Everyone loves a Christmas film don’t they?
But what I really look forward to is the Christmas cooking programmes. I’ve watched them all; Delia, Nigella, Jamie and Gordon – and I love them all. This year I’ve been watching Mary Berry’s Christmas Party; it’s brilliant.
And who knew there was so many ways to prepare roast potatoes?!
Anyway. Something that Nigella said in one of her Christmas specials (whilst preparing six individual poussins. As you do.), was about having people over at Christmas. She was reminiscing about her mother getting hysterical about mass catering.
“I don’t want to make myself miserable trying to keep everyone else happy. Food has to be really great to eat. But above easy on me.”
I’m with you there Nigella. We’re having people over at Christmas and I want to make tasty, yet easy to make food.
I saw an edible Christmas Tree recipe online recently and had to try it. (Honestly, any recipe with the words puff pastry, chocolate and cinnamon in it and I’m all over it).
This. Is. A. Winner.
I don’t know if I can call it a recipe, I mean it’s so easy to make! Give it a go and let me know what you think.
Here’s the recipe:
2 x sheets of puff pastry
100g good quality dark chocolate
1 beaten egg (for the eggwash)
Sharp knife of pizza slicer
1. Put your puff pastry on an oven tray and using your sharp knife of pizza slice cut out a Christmas Tree.
2. Lift off one of the sheets of puff pastry and put it to one side.
3. Take your chocolate spread and dollop the spread over the sheet on the oven tray. Spread it out evenly.
4. Lay the other sheet over the other and brush with egg-wash.
5. Sprinkle a good amount (about a tablespoon) of the cinnamon sugar on top.
6. Pop it into your oven for about 18 minutes.
7. Once your Christmas tree is in the oven take out your chopped chocolate. You can either heat in the microwave or over a pot of boiling water on the stove. Just make sure you don’t burn the chocolate.
8. Once out and cooled a little bit sprinkle some icing sugar on top.
9. Serve straight away