Bake Someone Happy !
This is one of the most painless bakes I have ever done.
This recipe makes short work of leftovers.
Flavour-wise, check that the combo works. This is the important first step in assessing compatibility before you throw everything into a pot.
Even if it doesn’t work, hot sauce will save the day. I’m just sayin’.
We were on a fridge-raid the previous day; and yielded leftover stir-fried vegetables (lotus roots & mangetout), honey-soy chicken, and an almost-shriveled package of store-bought puff pastry.
How painless is painless, you ask?
Now back to the quick-bake.
The leftover vegetables were sliced and diced, ditto the chicken.
Although the store -bought puff pastry could be used as is, after a slight thaw, we (meaning helpful Ms. Three) rolled out each puff pastry square some more. Quick cheat tip: to avoid the hassle of cleaning up loose flour on your rolling surface, just put your pastry between sheets of baking paper – I used wax paper initially but the wax paper gave way and stuck to the pastry. Actually, it is not so much of a cheat tip as it is plain common sense………but common sense and this bakeslave are like oil and water, as my household members will strongly attest to.
Another piece of pastry was placed on top (much like how you’d carefully coax the dough down like making ravioli). Then using an egg-ring (aka the world’s most useful kitchen thingamajig bought when commonsense was in absentia), we pressed it over the jumble-filled pastry.
To crimp the edges (and prevent the pastry from spilling its contents while baking), we pressed the tines of a fork around the circle, and, because she’s into Sesame Street, Ms. Three wanted the letter X in the middle.
The pastries were given an egg wash (don’t skip this step, or the pastry will look anaemic), then baked for 25 – 30 minutes at 200°C.