Today I have got very simple recipes based on puff pastry. But before that, let me post one more poem of mine, as I promised to share them before recipes.
The arrow disappeared in the sky and my sword is broken,
The war between light and darkness in my heart has awoken,
You are setting off for the East and you’ll say “Farewell” soon,
Clouds are riding high above us to their land beyond the moon.
What is happening? I am laughing and crying,
So you would not guess I am slowly dying,
You are choosing the road of your hope, well, go ahead…
What should I tell you here at sunset…?
The wind is taking away words that were not said by us,
Everything – the battle and ashes of burnt ships – has passed,
The shield hasn’t protected me and I lost,
I couldn’t withstand that terrible Host.
I know one day I will make for the East following you,
That promise was given by me under the sacred yew,
Where once you said “Don’t cry” but it’s impossible when you are in hell,
You said “Don’t cry” and it meant “Farewell”.
Puff Pastry Baskets with Fruits
puff pastry sheets
200g canned apricots
150g seedless grapes
100g apricot jam
For the frangipane
1 tbsp butter
75g icing sugar
1 egg yolk
1 cup almond flour
Preheat the oven to 210C
1. Roll the pastry out on a lightly floured surface and cut into squares.
2. Prepare the almond frangipane: combine the butter with icing sugar, add the yolk and almond flour. Stir until it is light and fluffy.
3. Grease the muffin cases with butter and put puff pastry squares into them. Pour the frangipane mixture into the pastry cases.
4. Slice apricots and neatly arrange them with some grapes onto the almond frangipane.
5. Bake in the oven for 15-20 minutes until golden.
6. Brush some apricot jam onto cooked “baskets”.
I also made homemade chocolates last weekend. Nothing difficult. I just melted some chocolate, put hazel nuts into cases and poured melted chocolate over it. Simple and yummy!
The next recipe is again with puff pastry. But savoury this time.
Bacon and Leek Pie
puff pastry sheets
100g diced bacon
3 medium sized leeks
salt and paper to taste
150 ml double cream
some vegetable or olive oil
Preheat the oven to 180C
1. Prepare the crust: roll the pastry out on a lightly floured surface and then cut into two halves. Place one half in a pie dish. Cut the other half into strips – this will be the cover for our pie.
2. In a deep pot, using some oil, fry bacon till light brown. Then add the leeks and fry for 5 minutes more. Salt and pepper to taste. Pour the cream in and simmer for 5-10 minutes.
3. Pour the mixture onto the crust, arrange strips of pastry on top and bake for about 45 minutes in a medium heat oven.
And as usual, at the end of the post, let me show new products from my shop Hooked House. Granny squares are very fashionable this season, so inspired by this motif, I decided to make a “Granny”pot holder, cushion and a make-up bag.
And this is a pincushion in a vintage trinket box with a white crochet motif made from 100% cotton. The trinket box is vintage. White color, fine bone china. There is a beautiful flower on the lid and it says “Mother”.
This pincushion will be a perfect gift for any mommy on Mother’s Day or for her Birthday.