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Sunday, 27 January 2013

Easy Cinnamon Puffs

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 I had some puff pastry in my refrigerator which needed using up today.  I had in mind to make some Portugese Custard Tarts, but I didn't have enough eggs and actually, in all truth . . .  I was feeling more than a little bit lazy.   What's a gal to do.

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I always love those little puff pastry creations you can buy at the grocery shops over here.   They call them Danish Pastries, but really . . . they are not like any Danish Pastries which I am well acquainted with.   They are basically just puff pastry re-interpreted in a variety of tasty ways . . . like spread with custard and raisins or rhubarb and rolled up, or folded over custard and raspberry jam with little slits cut into the tops, etc.  You get the picture I am sure.

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I am a sucker for anything in pastry . . . especially sweet things in pastry, but you know . . . those fancy pastries don't come cheap!  You pay a lot for them, and you only ever get two or at most three in a pack.   If you have a hungry family breathing down your neck, you would need to buy two or three packs to have enough for everyone and please them all.

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The truth is that,  for probably not much more than the cost of a packet of puff pastry, you can actually get multiple  tasty treats, which are not only delicious, but very easy to make as well.

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Today I just simply spread it with some softened butter and sprinkled it with brown sugar and cinnamon.  Then I sprinkled milk chocolate chips over top, rolled it up, cut it into slices and then baked them.

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Easy peasy, lemon squeasy!  But there are so many other things you could do to jazz it up even more, like adding some toasted and chopped nuts, or bits of dried fruit.   You could do white chocolate chips, dried cranberries and pistachios!   Orange zest and dried dates and toasted walnuts.   Butterscotch chips, lemon zest and chopped sultanas.   The possibilities are positively endless!

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This is a simple idea that you can grab and run with like the wind.   Your imagination is your only limit!   mmm . . . dried blueberries, lime zest and chopped almonds . . . you see . . . my imagination is STILL running wild!
Food is supposed to be fun and inspiring, and so is cooking!  Enjoy it!  Life is too short not to.

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*Easy Cinnamon Puffs*
Makes 12
Printable Recipe

Nothing could be easier.  A lot cheaper than buying the ready made ones in the shops!  So tasty too!  In fact, downright delectable!

1 packet of ready roll all butter puff pastry 
(One sheet, about 15 by 12 inches, thawed if frozen)
softened butter
100g soft light brown sugar (1/2 cup packed)
2 tsp ground cinnamon
90g of milk chocolate chips (1/2 cup)
1 egg yolk beaten with a touch of water

To glaze:
130g icing sugar, sifted (1 cup)
few drops vanilla
milk

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Preheat the oven to 200*C/400*F/ gas mark 6.   Line a large baking tray with some baking paper, or two smaller ones.

Unroll your puff pastry.  Spread it all over with the softened butter.   Mix together the cinnamon and brown sugar.  Sprinkle this evenly over top.  Sprinkle evenly with the chocolate chips.   Roll up from the short end, pressing all together tightly.   Using a sharp knife cut into 1 inch slices.  Carefully slide them onto the prepared baking tray.  Flatten each one slightly with your hand by pressing down gently.   Brush each with some of the beaten egg.   Bake for 10 to 15 minutes until puffed and golden brown.  Some of the filling will ooze out, but that's ok.   Immediately upon removal from the oven scoop them off onto a wire rack to cool completely before proceeding.

Whisk together the icing sugar, vanilla and enough milk to give you a thick drizzle.   Drizzle this decoratively over top of the puffs.   Enjoy!

Note:   You can go whole hog with these and add chopped toasted pecans or walnuts, chopped raisins, or cranberries.   Make them your own!

6 comments:

lisaflowerpot said...

Oh yum. We love these but have never made them. Thanks for the recipe. I made the portugese custard tarts before. Lovely.
Love your blog Lisa x

Marie said...

Thanks Lisa!

HintheKitchen said...

We called it Cinnamon roll and it is one of my favourite snack. This looks easy and I will surely try to make it.

I love the idea of breaking the myth English cuisine acquired after the war. I have a book called 700 years of English cookery. I wonder if you know it, but this is what broke the myth for me.

Well-done

Hiam

Kate said...

Oh my....these remind me of a German Chocolate pastry our local bakery sells.....I would just need to add some coconut, nuts and a chocolate drizzle! I must make a go of it!

April said...

Ooo, srumdiddlyumptious!! I love cinnamon, and frosting, and flakey crispy pastry, these look fabulous!! Going through lots of your recipes like this is dangerous, there are so many I want to make! Maybe I'll just have to do a weeks menu of them all... The week of the English Kitchen!
Love, April

emilykatemakes said...

these are my favourite things to buy and have for breakfast, but i've somehow never thought to make my own! Great easy recipe, thanks for sharing.