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Fancy Puff Pastry Braid

The Puffed Pea Pastry was delicious; however the puff pastry comes in a box of two so I had a leftover puff pastry I wanted to transform into an easy breakfast for my guest visitor/sister Aubrey.  I turned to youtube for the braiding instructions (which were super simple, and I turned to my fridge for filling ideas.  This does not need to be presented in a large braid, it can make several little hand pies but I was going for presentation.  

Ingredients

  • Fresh Fruit (I used frozen blueberries)
  • Jam (I had blueberry)
  • Cornstarch
  • Puff pastry
  • Cinnamon sugar mixture for sprinkling on top

Directions

  1. Roll out the pastry over a floured surface
  2. Throw a handful of fruit and a good dose of jam (1/2-3/4 cup?) into a saucepan.  I am totally guessing as I eyeballed all of this.  Let simmer until blueberries burst and add cornstarch to thicken a few minutes.
  3. Prepare dough to your liking and fill with jam mixture and extra fresh fruit before folding.
  4. Sprinkle with cinnamon sugar and bake 25 minutes at 400 degrees.  Or until top is golden brown.
  5. Enjoy some fresh coffee while waiting then slice and enjoy.

Caution: Filling will be hot so let rest several minutes before serving.

TIPS: Next time I may brush the top with an egg wash before adding the sugar to allow an extra golden crust and the sugar to stick even better.  And I will cook a few minutes longer, but was hungry and impatient.

It can be turned into a danish by substituting jam with cream cheese and topping with a powdered sugar glaze and almond slices.

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