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Churro Christmas tree

Churro Christmas tree

https://www.coop.co.uk/recipes/churro-christmas-tree

Inspired by the fried Spanish doughnuts, this easy sweet treat can be prepped the night before to bake on Christmas morning

  • Feeds 12Feeds 12
  • Ready in 36 minutes

Each serving contains

  • Energy
    21%
    1714kj 411kcal
  • Fat
    High 37%
    25.9g
  • Saturates
    High 65%
    13g
  • Sugar
    Med 17%
    29.3g
  • Salt
    Med 7%
    0.44g

% of adult’s reference intake | Carbohydrates per serving : 39g

Ingredients

  • 2 x 375g packs Co-op ready rolled puff pastry
  • 100g chocolate spread
  • 1 Co-op British free range egg, beaten
  • 1 ½ tsp caster sugar
  • ¼ tsp ground cinnamon
  • For the chocolate dipping sauce:
  • 100g Co-op Fairtrade dark
  • chocolate, broken into pieces
  • 50ml Co-op double cream
  • 10g Co-op unsalted butter
  • 1 tbsp golden syrup or clear honey

Method

  1. Preheat the oven to 200°C/fan 180°C/Gas 6
  2. Unroll the pastry and put 1 sheet, still on its paper, on a baking tray. Take the paper off the second sheet (reserving the paper for later) and gently lay it on top
  3. Using a sharp knife, trim the sheets into the shape of a Christmas tree, with a trunk at the bottom — make a paper template to draw round if you like
  4. Remove the top tree and set aside on the reserved paper
  5. Spread the chocolate over the first tree, with a 1cm gap at the edges, then top with the other tree
  6. To make the branches, cut strips of about 2.5cm thick in the sides of the pastry, leaving a central core, then twist each one as shown (right)
  7. Top with a star cut out of the excess pastry
  8. Brush the tree with the egg. Combine the sugar and cinnamon, then sprinkle over it
  9. Bake for 25 mins, until the pastry is cooked through, puffed up and golden
  10. Meanwhile, make the dipping sauce: put all the ingredients in a heatproof bowl over a pan of simmering water, making sure the bowl doesn’t touch the water. Heat, stirring occasionally, until melted
  11. Serve the sauce warm alongside the Christmas tree