Welcome to another “Baking Partners Challenge”, this month we are deciding to make homemade puff pastry. I was searching for a new recipe to try with puff pastry as I have tried vegetable puffs already. Earlier plan of mine was to make Danish pastry, but then came to know that it requires a yeasted puff pastry just like croissants. So skipped that idea and decide to make this Plantain Jalousie with homemade puff pastry.
This month challenge was suggested by Sangeeta Priya of Nitha’s kitchen; she made homemade puff pastry without yeast. I have earlier tried making puff pastries with yeast; I have made croissants, pain au chocolate and cronuts. So I decided to try puff pastry without yeast for first time. Next in my list is rough puff pastry, but that may not be in the near future as it has tons of butter in it.
As any other puff pastry you need to first make the dough and then incorporate butter , fold and turn several times to get layers of puff pastry. All puff pastry making procedure is same when comes to folding and turning the dough, more you fold and turn more you get the layers. Once puff pastry is made next step is to make a dish with puff pastry. I decided to settle on Jalousie, which is a fusion of a turnover and a strudel. If you don’t know what a jalousie is, it is two rectangles of puff pastry with a fresh fruit filling in-between; the edges of the pastry are pinched together or crimped with a fork. Before baking, slits (“slats”) are cut into the top crust that allow it to steam and also create a glimpse at the attractive filling between the slats.
One thing to make sure with this pastry is the fruit filling shouldn’t be very juicy or the bottom crust will become soggy. The solution is to precook the fruits and reduce their juices. The filling can be made and stored in a covered container in the refrigerator for up to two days.
I had some plantain in my hand which needed to be used, so used a butter roasted plantains with cinnamon and little sugar as my filling. This is inspired from my mom‘s ghee roasted plantains. First day I made puff pastry and next day made filling and jalousie. Trust me it is delicious treat with loads of calories. We can have them in moderation. You can make plantain jalousie with store brought one too, it is easy dessert idea for any gathering. Serve with or without ice cream. Here comes the recipe for both homemade puff pastry and Jalousie Please take look at other baking partner’s recipes too. If you want to bake with us n ext month please shoot me a mail.
This is Swathi ( Dr. Ambujom Saraswathy Ph.D) from Zesty South Indian Kitchen who loves to explore cuisines from all over the world. Whenever possible I try to to give an Indian touch to several of the world cuisine, and has weakness for freshly baked bread. All the recipes you see here are created by me and approved after taste-test by my family.