Saturday, March 22, 2014

Ham And Cheese Pastry Puffs

Made these Ham and Cheese Pastry Puffs for our weekend tea-time snack. This is actually just a regular Ham and Cheese Pastry Puffs, but the special addition of the Spice Blend makes it a little different and interesting. 

The Spice Blend : onion powder, chilli powder, dried thyme, coarsely ground black pepper, ground allspice, ground cloves, ground cinnamon, garlic power. It smells spicy sweet! This recipe makes quite a lot, keep the balance in an airtight jar and use it for future batch or for other uses.

How it is made :
1. Place a piece of ham across the pastry. I have used two layers of ham.
2. Place a piece of Cheddar cheese over the ham pieces.
3. Sprinkle some Spice Blend over.
4. Fold the opposite two corners overlapping in the centre, pressed edges to seal.

Place pastry on baking sheet, brush with egg wash all over and sprinkle with more Spice Blend. Bake at 200C for 12-14 minutes, mine took about 15 minutes.

Freshly baked Ham and Cheese Pastry Puffs

Puffy and crispy

The Spice Blend makes a very interesting flavour to these pastry puffs. There's a slight hint of spiciness, yet wonderfully flavoured from all the spices. A delicious snack for a weekend tea-time treat with a mug of warm tea.

Ham and Cheese Pastry Puffs
(adapted from "The Back In The Day Bakery Cookbook", Cheryl and Griffith Day)
For the Spice Blend :
1/2 teaspoon onion powder
1 tablespoon chilli powder
1 teaspoon dried thyme
2 teaspoon coarsely ground black pepper
1 teaspoon ground allspice
1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
fine sea salt to taste (omit this)

For the Pastries :
One 17.3-ounce package frozen puff pastry (2 sheets), defrosted for 20 to 30 minutes in the refrigerator
1/2 pound thinly sliced Black Forest ham
1/2 pound sharp white cheddar cheese, thinly sliced
1 egg, beaten with 1 tablespoon water, for egg wash
1 teaspoon fine sea salt (omit this)

Position a rack in the lower third of the oven and preheat the oven to 400F. Line a baking sheet with parchment.

To make the spice blend : Combine all the ingredients in a small bowl and mix well.

To make the pastries : Unfold the pastry sheets on a lightly floured surface. Cut each pastry sheet into 4 (about 5-inch) squares.

Arrange the sliced ham and cheese on the centers of the pastry squares, dividing them evenly. Sprinkle some of the spice blend lightly over each one. Fold two opposite corners of each square over the filling to make a pouch and press the edges to seal; transfer the pastries to the prepared baking sheet.

Brush each pastry evenly with the egg wash. Sprinkle the tops with more spice blend to taste. Sprinkle salt evenly over the pastries.

Bake for 12 to 14 minutes, until the pastries are golden brown. Remove the pastries from the baking sheet and let cool on a wire rack for 10 minutes. Serve warm or at room temperature.

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  1. Hi Joyce
    These puff pastries sounds so wonderful at any time of the day. I love it especially with the spices blend sprinkle on top. Bet it must taste good and aroma flavour.

  2. so I guess we get to sample this today? wink wink

  3. Wow! This is a delicious snacks. Love the spices! :D

  4. YUM! This looks & sounds appetizing ! I bet they're very addictive too ;)

  5. These puff pastries look so crumbly and divine!

  6. simply delicious dear..looks very inviting...

  7. Se ven muy deliciosos muy tentador etupenda masa,abrazos

  8. I sure wish I was snacking on those spicy "envelopes" right now Joyce. I really need to learn to keep puff pastry on hand. I always forget to buy it at the store but I just added it to the shopping list, lol...Adding the spices is a great idea! Oh yum! Thanks for sharing, Joyce...

  9. Yum! They look and sound delicious and now I know what to do with leftover Easter ham! Thanks for the recipe, Joyce!

  10. Joyce, I like the way u folded the pastry. Looks so attractive. The spice blend sure sounds good too.

  11. Joyce, these pastry puffs are quite unusual with the spice blend. It must have been very fragrant and aromatic when they were baking in the oven.

  12. Hi Joyce, this sounds so simple and full of spice blend flavor. I am sure I can have 2 or 3 at one go. Very delectable and tempting indeed. Regards :)

  13. Your special spice blend makes these puffs really unique! I am sure its super flavourful!

  14. Another delicious way to use frozen puff pastry! Those the spice blend you used.

  15. Hi Joy,
    I just love your Ham and Cheese Pastry Puffs, this is a great treat. Thanks so much for sharing your recipe with Full Plate Thursday and hope you have a great week.
    Come Back Soon!
    Miz Helen

  16. Congratulations!
    Your recipe is featured on Full Plate Thursday this week. Hope you have a great weekend and enjoy your new Red Plate!
    Miz Helen