This Nutella Christmas Tree Pull-Apart is not only easy to make, it’s also extremely versatile. Meaning you can change up the ingredients to work for you if you have any food allergies … or just plain don’t like Nutella.
The pastry sheets here in New Zealand are square, so I adjusted this to make them rectangle by joining 1.5 together (see the photo from my Instagram below).
PLEASE watch the video I’ve included for exactly how to make this tree, as it’s a lot less complicated than how it seems when it’s written down!
Puff Pastry Sheets x 3 (I used Butter Puff Pastry)
Jar of Nutella
1 x Egg (whisked)
Freeze Dried Raspberries (optional)
Preheat your oven to 180° degrees Celsius.
Lay out one sheet of puff pastry, on a lined baking tray. Cut half of another sheet of pastry, and join to the end of the first sheet – making the whole two sheets now a rectangle (see image below). I used a knife to gently score the outline of a triangle into the surface of the pastry. Smother the Nutella onto the pastry in the triangle area.
Add the other 1.5 sheets of pastry on the top of the Nutella, and using a knife cut out the triangle (you will be able to see an outline of the Nutella).
Remove the unused pastry (you can bake this later into shapes as a wee treat if you want).
You will now have an outline of a tree. Using the knife, press the blade (rather than slicing) into the pastry and cut in 2cm slices to form the branches (see video below for how this looks). Follow the line of the trunk – which means the slices will get narrower as you get further towards the top.
Next, starting at the base of the tree, twist the branches (away from you). Do this for all of the branches.
Brush the surface of your completed Nutella Christmas Tree with the whisked egg.
Bake in the oven for 25-30 minutes, or until golden brown.
Remove, cool, and enjoy!
WATCH THIS VIDEO ON HOW TO DO IT:
Pastry – use gluten free pastry (or vegetarian pastry)
Nutella – swap out for peanut butter, almond butter, jam, melted chocolate, cinnamon & sugar, cheese, basil & pesto .. the options are endless really!
Egg – swap out for coconut oil
As far as I’m aware, Nutella is gluten free. Although it doesn’t say it on the package, after research I have realised it may well be. The Nutella website states that “Nutella® hazelnut spread does not contain any ingredients derived from gluten-containing cereals: wheat, barley, rye, oats or triticale. There is also no risk of cross contamination with any gluten ingredients”.