Tuesday, 8 November 2016

Sun-Dried Tomato, Parmesan & Walnut Puff Pastry Swirls with new Jus-Rol gluten free ready-rolled puff pastry


A few weeks back I faced my nemesis...... successfully making gluten free puff pastry from scratch. I was so excited. It was amazing to actually eat puff pastry after so many years. It was one of the things I missed most about being gluten free..... light, flaky, crisp, buttery...... puff pastry was a key element of some of my pre-intolerant favourite dishes. The ability to make it opened up amazing possibilities to recreate and redesign and eat all those long-lost desires...... let alone introduce Miss GF to a history of amazing meals and treats....


There was just one hurdle...... Time! Making puff pastry takes lots of it..... It involves rolling and chilling and rolling and chilling..... and seems to go on forever (...... well all day anyway). Not that I have a problem with involved processes, but time is seriously limited. So you can imagine my excitement when I saw that Jus-Rol had started making gluten free ready-rolled puff pastry sheets.


In the days when gluten was still on the menu, Jus-Rol was our puff pastry of choice...... trusted because it never failed us! Hearing that the Jus-Rol gluten free puff had been launched into Tesco, that's where I headed........ three stores later...... I found it...... all sleek, red and wrapped on the chiller shelf..... Three packs in the basket and I was out of there..... like an excited child who had just bagged her favourite toy.

I wanted to test it straight away..... As soon as I got home I grabbed a jar of sun-dried tomatoes, some Parmesan and walnuts and whipped up one of my favourite appetisers..... Puff Pastry Swirls.


The first thing I noticed as I removed the pastry sheet from the packet was that it was circular. This was plain irritating! I have no idea why Jus-Roll think that people who are gluten free want round pastry, when (as I recall, but please correct me if things have changed in the intervening years....), their pastry sheets were always rectangular. A round sheet seems illogical for pretty much everything I would make with it (other than lining an occasional round tin.....).

That irritation aside (and we must remember this pastry does have the benefit of being ready rolled!), the pastry was really easy to use, with no discernible difference from my memories of standard glutenous puff pastry sheets. Filled with the divinely tangy, earthy, cheesy mix of the tomatoes, walnuts and Parmesan, I rolled it into a sausage shape and once chilled and cut into slices, popped it in the oven....... and waited, anticipation building as the mouth-watering smells emanated from within.

I was so eager to try them, I could hardly wait to let them cool enough to get them in my mouth..... Miss GF looked at me with amusement and wonder as I wafted air and blew to get them below burn-point.


The verdict? They are delicious! The pastry does not expand as much as glutenous puff, but it is nonetheless pretty airy, crisp and light, held its shape well and baked as puff should..... I am impressed for sure...... Whilst I can't it in my local Tesco yet, I think I may just have to make the 30 mile round trip to get it from where I can. Shame it can't be frozen..... may have to test out why!

Miss GF loves them too and has quickly developed a bit of an addiction for this new novelty in her life.... I am so thrilled that she has been able to try them..... In the years before Coeliac, they made a regular appearance in our house whether for snacks or celebrations.

The pastry itself is not only gluten free, but also dairy and egg free. I will be honest..... although I feel pretty selfish saying this.... I do like my puff pastry to be made with butter. Somehow, it's decadent nature cries out for the richness that only comes from the natural dairy stuff...... but hey! Beggars can't be choosers and right now, I am grateful for what we have!


I am sharing these delicious Sun-dried Tomato, Parmesan and Walnut Puff Pastry Swirls with the following linkies :


Cook Once Eat Twice with Searching for Spice.


Treat Petite with Cakeyboi and The Baking Explorer.





Inheritance Recipes with Pebble Soup and Coffee & Vanilla.


Cook Blog Share - this week with Easy Peasy Foodie.




Bake of the Week with Mummy Mishaps and Casa Costello.


Recipe of the Week with A Mummy Too.








Gluten Free Fridays with Vegetarian Mamma.


Brilliant Blog Posts with Honest Mum.



Sun-Dried Tomato, Parmesan and Walnut Puff Pastry Swirls (with Jus Rol gluten free puff pastry)


Ingredients


1 packet of gluten free ready-rolled Jus Rol puff pastry
1 egg - beaten (to brush pastry and glaze)
approx 120g grated parmesan cheese
approx 6 large sun-dried tomatoes - cut into small pieces 
45g chopped walnuts

Method

  1. Unroll the puff pastry sheet and brush the surface with beaten egg.
  2. Sprinkle a layer of grated parmesan cheese over the top, followed by an even sprinkling of sun-dried tomato and chopped walnuts.
  3. Roll up the pastry sheet and wrap. Chill for about 30 minutes to firm up. 
  4. Preheat the oven to 200 C/400 F/Gas 6.
  5. Cut the pastry roll into 1½ cm rounds with a sharp knife.
  6. Place on a baking sheet lined with baking paper, flat side down and brush with beaten egg.
  7. Bake for about 20 minutes until puffed and golden.
  8. Remove from the oven and transfer the pastry swirls onto kitchen roll for a couple of minutes to soak up any excess oil. 
  9. Enjoy hot and fresh or cold.
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28 comments:

  1. Wow this is exciting to hear for you - I don't use puff pastry often but I need it for my sausage rolls! And I always love the sound of these sort of scrolls. Our puff pastry is rolled square and we buy it from the freezer which is great - I often have quite a time lag between opening a packet and using the remainder. If I had the ingredients in your scrolls I might be tempted to make them right now! They sound great.

