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Aussie Bakery Vegan Puff Pastry

Aussie Bakery Vegan Puff Pastry

I love puff pastry, but have avoided it for several years now. The ingredients in Pepperidge Farms version contain additives that don't agree with my "clean vegan system". While strolling through the freezer section of my local Whole Foods, I saw a new puff pastry product by the Aussie Bakery in Seattle WA. I took the package home and the first attempt was just to see how it puffed. A simple rectangle to fill with Soyatoo and fresh strawberries.

The result was amazing!

Aussie Puff Pastry
I cut one defrosted unfolded sheet of the Aussie Bakery Vegan Puff Pastry in half, sprinkled it with sugar and baked it for 25 minutes in a HOT 400 degree F oven.

Aussie Bakery Vegan Puff Pastry
After 25 minutes, this is the puff I got without even rolling out the pastry.

Aussie Bakery Vegan Puff Pastry
I simply cut the cooled Aussie Bakery Vegan Puff Pastry in half and filled it with whipped Soyatoo and fresh strawberries.




A Rustic Apple Tart
Golden Aussie Bakery Puff Pastry Rustic Apple Tart

A Rustic Apple Tart

Portland OR has the BEST apples!!! The New Season's Market had 18 varieties when I shopped back in November. So I decided to create a simple apple dessert with a sheet of the Aussie Bakery Puff Pastry.


The Apples

You will need 4 apples: peel, core and slice thinly.

The Pastry Roll Out

First, I cut one sheet of the puff pastry sheet into four equal parts.

I sprinkled the countertop with a small amount of flour and rolled each puff pastry square out about twice its original size.

Insulated Baking Sheet

Cover an insulated baking sheet with parchment paper and lay each rolled out puff pastry sheet onto a corner without the edges touching each other.

Apple Slices

Arrange the sliced apples in the center of each puff pastry and sprinkle a dusting of pumpkin pie spice or cinammon and a tablespoon of organic sugar.

Fold the Edges

Pull up the edges of the puff pastry all around the apples to create an individual tart. Pinch the edges to create a dam for the juices that will develop during baking.

Just Baked Aussie Puff Pastry Rustic Apple Tart
Just Baked Aussie Bakery Vegan Puff Pastry Rustic Apple Tart
The Bake

Place the insulated baking sheet into a preheated 400 degree F oven for about 15 or twenty minutes. Keep an eye on the baking tarts to make sure they don't burn. Once puffed, flaky and brown, remove from oven and let cool for 10 minutes before serving.

The Presentation

Plate each tart and add a scoop of Bliss Vanilla Coconut Ice Cream or a large dollop of Soyatoo Whipped Topping and serve. If you have a vegan caramel sauce pre-made, drizzle it over the top for an even better presentation!

For a heavenly additive free vegan puff pastry, look for and demand The Aussie Bakery Puff Pastry! It is flaky, light and yields a FAT PUFF of delicate layers in any recipe. All you have to do is roll it out into the shape you want, fill and cook!

The package of Aussie Bakery Puff Pastry contains three 9 inch by 9 inch pre-rolled sheets. But the best part about this puff pastry is that it contains NO trans fats, NO hydrogenated oils, NO high fructose corn syrup, NO mono or digliycerides, NO artificial colors, flavors or additives, NO preservatives, and NO cholesterol.

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INGREDIENTS

Aussie Bakery Puff Pastry Sheets
Unbleached wheat flour, (Niacin, Reduced Iron, Thiamin mononitrate, ribolfavin, folic acid), soy and or palm Oil, salt.

Calories for one ounce serving: 120 (24 servings per package)



Pepperidge Farm Puff Pasty Sheets
Unbleached Enriched Wheat Flour (Flour, Malted Barley Flour, Niacin, Reduced Iron, Thiamine Mononitrate (Vitamin B1)Riboflavin) Vitamin B2)Folic Acid)Water, Partially Hydrogenated Vegetable Shortening (Soybean and Cottonseed Oils Colored with Beta Carotene)2% or Less of: Gluten, Mono and Diglycerides (from Hydrogenated Soybean Oil)Soy Lecithin.

Calories: 170 for serving size equal to 1/6th of a sheet

Aussie Bakery Puff Pastry Tips

The Big Defrost

For perfect separation of the three frozen sheets inside the Aussie Puff Pastry package, defrost at least 8 hours in the refrigerator. Once defrosted, you can hold any leftovers for 4 days in the refrigerator. Otherwise, rewrap the leftover puff pastry sheets in plastic wrap tightly and refreeze till the next baking day.

Do not attempt to unfold the puff pastry sheets until they are fully defrosted or they will break apart!

Tenderness and Loft

Just like any pastry, keeping it COLD and handling it as little as possible are the key steps to creating a high-loft puff pastry recipe.

Countertop Prep

Dust the countertop with just a small amount of unbleached organic flour and roll out the Aussie Puff Pastry into the desired shape and thickness. Remember that even a thinly rolled out sheet will PUFF!

Design Shapes

Cookie and scone/biscuit cutters make great tools for creating interesting shapes and decorative edges on the puff pastry.

Remember, the thinner the puff pastry is rolled out, the crispier the end result.

Freeze the Creations

Try creating your puff pastry design and then freezing it. Have snacks and desserts ready for instant baking if guests arrive unannounced or if you want to make something special without any fuss. Simply preheat the oven and BAKE!

Baking Temperatures

Aussie Bakery Puff Pastry needs a HOT OVEN, 400 degree F, for the best results when baking. It generally takes only 20-25 minutes (or less for smaller items) for most recipes to bake puffed and brown.

Reheating Leftovers

If reheating a previously baked item, just pop it into a preheated HOT oven on an insulated cookie sheet and let it bake for about 5 minutes... it will become crisp just like the first time it was baked. Line the cookie sheet with parchment paper to make clean-up easy.

Aussie Bakery Vegan Puff Pastry
Recommendation

I L-O-V-E Aussie Bakery Puff Pastry!!! It allows me to create all types of elegant recipes without any strange additives. So if you want it in your local store, you are going to have to ask for it!

These are the markets currently selling Aussie Bakery Vegan Puff Pastry:
Central Market
Haggen
Thriftway
Top Foods
Selected QFC Stores
PCC Natural Markets
Whole Foods
The Australian Pie Company

If your market does not carry Aussie Bakery Vegan Puff Pastry, give the market manager this contact information for ordering:
Aussie Bakery | 206.243.4138 | 425 SW 152nd Street, Burien WA 98166



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