Christmas is all about sharing and what better way to share a festive feast than with a delicious vegan pull-apart Christmas tree recipe! It’s pretty, fun and a wonderful way to get the festivities started. Enjoy it with family and friends.
It serves 10 – 12, fewer if you’re very hungry!
Pull Apart Christmas Tree Recipe
For the dough:
- 750g bread flour
- 10g activated yeast
- 8g fine salt
- 500g warm water
- 1 tbsp maple syrup
For the filling:
- 1 pack Moving Mountains Mince
- 150g bottom mushrooms, finely chopped
- 1 jar of green pesto
- 40g cranberries + 10g for decoration
- Vegetable oil
- 50g maple syrup
- 50g water
- Start by making the dough. Mix the bread flour with the yeast and salt in a big bowl.
- Add the water and syrup and knead with your hands until it all comes together.
- You can transfer the dough into a standing mixer and knead for another 5 minutes or on a medium speed or continue with your hands for 10 minutes on a kitchen surface.
- The dough should be smooth, but a little sticky. Then put the dough back in the bowl and cover with a damp kitchen towel. Leave to prove in a warm place for an hour, until it doubles in size.
- Meanwhile, make the filling. Warm up a tablespoon of oil in a big, heavy based frying pan. Cook the mince until it’s fully defrosted.
- Add the mushrooms and cook stirring for another 3-4 minutes. Stir in the pesto and the cranberries.
- Remove the pan from the heat and leave uncovered to cool down.
- Once your dough is ready, knock the dough down, sprinkle lightly with flour and roll it out into a large rectangle (longer side facing you) on a floured surface. Spread the filling out evenly, leaving some space (about 3-5cm) of the top (longer side) filling-free, so you can seal the end of the roll tightly.
- Roll the dough up into a log, then cut into even sized swirled buns – each about 5cm wide. Arrange the buns in a Christmas tree shape on a large baking tray lined with baking parchment. Preheat the over to 200 degrees and then leave your Christmas tree to prove for another 15 minutes.
- Mix the maple syrup with water and brush it over the buns to glaze. Put the tray in the oven and bake for 25-30 minutes until the bread is browned and cooked through.
- Decorate with the remaining cranberries and serve warm.