Apple Almond Snail Pastries

Posted: April 14th, 2011 | Author: | Filed under: Recipe - Baking | Tags: , , , | 26 Comments »

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There are few things that I can say that I hate passionately. One of these is wasting food. It causes me deep dispair when I spend hours in the kitchen nurturing a pot of gold and it turns out to be a dud. My partner and I try our best to eat it or I try and salvage it somehow.

One of these unforgettable times was when I attempted to make puff pastry. It was one of the most excruciating experiences. Somehow, somewhere in amongst the rolling, folding and refrigerating, I mucked up the recipe and it turned out a mess. The entire dough saw the bottom of the bin. I had lost an entire day of the weekend.

Since this fiasco I haven’t gone anywhere near a puff pastry recipe. That is until I was watching an episode of Jamie Oliver’s 30 Minute Meals. He was putting together a dessert and rolled out store-bought puff pastry. “Quite frankly I couldn’t be bothered making my own puff pastry. If you’ve got time to make puff pastry, you need to get yourself a job.” I love this man for his passion and honesty. He had relieved me of the shame. I went out to the grocery store and bought some all-butter puff pastry sheets and made this delicious Apple Almond Snail Pastry that I had my eye on for a while. It turned out very well. Although I think I was a bit heavy handed in my rolling. The snail aspect of the pastry didn’t really turn out. The kitchen smelled of sweet apples and pastry. It was a happy day.

Apple Almond Snail Pastries
Recipe adapted from Baking: Essential Companion
Makes 12 small pastries

Puff Pastry
2 sheets of good quality, all butter, puff pastry
50g unsalted butter, melted
50g icing sugar

Almond Cream
75g unsalted butter
90g caster sugar
1 egg
1 tablespoon custard powder
100g almond meal

Apple Filling
100g unsalted butter, diced
4 green apples, peeled, cored and diced
100g caster sugar
1 egg whisked with 1 tablespoon milk

1/ Layout the pastry sheets on a floured work surface. Brush the entire surface with melted butter and dust evenly with the icing sugar. Roll up the pastry firmly into a log. Wrap in cling wrap and refrigerate for 2 hours.

2/ In a bowl of an electric mixer, beat the butter and sugar on high speed for 5 minutes until pale and creamy. Add the egg and beat well. Add the custard powder and almond meal and mix on low speed until combined.

3/ Heat a large frying pan, add the diced butter and apple, and cook over a high heat until the apple starts to colour. Add the caster sugar and continue to cook until caramelised. Transfer apples to a heatproof dish and set aside to cool.

4/ Preheat oven to 180°C. Line two baking trays with baking paper. Using a knife, cut the pastry log into half-inch slices. Place each spiral cut side up a lightly floured work surface and roll out to an oval shape. Place 1 teaspoon of almond cream in the centre and 2 teaspoons of apple mixture on top. Brush the edges of the pastry with egg wash and fold one side over to form a semicircle, then press edges together firmly to seal. Brush with egg wash and place on prepared baking trays.

5/ Bake the pastries for 20 minutes or until golden. Allow to cool for 5 minutes, then dust with icing sugar to serve.

These are best eaten on the day they are made. They become very soft after 24 hours.

All images © tinytearoom.com

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26 Comments on “Apple Almond Snail Pastries”

  1. 1 Sukaina said at 9:02 pm on April 14th, 2011:

    OOOOhh that almond cream sounds quite yummy. I wish I could see a shot of the inside of that delectable pastry. And Jamei would never say bothered. He’s say ‘boverred.’

  2. 2 Cherine said at 9:04 pm on April 14th, 2011:

    This is a fabulous treat!

  3. 3 Sanjeeta kk said at 10:39 pm on April 14th, 2011:

    Thanks for reaching out on Twitter, got to find this yumilicious space! The snail pastry look crisp and delicious.

  4. 4 Angie@Angiesrecipes said at 10:44 pm on April 14th, 2011:

    Tea time here and those would be just perfect for me.

  5. 5 Soma said at 10:54 pm on April 14th, 2011:

    Love the sound of the almond cream. The puff pastries are a gift for not so good bakers like me, and as much as I hate wasting food, I hate disasters too:) but one learns from each one of them. Saying that these are the cutest and delicious little snails. I really like the way we can get a peek inside too!

  6. 6 yummychunklet said at 2:20 am on April 15th, 2011:

    Ha! I agree! The frozen puff pastry sheets from the store work wonders! I’d rather spend more time on the filling itself and eating the end product! These pastries look great!

