Thursday, December 9, 2010

Puff Pastry Fruit Basket Appetizer...

A wonderful sweet bite-size appetizer with little guiltiness. 
A combination of fruit, Greek yogurt, honey and puff pastry dough. 
The best part is, this is an EASY recipe!

Puff Pastry Fruit Basket
Author: Brenna Bowers

1 box Frozen puff pastry (cheapest at Trader Joes and found in the freezer section)
1 egg
2 Tbs. sugar (for garnish)
1 cup Greek yogurt (or vanilla yogurt)
1 ½-2 Tbs. honey
1 tsp lime zest
Fresh berries (choose what is seasonal)

Thaw the puff pastry dough until it is no longer frosty but also not warm (if it gets too soft it is difficult to work with).
Line a baking sheet with foil and spray with oil.
In a small bowl, scramble the egg with about 1 Tbs of water (this makes what is called an “egg wash”).
To make the baskets, cut the thawed puff pastry dough into squares* (2.5”x2.5”) and then cut out another smaller square out of the middle. Slightly roll out the cut out middle square with a rolling pin and then paste it onto the larger square using the egg wash and a pastry brush. Place the baskets on the foil lined and greased baking sheet with the small square placed down. Brush the entire square basket with the egg wash then sprinkle with a light dusting of sugar.
Place in the refrigerator for 15-20 minutes (Tip 1).
Bake at 400˚ F for about 5-7 minutes or just until golden brown.
Allow to cool completely before filling them.
In another small bowl, mix the Greek yogurt, honey and lime zest. Place a spoonful into each basket (only when you are about to serve!) and top with the fresh berries! Enjoy!

Tip 1: Do not skip the step of placing the puff pastry baskets in the refrigerator before baking! It is important the dough is chilled when placed in the oven. If you did not pre-chill the dough before placing it in the oven, it would not puff/rise properly. 

*You can also make these baskets in the shape of a circle, just use a large and small cookie cutter. 

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