Chocolate braided Christmas Tree

Guess we must not keep repeating our sentence over and over again in almost every blog post – WE LOVE WORKING WITH PUFF PASTRY! We discovered puff pastry at a local grocery store about a year and a half ago and have been experimenting with it ever since. Muskaan got so over-joyed in the first few months, that she made nutella croissants every second week! Imagine! But the store bought puff pastry is actually so so good, you would always feel like trying new recipes with it.

The puff pastry teams up best with Spinach! Have you tried our recipe for Ricotta and Spinach puffs. Click here to see the blog post. You will love it!

Anyway we have lately tried so many recipes with puff pastry involving cream cheese, different vegetables and also the sweeter version (again with cream cheese) and some berries. All of them coming soon, but we start with the Super-Season-Special => Christmas Special puff pastry recipe for you guys. This super adorable looking Christmas Tree is just something you can make with THREE ingredients – YES! Thats it! You only need puff pastry, chocolate (preferably nutella spread) and some milk for brushing. Also some icing sugar (optional!)  The trick to this gorgeous looking Christmas Tree is making the twists properly- but don’t you guys worry, we have all the steps properly written for you in the recipe below.

You start by thawing the two sheets of puff pastry (should be thawed but still should be cold) and then roll out to shape both the sheets into rectangles of same size. Then the first pastry is covered with chocolate in the shape of a triangle (the Christmas tree) and then cover this sheet with other sheet of puff pastry. You have to cut out all the excess pastry (the part that is not covered with chocolate spread) – trust us, you will be able to feel with your fingers which part is covered and which part is not covered. Cut out the excess part of the pastry to form a proper tree.

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With the help of a knife or a pizza-cutter, start making the branches – you need to make sure that they DO NOT meet from both the sides.

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Twist each branch very carefully. If your chocolate spread has already started to get hard, then twist the pastry with extra care – it will take some effort, but eventually you should be able to twist them (at least two turns) and the top three branches – just one turn is enough.

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Now brush the entire puff pastry tree with some milk and BAKE!

Here is the recipe for you guys:

Chocolate braided Christmas Tree

by Sheenam & Muskaan December – 23 – 2017

Prep time: 5 mins Cook time: 20 mins
Total time: 25 mins

Ingredients

  • 2 packs of 300 grams puff pastry
  • 80 grams chocolate chips or nutella spread
  • 2 tablespoons milk
  • icing sugar for sifting post baking

Instructions:

  1. Thaw and roll out the puff pastry to form rectangles (as explained in the post above)
  2. Spread the chocolate spread of nutella on the pastry followed by covering it completely with another sheet of puff pastry.
  3. Prepare the christmas tree as explained in the post above.
  4. Brush the tree with some milk and bake it for 18-22 minutes in pre-heated oven at 180 degrees or until they are brown and cooked.
  5. Sift some icing sugar before serving. (optional)

Homemade salted caramel

Who wouldn’t love this buttery, sweet, slightly salted sauce over the sweet treats like ice cream and brownies, but our obsession with salted caramel started when we were experimenting with popcorn snacks!  We mixed a bit of home made salted caramel sauce with some pop corn, put them in the oven for a couple of minutes and had the best ever salted caramel popcorn!

It completely elevates the flavour and is oh so delicious. The best part of making this delicious sauce at home is that you can adjust the salt content to your taste and then store the rest of the sauce to pour over some ice cream or top a slice of dry cake with it. We baked a classic cheesecake (coming soon on the blog!) and topped the basic cheesecake with some caramel sauce and it did wonders to the cheesecake! 😀

A few important notes before you read the recipe:

  1. The flame has to be on “low” throughout the process until the end (where you change it from low to medium) for less than a minute to give a final boil before pouring it to the jar.
  2. Please do not taste the salted caramel or touch it while it is cooking because you will end up burning your tongue and fingers!
  3. Please also beware of the splash back from the saucepan because it can come directly to your face and the boiling sugar can cause a burn.
  4. The step where you add the cream to the sauce is where the sauce will go completely crazy and it can splash and be harmful.

This recipe comes with a video 🙂 you can check out the video here on our youtube channel. Do not forget to subscribe 🙂

We poured this sauce over some cheesecake which is coming next on the blog 😀

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Homemade salted caramel sauce

By Sheenam and Muskaan November-1-2017

The best ever homemade salted caramel. So easy and so buttery – the perfect sauce to pour over your ice creams and dry cakes.

Prep time: 5 mins Cook time: 5 mins
Total time: 10 mins

Yield: 1 1/2 cup of caramel sauce

Ingredients

  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter
  • 1/2 cup cream (we used amul cream)
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt (or less if you are using salted butter)

Instructions:

  1. In a saucepan add the granulated sugar and let this melt on low flame. Let this melt on its own and do not whisk. After one/two minutes, you will notice that the sugar is starting to melt. This is when you start whisking and in a few more seconds the sugar will be completely melted.
  2. Once the sugar is melted, add the melted butter to the sugar.
  3. Mix it/ whisk it well and add the cream. You will notice the sauce to bubble up immediately (be very careful here- as the sugar might splash on you and you can burn yourself!)
  4. Once the ingredients have mixed well, cook the sauce for a few seconds on medium flame and add the salt.
  5. Transfer it to a jar and let this cool before putting it in the refrigerator.