Peanut Butter & Nutella Pastry Puffs

Peanut Butter & Nutella Pastry Puffs

Guys, I’m going to make this short and sweet.

Cause, really, there is only a few things I need to say. And, I’m pretty sure you have better, more romantic, things to do then listen to me on this Saturday. Don’t worry, I won’t hold that against you. How could I?

However, if you don’t have anything better to do then stay tuned, cause I have a very, VERY, important question to ask you. Seriously, it’s like one of the top 5 important questions in the world.

Pretty serious sounding, huh?

Peanut Butter & Nutella Pastry Puffs

Oh. Crap. I almost forgot.

Happy Valentine’s Day you beautiful little person, you.

I feel like today’s the perfect day to tell you how I feel about you. Basically, I adore you to the moon and back. Too corny? Oh well, I’m a hopeless romantic after all, so you’re just going to have to deal with it.

Acceptable? Good, I’m glad we agree. But, really, I love you guys. This blog would be so boring without you. Not to mention, I’d have way less friends if you weren’t around.

So, about that question, I was wondering if maybe you would want to sort of kind of be…

Peanut Butter & Nutella Pastry Puffs

WAIT.

I haven’t told you about the delicious love affair taking place in these pastry puffs.

And, it’s pretty delicious.

Peanut Butter meets Nutella who meets Pastry who meets White Chocolate, and the world was never the same.

Peanut Butter & Nutella Pastry Puffs

Did I mention they are easy to make? Cause they totally are.

Did I mention that I only want to eat peanut butter and nutella now? Cause I totally do.

Oh, and did I ask you to be my Valentine? Cause I totally love you.

Well, you and the pastry puffs. If you’re cool with that then we should hang out. If you’re not there may be something wrong with you. Just saying.

Peanut Butter And Nutella Pastry Puffs
Yields: 18 pastry puffs

Ingredients:
1 sheet puff pastry, thawed
1/4 to 1/3 cup creamy peanut butter
1/4 to 1/3 cup nutella
about 2 tablespoons water
granulated sugar & heavy cream (or half and half) for brushing the tops of the pastry
1/4 cup white chocolate chips, melted

Directions:
Thaw puff pastry according to instructions on the box–either let it sit in the fridge over night or at room temperature the day of for about two hours. Once thawed, preheat oven to 400 degrees and gently roll out puff pastry, extending it about an inch on each side, on a well floured surface.
Using a pizza cutter (or, sharp knife) cut the pastry dough in half (vertically or long wise). Stack the two halves on top of each other and cut into 18 squares–I did six strips, cut horizontally, and then cut each strip twice to make three squares total. Remove the top squares from the bottom squares and set aside.
Using 1/4 teaspoon (or, baby spoon) dollop a small amount of peanut butter into the center of each square. Once each square has peanut butter, dollop an equal amount of nutella into the center of each square. Gently swirl the two dollops together. Alternatively, you could mix the nutella and peanut butter together from the start and then dollop a heaping 1/2 teaspoon of the combined mixture into the center of each squares (if I made these again I’d use this method).
Using your finger dampen the edges of each square with a little bit of water, this helps with the sealing. Top each filled square with another pastry square and using your fingers gently seal the square on each side, it’ll look like a ravioli. Use a fork to crimp the edges of the pastry puffs, making sure each one is completely sealed. Brush each square with a little heavy cream and sprinkle with sugar.Bake for 8-10 minutes or until the tops are lightly browned.
Allow pastry puffs to cool slightly before drizzling with white chocolate. Best served immediately while filling is still warm.

 

Peanut Butter & Nutella Pastry Puffs

Cinnamon Roll Twists with Cream Cheese Icing

Cinnamon Roll Twists with Cream Cheese IcingWe are officially 27 days into the New Year. Twenty-Seven Days. Geesh. It’s going quickly, isn’t it? I haven’t even wished you a Happy New Year. Or, posted anything yummy on my blog. Oops.

Let me tell you what I have done (or, what has happened to me) so far in 2014.

I have been sick. Roll-up-in-ball, never-leave-your-room-again, sick. I’ll spare you the gory details and just say it was the worst.
I started drinking something new at Starbucks (courtesy of the bestie). Iced Green Tea Latte with Soy milk. In one word I would describe it as amazingggg. It tastes like green tea ice cream or those green tea flavored mochis. You should really try it.
I have also been brutally attacked by allergies. Itchy eyes. Headache. Really, just the works. Lucky me, huh?
I started working. Well, volunteering. But still, it’s kind of like work. I’m volunteering at a psychiatric hospital, which I’m ridiculously excited about. I’m even starting to feel more excited than nervous about my future. Maybe this grown-up thing isn’t as scary as I thought.

