Cheesy Christmas Tree

This Italian Family
by This Italian Family
1 tree
40 min

Happy December!

Is it only our family or do you also spend the best part of Christmas munching or eating? For us it’s usually the big Christmas dinner, then loads of chocolate and sweet stuff until bedtime basically 😅 we do sometimes manage to even eat leftovers in the evening if we are still feeling peckish.

And before all of that, whilst the main meal is being cooked, we always have so many nibbles! Crisps with dips, baked Brie, crackers, etc.

If this sounds familiar, then this cheesy Christmas tree is for you! It’s perfect to put on a table, everyone can tear out their “branch” and munch on it! It works with any cheese, but I particularly like it with Parmesan and no one says you can’t mix different types of cheese together! If you want to go in cheese overload (I mean, it is Christmas!) you could dip them in some baked cheese, such as Brie or camembert!

Check out my Instagram post for a video of the process

Recipe details
  • 1  tree
  • Prep time: 10 Minutes Cook time: 30 Minutes Total time: 40 min
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  • 2 rectangular puff pastry sheets (I buy ready-made 320g ones)
  • 1 cup grated Parmesan (or other cheese)
  • Milk

Sprinkle the cheese all over the first puff pastry sheet. Cover with the second sheet and press them together using a rolling pin. Peel away the parchment paper from the top sheet.
With a knife. Cut out the shape of a triangular tree. On the excess pastry outside the tree, cut out a star using a cookie cutter, then peel away all the rest. You can use it to make lots of other smaller trees or little cheese twists.
Using the knife, cut the sides of the tree into 1.5-2 cm thick strips . Make sure to leave the central part intact as that will form the trunk of the tree. See pictures above to see how it should look.
Take each strip and twist it on itself a couple of times. Make sure to press the ends firmly together.
Put your star on top and press gently to make it stick.
Brush the surface with a little milk and then bake in a pre-heated oven at 356F for 25-30 minutes.
Serve still warm and enjoy!
  • For extra embellishments, you can also halven some cherry tomatoes and place them on top after baking, to ask as baubles
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