How could we not prepare a sweet treat that would be perfect as a Christmas centrepiece, to be enjoyed from breakfast to after dinner? So here is a special Christmas tree, made of chocolate and hazelnut filled brioche balls, super soft and super easy. The dough creates the perfect shell to accommodate a wonderfully creamy heart, making it easy to work with. It is also a nice idea to involve the little ones at home in the preparation of the Christmas menu: the process is in fact very simple! What’s more, the presence of chocolate makes this Christmas tree perfect for both young and old, a super yummy Christmas treat that will delight every palate, at any time of day!

Christmas tree filled with chocolate and hazelnut, super soft and super easy – the recipe


  • 230 ml full fat milk
  • 7 g dry brewer’s yeast
  • 30 g sugar
  • 500 g Manitoba flour
  • One egg
  • 50 g butter
  • A pinch of salt
  • One egg beaten with a tablespoon of milk
  • A small amount of chocolate hazelnut spread
  • 1 tbsp. raspberries and mint leaves for decoration


  1. Pour the milk into a large bowl, add the yeast and mix well until dissolved.
  2. Now it’s time for the egg and sugar, add them to the mixture and whisk well.
  3. Now add the flour, salt and butter. Mix first with a wooden spoon, then knead by hand (you can also use the food mixer) until smooth and homogeneous.
  4. Let rise until doubled in size and cover with a tea towel, this will take about 3 hours.
  5. After this time has elapsed, create about 20 balls from the mixture.
  6. Flatten them one by one, then fill with a spoonful of chocolate hazelnut spread.
  7. Reshape into a ball.
  8. Transfer to a Christmas tree mould and brush with the beaten egg and milk.
  9. Leave to rest for 30 minutes.
  10. Bake at 180°C for 20-25 minutes, until golden brown.
  11. Remove from the oven, leave to cool and decorate with raspberries and mint leaves. Merry Christmas!

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Kristel è food blogger per The Eat Culture e, su di lei, nemmeno una nuvola. Cogitatrice impegnata, alla costante ricerca di ispirazioni, dentro e fuori dalla cucina. Grazie al cielo tutto scorre: panta rei. E alla fine, come in uno splendido giardino bahai, verrà estasiata da un’illuminazione.