Puff Pastries with Peg

My dear friend, Peg saw the Tasty’s puff pastries 4 ways video and wanted the two of us to try making them. I was a little intimidated when I watched the video. After all, what would I do if they didn’t turn out absolutely perfect? After giving it a little thought I realized that, when things go wrong in baking, you get to eat the mistakes! Then I realized when things go right in baking you get to eat those ones, too! Win, win! So here is my adventure in making Puff Pastries with Peg.

These puff pastries are easy to make and so delicious!

I’m not going to do a step-by-step on how to make the shapes. The video is very good although you may have to watch the cuts and folding for each shape a couple of times. One note: be careful cutting the “window” for the flower shape. You leave a small section of uncut pastry in the center of each side.

These puff pastries are easy to make and so delicious!

Instead I’m going to tell you that you really need to make these puff pastries! It was far easier than Peg and I expected. We did run to the computer (twice) to look at the cuts and folding of a couple of shapes but it was just to reassure ourselves that we were doing it correctly.

At first we thought the diamond shape was going to be the easiest but we decided it was the pinwheels. Peg had brought several blocks of cream cheese, 5 or 6 boxes of puff pastry dough, and lots of strawberries and raspberries. I had blueberries in the freezer from my summer picking days. We made double batches of each shape (except the braids).

These puff pastries are easy to make and so delicious!

Peg is cutting the lines to form the diamond. Cut from the bottom of the triangle almost to the tip.

These puff pastries are easy to make and so delicious!

The diamond is formed and the cream cheese filling has been placed.

These puff pastries are easy to make and so delicious!

We made 9 diamonds with blueberries and 9 with strawberries.

These puff pastries are easy to make and so delicious!

The pinwheels turned out to be the easiest shape to make.

These puff pastries are easy to make and so delicious!

You can dot a tiny bit of water on the pastry if the dough doesn’t stick.

These puff pastries are easy to make and so delicious!

These puff pastries are easy to make and so delicious!

These puff pastries are easy to make and so delicious!

We may have used more than the amount of chocolate chips indicated in the directions.

These puff pastries are easy to make and so delicious!

Peg was better at braiding than I but she has 2 daughters and 3 granddaughters!

One thing we lamented when we sampled the finished product is that the cream cheese filling doesn’t really reach all the puff pastry. The shapes are cute but there will be bites that are all puff pastry and no filling.

As we were making them we had to chase away Andi (who dropped by briefly) and Mr. Comfortable from the pastries that were cooling. We did let Mr. C sample one and later found out he’d sampled three!
That told us they were really, really tasty!

In the middle of our creative afternoon I decided to go full on photographer, pointed the camera at Peg and said, “You’re a jungle cat, Love!” Without missing a beat Peg did this…

These puff pastries are easy to make and so delicious!

This is a happy jungle cat. If you feed it puff pastries it will love you forever!

So grab a friend and the ingredients and make these puff pastries! You’ll have a great time and the pastries are delicious! Just don’t tell anyone how easy they are to make. That will be our secret.

Tasty’s Puff Pastries 4 Ways

INGREDIENTS:

For the filling:
1 8-oz block cream cheese
¼ cup granulated sugar
½ tsp vanilla extract

2 boxes Puff Pastry dough

PREPARATION
In a medium bowl, mix cream cheese, sugar, and vanilla until smooth.

Strawberry Pastry Diamond
Makes 9 pastries

INGREDIENTS
1 sheet thawed puff pastry
5 strawberries, halved with stems removed
9 Tbsp. cream cheese filling, recipe above
powdered sugar

PREPARATION
Preheat oven to 400°F.
Cut the puff pastry into 9 equal squares.
Taking one of the squares, fold one of the edges to the opposite edge.
Leaving a ½-centimeter border, cut about ¾ of the way from the bottom of the triangle to the tip on both sides, making sure the cuts do not touch.
Unfold the square.
Taking the top flap, fold it toward the 2 cuts near the bottom.
Take the bottom flap and fold it toward the top edge.
Place about a tablespoon of the cream cheese filling in the middle, then place a strawberry half on top.
Repeat with the remaining pastry squares.
Bake for 15–20 minutes until pastry is golden brown and puffed.
Serve with a sprinkle of powdered sugar!

Raspberry Pastry Flower
Makes 4 pastries

INGREDIENTS
1 sheet thawed puff pastry
20 raspberries
4 Tbsp. cream cheese filling, recipe above
Powdered sugar

PREPARATION
Preheat oven to 400°F.
Cut the puff pastry into 4 equal squares.
Leaving a ½-centimeter border, make 8 total cuts along the edges of the square, with each cut going about ⅓ of the way through the length of the edge. Make sure the cuts do not touch.
Place a tablespoon of the cream cheese filling in the middle of the square, then top with 4 raspberries.
Take one of the edge flaps and fold it toward the center, looping over the raspberry. Repeat with the other flaps. Place a raspberry in the center, on top of where all the flaps overlap.
Repeat with the remaining pastry squares.
Bake for 15–20 minutes until pastry is golden brown and puffed.
Serve with a sprinkle of powdered sugar!

Blueberry Pastry Pinwheel
Makes 9 pastries

INGREDIENTS
1 sheet thawed puff pastry
36 blueberries
9 Tbsp. cream cheese filling, recipe above
Powdered sugar

PREPARATION
Preheat oven to 400°F.
Cut the puff pastry into 9 equal squares.
Make 4 cuts on each square, with each cut starting from the outside corners of the square and stopping just short of the center.
Take one of the flaps and fold it toward the center. Fold every other flap toward the center until you have created a pinwheel shape.
Place about a tablespoon of the cream cheese filling in the middle, then place 4 blueberries on top.
Repeat with the remaining pastry squares.
Bake for 15–20 minutes until pastry is golden brown and puffed.
Serve with a sprinkle of powdered sugar!

Chocolate Chip Pastry Braid

Ingredients:
1 sheet thawed puff pastry
2 tbsp. chocolate chips
4 tbsp. cream cheese filling, recipe above (I’m guessing here; might be best to do 1tbsp per each rectangle if getting the pastry to bake properly is an issue, as some have indicated)
powdered sugar

Preparation (pastry):

Preheat oven to 400°F.
Cut the puff pastry into 2 equal rectangles.
Taking one of the rectangles, cut partway through the pastry to create 5 lines diagonally along one of the short edges, and the same along the other short edge.
Place 2 tbsp. cream cheese filling in to central, uncut area and spread evenly.
Place 1 tbsp. chocolate chips on top of cream cheese filling.
Fold cut sides over chocolate chips, alternating from side to side to create a braid pattern.
Repeat with the remaining pastry rectangle.
Bake for 15–20 minutes until pastry is golden brown and puffed.
Serve with a sprinkle of powdered sugar!

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2 thoughts on “Puff Pastries with Peg

  • December 23, 2016 at 5:57 am
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    And to think we were sober! I had a lot of fun on our baking adventure. Amazing what friends can still get into after all these years. LOL

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    • December 23, 2016 at 6:02 am
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      LOL I’m so glad Pete took a lot of them home. It’s dangerous having them in the house! I can’t stay away from them. I think we should try to make our own designs next!

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