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I remember that as I kid, I used to love munching down puff pastry patties. Back then I did not know that they were called puff pastries and I did not know there are filling other than potatoes which are used to make puff pastry. Now that I know both the things, here are three of my most favorite puff pastry recipes.
1. Wild Mushroom Puff Pastry
1 medium clove garlic, minced
1 shallot, minced
1 cup assorted wild mushrooms, chopped
1 tablespoon butter
1 teaspoon olive oil
1 teaspoon fresh thyme
1/2 cup freshly grated Parmesan
salt and pepper to taste
1/2 cup heavy cream
pinch of freshly grated nutmeg
2 sheets of puff pastry
Preheat oven to 200 degrees centigrade.
Heat olive oil and butter in a saucepan over medium heat. Add shallot and garlic, sauté until fragrant and begin to turn translucent. Add mushrooms, thyme and garlic and cook for approximately 10-15 minutes, until mushrooms release their moisture and reduce by about half.
Add the Parmesan, nutmeg and heavy cream, and remove from heat. Let it cool. Mushroom mixture will thicken when cooled.
While mushroom mixture is cooling, unfold pastry sheet onto a lightly floured surface and roll it out.
Cut sheets into 3 inch squares.
Place a mounded teaspoon of mushroom filling in the center of each square. Fold pastry over filling to form triangles. Press edges with a fork to seal. Place on a heavy baking sheet.
Bake for 12-16 minutes, until puffed and golden.
Take out of the oven and serve.
2. Cinnamon Rolls Puff Pastry
1 puff pastry sheet
1/2 tablespoon melted butter
1 cup brown sugar
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon powder
1 cup powdered sugar
1/2 teaspoon maple extract
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon milk
Preheat the oven at 180 degrees centigrade.
Roll out the puff pastry on a lightly floured surface for about half an inch. Brush the puff pastry with melted butter from inside and sprinkle some brown sugar on it. Now sprinkle some cinnamon powder on the rolled out puff pastry.
Start rolling the puff pastry from right to left without ripping the dough. Now use a sharp knife and cut the roll into 1 inch pieces.
Place them on the baking sheet with a parchment paper and bake for around 20-25 minutes until it is all puffed up and brown.
In another bowl mix together the powdered sugar, maple extract, salt and milk thoroughly.
Pour the glaze on top of the cinnamon pastry rolls.
Sprinkle some brown sugar and cinnamon and serve.
3. Cheese Puff Pastry Baked Eggs
1 sheet puff pastry
4 large eggs
1/4 cup shredded cheddar cheese
1 tablespoon thyme
Preheat the oven to 200 degrees Centigrade. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
Place the sheet of puff pastry on a lightly floured work surface and cut out circles of about 4 1/2 inches in diameter each. Transfer the puff pastry circles to the baking sheet, spacing them about 2 inches apart, and score a circle border about 1/4 inch from the edge of each circle. Prick the centers then refrigerate the puff pastry for 10 minutes.
Remove the baking sheet from the fridge and transfer it immediately into the preheated oven. Bake the puff pastry for 8 minutes until the edges have risen.
Remove the puff pastry from the oven, sprinkle the cheese in the centers then crack an egg into each circle.
Sprinkle some salt and pepper on top of the eggs then bake for an additional 12 minutes until the egg whites are fully cooked.
Remove the baked eggs, top with thyme and serve.
Serve these puff pastry recipes when you throw parties or serve them in your regular meal to make them parties, after all, for me any meal that has puff pastry is no less than a party.
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