This savoury pastry in the shape of a Christmas tree adds some extra fun this party season. It's a really easy to make centre piece ideal when having friends around for festive drinks. Served with a champagne cocktail, your party is sure to go with a swing.
I can not take credit for the idea of puff pastry in the shape of a Christmas tree, I spotted it somewhere on the net last year (on one of those mini videos on Facebook, if I remember correctly). As I had a few friends around for drinks on Christmas Eve, I decided to give it a try. It was a fun idea and was as easy to make as it looked in the video (ie very easy).
So this year I have made it again so that I could share the idea with you. It requires two sheets of ready rolled puff pastry, some pesto, a little beaten egg and a little parmesan cheese. Then it is just a case of cutting a basic Christmas tree shape and twisting the branches to give a pretty effect. This year I have a seen a few on the Net, made with Nutella to make a sweet version.
Step by Step
Pesto Christmas Tree
- 2x 215g sheets of ready rolled puff pastry
- 4– 6 tbsp pesto
- a little beaten egg
- 25 g finely grated parmesan cheese
- Preheat the oven to 200℃ (180℃ fan)/400°F /gas mark 6.
- Place one sheet of the puff pastry on the work surface and spread the pesto evenly over the surface. Top with the second sheet of pastry.
- Cut out a simple Christmas tree shape and transfer to a lightly greased baking sheet. Brush the surface of the pastry with beaten egg.
- Cut the branches of the tree and sprinkle with parmesan cheese pressing gently onto the pastry.
- Twist the branches in alternate directions starting at the bottom and working up the try.
- Bake for 15- 20 minutes or until the pastry is risen and golden.
I used some of the trimming to cut out a few stars which I sprinkled with some sesame seeds. The remaining trimmings were just cut into bite sized pieces and baked so as not to be wasted. (Although these never made it to the table). Not one to want to waste my efforts I took this Christmas tree along to a friend's house to go with some pre dinner drinks and everyone was very quickly tucking in.
I shall be having Christmas Eve drinks again this year, so will be making the tree for a third time. I shall also be making the crostini that I made last year.
For something a little different I shall be offering a glass of lemon cranberry fizz - a simple champagne cocktail ( probably made with Prosecco, if truth be told).
Lemon Cranberry Fizz
A very simple and delicious bubbly cocktail.
- 6 tbsp limonchello
- few fresh cranberries
- 70 cl bottle of sparkling wine
- Place a tablespoon of limoncello into each of 6 champagne glasses along with a little ice and a few cranberries. Serve topped up with sparking wine.
More Party Food Made Easy
If you are having a party you might also like to try Christmas Crostini, Red Pepper Crostini and Bean and Pancetta Crostini. They are easy to make and can be prepared ahead and assembles just before serving.
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