OK – enough of wallowing – about time I got this blog back on track.
This week I’m going to share one of my CHEATS …. well, I always think of them as a cheat as they get more praise than they merit for the time they take AND because I use a ready-made puff pastry for them. I will admit that I almost always use a ready-made puff pastry (I have been known to make the odd rough-puff but I really do not have the time to make puff pastry properly.)
For this recipe I like to use the ALL BUTTER puff pastry (Jus-Rol). Unfortunately around here you can only get this in the ‘ready rolled’ packs *sigh*, I might not have time to make puff pastry — but, honestly, I do have the time to roll it out! Nevertheless, if I want butter (and I do!) and I buy it locally then it has to be ready rolled. (blocks are available elsewhere)
Ingredients: 1 pack ready-rolled all-butter puff pastry
1 can Apricot halves ( in juice preferably – I used Tescos this time)
1 jar Apricot Jam ( I usually use Tesco’s own or Co-Op’s own. It doesn’t have to be the best — I never use my own home-made for this.)
a dusting of icing sugar – optional.
Mark out straight edges as close to the rolled edges as possible & trim with a sharp knife.
Drain the apricots
and into the dip where the stone was, spoon just enough jam to fill it (do not overfill)
Place the apricot on the pastry square rounded side up and pull up opposite corners
then the opposite pair, stretching the pastry to make it stay.
Place on a buttered baking tray
for about 15 minutes – until the pastry browns
NOTE: the pastry in the photo looks paler than it is / should be ( function of the flash?)
Remove and cool for a couple of minutes before sliding off onto a cooling rack.
When cool arrange on dish (or slate plate) and dust with icing sugar.
(makes about 20 – depending on the apricots in the can)
This is a favourite when asked to take along ‘finger food’ desserts – they pop in the mouth very nicely and are not too sweet or messy.
What are your favourite sweet treat cheats?
What are your opinions on ready-made puff pastry v home-made?
Do you like reading recipes here on the blog?
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