Christmas brings out an array of talents. You cannot move for perfectly decorated houses, duck egg front doors adorned with the most festive of ‘handmade’ wreaths, beautifully wrapped presents and all the cooking and the baking. 100s of photos of talented friends who can whip up a batch of mince pies which look as though they have just been pulled out from Waitrose ovens. I am not one of those people. I love to eat the food, all of the food, but when it comes to making food, I have little natural ability.
During our festive day on Saturday, Alex and I were supposed to make a variety of baked Christmas goods. After a mammoth lunch, however, we decided to abandon anything difficult and focus on the straight forward. BrieTrees being one of them. And they went down a storm.
I actually pinched the idea from my little sister who made it last year, with Nutella not cheese. Yet in all honesty, I imagine she got the idea from Pinterest, so sharing all around.
I wanted to post this ‘recipe’ for anyone in the same position as me. For those of you who would like to look as though you are fantastic bakers but instead don’t have the patience for it all.
(I can only apologise for the photos, my mum’s kitchen is very warm lighting).
What you will need (& it won’t break the bank)
- Puff Pastry – Buy pre-rolled or make, I use this recipe here.
- Cranberry sauce
- 1 portion of Brie
- 1 Egg
- Thinly roll your puff pastry out, enough to make two even shape triangles
- Cut out the two triangles
- I remove the rind from the brie you can leave it on if you want to
- Spread the cranberry sauce over one side of the triangle, placing the brie evenly up both of the sides
- Place the other triangle on top and make slices between the cheese
- Twist each slice up the Christmas tree
- Cover with egg to help glaze and colour in the oven (I am sure there is a better description than that)
- Pop in the oven for 15-20 minutes.
- Serve and feel like a true Christmas culinary genius.