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5 from 11 votes

Spiced apple and cranberry pull-apart Christmas tree (no added sugar)

An amazing puff-pastry Christmas tree, filled with a spiced cranberry applesauce, topped with cinnamon and decorated with toddler-friendly treats. 
Prep Time30 mins
Cook Time18 mins
Total Time48 mins
Course: Festive makes
Cuisine: English
Keyword: applesauce, Christmas, mixed spice, no added sugar, puff pastry, pull-apart
Servings: 8 people
Calories: 246kcal
Author: Emily Leary


  • 1 eating apple peeled and diced
  • 1/2 tsp mixed spice
  • 320 g ready-rolled puff pastry
  • 30 g dried cranberries chopped
  • 1 tbsp milk
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 50 g toddler-friendly goodies


  • Preheat the oven to 200C (180C fan, 400F). Place the chopped apple in a small pan with the cranberries and mixed spice, and approx 100ml (3.4 fl oz) of water.
  • Place over a medium heat and cook down gently while stirring until you have a thick, red applesauce. Note: some apples break down more easily than others, so if you need to, you can add more water, or blitz the sauce down with a hand blender.
  • Unroll your puff pastry and cut in half.
  • Place one of your pastry halves on a board lined with baking paper.
  • Spread the cooled applesauce all over the pastry, right to the edges.
  • Press the other pastry half on top.
  • Cut your Christmas tree shape.
  • Slice 1cm/0.5 inch strips either side, leaving a couple of centimetres of 'trunk' clear up the middle of the tree.
  • Twist each strip in the same direction all the way up both sides of the tree.
  • Brush all over with milk.
  • Sprinkle all over with the cinnamon.
  • Transfer on to a baking sheet. Adding a diamond and a couple of thin triangles, made from your offcuts.
  • Bake for 20-25 minutes until gently golden.
  • Once cooked and cooled, position the star in place and decorate with your choice of toddler-friendly goodies.


Calories: 246kcal | Carbohydrates: 25g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 15g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Cholesterol: 1mg | Sodium: 101mg | Potassium: 49mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin A: 12IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 9mg | Iron: 1mg