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bxgirl Aug 27, 2006 11:59 PM

I have never used puff pastry but would like to make individual "cups" of raspberies and whipped cream (similar to somthing I saw on Giada's show last week).I was wondering if I can roll out the puff pastry,cut it into squares, and then fit it into muffin tins to make the cups? I guess I should (if I can do that) bake the "cups", then cool them and finally fill them?
As I said, I have never used puff pastry, and just wondered if I can form them into cups, bake them and then fill them? Will they be sturdy enough when I remove them from the muffin tin?
Thaks, and any suggestions will be considered.

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  1. Euonymous RE: bxgirl Aug 28, 2006 12:30 AM

    Hmm. This is going to be tough to explain without pictures.

    Lay the puff pastry flat on the counter. Now cut large circles out of it with a cookie cutter. Take a smaller cookie cutter and cut small circles out of half the large circles, to make O shaped pieces. These O shaped pieces will form the walls of the cups. Lay the large cirles on a baking sheet. Brush the outside edges of the large circles with an egg wash. Lay the O shaped pieces on top of the large circles, edges even. Prick the bottom of the large piece that you can see inside the O shaped piece. Bake as directed, probably 10-12 minutes at 400 F.

    If all goes well the bottom portion that you pricked will not rise but the edge parts will, forming cups.

    Here's a link that includes instructions with illustrations.
    http://www.cooksillustrated.com/image...

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      Candy RE: Euonymous Aug 28, 2006 01:03 AM

      Even easier would be to buy the frozen puff pastry shels. If you try to just fit puff pastry in to muffin cups they will for the most part puff up into puffy muffins unless you follow the steps outlined by Euonymous. I found that out the hard way a long time ago when I wanted to bake a rectangular puff pastry shell for a tart. I just roled it out and fit it into the tart pan. What i needed to do was cut the pastry first to fit the bottom and then cut seperate sides, sort of like building with Lincoln Logs to form the sides. It does help to prck the bottom well and if you have pie weights put a piece of foil or parchment on the bottom and top with the weights, dried bans or rice to weigh the bottom down to keep the bottom from raising too much.

    2. pikawicca RE: bxgirl Aug 28, 2006 12:40 AM

      I'd just go with cutting into squares and fitting into muffin pans. The important thing to me, when working with commercial puff pastry, is to roll it out so that it's thinner than the frozen sheet. If you don't, it's a bit doughy.

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        S_K RE: bxgirl Aug 28, 2006 12:49 AM

        I did something with puff pastry for the first time recently too. One thing I found is that you have to work quickly because it gets so soft when it gets warmer and gets all stretchy and wonky looking because of the butter. I made some weird looking tasty turnovers on Friday. I could swear one looked like Spongebob.

        If you feel you might be slower (like me) you could cut the puff pastry in half; work with one half while leaving the other half in the refrigerator and take out the other half when you're done with the first bit. It might seem like you won't have to because it's not that big of a square, but it gets warm quickly.

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          pitterpatter RE: bxgirl Aug 28, 2006 12:35 PM

          I'd simply forget the muffin pans and cut the puff pastry into circles with a cutter. It holds its shape and rises beautifully.

          1. babette feasts RE: bxgirl Aug 28, 2006 04:22 PM

            The cup idea works great with fillo. You do get a bit of puffing, but not too much. I do four or five layers, then put it in the tin butter side down, bake until golden. Best baked the day you will use them, but you can prep them ahead and refigerate or freeze, wrapped in plastic.

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              Beach Plum RE: bxgirl Aug 28, 2006 06:16 PM

              Even if you prick the bottom layer of puff pastry, sometimes it will still puff up - but that's not a problem. After it is baked and cooled, gently press the bottom part down with your fingers. It will still have separate layers, but they'll be flat enough for you to put in your filling. That's what we did at the bakery where I worked.

              1. MMRuth RE: bxgirl Aug 28, 2006 06:18 PM

                Any suggestions about using some frozen-bought puff pastry and saving the rest? There are just two of us, and I end up throwing most of it out after thawing - which seems a waste.

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                  cheryl_h RE: MMRuth Aug 28, 2006 06:29 PM

                  Make palmiers. They're just puff pastry with sugar sprinkled on top, then folded, cut and baked. Simple and delicious.

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                    MMRuth RE: cheryl_h Aug 28, 2006 07:11 PM

                    What I'd like to do is save some of the dough for future use - is that possible?

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                      cheryl_h RE: MMRuth Aug 28, 2006 08:04 PM

                      I think so, as long as it's not spoiled. Most pastry freezes very well. I make pastry ahead of time and keep it in the freezer for when I need it.

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                        Claudette RE: MMRuth Aug 28, 2006 08:29 PM

                        I make my own puff pastry, so I divide it into small quantities before freezing. But this works for frozen filo when using a small quantity: while frozen, cut it in half with a serrated knife, rewrap one half securely in plastic before refreezing for future use. Then wrap the other half in plastic before thawing in the fridge. This works fine as long as you're cooking small things, and not large items such as a tart or b'stilla.

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                    OnceUponABite RE: bxgirl Aug 28, 2006 08:10 PM

                    I think this might be an easier way that will give you no scrape wastage. Roll the dough out thingly, cut them into squares, as big as you'd like your cups to be. Use a pizza roller to avoid mashing the layers together, so it'd puff better.

                    Then inside each square, use a small round cookie cutter that's smaller than the square and make a soft indentation, don't cut all the way through.

                    Brush with some egg wash or cream, bake it unitl it's puff up.

                    Don't worry, you'll see just a square of puff, but when it comes out of the oven, push down on the round indented part. Just mush up the middle and it'll leave you a cup to fill your raspberry and cream. I'd let the cups cool, use a pastry bag to fill with some cream, then top with raspberries!

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                      bxgirl RE: bxgirl Aug 29, 2006 01:40 AM

                      WOW!!! Thank you all for the hints, suggestions and advice. I think I mught try a filo dough or the ready-made puff pastry cups, if I can find them.

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