Saturday, June 28, 2014

Sweet & Savory Breakfast Pastries

I went to France once, it was amazing. I wish I had taken more pictures. Every day was filled with walking, sightseeing and great food. In the mornings, before leaving the hotel, there would be pastries. A variety of sweet and savory pastries were delivered to the room in a little basket accompanied by coffee. These still warm pastries were consumed while wearing a robe. It truly does not get better than that.

Let's make eating still-warm pastries in your pj's a semi-regular thing. I'm not saying everyday, if we did it wouldn't be special and our jeans probably wouldn't fit. But once in a while, when you want a quick, decadent breakfast you should treat yourself!

We are going to transform a single sheet of puff pastry into a morning pastry basket... ready, set, go!

First step, roll out the thawed dough slightly and divide it into segments similar to these (look at my high-tech Paint program skills...)

I didn't measure my pastry squares and triangles (not did I map them out beforehand) but I figured making this little diagram was easier than trying to describe in words how to divide the dough. Feel free to eyeball it.

The smaller squares will be used to make sweet and savory pastries. Two of the squares will get some chopped dark chocolate placed in the center and two more will get a piece of salami (or ham) cheese and a hearty dose of paprika. Assemble these like those spinach pastries I made a few weeks ago (wet the edges, top with another plain piece of dough and seal the edges with a fork.)

The triangles get rolled up crescent roll style. All of it gets brushed with egg wash and baked until golden and sufficiently puffed.

A breakfast basket (sans basket) for two, complete with coffee and jam!

Breakfast Pastry Basket
serves 2

1 sheet Puff Pastry, thawed
1 oz dark chocolate, chopped
2 pieces salami or deli ham
1 oz smoked cheddar cheese
smoked paprika, to taste
1 egg + 1 Tablespoon water
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1. Pre-heat oven to 375F
2. Roll out thawed dough onto a lightly floured surface and slice into the segments outlined above
3. Place 4 of the pastry squares onto a parchment lined baking sheet; divide the chocolate into the centers of two of your squares; on the other two place a slice of meat, some cheese and sprinkle with paprika
4. Wet the edges of these squares with water, top each with a plain square of pastry and seal the edges with a fork
5. Roll the triangular pieces of dough, beginning with the larger end (like a crescent roll...) and place onto the baking sheet
6. Whisk together water and egg and brush onto the top of pastries \; sprinkle the top of the savory pastries with more paprika if desired
7. Bake at 375 for 20-30 minutes (until dough is puffed up and golden brown); cool slightly before serving

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