Now that my parents are overseas and I don't have to make sure everything is gluten free so that my mum doesn't feel left out, I thought it was about time to cross something else off the cookbook challenge list! This is quite possibly the easiest recipe I've made so far - it literally took about 5 minutes to make and 20 minutes to cook.
Here's the book:
And here's what you'll need:
Start by cutting a piece of puff pastry into four. The recipe just said puff pastry, but I used butter puff pastry because a) puff pastry only came in packs of ten, and I didn't want ten sheets of puff pastry, and b) it made more sense in my head, seeing as it was a dessert recipe.
Place a tablespoon of cream cheese in the middle of each piece of pastry.
Add a tablespoon of jam to the top of the cream cheese. Obviously, this worked brilliantly and the jam didn't at all fall off the cream cheese and ooze across the pastry...
Pull the four corners of the pastry together, and twist. The one on the left at the front (which is conveniently out of focus) is probably the best example to try and copy.
Bake at 200 degrees C for about 20 minutes.
Dust with icing sugar, and serve hot (or, according to the recipe, cold with coffee. But I don't drink coffee, so I didn't test that out).
Be aware that when jam has been in a 200 degree oven for 20 minutes, it has the approximate temperature as molten lava... I learnt the hard way. Don't be me.
The verdict? They're pretty freaking good. Especially for something that takes a whopping five minutes to prepare. But it did end up that one half was cream cheese and the other half was jam, so I think the next time I make them, I'll mix 4 tablespoons of jam with 4 tablespoons of cream cheese, and then put two tablespoons of mixture onto each piece of pastry. I might also try it with different types of jam to see which I like best. The plum, raspberry and cherry combo was nice, but tooth-achingly sweet.
So there you have it. Insanely easy, kind of impressive if you have a friend coming over for coffee ("Would you like a danish? I made them myself!"), and pretty damned tasty.