Oh yes, even pizza can get the Christmas treatment! And this festive recipe, using ready-made puff pastry, is simple enough for older kids to make on their own (with a little grown-up help prepping the ingredients and operating the oven).

You will need 2 lined baking trays and 2 large cookie cutters, one a circle shape (like this Ann Clark one) and the other Christmas tree shape (like the largest one in this 3-piece set).


  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 onion, finely chopped
  • 2 cloves of garlic, crushed
  • 250g passata
  • 2 tbsp tomato purée
  • 2 375g packs of ready-rolled puff pastry
  • 150g grated mozzarella
  • ½ red pepper, sliced into strips
  • ½ yellow pepper, sliced into strips
  • pepperoni slices
  • black olives, sliced
  • cucumber, cut into strips and slices
  • chives


  • STEP 1

    Preheat the oven to 200°C/Fan 180°C/400°F/Gas mark 6. Line 2 baking trays with greaseproof paper

  • STEP 2

    Heat the olive oil in a saucepan. Add the onion and fry until soft. Add the garlic and fry for 30 seconds

  • STEP 3

    Add the passata and tomato purée and simmer for 15 minutes. Set aside to cool

  • STEP 4

    Unroll the pastry and stamp out 2 large tree shapes, using a large Christmas tree cutter. Place on a lined baking sheet

  • STEP 5

    Stamp out 4 circles, using a cookie cutter, for the baubles and place on the 2nd lined baking sheet

  • STEP 6

    Prick the pastry bases all over with a fork. Spread the set-aside sauce over the pastry and sprinkle with the grated mozzarella

  • STEP 7

    Decorate the Christmas trees with pepper strips, pepperoni slices and sliced olives to look like tinsel and ornaments. Decorate the baubles with cucumber strips, pepper strips, pepperoni slices and sliced olives and use cucumber slices and chives to create the bauble strings

  • STEP 8

    Bake in the oven for 20 to 25 minutes until golden brown

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