I did something I'm really proud of. I made my own puff pastry. You know, that stuff you can buy in the freezer section and it costs like three bucks? Well turns out you can make it yourself, and it's very time consuming.
I've been a little obsessed with learning how to make puff pastry, ever since I found an old Julia Child episode about it on PBS. I've been studying up all week, trying to make sure I've got my technique down. And I'm no pastry chef, so this was hard. But it was totally worth trying out, and even though my layers aren't perfect, I know where I messed up and how I can improve for next time. I used a lot of resources to learn about puff pastry, and you can find the links to those sources below.
The hardest part is the time investment. You have to roll out each layer and then chill it, so it's about 30 minutes of active prep and then like 3 hours of sitting around waiting while your dough is chilling. But it's so good. And so impressive. And you'll feel really proud of yourself when you make it.
But if you don't want to take the time to make the puff pastry by scratch, these pastries are going to turn out great anyway. Because they are the easiest things ever to make. You can buy the puff pastry sheets at the store, along with some cherry filling and some sliced almonds. Then cut up the pastry into little rectangles and fill them with cherry pie filling. Once you've baked them you top them with a delicious (and easy) almond glaze.
They're messy, especially the way I prepared them. But SO GOOD. I'm a total sucker for the taste of almonds though. And you can't go wrong with a flaky and buttery puff pastry. It's literally just layers of dough and butter. AKA what my future husband will be made out of.
Yeah you heard me. I'd marry these pastries. I'd marry them so hard.
My idea is you make these pastries for your friends when you have them over for brunch. It will knock their socks off and nobody has to know that it took you 30 minutes.
Oh and have you noticed that my photos all of sudden look awesome? That's because my friend Daniel is letting me borrow his Nikon. I'm still learning how to use it, but I'm so excited about using it and improving my food photography skills. I'm also going to be updating the face of the entire blog in the upcoming months. Maybe a new logo and everything! You've been warned.