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27. Quick & Easy Puff Pastry

Renny Darling

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The Recipes 
Renny Darling's Heavenly Strudel
Quick Puff Pastry
 Apricot Nut Filling
Chocolate Chip Filling

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Dear Fans,

Puff pastry in an instant?? No way...you say.  And you are probably right.  Puff pastry is one of the most majestic of doughs, but its preparation is an arduous task that requires a great deal of time.  Rolling, folding. turning, refrigerating, 6 times for Danish pastry, 8 times for the classic pastry, is a labor of much love and adoration.  And it is well worth it too, if you happen to have the time.

However, if you do not, today's recipe is a little treasure that I hope you will enjoy.  It is an amazingly simple dough, that is assembled in minutes and produces an incredibly delicate and flaky pastry very much like the regal puff paste. It handles so easily and requires so little attention that even the most inexperienced beginner will produce masterful results every time.

The number and combinations of fillings are inexhaustible.  I have included two today that men and boys of all ages seem to find irresistible.  The one tastes like a fruity strudel and the chocolate-chip filling produces a Danish pastry at its very finest.

Phyllis and Harvey are friends of ours. Harvey loves these little strudels to the max. It is so gratifying for me to hear his m-m-m's at every bite. And the smile on his happy face makes me happy too. So,I thought I would share this quick and easy little recipe to bring a measure of pleasure to all my fans.

Enjoy with Love,
Renny Darling

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Renny Darling's Quick & Easy Strudel


Quick Puff Pastry:
1 cup butter, salted
2 cups flour
1 cup sour cream


In the large bowl of an electric mixer, beat together butter and flour until mixture resembles coarse meal.  Add sour cream and beat to combine. Do not overbeat.  Place dough on floured wax paper.

Shape dough into a ball and flatten into a disc. Wrap the dough in the floured waxed paper, and then foil.  Refrigerate overnight.  (Will keep for 3 to 4 days.)

FILLINGS:
Apricot Nut Filling: 
Combine 1 cup apricot jam with 1 cup chopped walnuts.  Please note that this is enough filing for 4 strudels.

Chocolate Chip Filling: 
Combine 12 tablespoons Nestle's Quik with 1 package (6 ounces) Nestlé's chocolate chips. Please note that this is enough filing for 4 strudels.

Note: Cut filling recipes in half to fill 2 strudels.

To Assemble Strudels:
Divide dough into 4 parts. 
Working one part at a time, roll dough out on a floured pastry cloth until dough measures about 10x10-inches. 

Spread 1/4 of the filling evenly over the dough, leaving a 1-inch border.  Fold dough in thirds, ending with a strudel that measures about 3x10-inches.  Place on a greased pan.  (Use a 12x16-inch pan so that you can bake the four strudels at one time.) 

Repeat with the remaining dough.  Bake in a preheated 350° oven for about 30-35 minutes or until golden.  Remove from oven and allow to cool in pan. Sprinkle generously with powdered sugar. Trim a little off the edges and then cut into 1-inch slices.
Yields 36 slices.

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RENNY DARLING

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