Saturday, April 04, 2020

Weekend Cooking: Puff pastry

Is there anything better than crisp, crunchy delicious puff pastry? There are lot of ways to use puff pasty, and today I thought I would share a couple of really simple recipes using shop bought pastry sheets. I have made puff pastry once, and it was delicious, but for these two recipes I am using pre made pastry.

A  handy tip for both of these recipes. Use a pizza cutter to cut your pastry into strips or squares. Super quick and easy.

I guess we should start with the savoury recipe right?

This recipe was one that I saw on an episode of Eat Well for Less, a show that I posted about a couple of weeks ago. This was suggested as an alternative to buying bread sticks.

Cheese Twists

Puff pastry sheets

1 egg, beaten
Grain mustard
Gruyere, or whatever cheese you have to hand, grated
Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste

Preheat the over to 200C/400F/Gas mark6 and line a baking sheet with silicone paper.

Brush the pastry with the beaten egg, then with the grain mustard.

Scatter the cheese over the pastry, then season with sea salt and black pepper.

Cut the pastry into strips 1.5cm  wide, then take the end of the strip and twist each strip in opposite directions. Place onto the baking sheet.

Cook in the oven for 12 to 15 minutes or until golden brown. Serve hot or co

The sweet recipe is one that I found on Facebook and it sounded and tasted really good! I made it a bit harder for myself because I had to make custard from custard powder rather than using store bought pre made.

Puff Pastry Cream Squares

Puff pastry

For the cream filling:
150ml whipped cream
100g custard

1. Cut the puff pastry into squares of equal size.
2. Brush with milk and sprinkle with sugar, then bake at 180°C for 15 minutes.
3. Prepare the whipped cream and blend the custard into it.
4. Let the puff pastry squares cool, then add the cream filling.
5. Dust with powdered sugar before serving.

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  1. You are lucky if you stocked up on puff pastry before shopping became difficult or (for some people) impossible. So many things used to be easy and are no longer easy. But you didn't mention the worldwide emergency, so maybe it's not as bad where you are.

    be well... mae at

    1. I already had puff pastry in the freezer Mae so haven't had to look for any new supplies. Whilst there are still restrictions on what we can buy, and some empty shelves, but we can get most things. Sometimes you have to go to more than one shop to get it.

  2. I had not thought to buy any frozen puff pastry but wish I had. We are staying home for the next few weeks so I will put that on my future shopping list.

    I’d elbowso body out of my way for one of those cream squares!

    1. I think my husband was disappointed when we got up one morning and found them all gone Tina. There couldhave been some elbowing going on there.

  3. Ahhhh. Figured out what the problem was with commenting. Yay! Anyway, I have puff pastry in the freezer, and I know what I'm going to do with it.

  4. Yum. It looks absolutely delicious! What a great idea.

  5. Beautiful! Looks like it came from a bakery!

    1. I don't know about that Laurie, but they certainly tasted delicious!

  6. Both recipes look amazing. I am going to look for puff pastry the next time I venture to the store. Our frozen sections are not too bad so far but I didn't look to see how the puff pastry supply looked. ;-) I am craving those cream squares right now!

    1. I'll definitely be making them again Deb!

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    1. I think the word was Delicious Carole!

  8. These look very nice made with puff, but I have also made something similar to the savoury ones using shortcrust: same technique but chop up whatever herbs you have and blend with some olive oil, then brush the pastry with the herby oil and sprinkle with parmesan and bake in the oven. A plate of these has never lasted longer than five minutes at my place.

    1. That sounds interesting Lisa. I don't think I have shortbread in the freezer but I will check

  9. Good idea about using a pizza cutter. I've always avoided puff pastry doughs because they stick, tangle and generally mess me up.

    1. I tend to buy puff pastry sheets rather than blocks.

  10. These pastries looks scrumptious!

  11. I'm adding puff pastry to my grocery list if I ever decide to go out again. (I've got 27 items in my online shopping option with the local grocery store but there are no pick up times available.) Stay safe!



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