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Recipe: Cheese and pesto puff pastry Christmas tree

Dec 18, 2023 #Christmas #Peppadew
Cheese and pesto puff pastry Christmas tree
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Looking for an impressive centrepiece for a festive celebration? Then give this puff pastry Christmas tree a go – it takes no time to make and it looks fantastic!

I’ve stuffed mine with grated Cheddar and pesto, but you can use any ingredients you like. I sprinkled mine with organic parsley and served it alongside a sour cream and chive dip, tearing off the “branches” and dunking them in for a delicious treat.

You could even make a sweet version filled with Nutella or similar!

For a better idea of how to cut and twist the pastry, watch my TikTok video here.

 

Cheese and pesto puff pastry Christmas tree

Cheese and pesto puff pastry Christmas tree

Enjoy this shaped cheese and pesto-stuffed puff pastry Christmas tree as part of a festive feast!
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Course Snack

Ingredients
  

  • 2 sheets ready-rolled puff pastry
  • 95 grams pesto
  • 125 grams grated Cheddar
  • milk or beaten egg, to glaze
  • 2 tbsp freshly chopped parsley
  • Peppadew peppers, to decorate

Instructions
 

  • Preheat your oven to 180C fan.
  • Unroll one sheet of pastry on a baking tray lined with baking parchment and brush all over with the pesto. Sprinkle over the Cheddar.
  • Top with the other sheet of pastry and press down.
  • Cut into a Christmas tree shape: a triangle with a rectangular trunk at the bottom. Save the offcuts – you can cook and eat these separately!
  • Cut lines through the pastry on each side of the tree, stopping when you reach the “trunk”. Twist up each of these strips (like a cheese straw) and use some of the offcuts to make a star shape to place at the top of the tree. 
  • Brush with the milk or beaten egg and cook for around 25 minutes, or until puffed up and golden brown. 
  • Transfer carefully to a serving board. Sprinkle with the parsley and dot the Peppadew peppers over the branches. Serve with the dips of your choice!
Keyword cheese, Christmas, Peppadew, pesto, puff pastry

 

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