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Christmas tree made of puff pastry

Today I want to share with you a recipe for an unusual and easy-to-make New Year’s Eve dish. Or to be more precise, a thematic idea for a New Year’s Eve snack made with the most familiar ingredients. Make a “Christmas tree” out of ready-made puff pastry with fragrant, juicy and insanely appetizing smoked bacon filling.

Ingredients:


Flour – 305 grams (215 grams – for the sourdough, 90 grams – for the dough)

Cold milk – 125 grams (125 grams – for starter, 1 tbsp – for dough)

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Instant yeast – 1.5 teaspoon (0.5 tsp. – to bake, 1 tsp. – to batter)

Egg – 30gms (half of one large egg)

Butter – 45gms (room temperature)

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Sugar – 50-60 grams.

Salt – 0,5 teaspoon

Crushed fresh rosemary – 3-4 Tbsp.

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Melted butter – 3-4 tbsp.

Coarse sea salt – 1-2 tbsp.

Preparation:

To begin with we need to prepare a sourdough, for this we pour 215 grams of flour into a bowl, add 125 grams of milk and half a teaspoon of yeast. Mix all the ingredients by hand, but do not knead the mass too thoroughly. Then cover the bowl tightly with clingfilm and leave in the fridge overnight (it should be cold for at least 12 hours).

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The next day we take the stew out of the fridge and knead it a bit, then add to the stew 90 grams of flour, 1 tablespoon of cold milk, a teaspoon of yeast, half an egg, fine salt and sugar. Now we knead the dough very carefully with our hands until it becomes homogeneous; at the end we add the butter and knead the dough once again until it becomes soft and elastic. Then cover the bowl with cling film again and set aside for a while until the dough has doubled in size.

Then knead the dough once more and divide it into 19 equal parts and shape each part into a small ball. Place these small balls on a baking tray lined with parchment paper to form a herringbone pattern. Make a large triangle with 15 balls and place 4 remaining balls in the middle of the triangle base, leaving the dough balls to rise for 30-45 minutes.

When the time has passed, brush the balls on top with melted butter and sprinkle with rosemary and sea salt.

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Put the tray into a preheated 170-degree oven and bake our Christmas tree for 20 minutes. After that, you can decorate the treat with Christmas bells and serve it on the festive table. Bon appetit for everyone and have a happy new year!

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