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Heavenly Puff Pastries

Mom used to make these pastries quite often while we were growing up, and they disappeared quite fast too once they were out of the oven. They were that fabulous and everyone who came in contact with them loved them dearly. The dough that made them irresistible was easily available in any supermarket back in Abu Dhabi (the place I grew up in), I haven't been able to find them here in the city. My brother bought these when he came home recently from the Gulf, and I had a great time making these beautiful heavenly pastries.
So this is the ready made dough, remove it from the freezer a few hours before you start with the process. Now move on to your filling, I used three types of filling here... a vegetable one, a minced beef filling and a cheesy mushroom filling.
Getting started on the beef filling, saute chopped onions and green chillies in a pan...
Till the onions have turned translucent with a slightly brownish tint.

Drop in your cooked mince and give it a good mix. (The mince has been cooked with a little salt, ginger & garlic paste, little pepper powder, wee bit of garam masala and turmeric powder previously). Mix everything up... add enough quantity of salt.

Finally drop in some chopped coriander leaves and mix it up. Your beef filling is ready.
For the vegetable filling I used only capsicums and potatoes. First you saute onions and green chillies till they turn translucent.

Then drop in some chopped capsicums... I used coloured ones here, they look nice don't they? All the bright vivid colours... saute them along with the onions for a few minutes.

Now add pieces of cooked potatoes, salt, pepper and mix everything up. There you go, your veg filling is ready.
For the mushroom filling just follow the same steps of sauteing the onions and green chillies till they turn translucent, then drop in the chopped mushrooms. Cook it for a few minutes, then add pepper and salt and mix the whole thing up. Now your mushroom filling is ready.

This is the fun part... rolling out the dough and stuffing it. Make sure your workplace is clean and then sprinkle some flour on the surface. Roll out your dough, keep sprinkling flour in between to avoid sticking. Roll the dough out into a huge sheet and then cut it into smaller rectangles as shown.
Add the filling to these smaller sheets and pinch the edges close with a little water. The edges will stick easily enough if you dab one side with a little water.
To make a braided pastry, use a larger piece of rectangle and cut 2 inch strips along its edges.
Add some filling to the centre and gradually fold back the strips alternately.

First fold one strip, then dab a little water to its end and then fold the opposite strip over it. Continue this process...

Till the whole thing is braided up... then stick it in the oven till it attains a golden brown colour.
This is the cheesy mushroom filling, first you add the mushroom filling to the centre and then scrape some cheddar cheese over it. Dab water to the edges and close it up.
You can shape them any way you want...
This is the braided vegetable pastry. Place the pastries in an oven and bake them till they turn a nice golden colour. Then turn them over and bake for a few more minutes, till they achieve an even light brown colour all over.

Oh Boy! Here they are, just out of the oven... and smelling great.
The different types of pastries... they were all lovely.
This is the cheesy mushroom one.

You can see the cheesy filling here, glistening and looking so irresistible.
Well, I hope you loved going through this as much as I loved baking them. This is great food, invokes a lot of memories and fun times. You'll find that it makes people very happy.

Comments

Clover said…
I wish we got the pastry here, i HATE making the crust :( these look amazing, next time you come here make some for me please!
Hello Karen:
Do they travel well?!!! These look seriously good, if only we lived closer!!!
Aarthi said…
This looks so good....But sadly i couldn't find this sheets here...Absolutely delicious...
Beth Niquette said…
Oh my word! KAREN! This is amazing! Not only are the pictures extraordinary, your cooking artistry amazing, but my mouth is watering...

Wonderful Post!
awesome !

one of the pics looked like a mummy!
Antonio said…
rofl
Zeba said…
My mama uses the same pastries as well. Love them. And yours look delicious.
Anonymous said…
This looks incredible, I'm going to give this a go, it 's so stunning looking and I bet it tastes incredible.
mise said…
These look absolutely delicious, Karen. It has been years since I remembered to plait pastry - thank you for reminding me!
mahesh said…
Only one word - YUMMY :)
Eleni said…
Hello, thanks for your kind comment on my bread-making efforts! However, your pastries put my humble loaf to shame, and give me idea for dinner...yum!
Heavenly indeed! Wow, i love the savory filling. I am pretty sure these are calling my name like tonight!
briarrose said…
So yummy...I would be diving right in.
Friko said…
Do you do mail order?

Seriously, these look good enough to eat, as they would say here. Thanks for the recipes.
Karen Xavier said…
Gitu, will definitely make some for you next time.

Everybody thanks for dropping by.
Now Serving said…
this looks so awesome! I have not attempted a braided bake before - Love the pictorial - gives me more courage to try and the stuffing is really super :) Thanks for sharing, Cheers, Priya
Biny Anoop said…
Karen thx for the comments...gr8 space and love this idea of a quick snack.......

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