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pastry [pey-stree]
noun
1. a sweet baked food made of dough, especially the shortened paste used for pie crust and the like.
2. any item of food of which such dough forms an essential part, as a pie, tart, or napoleon.

by Susan Andrews

So happy to find this recipe for puff pastry because I prefer cooking from scratch here at the Inn. This is my first time making this so we are learning together. Here we go!Puff Pastry Recipe (from Dessert for Two)

15-minute Puff Pastry
Serves: 1 sheet

Ingredients

     1 cup (125 grams) all-purpose flour
     1/4 teaspoon fine salt
     10 tablespoons high-quality butter (5 ounces), cold
     1/3 cup ice cold water

note; I just used regular butter, nothing fancy!

Instructions

In a medium bowl, add the flour and salt. Stir to mix.

Next, cube the butter and then add it to the flour bowl. Using a pastry blender or two knives, cut the butter into the dough. It will be very crumbly, and you're done when the butter is in uniform pieces all about the size of peas.

Next, make a hole in the center of the dough and pour in all of the water. Using a fork, stir to combine the dough.

Flour a cutting board, and add the dough. I have a stainless steel work surface so I didn't use a cutting board. Pat it into a rough square. You will still see chunks of butter and it will seem too dry, but do not add extra water. The dough will come together with each roll.

Flour the rolling pin, and roll the dough out in front of you into a rectangle about 10" long. No need to be too precise here.

Fold the bottom third of the dough over the middle of the dough. Fold the upper third of the dough on top of the middle too. Rotate the dough one-quarter turn, and repeat. Use additional flour as needed to prevent the dough from sticking.

Roll out, fold, and turn the dough at least 6 or 7 times.
When done, wrap the dough in plastic wrap and chill for at least one hour, or overnight. Dough may be frozen, too.

Roll out with flour for desired puff pastry use.

Cherry Pie Filling Recipe

     2.5 cups pitted cherries (12oz bag) You can get frozen cherries at Walmart.
     1/8 cup water
     1 tablespoons lemon juice, fresh or bottled
     1/4cup granulated sugar
     1 tablespoons cornstarch
     1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
     2 tablespoons Butter
     dash of salt

Combine all ingredients in a pot over medium heat. Bring to a boil, then reduce to a simmer for 10 minutes, stirring frequently. Remove from heat & let cool a bit. This makes more than enough filling. I didn't use quite all of mine.

Cream Cheese Filling Recipe

     8oz cream cheese softened
     2 T granulated sugar
     1T Vanilla Extract

Combine and mix all ingredients. I warmed my cream cheese for 30 seconds in the microwave so it would be nice and soft.

Preheat oven to 375

Lightly beat 1 egg w/ a dash of water for egg wash

Assemble braid

Roll out puff pastry into a rectangle. I rolled mine on top of parchment paper so I could easily transfer it to the baking sheet.

Spread cream cheese mixture down center of pastry.

Add cherries on top of cream cheese.

Cut puff pastry into 1 strips along each side.

Fold the ends up and begin braiding pastry rotating left & right.
Fold other end up and braid the last strips over the top.

Brush w/ egg wash. Transfer braid to baking sheet.

Bake on 375 for 15-20 minutes. Mine wasn't brown so I turned the oven up to 425 & baked for an additional 6 minutes.
Remove from oven & cool for 15 mins.
Transfer to serving platter before you glaze it. I just used a spatula & my hand to transfer mine.

Glaze Recipe

     1C powdered sugar
     3T milk
     1/2 tsp vanilla

mix together....pour over braid when cooled. I didn't need the whole recipe for my taste.

Drizzle braid w/ glaze using a whisk, spoon or fork. Whatever works for you is fine.

Slice & enjoy w/ a nice cup of Joe!

The puff pastry is nice and flaky! So yummy! In retrospect I think I would cut the cherries in half & try to roll out the pastry a little thinner. Overall, not bad for a first try! Don't be afraid to try new things. It's so fun!