The one thing I miss dearly about namma Bengalooru is the neighbourhood bakeries and all the yummy stuff that they sell. The masala bread, veg puffs, benne biscuit..drooool! Luckily some of these things are easy to make especially puffs with the store bought puff pastry sheets available.
I made two kinds of puff pastry, sweet and savory. Here’s the recipe for both.
Veg Puff :
Ingredients : serves 4
Puff pastry sheets ( store bought )
1 small onion
1 small potato
1/2 cup peas
1/2 green bell pepper
1/2 tea spoon garam masala
1/2 tea spoon red chilli powder
Cilantro for garnish
Salt to taste
1 tablespoon oil.
Thaw the puff pastry sheets as per instructions. The packet I bought had no instructions, so I just thawed it by keeping out at room temperature for 45 minutes.
For the filling, heat the oil and saute the onions. Add the spices and saute for one more minute. Dice the vegetables thinly and microwave on high for 1 minute or until they are cooked. Add the vegetables, peas and mix well. Add salt and cilantro and mix well.
Dust the surface and the rolling pin with flour and gently roll the puff pastry sheets to about half their thickness. Cut the strips into desired size. I cut them into 3″ * 6 ” size approximately. Spoon the filling into one side of the puff pastry sheet. Brush the sides of the sheet with water and seal tightly.
Place them on a baking sheet and in a preheated oven bake the puff pastries at 350-375 F or until golden brown on the inside.
Sweet puff pastry
1 granny smith apple.
1-2 tablespoons apricot preserve or jam
Cut the granny smith apply into small pieces. Heat the apricot jam until it liquifies slightly. Turn off the heat and add the apple pieces. Add a pinch of grated nutmeg.
Prepare and fill the puff pastry sheets the same way as described above and enjoy while it is hot!