Pull Apart Edible Christmas Tree

by Barry Lewis


400g frozen spinach, thawed

175g soft cheese (aka cream cheese)

2 garlic cloves, crushed

1tsp onion powder

½tsp mild chili powder

1tsp Italian seasoning

Good pinch of salt and pepper

60g Parmesan cheese, grated

120g Mozzarella cheese, grated

2 x ready-made puff pastry sheets

1 egg yolk, beaten

2tbsp butter, melted

½tsp Italian seasoning

½tsp garlic salt

Pizza sauce, for dunking in to serve

An awesome tear and share stuffed christmas tree recipe that you can tweak to make savoury or sweet pretty much any time of Year, super easy filled with spinach & cream cheese & dunked in pizza sauce! If you’d like more Christmas themed videos, head here to the Christmas section

I would highly recommend that the video above is watched to understand how best to construct the Christmas tree, it’s much easier to watch it to understand the steps needed. Thanks

How to make a pull apart edible Christmas tree sharer

First up grab the spinach that’s been thawed out, squeeze it well, to make sure all the juice is drained out. Mix together with the cream cheese, parmesan, half of the mozzarella, garlic, salt & pepper, onion and chilli powders, plus the Italian seasoning. Mix really well together until nice and randomised.

Take a rectangular sheet of pastry, cut it into a triangle shape long ways – the video shows this the best. Using the 2 other pieces of pastry, join them to make a second triangle together. This piece is best to be the bottom layer as it is more delicate.

Place this bottom triangle on your baking parchment and top with the spinach / cream cheese mixture, evenly spread it put just to the edges of the triangle, leaving just a small gap. Now sprinkle the extra mozzarella on top of the spinach, ensuring it is even in height all over, if it’s too over crowded remove some of the spinach.

Now, add the other triangle on top, as it’s at room temperature there should be some stretch in there, gently pull this over the lower triangle and press together to join at the edges all the way around. Now shape the branches of the tree cutting into the pastry at even sides, leaving a non-cut area in the middle – the video shows this well. Then twist together each of the sides to create spiralised branches, brush with the egg yolk wash  and bake for 25 minutes or until golden brown and puffed up.

Whilst it is baking mix the melted butter, garlic salt and Italian seasoning together and brush over the baked pastry after baking. Allow to cool slightly then serve pulled apart and dunked in pizza sauce! Amazing!