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Puff Pastry Ideas

Puff Pastry Ideas

You might think of puff pastry as something that you are not too fussed about, but it is a fantastic fridge (or freezer) standby for so many things! For example, you can make a quick and tasty meal, a dessert, breakfast or even just a snack! As you may have guessed, I’m talking ready made puff pastry! You could make your own, but unless you have loads of time (and loads of butter) and like getting very messy! then I would use your time for something else! Shop bought puff pastry can be fresh or frozen, in blocks or sheets. Generally, you will find the pastry to be vegan, but some (especially chilled versions) do contain alcohol (as a preservative) so always check the ingredients if either of these concern you.

Puff Pastry Recipes

Now, this really is up to you! Think of what you like? What have you tried before? Do you have something in the fridge or pantry that you could use up? Here are a few fillings suggestions for you:

Breakfast: Peanut Butter; Jam; Chocolate Spread; Vegan Frittata

Main Meals: Vegetable Sausages; Vegetable & Bean Chilli; Chickpea Curry; Mixed vegetables with cheese;

Snacks: Cream Cheese & Pesto; Date paste with cinnamon (it’s what cinnamon whirls are made of)! ;

Desserts: Apples & Cinnamon; Cream Cheese & Apricots; Maple Syrup & Pecans.

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Biscoff Puffs

How do I make it?

Puff pastry is one of those brilliant materials which is very forgiving! The main thing is to ensure that whatever shapes you make, the pastry is as fully sealed as possible before baking.

I would suggest either making a roll (think sausage roll), or an envelope – parcel shape if you are new to puff pastry. For the more adventurous you could make little money bags or spirals.

You can brush the tops of the pastry with melted butter, or milk and sprinkle with sugar, spices, seeds, or nuts.

Bake according to the packet instructions (usually around Gas Mark 6, 400F / 200c for around 15-25 minutes) and the size of your pastries.

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Pesto & Cheese whirls

What do I need?

The idea is (as with most of my recipes), that you make these and tailor them to a) your ability and b) you and your families needs. If you are new to cooking or your kitchen needs a refresh, here are a few useful things for this recipe. We do receive a small commission if you click and purchase through these links (this is at no additional cost to you)!


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Drop me a comment below and let me know what you would make with your puff pastry? Sweet? Savoury? Rolls? Whirls? Puffs? …


  • tulips79 6th November 2020 at 20:16

    Hi Laurena, it’s uncanny- I was thinking about the puff pastry palmiers I made with your lovely mincemeat recipe last night! This year I ‘may’ even make your shortctust pastry 😋 (I ain’t making puff pastry, that’s for sure😜). Have a nice weekend, even if it’s lockdown ☺️

    • Laurena@LifeDietHealth 6th November 2020 at 22:52

      Haha Eva… great minds! I actually thought of adding mincemeat to the suggestions here, then decided that was bit complicated for a quick bake! Ooo yes, make the pastry, make mince pies, then make my ginger biscuits! 😛 Ooo, I wonder if I could make puff pastry flowers with fillings inside (getting carried away now)! You have a fab weekend too xxx

  • tulips79 7th November 2020 at 09:53

    It sounds pretty! You’ve reminded me I wanted to try making ginger biscuits this year too😊 Take care xxx


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