Puff pastry is made by a time-consuming process of folding and rolling out dough brushed with butter. These layers expand during baking, giving it a "puff" effect that's light and flaky—the perfect base for appetizers and desserts.
frozen phyllo puff pastry
Thaw frozen phyllo pastry. In small microwaveable bowl, microwave butter until melted. Place 1 sheet of the phyllo on work surface; keep remaining sheets covered with damp towel (to prevent drying out). Lightly brush phyllo with some of the butter. Top with second sheet of the phyllo; lightly brush with some of the remaining butter. Repeat with remaining phyllo and butter.
Halve layers lengthwise; cut crosswise into thirds to make 6 squares. Press 1 square into bottom and up side of each well of 6-count muffin pan, pointing overhang outward. Bake in 400°F oven until golden, about 6 minutes. Let cool completely in pan. (Make-ahead: Store in airtight container for up to 3 days or freeze for up to 1 month; reheat in 350°F oven until crisp, about 3 minutes.)
Coconut lovers will rejoice in this twist on a classic. Toasting half of the coconut gives it a lovely golden colour and deepens the coconut flavour.
Portion size24 servings
Credits :Canadian Living: Holiday Baking 2014
unsweetened desiccated coconut
per cookie: about
Total fat5 g
Saturated fat4 g
Total carbohydrate6 g
In skillet, toast half of the coconut over medium-low heat, stirring often, until golden, 5 to 6 minutes. Transfer to plate; let cool completely.
In large bowl, beat together egg whites, sugar and cornstarch until foamy. Stir in toasted coconut and remaining coconut. Let stand until liquid is absorbed, about 5 minutes.
Shape by 1 tbsp into balls; arrange, 1 inch (2.5 cm) apart, on parchment paper–lined rimless baking sheets. Bake, 1 sheet at a time, in 300?F (150?C) oven until bottoms are light golden, 20 to 25 minutes. Let cool on pans. (Make-ahead: Store in airtight container for up to 3 days.)
Pissalidière, a flaky pizza-like tart, is traditionally topped with onions, anchovies and, at times, tomatoes. Here, we've swapped out the anchovies for artichokes to make these bites even more crowd-pleasing, and we've added spinach for a stunning pop of colour.
In skillet, melt butter over medium heat; cook onion, stirring occasionally, until tender and golden, about 20 minutes. Stir in vinegar, salt and pepper.
On parchment paper–lined rimless baking sheet, unroll 1 sheet of the pastry. Top with half each of the onion mixture, artichokes, sun-dried tomatoes and spinach. On separate baking sheet, repeat with remaining pastry, onion mixture, artichokes, sun-dried tomatoes and spinach. Bake, 1 sheet at time, in 425°F oven until edges are golden, 18 to 20 minutes. Cut each sheet into 16 squares.
Tip from The Test Kitchen: If the onion begins to stick to the skillet, add up to a tablespoon of water, a little at a time.