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.)
These hand-held cups not only take less time to make than a full-size strudel but also result in less mess for guests. Use sweet-tart baking apples for the best flavour.
Prep time20 minutes
Total time1 hour & 15 minutes
(such as Northern Spy, Braeburn, Gala or Golden Delicious), peeled, cored and thinly sliced
frozen phyllo pastry
Per piece: about
Total fat11 g
Saturated fat5 g
Total carbohydrate33 g
In large skillet, melt half of the butter over medium heat; cook apples, stirring often, until tender, about 12 minutes. Remove from heat; stir in almonds, honey, lemon juice and salt. Scrape into bowl; refrigerate until lukewarm, about 20 minutes.
In small microwaveable bowl, microwave remaining 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 remaining butter. Top with second sheet of the phyllo; lightly brush with some of the remaining butter. Repeat with remaining phyllo and some of the remaining 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, leaving overhang. Divide apple mixture among cups; fold overhang over top of filling. Brush tops of phyllo with remaining butter. Bake in 350°F oven until golden, 28 to 30 minutes. Let cool in pan for 5 minutes; transfer to serving plates. Dust with icing sugar.
These savoury cheese-filled pastries come together in minutes and can be personalized to suit your tastes. Try cooked bacon and Cheddar, sun-dried tomatoes and mozzarella, or sliced pitted olives and Havarti.
roasted red peppers
, drained, chopped and thoroughly patted dry
shredded Fontina cheese
, thinly sliced
, finely grated or pressed
Per piece: about
Total fat5 g
Saturated fat2 g
Total carbohydrate5 g
On parchment paper–lined rimless baking sheet, unroll pastry.
In bowl, stir together red peppers, Fontina, Parmesan, basil and garlic; sprinkle over pastry. Tightly roll up pastry. Arrange, seam side down, on sheet of waxed paper; wrap in waxed paper, twisting ends to seal. Refrigerate until chilled, about 1 hour.
Remove waxed paper. Using serrated knife, slice pastry into scant 1/2-inch thick rounds. Arrange, 1 inch apart, on parchment paper– lined rimless baking sheet. Bake in 400°F oven, turning once, until golden, about 20 minutes. (Make-ahead: Let cool completely. Store in airtight container for up to 2 days.) Serve warm or at room temperature.
The three components in this recipe are each superb on their own; when combined, they make a crazy-delicious dessert. Layer them in rocks glasses or glasses with a similar diameter to the cupcakes.
Portion size6 servings
Credits :Canadian Living Magazine: February 2016
whipping cream (35%)
chocolate-covered toffee bar
(such as Skor), chopped
Vanilla Whipped Cream:
whipping cream (35%)
per serving: about
Total fat37 g
Saturated fat18 g
Total carbohydrate47 g
Chocolate Cupcakes: In large bowl, whisk together flour, sugar, cocoa powder, baking soda and salt; whisk in oil, vanilla and 1/2 cup water. Stir in vinegar. Divide among 6 paper-lined muffin cups.
Bake in 350°F (180°C) oven until cake tester inserted in centres comes out clean, about 18 minutes. Cool in pan for 10 minutes; transfer directly to rack to cool completely. (Make-ahead: Store in airtight container for up to 24 hours.)
Caramel Sauce: While cupcakes are baking, in saucepan, cook butter, sugar and lemon juice over medium heat, stirring until butter is melted and sugar is dissolved. Continue to cook, without stirring, until light amber in colour, 4 to 5 minutes.
Remove from heat; standing back and averting face, stir in cream. Pour into heatproof bowl; let cool until lukewarm, about 45 minutes.
Vanilla Whipped Cream: While caramel is cooling, using paring knife, halve vanilla bean lengthwise. Scrape seeds into bowl; pour in cream. Beat in icing sugar until stiff peaks form.
Assembly: Using serrated knife, cut cupcakes horizontally into thirds. Place 1 bottom third, cut side up, into each of 6 serving glasses; drizzle each with heaping 1 tsp of the caramel. Spoon heaping 1 tbsp of the whipped cream over top. Repeat layers twice. (Make-ahead: Cover parfaits and remaining caramel with plastic wrap; refrigerate for up to 24 hours.) Drizzle with remaining caramel.
Garnish: Sprinkle parfaits with toffee bar pieces.
Tip from The Test Kitchen: You can make these parfaits in canning jars instead of glasses. Simply screw on the lids, then bring them to your next dinner party!