Christmas trees

During Christmas we all love to make lovely little snacks and sweets that are both fun and delicious, beautiful to look at and good to taste, capable of entertaining young children, and giving the home a warm atmosphere when used, for example, as a table centrepiece. Some examples might be edible wreaths, fruit centrepieces, stuffed panettone, decorations for the tree, and so on and so forth. Today’s idea is for some small chocolate Xmas trees, glazed with a green icing and decorated with sprinkles, either as treats for the children or to use as a nice centrepiece during Christmas lunch. Or you might wish to use this recipe to make one large tree to serve as a true Christmas dessert.

Ingredients

  • plain flour 150 grams
  • sugar 150 grams
  • eggs 2 units
  • cocoa 40 grams
  • cinnamon A teaspoon of ground cinnamon
  • baking powder 7g of baking powder
  • butter 50 grams
  • milk 150 millilitres
  • icing sugar 150 grams
  • egg white 1 unit
  • food colouring 80 grams Green
  • sugared almond 25 grams Coloured
  • lemon zest A pinch
Information
60 minutes Total time
40 minutes Active time
Serves 6 persons
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Preparation

Beat the eggs with the sugar until frothy. Add the milk and melted butter. Beat the mixture again, then add the flour and baking powder. Also add the cocoa and cinnamon. Work everything together for a few minutes, then pour the mixture into your tree-shaped moulds. Bake at 180°C for 40 minutes, then remove from the oven and leave to cool. Meanwhile thoroughly beat together the icing sugar and the egg whites. Add a pinch of lemon zest and green dye. Adjust the quantity of dye according to how green you want your glaze to be. Decorate the surface of your trees with glaze, then add the coloured sprinkles.

Tips
With cake moulds, ramekins and paper muffin cups you can let your imagination run riot in choosing your favourite shape, whilst spending virtually nothing.
Trivia
The icing with which we have decorated these trees is called royal icing and is made with icing sugar and egg whites. Another type of icing commonly used in confectionery is made of sugar and water which, unlike this one, is made whilst warm. Then there is the common lemon icing, made with icing sugar, lemon juice and egg whites.

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