The festive season is upon us and the Christmas parties are filling up our diaries. I think we can all agree that one of the best things about this time of year is all the delicious food! I’m normally on roast potato duty since they’re my favourite part of the meal but this year I thought I’d give desserts a go as part of Wren’s Christmas Kitchen campaign.
When I saw this intricate-looking pastry snowflake I had to find out how to make it. I was expecting a long-winded, fiddly method but I was very surprised to find that it’s actually a piece of cake! (Sort of). What’s more, it’s filled with delicious Nutella so you can be certain it tastes as good as it looks.
This recipe is bound to impress with its beautiful design and it’ll definitely earn you some star points with the guests. Give it a go!
Jus Rol Puff Pastry x2
1. Place a large bowl on top of a pastry sheet to cut around. The sheet was slightly too narrow for my bowl so I simply cut the excess off of the length and attached it to the other side, making more of a square shape.
2. Cut around the bowl to create a circle. Then repeat the process with the second sheet of pastry, so you’re left with two circles.
3. Then create a third and final circle using the excess pastry from the first two sheets.
4. Next, take about 6 tablespoons of Nutella and microwave for 30-40 seconds until warm. This will make it easier to spread.
5. Place one of the circles on a baking sheet on top of an oven tray. Then spread the Nutella evenly all over it. Tip: Though tempting, don’t spread the Nutella on too thick or it’ll ooze out and ruin the design.
6. Place a second circle on top of the Nutella base and cover with chocolate again.
7. Then place the final circle on top.
8. Next, take a small cup (I used a light plastic cup to make sure it didn’t dent the pastry too much) and place in the centre of the top circle.
9. Then, starting from the edge of the cup, divide the pastry into four, cutting through all three layers.
10. Divide the four segments in half again and then in half once more so you’re left with 16 segments.
11. Carefully lift one segment and twist twice to the right before placing it back down. Then twist the segment next to it twice to the left. Keep going around, alternating the direction of the twist. You should start to see a pattern being created.
12. To finish off the design, take two segments and half twist once more to make the edges of the two segments meet vertically. Pinch together to form a point. Make sure you keep the twist going in the same direction or you’ll end up undoing the design.
13. Brush the pastry with egg white before placing in the oven for 30-40 minutes at 180 degrees.
14. Once cooked, sprinkle with icing sugar or edible glitter to create a sparkling snowflake effect and enjoy!
If you decide to try this recipe, please share your thoughts in the comments below or on social media. I’d love to see how your snowflakes turn out!
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