Just in time for Christmas, allow us to introduce the perfect pastry hors d’oeuvre – the puff pastry Christmas tree. You can conjure up a festive hors d’oeuvre to delight your guests with only two ingredients. It can also be served as a starter when accompanied by a side salad.
The Christmas tree is not just decorative and delicious – the highlight is: the guests can simply tear off one or more branches to enjoy the hors d’oeuvre.
You can either prepare it with basil pesto for a green colour or with tomato pesto for a red colour. Or try out a sweet version of this recipe with chocolate or jam! There are almost no limits when it comes to fillings. Which one do you like best? Or do you have other suggestions? We’d love to hear them in the comment section.
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How it’s made:
Puff Pastry Pesto Christmas Tree
2 round or octagonal sheets of puff pastry
1 jar of basil pesto
1 egg for brushing (optional)
Spread the pesto on the puff pastry sheet
Cover with the other puff pastry sheet
Cut the dough into the shape of a Christmas tree
Cut the branches
Twist the branches
If you are going to cook it in the oven, the Christmas tree can now be brushed with a whisked egg in order to ensure a nice brown colour. This is not necessary if you are going to cook it in a steam cooker with hot air with steaming.
Hot air with steaming at 180°C for 15 mins, then only hot air at 180°C for 5 mins to give it a good colour.
Oven: Baking time: approx. 20-25 mins at 180°C
Tip: Instead of basil pesto, you can also use tomato pesto or tomato sauce