1. Preheat your oven to 190ºC, or gas mark 5.
2. Begin by making your cinnamon sugar filling - place the
softened butter, brown sugar and cinnamon into a mixing bowl.
3. Using the Dualit Hand
Mixer, gently beat the filling ingredients together until well
4. Lightly dust a work surface (or the Dualit Bread
Board) and a rolling pin with plain flour. This will prevent
your pastry dough from sticking and make it easier to roll out.
5. Place one sheet of your pre-made puff pastry onto the floured
surface and roll out a 0.5 - 1cm thick rectangle. Once rolled,
place the pastry onto a lined baking tray.
6. Using a knife (take extra care during this step to prevent
any injuries), carefully score the shape of a large triangle into
the pastry. This will give your pastry the signature Christmas tree
shape. Don't forget to add a trunk!
7. Take your cinnamon sugar filling and spread evenly across the
pastry, within the scored guidelines of your Christmas tree.
8. Taking a second sheet of pastry, roll out another rectangle
on a lightly floured surface and place the second rectangle on top
of your cinnamon sugar filling.
9. Using the Christmas tree guidelines that you scored into the
first sheet of pastry, carefully trace the shape to cut the tree
out and place any scraps to one side. Keep this excess pastry for
other recipes - scraps are ideal for making into small appetisers
10. To form the trunk of your tree, lightly score two lines down
the middle of the triangle. Follow the shape of the triangle as a
guide, making the top of your trunk narrower than the base.
11. Now start to create the branches of your tree. From the
outer edges of your tree trunk, make horizontal cuts. Leave
approximately 1 inch between each cut.
12. Holding the end of each branch, twist it away from you,
taking care not to rip or tear the pastry. Aim for two twists in
the longer, bottom branche and one for smaller branches further up
the tree. Repeat this for each branch.
13. Using a piece of the excess pastry and a small star cookie
cutter, make a small star to go on top of your Christmas tree.
14. Lightly beat an egg in a small bowl with fork to make an egg
wash. This will help your pastry to turn golden brown and develop a
15. Bake your Cinnamon Sugar Christmas Tree in the oven until
the pastry has risen and turned golden brown.
16. Onced baked, place your Christmas tree on a serving board.
Dust lightly with icing sugar to look like snow, or decorate with
cream cheese frosting and sprinkles.
- For an alternate filling, try using our Rum
and Citrus Soaked Fruit, or a sweet mincemeat for a traditional
mince pie feel.
- Serve your pastry Christmas tree either hot or cold.