  7. 7 Peggy said at 8:25 am on April 15th, 2011:

    Definitely no shame in using frozen puff pastry sheets!

    These pastries sound absolutely delicious!

  8. 8 Lisa said at 9:01 am on April 15th, 2011:

    These are so delicate and delightful!!!!

  9. 9 cityhippyfarmgirl said at 1:29 pm on April 15th, 2011:

    sigh… there is nothing worse than spending hours and hours on something for it not to turn out how you had planned. I quite often have high hopes that are dashed by being distracted at the crucial moment.
    These how ever look decidedly perfect. Beautiful….(and if you don’t mind can I steal your retro green cup and saucer, I’m starting a collection and it would go just nicely.)

  10. 10 Mika said at 4:20 am on April 16th, 2011:

    I tried to make puff pastry million of times…I lost so many days! I can make it but just with special puff pastry butter or margarine…when I use the “normal” butter I make just disasters…grrr… ^_^
    Ok, they don’t seems snails, but I’m sure they are delicious…I love cooked apples…
    ^_^

  11. 11 Mike said at 5:40 am on April 16th, 2011:

    These look delicious! As does your entire blog – great photos, clean design. Awesome!

  12. 12 Vivienne said at 9:46 pm on April 16th, 2011:

    hahhaa i LOVE that quote from Jamie O! :) Funny thing is I have contemplated about making my own puff before as well but never quite had the time. All butter puff from the supermarket is good enough for sure :)

    enjoying reading thru your space here! what a lovely blog!

  13. 13 Gale Reeves said at 1:33 pm on April 17th, 2011:

    Beautiful blog. I look forward to following you in my google reader.

  14. 14 Heidi - Apples Under My Bed said at 3:21 pm on April 17th, 2011:

    Wow, the almond cream sounds yummy! I too love Jamie for his honesty and passion :) huge fan!
    Heidi xo

  15. 15 Kulsum at JourneyKitchen said at 4:05 pm on April 17th, 2011:

    See as much I like DIY thing but I must say I’m a big fan of frozen puff pastry (and peas). It a staple in my house. I love the combination of apple with any kind of nuts and almond cream? I’m game!!

  16. 16 Nami @ Just One Cookbook said at 4:40 pm on April 17th, 2011:

    Oh.my. goodness! Thank you so much for finding me first. I am so happy to find your website. Beautiful pictures, great writing, and it’s so relaxing to come to your site. I just want to have a cup of tea and virtually eat your sweets… Wait, is that why your site is called Tea Room? What a perfect name. I’m already in love with your site! I only wish I know how to bake…but I’m crazy about all kinds of sweets!

  17. 17 tigerfish said at 5:48 am on April 18th, 2011:

    I am only sure when I see these snail pastries, I would not be crawling like a snail to reach out to them :)

    Fabulous!

  18. 18 Xiaolu @ 6 Bittersweets said at 7:58 am on April 18th, 2011:

    I’m repeating myself from Twitter but gorgeous shot! It looks so light and airy, I just want to pop one in my mouth right now =)

  19. 19 chocolatesuze said at 9:38 pm on April 18th, 2011:

    yes definitely no shame in using store puff pastry! these look delicious amy and im super in love with your blog!

  20. 20 Trisha said at 10:47 pm on April 18th, 2011:

    I shamelessly use puff pastry and store bought meringue and store bought cannoli because sometimes, I really couldn’t be bothered making my own. BUT, your photos look stunning and an apple-smelling kitchen is always ALWAYS a good sign!

  21. 21 Kankana said at 10:45 am on April 19th, 2011:

    I love puffs and pastries but I could never successfully make the dough.. always a failure :( Then i found these packages dough and then life became so easy :D

  22. 22 Juliana said at 12:57 pm on April 19th, 2011:

    So cute your pastries…love the almond and apple all together, would be great with a cup of tea…looks beautiful. Have a great week :-)

  23. 23 sweetlife said at 4:18 am on April 20th, 2011:

    I love Jamie, very true..I cannot imagine making homemade puff pastry..lovely treats I would love to make almomd cream!!
    thanks for stopping by…here a couple of suggestions
    Rick Bayless ~ Authentic Mexican
    Diana Kennedy ~ The Essential Cusines of Mexico
    Enjoy!!

  24. 24 TasteHongKong said at 3:24 pm on April 20th, 2011:

    Lovely shot, and you did give a good shape to the snails.

  25. 25 Christie @ Fig & Cherry said at 6:39 pm on April 20th, 2011:

    Just lovely, and your photos are so luscious!

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