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Square puff pastry baskets: the fantastic and fun treats to prepare!

Total time: 30 min
Difficulty: Low
Serves: 4-6
By Cookist
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Looking for an easy tea time treat that’s easy to make? Then this Square Puff Pastry recipe is just what you need. Puff pastry squares filled with custard are a delightful and indulgent treat that will satisfy even the most discerning sweet tooth. The delicate pastries are made with layers of buttery, flaky pastry that encase a rich and creamy custard filling. The contrast between the crisp, golden exterior and the velvety interior is simply irresistible. These pastries are perfect for special occasions, but especially for afternoon tea parties. The results will impress your guests and no one will even know you’re using store-bought pastry!

Square Puff Pastry Variations

You can use this recipe to create both savory and sweet treats.

Feel free to use other fillings for these square puff pastries:

Any other jam flavor or fruit preserve

  • Chocolate spread (like Nutella) or caramel (like dulce de leche)
  • Whipped cream
  • Lemon curd

Make a savory pastry, by filling the pastry squares with any of the following combinations:

  • prosciutto, pears and brie
  • sundried tomatoes and cream cheese
  • apple cubes with gouda
  • spinach and feta
  • ham, cheese, tomato
  • smoked chicken and feta
  • tuna and roasted red pepper
  • turkey bacon and broccoli
  • pumpkin and bacon
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Tips

The pastry should be completely thawed so it’s pliable enough to roll out but still cold. The best is to leave it to thaw overnight in the fridge instead of leaving it on the kitchen counter at room temperature.

If the pastry is too warm, it won’t puff enough. To make sure you get a nice puff, place the formed flowers in the fridge for half an hour.

The oven should be hot (about 180°–200°C/375°-400°F), but not so hot that the pastry squares burn. If you see they brown too quickly, you can place a sheet of foil loosely on top.

Make sure to flour the surface, this will prevent the pastry from sticking when you’re creating the shapes.

If you prefer a nice shine on the pastry, brush it with whisked egg just before baking.

Leave the pastry squares to cool completely before you add the filling.

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How to Store Square Puff Pastry

Store the puff pastry squares in an airtight container (at room temperature) for up to 2 days. Allow the pastry to cool down completely before storing.

Can you Freeze Puff Pastry Squares

Yes, the unfilled baked puff pastry squares can be frozen for up to 3 months. Allow the pastry squares to cool completely, then wrap them with plastic wrap. Transfer the wrapped puff pastry squares to a freezer bag for freezing.

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Ingredients
Puff pastry
Egg
1
Jam
custard
Powdered sugar

Instructions

Cut a sheet of puff pastry into squares.

Make a circle-shaped cut in the middle of half of the squares.

Place the solid squares on a baking sheet.

Pour a little egg on the edges of the squares.

Place a square with the center cut out on top and press the edges down a bit. Brush them again with more egg.

Pierce the center of the pastry with a fork. Bake for 20 minutes at 180°C (350°F).

Allow the pastries to cool on a rack.

Fill the pastries with jam and custard.  

Sprinkle with icing sugar to serve.

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