Nutella Christmas Tree

Last year this Nutella Christmas tree had been doing the rounds on the internet and I always said I wanted to make it. Well a year later I finally made it.

It was super easy and you only need 3 things. You will need:

2 x Edmonds flaky puff pastry sheets

Nutella

1 x egg

Pretty much to start you need to make a Nutella sandwich, so cover one sheet with Nutella (not too close to the edges as it becomes messy when twisting). Then place the other sheet on top.

Measure out the trunk and mark the shape of the tree out.

Once that’s done cut strips along the side to make the branches and then twist each one and top with a cut out star.

Now don’t throw away any of the scraps because you can still bake those p.s you will notice my first attempt of a star amongst the scraps, it’s a shocker.

Egg wash the pastry and bake in the oven at 200 degrees for 20 minutes. When it’s cool dust with icing sugar so it looks like snow and I used red and green M&M’s to give a bauble effect.

There you go, the Nutella Christmas tree dessert.

Hope you have a go at making this!

Happy holidays

Ronell x

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The Travelling Scroll Recipe

Okay so first up I cannot take any credit for this recipe. A friend passed on the recipe to me for Cinnamon Scrolls. I’ve just used the same recipe for my savoury scrolls and left out the sugar component. 

She got the recipe of her sister in law, and then passed it onto me, and now I’m sharing it with you, hence the name of the post. Here is the recipe, in my own words. 


Dough Recipe (using a breadmaker)

  • 1 sachet dry yeast or 3 Tsp
  • 1 cup warm milk
  • 1/2 cup melted butter (not too hot)
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 2 eggs
  • 4 cups plain flour

Method

  • Pre heat the oven to 180 degrees c fan forced or 220 degrees c. 
  • Firstly heat the milk until warm and put in the dry yeast. 
  • Whilst the milk and yeast are doing the tango in the jug put all the other ingredients in the bread maker. 
  • Now pour in the milk and yeast mixture. 
  • Set your machine to the basic dough function and away you go. 
  • In my machine this takes about 2 1/2 hours. 
  • Once done roll out onto a floured surface in a rectangular shape. It will be a bit broad which is what you want. 
  • Spread the cheese over the dough and top with ham. 
  • Then it’s time to roll. Make sure you are rolling it from the longer side away from you. 
  • Once rolled, cut into slices and place cut side down. 
  • Bake for about 15 mins or until golden. 

So that’s how I made the scrolls. The dough was perfect and the scrolls turned out amazing. It will sure be a winner in the kids lunch boxes. 

Below is a photo of the recipe that was sent to me for cinnamon scrolls as reference if you need. 


I hope you enjoy this recipe and don’t forget to share the scroll love and pass it on. 

Ronell x

Tantalise Your Tastebuds at Tok Tok

Okay so I realise there are a lot of t’s in the heading but never mind that, let’s get to the important bit.

I wanted to share with you my experience or review so to speak on my favourite Asian restaurant Tok Tok.  I have eaten here a few times and can never get sick of the food.  Tok Tok is located in the bustling suburb of Takapuna, and you will find that they serve Asian fusion cuisine, particularly South East Asian food.  Upon entering the restaurant you will instantly be transported to what feels like a bustling restaurant in Bali, or Thailand.

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The decor inside the restaurant is amazing, from the bamboo lampshades, to the spices and the trinkets around the place.  Every time I have been to this restaurant it was full, so it pays to make a reservation.  Even the cutlery used is so unique.  Good old-fashioned tin cups and tin water canisters.

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So once you get over the decor and the whole scene, we get to the best part, the food!  Tok Tok restaurant has won ‘Best in Taste’ at Taste of Auckland, and I can see why.  It truly is an explosion of flavour, every single dish is like a party in your mouth.  Like most Asian restaurants the dishes are to be shared.  We usually get a few ‘Small’ dishes to start and then move on to the ‘Big’ dishes.

Both my husband and I were so impressed with the service. Your order is taken at the start, and the food is brought out to you once they are cooked, it just keeps coming.  I have never seen service to this level, they were so friendly and efficient, my goodness they are fast!  You are never left sitting there waiting and wondering where your meals are.  It’s like they have eye’s on everyone at all times, they just know what you need before you even know!

For our small dish we ordered the Salt ‘n Pepper Squid and the Pork & Prawn summer rolls. I have tried almost all of the small dishes from my visit’s to date, and I love Asian food so I was in heaven.  They were so fresh and flavourful, and they surprisingly light, they didn’t feel like heavy dishes which is perfect.

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We didn’t have to wait long for our big dishes.  We ordered the Crispy Hapuka Dry Red Curry and the Shaking Beef.  OMG I died and went to heaven again at this point.  The beef was super tender it was unreal.  The fish was beautiful and delicate.  We also ordered a side of rice and roti.  The rotis are small and really crispy.

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There is a lot of food on the plates so perfect for sharing!  By this stage we were in a bit of a food coma, but somehow we managed to find some space for dessert.  I mean how can you not right!  We had the Bay Leaf Panna Cotta and the Pandan Tapioca.  Oh my goodness, the Panna Cotta is so soft and silky with the unique taste of bay leaf served with caramalised banana and peanut praline.  The Tapioca had so many amazing textures, with caramalised pineapple, lychee and chilli cashew candy.  My husband wants to go back and just have the tapioca!

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We had to do a few laps of walking along Takapuna Beach afterwards to work off the food, but it was so worth it.  I can never tire of this place and there is so much choice on the menu there is something there to suit everyone.

If you have not been to Tok Tok yet, I would suggest you get there pretty quick smart, it truly is a culinary experience.

You can find Tok Tok at Shop 1 – 129 Hurstmere Road, Takapuna.  For more info click on the link here.

Enjoy!

Ronell x