We are so pleased to be partnering with Schwarz to bring you some show-stopping Christmas recipes this year. Our tear and share snowflake is a party sensation. Flavoured with orange and chocolate and served with lavish dipping chocolate, this is a party piece that takes just a few minutes to make – but it will leave a lasting impression on your guests.
The blend of Schwartz spices in the filling and sugar topping will fill your kitchen with the most mouth-watering, Christmas-inspired smells and the crisp pastry and warm chocolate will guarantee that your guests cannot stop at one piece.
Chocolate Orange Tear & Share Snowflake Pastry Party Centrepiece
- 2 large sheets of puff pastry
- 175g (6oz) icing sugar, (25g or 1oz for dusting)
- 1/4 tsp vanilla essence
- 1/4 tsp Schwartz Allspice
- ¼ tsp Schwartz Cinnamon
- 25ml (1fl oz) mandarin/orange juice, plus 1 tbs to loosen icing
- A handful of chocolate chips
- 50ml (2fl oz) unsalted butter, melted
- 1 tbs caster sugar mixed with 1/4 tsp of Schwartz Ground Nutmeg and ¼ tsp of Schwartz Ground Ginger
- Pre-heat the oven to
175ºCfan, 400ºF, Gas Mark 6.
- Lay out one sheet of puff pastry and prick it quite thoroughly with a fork to prevent it rising too much.
- Put the icing sugar into a bowl and mix in the spices and essence. Slowly pour in the orange juice, a bit at a time, until it forms quite a firm icing – you don’t want it to be able to dribble out of the pastry. You may not need all the juice.
- Place a round ramekin or similar in the middle of the pricked pastry sheet, then spread a very thin layer of the icing mixture over the sheet, adding a few chocolate chips. Pick up the ramekin, lay the other sheet of pastry on top of the first and replace the ramekin. Cut out 12 spokes from the circle outside the ramekin and then crimp each edge with the prongs of a fork. Lift each spoke and twist it over twice to form a sort of rudimentary plait.
- You can also bake the triangles that you remove. Simply use a fork to seal their edges and prepare them in the same way as the main snowflake and serve on the side for extra pastry to dip.
- Remove the central ramekin and prick the circle underneath to prevent it from rising.
- Brush the finished pastry snowflake with the melted butter and sprinkle evenly with the caster sugar and spices.
- Bake for 12-14 minutes until golden and slightly caramelised. Allow to cool.
- Loosen the remainder of the icing mixture with a tbsp of orange juice and drizzle
itfreelyover the pastry snowflake. Dust the whole thing with extra icing sugar. Ifyouwish, melt some chocolate into the ramekin and place in the centre of thesnowflakefor dipping and serve.
This recipe is deliciously moreish and looks so good that it will make any party or celebration special.
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