Posts Tagged ‘puffed pastry’

Unrecipe of the Week

May 18, 2010

It’s been awhile since I have posted an unrecipe. It seems that life has been so busy that I haven’t had time to experiment, and have been relying on many of the old standbys that I have shared with you already.

Tonight, Bailey and I made palmiers,the French puffed pastry cookies that resemble elephant ears.  Although they look quite complicated, thanks to the folks at Pepperidge Farm, who make great frozen puffed pastry, they are incredibly easy to make.

Palmiers

Mix 1 cup of sugar and a little salt and spread half of it out on the counter top.

Gently open up the thawed puff pastry, sprinkle it heavily with the sugar mixture and roll it slightly so it becomes a square. This should also press the sugar into the dough on both sides.

Fold the two sides so that they meet in the center. Fold the sides into the center again, and then fold in half like a book. This will give you a long roll with 6 layers of dough.

Slice the dough into 3/8″ thick pieces, and place them cut side down on a parchment paper lined cookie sheet.

Bake at 450 degrees for 6 minutes, until the sugar carmelizes on the bottom. Turn them over and bake another 4 minutes or so. Be careful not to let them get too brown.

Cool on a rack and enjoy!

Tip: Thaw the puffed pastry over night in the refrigerator and roll while it is cold.

photo: Glasshouse Images

Unrecipe of the Week

December 29, 2009

I just watched the film Julie & Julia, and was completely taken with Julie Powell, a passionate home cook and blogger. Sound like anyone we know?

Previously, I was not familiar with Julia Child’s story. She too, took a passion and her need to find fulfillment and turned it a career. Both women had the tenacity to stick with their dream until they were able to make it come true.

This week’s Unrecipe pays homage to the Julie/Julia’s of the world, and was inspired by a recipe in Baking With Julia, by Julia Child and Dorie Greenspan. It is the perfect hors d’oeuvre for New Year’s Eve. Simple, and satisfying; a classic snack made elegant through the use of puffed pastry and goat cheese. I made these Sunday night and they were scarfed right up!

Puffed Pastry Pizzettes, with Tomato, Basil and Goat Cheese

Slightly thaw a sheet of frozen puffed pastry and roll it out on a lightly floured surface, so that it is a little thinner.

Cut into 2” rounds.( I used a shot glass for this!)

Place on a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper.

Place a thick slice of cherry tomato on each round.

Top with crumbled goat cheese, and sprinkle with freshly ground pepper.

Press the topping down slightly, so it does not come off in baking.

Place in a 350-degree oven for about 12-15 minutes until puffed, and lightly browned.

Remove from the oven and gently brush them with a little olive oil, and a bit of chopped, fresh basil.

Raise your glass to Julia, and enjoy!

photo: glasshouse images


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