Nutella Puff Pastry Twist
In the past few weeks my Facebook newsfeed has been heavily populated with people posting links to various recipes from Tasty, the food branch of Buzzfeed. I’m primarily annoyed by these because of the way in which the headlines are written but also because rarely if ever do I see a recipe if I want to try. But damn if their videos aren’t mesmerizing. The other day I must have watched 15 of them in a row despite not being interested in any of the actual food.
One of the recipes was for a puff pastry pizza twist. It is the ultimate Pinterest recipe; you put cheese and sauce between two sheets of puff pastry, slice it, twist it, and bake it. I’d rather just make pizza than do that but it gave me an idea for a Valentine’s Day dessert. This year I decided to put most of my energy into the main dish (heart shaped ravioli) so a simple dessert was exactly what I needed to make putting together dinner more manageable.
For the last several years I had steadily been churning out involved and somewhat time consuming Valentine’s Day desserts. My first bold attempt was apple rose tarts, nutella rose bread, and most recently dulce de leche eclairs. I had lots of fun making those but after rolling out pasta dough and filling ravioli for 90 minutes I had no interest in doing any more work than necessary. I put the pastry in the oven after we finished dinner and 20 minutes later we had a warm, flaky, chocolaty dessert.
While it baked I made strawberry roses to add some flair to the dish. I watched a two minute YouTube video that made it seem easy and surprisingly it was. You just use a paring knife to make a series of four cuts around the edge of the strawberry. Then move the knife in towards the center and repeat the process, flaring out the cut edges as you go. I like the concept of the pastry twist, it seems like a great idea for an item to share at a party and reminds me of my cinnamon sugar pull apart bread. Nutella and puff pastry, what’s not to like?! Enjoy!
- Two sheets puff pastry, thawed
- ½ cup Nutella
- 1 egg, beaten
- Preheat oven to 400 F.
- Place a large plate over the puff pastry sheets and cut the pastry to fit the plate. Set aside the remaining pastry (can use for another recipe).
- Place one piece of the pastry on a parchment lined baking sheet. Using a knife or spatula spread nutella across pastry, creating an even layer. Place second piece of puff pastry on top of the nutella mixture.
- Put a small glass in the middle of the pastry and using a knife cut the pastry into 8 equal pieces. The glass will prevent you from cutting all the way through.
- Lift up each piece and twist twice before putting back down. Brush the pastry with the beaten egg. Bake for 16-18 minutes, until the pastry is golden brown. Serve warm.