Friday, May 4, 2012

Star Wars Pastry Pockets

Squee! May the 4th be with you! Yes, I am a geek.
(Warning, this is a picture heavy post, for a printable version without all the pictures, just keep scrolling down.)
 I'm so glad these turned out so cute! I had some puff pastry in my freezer so I thought I'd make some lunch items for the kiddos. They traveled well! I made some savory puffs with cheese and pepperoni, I also made some cherry ones with Palmer's all fruit. You can fill these with just about anything-
Nutella
Cream cheese and cranberry sauce
 Cherries- like these turnovers I made
Spinach and Feta
 Pot pie filling- (a thick one!)
Chicken breasts with cheese and marinara for a Chicken Parmesan
Bacon with jalapenos and cheese
Pumpkin pie filling
Fruit pie filling
Brie and ham...
the possibilities are endless!
I used cookie cutters and food markers to make the designs. You can just draw or paint the designs on with a little food coloring and water. I also made a "stamp pad" with food coloring, water, and a paper towel. I used that to stamp on the pastry with my cookie cutters.
To see more Star Wars goodness, check out SugarBelle's Linky party.

Star Wars Pastry Pockets

1 box puff pastry (Find the box with the least amount of ingredients, less is more in this case.)
filling (I used cherry filling and pepperoni and cheese in these ones)
food coloring
1 egg beaten with 2-3 tablespoons of water
flour
food markers or a clean/new paintbrush
Star Wars cookie cutters
Cookie stamps and new foam stamps make great designs

1. Heat oven to 350 degrees.
2. Let the puff pastry thaw and roll out into a rectangle. About 10x14 inches is good. Use the flour to keep the pastry from sticking to the rolling pin and rolling surface.
3. Cut the pastry into an even number of squares or rectangles with a sharp knife or pizza cutter. It is is easiest to cut it in half, horizontally. Then cut each of those pieces in half to make long even strips. Repeat the process vertically. You can also use a cookie cutter to cut out shapes, but then you have leftover pieces of puff pastry. You can use those to decorate the tops of the pastries too. Like these Beef Wellingtons.
4. Stamp, paint, or draw designs on half of the puff pastry sheets. Using food coloring and or food markers.
5. Add filling to remaining half of the pieces of pastry, leave room for sealing and crimping the edges.Brush the edges of the pastries lightly with egg wash.
6. Place a piece of decorated pastry on top of a filled one. Gently press out any air bubbles and crimp the edges with a fork. Repeat with remaining pastry. Trim edges, if you want them even.
7. Lightly brush the tops of the pastries with egg wash. Add a couple of slits on top to let air escape during baking.
8. Bake for 10-15 minutes until they are golden brown. I baked on a parchment lined jelly roll pan.
 "Make these, and love you, they will."


So, let's say you now have these cookie cutters, what else can you use them for? You can use them to cut sandwiches, stamp on bread before toasting- works with or without food coloring, cut out cheese shapes. So many things! I've only used them for cookies once.

 

Star Wars Pastry Pockets

1 box puff pastry (Find the box with the least amount of ingredients, less is more in this case.)
filling (I used cherry filling and pepperoni and cheese in these ones)
food coloring
1 egg beaten with 2-3 tablespoons of water
flour
food markers or a clean/new paintbrush
Star Wars cookie cutters

Cookie stamps and new foam stamps make great designs



1. Heat oven to 350 degrees.
2. Let the puff pastry thaw and roll out into a rectangle. About 10x14 inches is good. Use the flour to keep the pastry from sticking to the rolling pin and rolling surface.

3. Cut the pastry into an even number of squares or rectangles with a sharp knife or pizza cutter. It is is easiest to cut it in half, horizontally. Then cut each of those pieces in half to make long even strips. Repeat the process vertically. You can also use a cookie cutter to cut out shapes, but then you have leftover pieces of puff pastry. You can use those to decorate the tops of the pastries too. Like these Beef Wellingtons.
4. Stamp, paint, or draw designs on half of the puff pastry sheets. Using food coloring and or food markers.
*to make a stamp pad, I folded a paper towel, put it on a plate. Pour a little water mixed with gel food coloring on to it. A pastry brush dipped in the food coloring mixture can be painted on the stamps also.
5. Add filling to remaining half of the pieces of pastry, leave room for sealing and crimping the edges.Brush the edges of the pastries lightly with egg wash.
6. Place a piece of decorated pastry on top of a filled one. Gently press out any air bubbles and crimp the edges with a fork. Repeat with remaining pastry.
7. Lightly brush the tops of the pastries with egg wash. Add a couple of slits on top to let air escape during baking.
8. Bake for 10-15 minutes until they are golden brown.
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