Thursday, January 2, 2014

Recipe: Apple & Cheddar Breakfast Pastry Bites

These little pastry bites make for a quick weekend breakfast or could be popped in the oven for an appetizer before dinner — I made a batch of them on Christmas morning as something small but filling to tide us over until the big meal later in the day. Tim's without question the cook in our house, but I was excited to whip these up for a quick breakfast that morning — they are so simple to make and give off a feeling of being a little fancy with their warm flakiness and little hint of heat from the cayenne.

I'm always up for trying out a new and simple recipe, so when I saw these apple chevre bites, originally featured on Food52, I took inspiration from there, but wanted to use what we had on hand. Puff pastry dough sheets act as the base for these bites and a single sheet yielded about 12 for us.

You'll Need:
  • Puff pastry dough (thawed)
  • Cheese, cut into chunks (we used cheddar)
  • 1 Apple, cut into slices
  • Extra virgin olive oil
  • Cayenne pepper
  • Fresh ground pepper
  • Honey (optional)
Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Cut puff pastry dough into rectangles with a knife or use a cookie cutter (or ravioli cutter like we did) to make desired shapes.

Place cut dough evenly apart onto a parchment lined baking sheet and brush with olive oil.

Stack and press pieces of cheese and cut apples into center of dough.

Top with fresh cracked pepper, cayenne pepper and drizzles of more olive oil.

Bake on the center oven rack for 12-15 minutes until golden brown and puffed up. Remove to let cool down and deflate a tad before serving. To add a touch of sweetness, drizzle with honey just before serving.

Each bite gives off that warm flaky crunch with a gooey cheesy center. They are savory with a spicy kick and hint of sweetness from the apple. As the old saying goes, it will be hard to only take a single bite.

Not a fan of cayenne or another ingredient? Feel free to take liberties with the recipe (just as I did) by switching things up to create different flavors — swap in a different cheese, fruit or garnish to use up what you have on hand or suit the tastes you're going for.

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