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  • Cinnamon Chocolate Hazelnut Puff Pastry

    filed under: Bread on December 19, 2016

    Creating a fun and festive dessert for Christmas doesn’t have to take forever! All you need is store-bought puff pastry and a jar of chocolate hazelnut spread and you have a show-stopping treat that everyone will love!

    Simply & Easy.. seriously delightful!

    To make this you will need:

    1 package Puff Pastry thawed according to package directions (2 individual pastry sheets included)

    Chocolate hazelnut spread

    cinnamon

    sheet pan

    parchment paper

    small offset spatula (or butter knife)

    sharp knife

    fine strainer

    confectioners sugar

    Cinnamon Chocolate Hazelnut Puff Pastry Tree

        Ingredients

        • 1 pkg Puff Pastry (2 individual pastry sheets included)
        • 3/4 c Nutella
        • 1 tbsp. McCormick® Cinnamon
        • 1 egg, beaten
        • 1/4 c powdered sugar (for dusting)

        Instructions

        1. Remove puff pastry from freezer at least 30 minutes before use. It will need to be thawed before you can use it.
        2. Place one layer of puff pastry on a parchment-lined baking sheet.
        3. Spread chocolate hazelnut spread over the puff pastry in a tree shape.
        4. Sprinkle the chocolate hazelnut spread with cinnamon.
        5. Place the other layer of puff pastry over the chocolate hazelnut spread and flatten with your hands.
        6. Gently with your fingers try to feel the outline of where the chocolate hazelnut spread is. Carefully begin cutting along the edges with a sharp knife. Remove the excess pastry.
        7. At the base of the tree carefully cut away two strips either side to form the base of the tree trunk.
        8. Pressing the knife blade rather than slicing, begin cutting the pastry to form the branches, following the line of the trunk and getting narrower the further up they go.
        9. The tree \"branches\" are now ready for twisting.
        10. Beginning at the base, twist the pastry away from you, trying to get in at least two turns on the lower branches. You may need to clean your hand between each twist as the chocolate hazelnut spread can get messy.
        11. Continue moving up the tree, twisting away from you as you go.
        12. At the top of the tree, you may only get a single twist in the top branches.
        13. Brush the star and tree with lightly beaten egg.
        14. Bake in a 350 degree F oven for 18-22 minutes, or until risen and golden brown.
        15. Dust the tree with powdered sugar.
        16. Best if served right away.

        Prep Time: 35 min. (time to bring puff pastry to room temperature)

        Cook time: about 20 minutes

        Servings: 4

        Here is a video on how I made this:

        I actually made two versions of a puff pastry Christmas tree, one sweet and one savory. Head over here to get my Bacon & Rosemary Puff Pastry recipe!

        I hope you love this Cinnamon Chocolate Hazelnut Puff Pastry as much as we did!

        Simply & Easy.. seriously delightful!

        Thanks so much for supporting me here at iambaker and supporting the brands that I work with. A big thank you to McCormick for continuing to trust and share your amazing products with the iambaker audience! You can find them here: McCormick on the web and on facebook.

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        Comments

        So beautiful Cinnamon Chocolate Hazelnut Christmas Tree! So inviting ! Thank you and have a pleasant holidays !

        I wonder if you could form in advance and refrigerate until it’s time to bake. If yes, how long could you store?kat

        I made this for Christmas morning breakfast and it was a hit with all of the family – thanks for the recipe!

        I love this idea, but I absolutely can’t stand Nutella. I was wondering what other types of fillings can go with this.

        My husband is allergic to nuts, so I can not use Nutella. How can I make a nut-free chocolate spread or what can I purchase to use as a substitute? Thanks!

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