I of course understand why they call this the season of good will. But surely it would be better to call it by its other name – the Season to Stuff Yourself Senseless? And it is in that sprit that we share with you today, a tutorial to create this fabulous, simple to prepare – yet jealous-makingly complex looking Pesto Star. Let’s get busy…
- 3 x 500g block Shortcrust Pastry £1.10 each Tesco
- 2 x Green Pesto, 190g jar £2.30 each Tesco
- Spoon for spreading
- A small glass or teacup
- Base of a cake tin, 9 inch, £8.77 Ocado
- Rolling Pin, £3.40 Ocado
- Sharp knife
- Pastry brush, £5.45 Ocado
- Roll your pastry out, you want it to be roughly 2mm/3mm thick
- Place your pastry on a sheet of baking parchment and trace round the edge of the base of a cake tin, and cut it to shape, to get a nice even circle
- Spread your pesto over the dough, not too thick but a nice even spread
- Repeat this step until you have three dough bases, covered with pesto and all neatly stacked on top of each other
- Using a small glass or coffee cup, gently mark the centre of the circle
- Divide the circle into eight, cutting from the marked circle, outwards. Remember to keep the middle circle area intact!
- Then divide each section in half again, leaving you with sixteen equal parts – wow you are very good at fractions now!
- Pick up two parts of the base, one in each hand and very carefully twist them in opposite directions
- Repeat this step until all the parts are folded – and you are left with an eight sided star
- Fold the ends of the base under itself to create a neat round shaped edge
- Brush your star with a beaten egg before placing it in the oven
- Bake for 25-30 mins at 180C/350F until golden brown
- Leave to cool and get stuffing. Yourself. We had ours with a bowl of soup – YUM.
So people, it doesn’t all have to be about sweet treats this Xmas – but it does have to all be about treats. Thank you to our new contributor Lara From Home With Love for this great tutorial. And last but not least – we wish you all the merriest of merry Christmases.