Smoked Salmon Puffs

These irresistible little puffs are filled with a delicate cream made of smoked salmon. Excellent as an appetizer with a glass of Champagne!

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Smoked Salmon Puffs
Course Appetizers
Prep Time 45 minutes
Cook Time 50 minutes
Servings
small puffs
Ingredients
Dough
Salmon filling
Course Appetizers
Prep Time 45 minutes
Cook Time 50 minutes
Servings
small puffs
Ingredients
Dough
Salmon filling
Instructions
Dough
  1. Preheat oven to 390 degrees F. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper. In a pot, add water, butter and salt. Bring to a boil and remove from the heat.
  2. Add flour and mix well, until the dough comes away from the walls and forms into a ball.
  3. Add the eggs one by one. Stir well. The dough should become smooth and shiny.
  4. Place saucepan back on the heat and keep mixing for about 30-50 seconds, to dry out the moisture. Remove from the heat.
  5. Transfer the dough to a piping bag.
  6. Pipe puffs (no bigger than a walnut). Space the puffs on the baking sheet, because the dough will rise.
  7. Lightly brush the top of puffs with egg yolk.
  8. Bake for 20-25 minutes or until the puffs are puffed and golden brown in color. Do not open the oven while baking. Remove from the oven, let them cool down completely and carefully transfer to a flat surface.
Smoked salmon filling
  1. In a food processor, combine the smoked salmon with the onion, garlic, sour cream and olive oil. Process until smooth.
  2. Season with salt, pepper and lemon juice. Mix once more.
  3. Whip heavy cream, until soft peaks form.
  4. Gently fold in salmon mix into the whipped cream. Add the minced fresh dill.
  5. Cut puffs in half. Transfer the filling to a pastry bag and fill the puffs. Replace the top.
  6. Dust puffs with paprika. Serve right away or keep in the refrigerator.

Easy Puff Pastry Cheese Sticks

These crispy, flaky, cheesy sticks require just a few ingredients and 15 minutes of your time. Very easy to put together with absolutely no experience needed. They go with dips, salads, soups, beer and yet, kids favorite crunchy snack.

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Easy Puff Pastry Cheese Sticks
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 8 minutes
Servings
servings
Ingredients
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 8 minutes
Servings
servings
Ingredients
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. On a parchment paper roll out the puff pastry.
  2. Whisk the egg yolk and spread evenly over the puff pastry.
  3. Sprinkle cheese, herbs and pepper on top of the yolk mixture. Slice with a pizza cutter into 1 cm strips.
  4. Bake for 7-9 minutes.

Pâte brisée Pie shell

Shortbread dough is very popular when making quiche, pie, tart and tartelettes. You’ll be amazed how easy it is to make this unsweetened pie shell. It turns out light, crumbly, crunchy and deliciously buttery. After trying making this recipe you will never go back to store-bought crust again.


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Pâte brisée Pie shell

Wrap the dough tightly in plastic wrap, then freeze. It can last up to 3 months.

Course Dessert

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Passive Time 1 hour

Servings
servings


Ingredients

Course Dessert

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Passive Time 1 hour

Servings
servings


Ingredients


Instructions
  1. In a large bowl or on the clean table surface combine salt and flour together. Add chunks of softened butter.

  2. Use finger to combine until crumbly.

  3. Add egg yolks and start to knead the dough, only add as much water as dough needs. Do not over-knead.

  4. Shape into a ball.

  5. Wrap in plastic wrap and chill at least for 1 hour.

  6. Preheat oven to 380°F. Unwrap dough and roll into a thin circle between two pieces of parchment paper.

  7. Fit dough into a tart pan, press firmly on bottom and sides. Trim any extra dough. Pick all over with a fork.

  8. Bake in the oven for about 20 minutes, until pie shell is lightly golden.

King Cake (Galette des Rois)

This is a very popular French pie that celebrates the holiday of Epiphany, the day when 3 wise men came bearing gifts for newborn Jesus. The traditional way to bake this king cake is to place a porcelain figurine or “fève” into the center of the galette.  The person who receives the slice with the figurine is “King of the Day” and gets to wear a (paper) crown for the rest of the day.

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King Cake (Galette des Rois)
Course Dessert
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 35 minutes
Passive Time 1 hour
Servings
servings
Ingredients
Course Dessert
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 35 minutes
Passive Time 1 hour
Servings
servings
Ingredients
Instructions
  1. Beat the softened butter and sugar together, then beat in the eggs. Stir in the almond powder. Add vanilla, rum and set it aside.
  2. Roll out one sheet of puff pastry. Poke holes with fork.
  3. Spread the almond filling over the center of the dough, leaving a 1 inch (1.2 cm) exposed border. If you wish, place a little porcelain figurine "fève" somewhere in the almond filling.
  4. Brush the edges of the pastry with water and cover with another circle of dough on top and press down to seal the edges.
  5. Use a paring knife to create a design on top of your galette, then brush with beaten yolk. Poke 3-5 holes in the top, to allow steam to escape while baking.
  6. Place in the refrigerator for 1 hour.
  7. Preheat oven to 380 degrees F. Bake for 30-40 minutes or until the pastry is golden brown. (Bake on the bottom rack of the oven).
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