Puff pastry dessert

Apple and Pecan Blossoms

Yesterday was another celebration, St. Nikola. Long time tradition for that particular day is to prepare dishes without any dairy or meat using mostly fresh vegetables, fish, dry fruits and nuts.
I wanted to make nice dessert perfect for this occasion or any other time when we need to skip milk or eggs in dessert recipes which is very rare.
Looking in my freezer I noticed that I have phyllo dough and puff pastry. I started from there.
For the filling I chose beautiful Fuji apples, pecans , orange zest, brown sugar and cinnamon.
Here is a step by step recipe for this absolutely incredible dessert.

Apple and Pecan Blossoms

You will need:

2 squares puff pastry
5 phyllo dough sheets
2 medium Fuji apples
4 oz pecans
1/4 light brown sugar
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 small bag vanilla sugar
small organic orange-for orange zest
lemon juice, for the taste
1 teaspoon Smart balance light for pastry brush-phyllo dough

Preheat oven to 400F.
Thaw the dough on the room temperature for 20 minutes.

Prepare the filling.
Core and cut the apples in smaller cubes and put then in the bowl.
Add orange zest and lemon juice.

Ground pecans.

Add pecans, brown sugar, vanilla sugar and cinnamon to the apple mixture. Set aside.

Take the 12 cup muffin pen.
Each round cover with piece of puff pastry and then add the layer of phyllo dough.

Fill every round with pecan filling.

Cover prepared and filled blossoms with another layer of phyllo dough.

Using pastry brush glaze edges of blossoms for the nice finishing color.
Bake blossoms for 16-20 minutes.

Place dessert on the nice serving dish. Wonderful if served still warm.
Fantastic texture, crunch and aroma of pecans and apples and still very festive… perfect dessert for parties and gatherings.

1 Serving, 1 Apple Pecan Blossom has:

Calories 90
Total fat 8%
Saturated fat 1%
Cholesterol 0%
Total Carbohydrate 3%
Dietary Fiber 6%
Protein 2g
Sodium 0%

Apples are very low in Saturated Fat, Cholesterol and Sodium. They are also a good source of Dietary Fiber and Vitamin C.
Pecans are very low in Cholesterol and Sodium, very good source of Manganese.

Apple and Pecan Blossoms

Mini Blueberry Napoleons, Celebrating 100th Post!

How Exciting! My Wondering Spoon has reached 100th post, so I decided to make something sweet to celebrate. This recipe is very easy to make. It is excellent for Holidays or for any other entertaining occasion. Looks lovely and taste fantastic.

Mini Blueberry Napoleons

Serves 8

1 pound Puff Pastry sheets
6 egg yolks
1/3 cup brown sugar
3 tbsp whole wheat flour
1 1/2 cups non-fat milk
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 pound fresh blueberries
confectioner’s sugar , for dusting

On the lightly floured surface, roll out the pastry to a 1/8 inch thickness. Using the pastry cutter, cut out 12 squares.

Preheat oven to 400F. Bake the pastry squares for about 20 minutes until golden, then transfer to wire rack to cool.

Whisk the egg yolks and sugar for 2 minutes until light and creamy, then whisk in the flour until just blended. Bring the milk to a boil over medium heat and pour it over the egg mixture, whisking to blend.

Return to the saucepan, bring to the boil and boil for 2 minutes, while whisking constantly. Remove the pan from the heat and whisk in the vanilla extract. Set aside to cool. Wash the blueberries.

To assemble, carefully split the pastry squares in half. Spread one square at the time with a little pastry cream. Arrange a layer of blueberries over the cream and top with pastry square puffy side up. Dust with confectioner’s sugar and serve. If you are a chocolate lover you can drizzle dessert with some melted dark chocolate.