Walnut and Lemon Puff Pastry Rolls

Super practical and easy to prepare, puff pastry rolls are my favourite choice when I need to bake a delicious snack for my guests. Especially if I don’t have too much time on my hands!

The essential ingredient here is a pack of frozen puff pastry dough. (Careful here, you need bricks of dough, not sheets!) You will need to wait until it thaws, but this usually doesn’t take longer than an hour. While you wait for the dough to thaw, you can prepare the filling.

6a00d83451fa5069e20168e81566eb970c-800wiNow, depending on what you have in the kitchen, you can split the dough, prepare several different fillings and bake two or more kinds of rolls in one go. This way your guests will have a choice and the serving plate will be much richer – a life saver if you only have two or three hours to do all the baking!

Now, about those fillings. In my home, the most popular rolls have always been the ones with walnut and lemon filling. For one pack of dough, you need about 5 oz. of sugar, 6 oz. of milled walnuts, freshly squeezed lemon juice (1 lemon), 1 pack of vanilla sugar and several big spoons of water.

Preparation: place all filling ingredients into a bowl and stir them with a spoon. Take the thawed dough and roll it until it gets thin. Roll it in one direction – you want it to be long, but not wide. Spread the filling across the dough and wrap it: you will get a long, thin roll. Cut into thin slices and place the slices on a baking pan. Bake in a pre-heat oven on 340 F for 10 – 15 minutes.

Depending on the ingredients used for the filling, the end result should look like a variant of this. Hope you’ll find it delicious!

Cake Pop Anyone?

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One of the best ways to personalize your parties and to serve a surprise that will have your guests begging for more or for the recipe are the Cake Pops. I know you are wondering what it is; it’s just bite sized cake balls served on a lollipop stick like finger foods. This will be a major hit at any party for any age group.

You have plenty of options for customizing them; you can go with a particular color or flavor and make them to suit any age or theme. They are as much fun to make as well as eat, and anyone can create them. What you need is a basic cake.  Bake the cake and let it cool; add 2 cups of frosting (any kind); mix them both and make into balls.

Now, place them in the refrigerator for 90 minutes or in the freezer for 30 minutes. While they are firming up, melt candy melts with one tablespoon of canola oil or vegetable oil.  Dip the lollipop stick in the candy mix, and then push it into the cake balls, two-thirds of the way. Wait for a few seconds; now dip the cake balls into the mix, and let stand in a piece of craft foam till it drips and dries.

Once they are fully set, you can remove excess candy by wiping gently or leave it to your guests to lick it off! Have fun experimenting with colors and textures and flavors. You can alternate between red and green for a Christmas theme party or go with bright pink for your daughter’s party.