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I love puff pastry! It makes for a great snack or even dinner as well. It’s affordable and doesn’t take a lot of hands on time to prepare, just some wait while it’s in the oven. It also works well for a party snack for big groups of people or when you want to take something simple to a party that only needs to be heated for a bit. And I love how many options you have, so many directions you can go with puff pastry dough. This recipe post is a bit differently than normal. With a basic recipe and then lots of variation tips for the filling, as you can fill these with everything you want.
- Puff Pastry dough
- Filling Ingredient of your choice
- Egg or water for on top (optional)
For the filling see the variation tips at the bottom of this post. You need as much puff pastry as snacks you want to make. I usually count 3 puff pastry squares per person or more if you want some for the next day or later as well. Here grocery stores always sell puff pastry in little squares in the freezer, they are really handy. If you buy a big piece instead, you have to cut squares or shaped from it yourself. You can put some water and/or egg on top so they gleam on top after baking, but I usually just skip that part. If using for dinner, about two to three cups of leftover dinner is enough for puff pastries for two people. For the pictures I used leftover curry sauce.
- First pre-heat your oven to 220 degrees Celsius/ Fahrenheit. Or follow the instructions or your puff pastry dough package.
- Remove the puff pastry dough from the freezer and let them warm up for 5-10 minutes.
- Once the puff pastry dough has thawed a bit put the filling on one side of the puff pastry and then fold the other half over it. With a fork you can close the side. Place it on a baking tray with baking paper on top and repeat until you have made all the puff pastries you need.
- Put the tray in the oven and bake the puff pastry snacks for about 20-25 minutes or until golden brown on top.
- Let them cool down for a few minutes and then you can eat them. If making for a party bake them, bake a bit shorter and then warm them up later.
- Puff Pastry with fruit. Pick your fruit of choice and put that int he puff pastry. A common variant that I make is with apples, take two apples mix it with some sugar and cinnamon and you can fill about 8 puff pastry squares with it. or peaches like I tried out in this recipe, a can of peaches fills about 6-8 puff pastry squares.
- Puff pastry with pesto. Fill your puff pastry with pesto. A teaspoon or two should be enough for one puff pastry square. Put the pesto on half of the square, fold it closed and bake.
- Puff Pastry with Nutella/ hazelnut paste. I just recently discovered these, but it’s so good. One or two knifes filled with nutella is enough for one puff pastry, spread the nutella on one side, fold it closed and bake it.
- Puff Pastry with cheese. Put some grated cheese inside your puff pastry. Or if you don’t have grated cheese about one slice of cheese cut into small pieces per one puff pastry square works great too.
- Puff Pastry with ham/ bacon and cheese. Put some grated cheese and tiny pieces of ham or bacon inside your puff pastry. Or if you don’t have grated cheese about one slice of cheese cut into small pieces per one puff pastry square works great too. You need about two slices of ham or two strips of bacon per one square.
- Puff Pastry with preserves/ jam etc. Scoop two spoonfuls of your preferred jam or preserves on top of half the puff pastry, fold it closed and bake.
- Puff Pastry twisters with cinnamon sugar. See my complete recipes for Puff Pastry twisters with cinnamon sugar here.
- Puff Pastry with leftover dinner. For a more savory version, you can put some leftover dinner inside puff pastry, most sauces work fine with this. Whether it’s curry, pasta etc. Just put a spoon or two on half of the square fold it closed and bake.