We had almost as much fun making this Nutella tear and share as we did eating it.  Oh ok then, we had marginally more fun eating it! It’s a great festive centrepiece to have and share with friends and family over Christmas. It’s best served whilst still warm from the oven.  Although who are we kidding, there’s about zero chance of it lasting 5 minutes, let alone going cold!

What You’ll Need

  •  2 flat sheets of ready made puff pastry
  • Nutella (lots of)
  • Crushed hazelnuts or almonds
  • 1 egg
  • Icing sugar to decorate

Method

  1. Line a baking tray with greaseproof paper and lay one sheet of pastry on top.
  2. Cut a template of a Christmas tree out of greaseproof paper (see image) & lay on top of pastry.
  3. Using a sharp knife carefully cut around template. Keep pastry scraps to one side.
  4. Smear nutella all over the pastry tree. Dare you not to eat any.
  5. Sprinkle crushed hazelnuts / almonds over tree (as much you like). Set aside.
  6. Using the same template, cut around the second sheet of pastry.
  7. Place this sheet on top of the Nutella one.
  8. Gently press around all the edges. Cut out a star from the scraps and place on top.
  9. Using a knife cut horizontal branches along each side of the tree (leaving a ‘trunk’ in the middle). The branches will be wider along the base. Each branch should be about a finger width.
  10. Double twist each branch (away from you) and lay the far end of the branch gently back on the tray.
  11. Continue cutting and twisting all the branches.
  12. Beat an egg and wash the whole tree with a pastry brush.
  13. Bake in the oven at 190 C for 12-15 mins or until light brown.
  14. Demolish with friends and family!

Make a tree template

Carefully cut pastry from template

Smear with Nutella

Sprinkle hazelnuts/ almonds

Make 2nd template & cover first layer

Squeeze edges & cut branches

Double twist each branch

Continue twisting, leaving a central trunk

Brush egg wash over tree

Bake at 190 C for 12-15mins

Demolish!

Cut up the trunk!