Sunday, February 15, 2009

Valentines Day Cranberry Apple Pastry

This was a combination of the recipe I initially wanted to make, and the recipe that came on the box of the PUFF PASTRY I purchased. Apparently there is a difference between phyllo pastry and puff pastry... that is probably common knowledge but I've never used either! I improvised however and it turned out decent. Here's what I ended up making:

a chunk (half the box?) of frozen puff pastry
3 apples, peeled and chopped into small pieces
3tbsp whole cranberry sauce
1 beaten egg

First, you defrost the hunk of pastry. Not even 2 hours in the fridge and it was easy to roll out.

Mix the remaining ingredients (minus egg) in a bowl.

Roll out the puff pastry, on a lightly floured surface, into a rectangle about 12" long and 8" wide.

Spoon the apple mixture down middle third of the rectangle.

On the left side of the pastry, make a series of diagonal cuts (like the left side of a "V" about an inch apart.) Do the same on the right side (like the right side of a "V"). Starting with the left side, fold the top section over top the filling. Then the first right section, "gluing" the sections in place as you go by brushing the beaten over it. When you're finished this, brush the entire length with the beaten egg to give it a shiny finish. Transfer it onto a baking sheet with parchment paper. This is what mine looked like at this point:

I put it in the oven for 25 minutes at 30. The filling kind of spilled out a bit but this is how it looked when it came out:

It was kind of hard to remove from the wax paper but i cut 2 chunks off, put some cool whip with it and served it hot.

MY REVIEW: It looks way harder than it actually was! Very tasty. Back to healthy cooking though!!

JASON'S REVIEW: It hit the spot.

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