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Christmas Cruffin Trees with Orange & Chocolate

he recipe is for Christmas Cruffin Trees with Orange & Chocolate!

Something different to try with such a classic combination of dark chocolate and orange.

The look of those cruffins is absolutely festive even though there is still some time until Christmas :)

And with the recipe, I'm sharing some Christmas Facts & Traditions :)

  • Scientists calculated that for Father Christmas to deliver all gifts to people around the world, on Christmas Eve, he would have to visit 822 homes a second, traveling at 650 miles a second!

  • Traditionally, children leave mince pies and brandy for Santa, and a carrot for the reindeer.

  • In most parts of Austria, Germany, Poland & Switzerland, presents are exchanged and opened on the night of Christmas Eve, rather than Christmas Day.

  • In France, Children place their shoes near the fireplace on Christmas Eve, as they believe Santa (le Père Noël) will fill them with toys and sweets.

  • Christmas Eve is not a public holiday in the United Kingdom however it is a day of preparations for the Christmas season, including last-minute shopping, food preparations and decorating the house.

  • Christians traditionally celebrate Midnight Mass at midnight on Christmas Eve. This ceremony, which is held in churches throughout the world, celebrates the birth of Jesus Christ who is believed to be born at night. However, in recent years, the time for Midnight Mass has varied, and is not often midnight anymore!

  • Christmas Eve is a public holiday in countries such as the Czech Republic and Estonia.

  • According to tradition, Saint Nicholas left gold coins in the stockings of three poor sisters. One night the girls went to bed, leaving their stockings to dry over the fireplace. Saint Nicholas threw three bags of gold coins down the chimney which landed in the stockings as a gesture of goodwill, since then, children all over the world continue the tradition of hanging stockings up on Christmas Eve.

  • During World War I, an unofficial Christmas truce took place between British and German troops. The truce began on Christmas Eve 1914, and decorations were put up, carols were sung and gifts were exchanged. The truce also allowed for recently fallen soldiers to be bought back behind their lines by burial parties.

  • In the UK, there is an old wives’ tale which says ‘bread baked on Christmas Eve will never go moldy’. It’s just a tale. Don’t believe it and eat moldy bread!

  • Telling ghost stories is an old Christmas Eve tradition that has died out in the past century.

  • A large part of Sweden’s population watches Donald Duck cartoons every Christmas Eve since 1960.

  • In Norway, people hide the brooms. An old tale says that witches and other evil spirits appear on Christmas Eve to steal the brooms and ride around causing mischief!*source

Find the recipe below!

Prep: 2h 15 min (2h are just waiting for the dough to rise)

Cook time: 17 min

Level: medium

Servings: 18 cruffins

Calories per serving: 150 kcal

Find the recipe & nutrition facts below :

For the dough:

  • 2/3 cup warm plant milk

  • 1 tsp sugar (do not substitute)

  • 1 pcs. dry yeast (7 gr.)

  • 2 2/3 cups all-purpose flour

  • 1/3 cup sugar (or any other sweetener)

  • 1/2 tsp salt

  • 5 tbsp oil (coconut butter)

  • 2 tsp cocoa powder

  • zest of 1 1/2 oranges

For the filling:

  • 60 gr. chocolate

  • 3 tsp oil

  • zest of 1/2 orange

For brushing:

  • 3 tbsp plant milk

  • 2 tbsp maple syrup (or other liquid sweeteners)


Step 1: In a medium bowl mix together warm milk with 1 tsp of sugar, and add the dry yeast. Set aside for 10 mins.

Step 2: In a large bowl place flour and add in sugar, salt, oil, and yeast mixture and start mixing until you form a non-sticky dough. Divide into two parts and incorporate into the one cocoa and zest to the over one.

Step 3: Кnead for 5 minutes each and form two balls, cover with kitchen towels. Set aside in a warm place for around an hour or until the dough double its size.

Step 4: Sprinkle some flour on a kitchen surface, place the dough with zest on the surface and roll it out in a 1-2 cm thin rectangle. Fold the dough into a small rectangle and roll it out again. Repeat with cocoa dough the same procedure.

Step 5: Place the rolled zest dough on the surface and place the cocoa rolled dough on top. Adjust to cover the zesty dough with another one completely. Roll it out just to incorporate them together.

Step 6: Cut the dough vertically into large stripes.

Step 7: For the filling melt the chocolate with oil and incorporate the zest.

Step 8: Place around 1 tsp of the orange chocolate on each stripe. Roll the stripe into a rose/Christmas tree-like form (it's almost like rolling it into a roll but taking more into a diagonal). Place Christmas Trees into a muffin baking tin and set aside covered with a kitchen towel for around 40 minutes.

Step 9: Preheat oven to 180C. (355F)

Step 10: Brush each cruffin with a mixture of plant milk and maple syrup.

Step 11: Bake for around 15-17 minutes. (check after 5-6 minutes, as they might go in any unwanted direction, if so, just adjust them into the right one :)




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