Oh, I also self-appointed myself best auntie around town. You see, I recently became an aunt to two of the most beautiful little things ever. Meet Archer (the lighter one) and Meeka.
IMG_78711I don’t mean to brag or anything, but my niece and nephew are pretty stinkin adorable. Don’t ya think?

Let’s switch this up. What haven’t I done?

Simple. I haven’t started dieting or made losing weight a New Year’s resolution. Everyone I know wants to shed a few pounds and eat healthier. And, that’s great. Except, it’s really not. You see, when everyone diets, they don’t eat baked goods. And, when they don’t eat baked goods, I have no one to bake for. And, when I have no one to bake for I either eat it myself (not good) or don’t bake (also, not good). Do you see my problem?

Cinnamon Roll Twists with Cream Cheese Icing I’m all in for shedding a few pounds and eating healthy—I’m a huge fan of using cauliflower as a carb substitute these days—but, I believe in the concept of moderation. In my opinion, a little bit of dessert every once in a while isn’t going to kill you. You with me? My sister, Alana, (technically, my cousin, but who really pays attention to those technicalities) is one of those people who’s trying to eat healthier this year. And, I fully, one-hundred percent, support her. But, when she mentioned she was craving cinnamon rolls, I couldn’t help but get into the kitchen and start baking.

I’m calling these ‘healthy’ cinnamon rolls. Before you laugh and ask if that’s a joke, hear me out. Compared to normal cinnamon rolls these are smaller, less doughy, and not as sweet. Healthy, right? Okay, maybe not entirely, but definitely healthier than normal cinnamon rolls. One could even say these are cinnamon rolls in moderation. At least that’s what Alana and I are saying. Wanna join us?

Cinnamon Roll Twists with Cream Cheese Icing Let’s talk flavor profile. These Cinnamon Roll Twists are crunchy on the outside from the cinnamon-sugar filling that caramelizes onto the dough while baking, and soft, flaky, and bursting with cinnamon flavor on the inside. The twists are then drizzled with Cream Cheese Icing and sprinkled lightly with cinnamon and sugar. Have I mentioned how easy and quick they are to make? Because they totally are. Almost embarrassingly easy. But, hey, sometimes easy is good, really good.

Cinnamon Roll Twists with Cream Cheese Icing
Yields: about 30 twists

Ingredients:
Cinnamon Roll Twists
1 package puff pastry (2 sheets)
¾ cup golden brown sugar
¼ cup sugar
1 tablespoon + 2 teaspoons cinnamon
¼ cup unsalted butter
all-purpose flour for dusting

Cream Cheese Icing
4 oz. cream cheese, softened
½ cup unsalted butter, softened
½ cup powdered sugar
3-5 tablespoons milk (use as needed)

Directions:
Cinnamon Roll Twists
Thaw puff pastry according to directions on the package.
Preheat oven to 400 degrees and line two cookies sheets with parchment paper. Set aside.
In a small bowl, combine sugars and cinnamon. Mix until combined, and then set aside.
Dust your work surface generously with flour and lightly dust your rolling-pin.
Roll out puff pastry about 2 inches larger on each side—the dough will be thin—and cut crosswise into two rectangles.
Melt 2 tablespoons of butter in the microwave and brush generously over one of the puff pastry rectangles—once you feel that piece is buttered up, lightly brush the remainder of the melted butter on the other rectangle.
Sprinkle about half of the cinnamon-sugar mixture on the buttered up puff pastry piece.
Cover the cinnamon-sugar coated piece with the remaining lightly buttered piece of puff pastry and gently roll them together with a rolling-pin.
Cut into long strips (I used a pizza cutter and it worked wonderfully!) and twist. Place on lined pan and bake for 12-14 minutes or until golden brown—the thinner your strips are the less time they will need to cook.
Let cinnamon roll twists cool slightly before removing from pan, and then place them on a cooling rack to finish cooling.
Repeat process with the second sheet of puff pastry—make sure to keep just a little bit of the cinnamon-sugar mixture to sprinkle on the twists once they are iced.

Cream Cheese Icing
In a medium bowl, beat together cream cheese, butter, and sugar until smooth and combined.
Depending on your desired icing consistency, add a tablespoon of milk at a time—if you don’t want to add more milk and the icing still isn’t of drizzling consistency, warm up the icing in the microwave for 5-10 seconds.
Once the cinnamon roll twists are iced, sprinkle with remaining cinnamon-sugar.