Sunday, June 19, 2011

Spinach-Cheese Swirls or Jelly-Chocolate Swirls

The question was... what to do with the other sheet of puff pastry. The Pepperidge Farm Puff Pasty Sheet box had a recipe so I tried it. Yum.

1 sheet Frozen Puff pastry sheet- thawed

1 egg
1 tps water
Beat egg and add water
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Cheese mixture
1/2 cup shredded Monterey Jack cheese(however, I used mozzarella)
1/4 grated Parmesan
1/8 tsp garlic pwd
1 green onion, chopped
Hot salsa

Mix all ingredients together

10 oz Spinach thawed and with water squeezed out

Construction Plan
Unfold pastry sheet
Brush with egg mixture
Spread cheese mixture evenly over pastry leaving top 1/3 inch clear
Lay spinach evenly over cheese
Drip some tasty salsa over the spinach

Start rolling from the short side closest to you.
Roll up.
Cut into 20 slices ( I had to chill mine before I could do this step. I just put the roll into the freezer for a few minutes.)
Place slices cut-side down on well oiled baking sheets or parchment paper
Brush with egg mixture.
Bake 15 minutes or until golden
Serve warm or at room temperature.

Jelly Roll.
Since there are only 2 of us in the house, I actually cut the pastry in half and made only half the spinach rolls. The second half I used to make my own creation for dessert.

Unfold pastry.
Spread with Dawn's plum jam (or whatever is your favorite)
Sprinkle with chopped nuts ( we had some lying around)
Roll up
Cut up and lay on pan as in the above recipe
Brush with egg mixture (as above)
Bake 15 min or until golden at 400 degrees F
During the last few minutes, I took a small chocolate bar and chopped it up.
Then dropped small chunks onto each swirl.
Then back in the oven to slightly melt the chocolate.

Try to let them cool before eating or you will burn your mouth.

summer fruit tart

One of the first books that helped me learn about vegetarian cooking was The Vegetarian Epicure by Anna Thomas. Not a diet book, but with lots of great recipes.

Summer Fruit Tart

Make and cook your own crust or buy one pre-made. This week I used frozen puff pastry. I wanted to try filo dough, but... maybe next time. Make sure to read all the way through. Ingredients are listed for each layer so jelly is not mentioned until all the way at the end.

Filling (Enough for a 9 x14 pan and feeds 10ish)
8 oz cream cheese ( or similar)
1/4 cup sugar
Grated rind of one small lemon
Juice of that lemon (approx. 2 Tbs)
Beat together softened cream cheese, sugar, lemon juice, and grated rind.
Spread over pastry.

Choose whatever fruit your muse leads you to.
This week I did peaches, small strawberries and blueberries
Also, plums, kiwi fruit, blackberries, grapes would work
Slice the fruit and arrange in rows.
Alternate colors and sizes
Start with the largest, then fill in the gaps with the smaller pieces.

1/2 cup jelly
Melt jelly in microwave (just 10-15 sec)
Brush it over the fruit.

Chill well

Serve on a nice plate and surround with any leftover fruit.

PS Pastry, If you want, you could make your own.
1/4 c butter or margarine
1 tsp sugar
1/2 tsp baking powder
8 oz flour
pinch salt
ice water (about 1/2 cup)

Rub butter into flour
Add a bit water and mix
Repeat last step until you have a stiff dough
Put onto a lightly floured board


Roll into a 9 x 14 oblong
Put into a baking pan.
The crust should have a raised edge of 3/4 inch
Prick well with a fork


Cook in a hot oven 450 degrees F for 15-20 min


Take out of pie tin and put on an elegant plate.

On this website I found a new way to lay out the fruit. It is cool.
Rainbow tart.
I used two mandarin/tangarines/cuties, one kiwi, a bunch of strawberries, no raspberries and blackberries because there were no strawberries