Learn the quick and easy way to make delicious jam puff pastry candy cane pastries in just 30 minutes. Impress your friends and family with this festive treat in no time! Once you try these Christmas jam puff pastry twists, you won’t be able to stop.
Candy cane pastries are the perfect fun and easy bake this Christmas. They are so easy to make and only use 2 ingredients. Plus add an egg or milk to act as a glaze if you want to.
Roll up your sleeves and get the children involved with this fun and festive puff pastry recipe.
Why you’ll love this Candy Cane Pastry recipe
It only takes two ingredients. What more could you ask for? At Christmas, I love making simple and quick recipes. These are cute, easy and super delicious.
Thanks to their simplicity, everyone can get involved in the baking process. Let your little ones help roll out the pastry, spread the jam or even keep count while they bake.
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You can easily make your own puff pastry, it’s not a simple recipe but homemade pastry is great. But when you’re stuck for time you can use pre-made, ready-to-roll puff pastry. It’s cheap from any supermarket and really speeds up your prep time for this puff pastry with jam filling recipe
I used my Mulled wine Jam for my Puff Pastry candy cane twists but you can use your favourite.
You only need an egg in this recipe to was the top of your pastry candy canes. It helps them turn a gorgeous golden brown colour in the oven.
How to Make Candy Cane Pastry – Step by Step
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Spread the jam over half of the puff pastry.
Fold the puff pastry in half like a book.
Gently cut stripes into your pastry. Try and keep them even so the candy canes cook evenly.
Twist the candy canes back in themselves so the jam creates a stripe. Don’t forget to bend the top over to create that unique shape.
Gently whisk the egg with a fork and using a pastry brush, brush the egg over the pastry.
Bake for 10-13 minutes until golden brown.
Take the puff pastry out of the fridge 20 minutes of so before you need it as it’s easier to un roll (or roll out if you have a block). Otherwise it’s cold and far to stiff to use.
Enjoy straight away with a cup of coffee. Hot pastry is perfect and treating yourself to a nice warm drink is the perfect reward for making these candy cane pastries.
Don’t forget your greaseproof paper on the bottom of your baking tray. This will stop your candy canes from sticking while they bake.
Candy Cane Pastry – Serving Suggestions
You won’t struggle to find ways to serve these Christmas jam puff pastry twists, pop them on the table while guests come over, sneak one off the cooling rack while they cool. The options are endless.and
Candy Cane Afternoon tea
Take your tea and scones on a festive adventure and serve your Christmas jam puff pastry twists with a pot of tea while you watch the snow fall (I can dream of a white Christmas okay!) Or swap the tea for mulled wine and call it a Christmas bottomless brunch!
With ice cream
Warm pastry and ice cream are almost as good a pair as peanut butter and jam or chocolate and marshmallows. You can serve these Christmas jam puff pastry twists whilst they’re warm with a big dollop of ice cream – vanilla or salted caramel ice cream work wonderfully with this.
Hot from the oven
Simply serve them. Your pastry will be warm and golden brown. the soft flakes will dance like snowflakes in your mouth as you bite down and then the wonderfully warm spiced jam will hit you and your mouth will explode in a festive mouthful of joy.
Enjoy them carol singing
These candy cane pastries are the perfect mid-song snack. While you’re halfway through Little Donkey you’ve got a quick moment to chomp down and candy cane.
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Substitutions and variations for Puff Pastry Candy Canes
Cinnamon Sugar Topping
Mix equal parts icing sugar and cinnamon and sprinkle it across your candy canes. The cinnamon is wonderful with the mulled wine jam.
Swap our the jam for Nutella chocolate spread
Don’t fancy fruit this time of year? Try spreading Nutella on your pastry before you twist it into candy canes. The colour changes are a little funny but they taste wonderful.
Storing Candy Cane Pastry / Making ahead of time options
You can assemble the puff pastry and jam, cut out the shapes and store them in the fridge until you need to cook them. I would recommend cooking them within 2 days from assembling.
Candy Cane Pastry FAQS
- Can you use jam for twists?
- Can you put two sheets of puff pastry together?
- Is it OK to roll out puff pastry?
- What can I use instead of jam in puff pastry twists?
Can you use jam for twists?
Yes, using jam for the twists is a great way to create a candy cane-coloured pastry. I’ve used a festive mulled wine jam, strawberry or even summer fruit jam. All work wonderfully.
Can you put two sheets of puff pastry together?
Yes, foling two sheets of puff pastry together is easy. You can use an egg wash to help seal them together. The egg wash acts like a glu and helps keep the jam inside the pastry.
Is it OK to roll out puff pastry?
Yes, you can roll out puff pastry easily, but if you prefer you can bu pre-rolled pastry sheets. This makes things much quicker for you to bake wiht.
What can I use instead of jam in puff pastry twists?
Instead of jam you can use melted chocolate or a chocolate spread like Nutella. You could even use lotus spread in these pastry twists. It tastes wonderful and is a really simple to make.
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Jam Puff Pastry Candy Canes
- 1 sheet Puff pastry
- 200 g Jam (I used my Mulled Wine Jam for extra Christmas flavour)
Glaze and Decoration
- 1 egg
- icing sugar / confectioners sugar (optional)
- Remove the puff pastry from the fridge and preheat the oven to 200ºC / 400ºF / Gas mark 6.
- Dust the work top with flour and unroll the puff pastry.
- Spread the jam over the puff pastry.
- Fold the puff pastry in half like a book.
- Use a knife and cut the pastry into strips.
- Twist the strips and lay the pieces on the baking tray curving one end around to form the cane, leaving a space between them.
- Gently whisk the egg with a fork and using a pastry brush, brush the egg over the pastry.
- Bake for 10-14 minutes until golden brown.
- Enjoy them straight away or allow them to cool. Sprinkle them with icing sugar as an extra option.
Cooking puff pastry in the air fryer
- Preheat the air fryer to 200ºC / 400ºF / Gas mark 6. Cook a few puff pastry candy canes at a time making sure there is space for them to spread and rise. You can cook more at once if you have racks that stack up.
- Bake in the air fryer for 8-10 minutes until golden brown.
- You can make them small or even make 1 giant gingerbread man to share with your guests. Adjust the times accordingly.
- You can add chopped nuts, ground cinnamon or even some dried fruits.
Please note that the nutrition information provided above is approximate and meant as a guideline only.