We're big fans of centerpieces and decorations that can serve dual purposes, especially when one of those purposes is eating. This cream puff centerpiece not only looks beautiful on your table, but it tastes good when Christmas dinner is over!
You can make this one of two ways: You can spend a few hours making your own cream puffs or you can stick to the ones you buy at the store. Either way, you'll be left with a beautiful centerpiece that tastes about as good as it looks.
Serves about 14-16
Add the sugar and water to a saucepan over medium heat. Bring mixture to a rapid boil and then reduce to low. Heat until sugar is completely dissolved and mixture is thick, like a syrup. Set aside.
To create the tree, create a large base with cream puffs on a serving platter or plate. Try to make one as big as you can (the width of the plate) so your tree is taller.
Then, dipping each cream puff in simple syrup, stack the cream puffs on top of each other in gradual layers in a cone shape.
Once tree is prepared, let it sit for about 20 minutes so the simple syrup dries slightly and the tree doesn't move when you add the jelly beans and cherries.
Once dried a bit, add the cherries and beans. There's no real way to do this right, just stick them into the crevices made by the stacked cream puffs. We added a cherry on top for the star, but you can use whatever you have lying around!
Once you have the cherries and jelly beans in, dust the whole tree with powdered sugar for added effect. Then serve immediately!
Note: The tree is meant to be consumed within 4 hours of making it. If you plan on bringing to a party, store in the fridge.
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