I love having friends and visitors over.
I realise that there are some of you who very diligently make your own, or there is some green, organic puff pastry (probably with special ingredients like spinach, herbs and the likes - yuk!) but I go for the regular stuff. Very upmarket I know.
With this I make jam squares - yummy, sticky, crunchy, sugary, eat-some-moreish-jam-squares. In fact I have known wives to hold their husbands back as they cannot resist going for seconds, then thirds and then those hidden fourths and fifths. If these were packaged in the shop, they would probably come with a warning label : Proceed Cautiously
Here's the Recipe
* roll of puff pastry
* 2tbsp jam
* 1 cup sugar
* 100 g margarine/butter
* 1 cup cake flour
Spray your baking sheet with a non stick spray or grease it if you like. Roll out your pastry. Make sure its defrosted properly before you start otherwise it will crack - like mine did because I was in a hurry. But no fear, you can just press it together with your fingers.
Spread the jam fairly evenly over the puff pastry. You need to do this very professionally like I do otherwise someone might say you are just a housewife with very few culinary skills.
Make sure you go to the edges otherwise they will be very dry. Its a little like putting your tomato paste on a pizza - spread it all over. If you put too much on, it can get a little soggy and won't bake as well. This may not look like much but its enough.
Add the sugar (you could probably use brown too if you wanted to) and flour.
Take your rings off and get in there. Rub the ingredients together until you have crumbs. The test for me is that if I take a handful and press it really hard in my fist it should make a ball but then fall apart when I press my fingers against it. Its nice to have some chunky bits and then the finer pieces. It gives the jam squares a nice texture.
Use it all up! Or nibble some if you can't resist. I always have to do quality control "testing" throughout my baking process.
Put them in the oven at 180 deg Celsius for about 20 - 30 minutes. Make sure the pastry doesn't burn. Take them out the oven and while they are still hot, cut along the lines again and leave it to cool. They will be very hot so don't try and eat them. They are deceptively cool on the outside but the jam is very hot and I have had many a blister in my mouth when I sneak a taster when I shouldn't have! (confession time).
Put on a plate and enjoy!
Now I know this looks like a huge recipe because I divided it into 10 steps but it really is such a quick one. It will take you about 10 minutes to prepare, 20 -30 minutes to bake and then you will have the most delicious treat for your guests.
And you are probably wondering where the tribe are? After all how do you keep the children out of the kitchen when there is such deliciousness going on?
Food in our house is a big motivator. If I want anything done, I just do it before food, snacks or treats!
Try this one and you will have your guests asking for more. Enjoy!