Savory Braided Puff Pastry
Get as creative as you can get in making this braided pastry. For vegetarian version, use vegetables of your choice, grilled or blanched if necessary.
1 sheet puff pastry (usually 2 in a box)
4 oz/120 grams deli cuts – turkey, ham, sausages
4 oz/120 grams deli cheese – Havarti, Mozzarella, Provolone, Swiss (avoid cheese that melts too easy)
~ handful of fresh herbs – basil, mint, tarragon, cilantro
or, any fillings your heart desireth! (chicken, bacon, eggs, spinach, sun dried tomato, zucchini, pesto…)
1 egg for egg wash – in a small bowl, beat egg with 1 Tbsp water
- Trader Joe’s frozen puff-pastry is my favorite brand and is only available during the holiday season, Nov~Dec (best time to stock for future use). If this brand is not available due to season and/or in your city, any frozen puff-pastry will work.
- If puff pastry comes frozen in rolls, defrost in refrigerator, per box’s instructions. Flatten the rolled pastry sheet. If needed to repair any tears, push your fingers across tears and return to freezer flat, for it to harden again.
[Note: Use store bought frozen puff pastry sheet as is and do not roll it. Also, avoid putting the fillings too widely which compromised the perfect covering of the filling when braiding]
- Have all fillings ready before preheating oven and then remove flat pastry sheet from freezer.
- Place rack on middle oven shelf and preheat to 400F.
- Line a baking sheet with parchment paper (not wax paper).
- Also, line a cutting board with parchment paper in the size of frozen puff pastry (if it does not come with one already).
- Place semi-frozen puff pastry on parchment paper on cutting board. In a few minutes or so, it is ready for cuts.
- Now you need to work quickly to keep pastry sheets from getting soft and difficult to handle. Once it is too thawed, not only is it difficult to cut or braid, but also does not bake pretty. If the pastry gets soft, put it back in the freezer, flat for a few minutes (with fillings on is okay too).
- Make the cuts (will be shown on video below), line up filling and quickly braid. This process should not take more than 2~3 minutes.
- Lift pastry and place on parchment lined baking sheet.
If making two pastries:
- Put previously braided pastry in freezer. Then take out 2nd frozen pastry sheet to make.
- When one or both pastries are ready, put it/them in the lined baking sheet, brush with egg-wash all over (for it to brown with shine).
- Put baking sheet into preheated oven as soon as possible.
- Bake for 35 minutes or until golden-brown on top (see photo).
- Take baking sheet out of oven, slide pastries onto baking cooling rack for it/them to cool completely.
How to braid puff pastry:
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