Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Flakey Puffs

(originally made 2/2013)

Tim mentioned this week how much he missed Flakey Puffs, puff pastry, a creamy filling and a layer of raspberry jam.   They stopped making them a long time ago, and though MIL brought back something similar from Canada a while back, they just weren't the same.    I decided to do a google search and up popped Carol's recipe for Cream Filled Puff Pastry.   I cut each sheet into 9 squares.    This went together so fast, the filling is perfect and Tim said they were even better than the original!   Thank you so much Carol for another amazing recipe!


Flakey Puffs

                        FOR THE PASTRY:
  1            package  Frozen Puff Pastry Sheets -- (17.3 Oz.) Thawed Per Package Directions
  1              whole  Egg
     1/4          cups  Milk
  1                  T  Coarse Sugar To Sprinkle Over Tops -- (1 to 2)
                        FOR THE CREAM FILLING:
  5        Tablespoons  All-purpose Flour
  1                cup  Whole Milk
  1                cup  Granulated Sugar
     1/2          cups  Shortening
     1/2          cups  Butter Or Margarine -- At Room Temperature
  1           teaspoon  Vanilla Extract
     1/2      teaspoon  Salt
                        Seedless raspberry jam

Remove the puff pastry from the box. Take it out of the wrapper and allow it to sit on the counter at room temperature for 20-30 minutes.

Carefully open one pastry sheet along the creases. Place remaining sheet in the refrigerator to keep it cold (I cut the pastry when it’s partially frozen—as long as I can unfold it and it doesn’t tear, it’s fine. The pastry seems to puff higher during baking if it’s cold when it goes in the oven).

Using a long, sharp knife, cut each strip of pastry at the creases, forming 3 strips. Cut each strip widthwise into 7 pieces, cutting straight down with the knife—don’t drag the knife across the pastry.

Flip each cut piece over and place on lightly greased baking sheets, leaving room between each piece (I usually use 3 baking sheets).

Combine egg and milk in a small bowl. Lightly brush this over the pastry. Sprinkle with the coarse sugar. Repeat with remaining puff pastry sheet.

Bake at 400 F for 10-12 minutes or until golden brown. Remove to a wire rack and cool completely.

Using a serrated knife, slice each puff horizontally to make top and bottom halves.


FOR THE CREAM FILLING:

Place flour in a small saucepan and slowly whisk in milk. Cook and whisk constantly over low heat until mixture thickens and comes to a boil. Remove from heat and place mixture into a small bowl. Cover bowl with a paper towel and cool to room temperature.

Place cooled mixture into the bowl of an electric mixer and beat until fluffy. Add remaining filling ingredients one at a time, and continue beating on medium-high speed for 5-10 minutes or until light and fluffy. (I use my KitchenAid mixer – I start with the paddle, then when all the ingredients are very well mixed, I switch to the whisk attachment and let that do the rest of the work).

The mixture should look like a whipped cream type frosting. I rub a little of it between my fingers to make sure the sugar has totally dissolved.


TO ASSEMBLE:

Spread about 1 tablespoon of filling on the bottom half of each pastry (be generous—you can always go back if you run out of filling and “borrow” from one pastry to fill another…been there, done that!). Then replace the tops.

Store in refrigerator.

Makes 42 pastries.

Source- Carol1229 http://community.tasteofhome.com/community_forums/f/30/t/687875.aspx

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