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Friday, February 12, 2010

Blueberry Apple Pastry - for Jen

As part of the discussion forum for my blog's fan page, I have started a new, secondary project.  In that project, I randomly tag fans of the page and/blog and solicit their opinion on what their favorite food item is.  Then, together, or, if I have to, singularly, we will deconstruct their dish and, if possible, come up with a faster, fresher, or healthier alternative.

I have to confess that this first one stumped me, (thanks, Jen) until I remembered a neat pastry trick that Mom taught me about 20 years ago...  I should have known better than to allow desserts as suggestions, because boy, oh boy, are some of the suggestions I've gotten doozies...

So to start it off, Jen said that her favorite food on the go is a Blueberry Pop Tart.   Hmm... All the vitamins and minerals you could ask for in one sugary mouthful... How in the WORLD does one deconstruct that, and come up with something healthier?

So...Here you go...

Blueberry Apple Pastries 

2 tbsp sugar ... See More
1 tbsp cornstarch
2 medium apples , peeled, cored, and chopped, about 2 cups
1/2 cup fresh blueberries , or frozen
1 1/2 tsp water
1/2 tsp grated orange peel , finely shredded
17 oz frozen puff pastry dough , 2 sheets
1 tbsp orange icing
1 Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Line a large baking sheet with foil then set aside.
2 Stir together the sugar and cornstarch in a medium saucepan, then add apples, blueberries, and water.
3 Cook and stir the mixture over medium heat until it becomes thickened and bubbly, then cook and stir for 2 more minutes.
4 Stir the orange peel into the mixture, remove from heat , and allow it to cool completely.
5 Thaw the folded puff pastry for 20 minutes at room temperature, then unfold and roll each sheet of pastry on a lightly floured surface into a 15 x 10 inch rectangle, and cut each sheet into ten 5 x 3 inch rectangles.
6 Spoon about 1 tablespoon of the filling on half of each rectangle covering up to 1/2 inch of the edge, then brush the edges with water.
7 Take pastry and lift up and over filling starting from a short side and use the tines of a fork to press the edges of the pastry to seal.
8 Place each pastry onto the prepared baking sheet.
9 Bake the pastries for 18 to 20 minutes or until golden.
10 Remove from oven and place on a wire rack to cool.
11 Drizzle orange icing over each pastry

Yours                                 Mine

Blueberry Pop Tart                                Blueberry Apple Pastry

Serving Size 1 pastry (52g)                    Serving Size 1 pastry (52g)

Amount per serving                               Amount per serving

Calories 212                                         Calories 119

% Daily Value*

Total Fat 7g                                         Total Fat 6.6g

Saturated Fat 1g 5%                            Saturated Fat 1.8g 7%

Polyunsaturated Fat 3g                         Polyunsaturated Fat 3.1g

Monounsaturated Fat 3g                      Monounsaturated Fat 1.8g

Cholesterol 0mg 0%                             Cholesterol 1.9mg

Sodium 207mg 9%                              Sodium 119.8mg 5%

Total Carbohydrates 36g 12%             Total Carbohydrates 13g 4%

Dietary Fiber 1g                                   Dietary Fiber 1g

Sugars 16g                                           Sugars 4.1g

Protein 2g                                            Protein 1.8g

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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