaten for glazing)
- 15 g icing sugar (for dusting)
- Preheat the oven to 200ºc/180ºfan and line a large baking tray with parchment paper
- Grab your two sheets of puff pastry and cut off the corners to make long triangles
- (off cuts can make something else, or be frozen for another time)
- Lay one triangle onto the lined baking tray
- Spread the nutella on top (may be easier to melt it first)
- Add the second triangle of pastry on top
- Cut branches on the tree by cutting through the sheets of pastry and nutella, in inch sized rows, from top to bottom (look at the pictures for reference).
- Make sure to leave an inch column down the middle of the tree so it's still connected.
- Carefully twist each branch a few times to create swirls in the pastry
- Once swirled, brush the exposed pastry with the beaten egg
- Bake in the oven for 20-25+ minutes, until golden. Once baked, dust with icing sugar.
- You can do the same idea as a giant snowflake. Cut two large circles, and follow the same idea, but keep a circle in the middle uncut
- This is best served fresh
- As per the post, filling can be whatever spread you prefer, or a combination! Biscoff and nutella work wonders together.
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