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    1. Thanks Johanna. These scrolls are definitely to be tried...... Miss GF can't get enough of them!

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  2. I love these type of swirls and they are also a regular in our house if I need to make some nibbles for a party or something for a picnic. I love the sound of the sundried tomato and walnut filling - I bet they're delicious and it's great that you can introduce Miss GF to puff pastry as well now. Thanks so much for sharing with #CookOnceEatTwice

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    1. Thank you Corina. These are a party 'must' for sure! x

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  3. Oh my they look good! Not seen this yet. I only have little local stores near me so unlikely to find it. Will keep an eye out for it over christmas when visiting family. I'm seeing cinnamon swirls and mincemeat puff tarts in the future :)

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    1. Thanks Katie. Good luck with finding it. It didn't work quite as well when I made salmon pie, but hey..... it's so much easier than making puff from scratch! x

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  4. I didnt know you could get gluten free puff pastry - I shall be letting my sister who is celiac now for sure . These look really good and the filling sound delicious.

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    1. Yeah..... I've not seen it before either! The filling is perfect for it xx

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  5. I love ready rolled pastry, it makes life so much simpler. Like you I cannot understand why it isn't rectangular? The ingredients you used sound so tasty x

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    1. Thanks Cathy..... I was a bit flummoxed when I found the pastry was circular..... All I could think was 'why????' But a ready-rolled option definitely opens up possibilities..... x

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  6. I love making things like this at Christmas. Good to see Jus Roll now have a GF range #Bakeoftheweek

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    1. Me too Louise. These will be ready to share for sure this Christmas x

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  7. Oh, that looks amazing!! I adore puff pastry, but I did not know it even existed in gf version. Good to know. Thank you for sending your recipe to our Inheritance Recipes.

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  8. Wow ready-made GF puff pastry. That's wonderful!! Though I am amazed that it's taken this long for a company to come up with it. I do really love puff pastry and I really love what you have done with it - such great flavours! And I've just spotted your profile pic - so lovely to finally know what you look like! It's a gorgeous pic too - makes me wonder why you've been hiding for so long ;-) Thanks for linking up with #CookBlogShare :-) Eb x

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    1. Thanks Eb..... I was really quite excited to see ready-rolled GF puff for the first time.... I will certainly be making more of these swirls for Christmas.
      As for the picture..... not sure why I decided to add it. My anonymity gave me quite a secure feeling. I sort of hoped the photo might go unnoticed....... I really don't like pics of me!!!!! Oh well.... it's out there now x

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  9. i am so happy for all GF people that there is now a GF ready made puff pastry at last! That must be so amazing and will allow so many more food options for people with this food intolerance. So much time saved too! The flavours you have used sound delicious . thank you for linking up to #BakeoftheWeek x

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    1. Thanks Jenny. It's a bonus for us for sure. Just want them to make a butter version now!!! x

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  10. It is only last week that I saw it in my local tesco that they have this! Not use it before but I do think it is harder to raise because it is gf free. Have fun! #bakeoftheweek

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    1. Thanks Eileen. I think the evolution of GF puff marks a definite evolution in GF retailing. It's one of those things that has been a long time coming! x

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  11. That gluten free puff pastry must be making a huge number of people very happy now! It certainly would be one of those treats I would miss if I was in the position of having to avoid gluten. And yes, you're right, regular plastry (puff or otherwise) still comes as an oblong if it's ready rolled. . Strange they package it as a cirle (which yes would be useful if your lining a pie plate but of course it depends what size pie plate)
    Great bake, they look v scrummy :-)
    An

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    1. Absolutely Angela. The option of ready-rolled puff pastry is very exciting..... although I have to admit, I would prefer a rectangular butter version! But I guess we can't have everything can we? xx

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  12. I just saw these over on #Bakeoftheweek and they looo delicious, amazing flavour combinations. I think I may have to make some this weekend for Sunday tea :) Yummy!

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    1. Thank you Chonnie. The flavours worked so well together. Perfectly matched! x

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  13. What a fab way to use the new gluten-free pastry. That combination of flavours is amazing! Thanks for entering into Treat Petite

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    1. Thanks Stuart. You're welcome. The flavour combo worked perfectly in here x

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  14. Used this pastry for the first time today and it's yummy! I made a salmon, spinach, leek, courgette and parmesan tart! any ideas for a good sweet recipe with chocolate? X

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    1. Thanks Emma. Your tart sounds amazing!
      For a seriously decadent chocolate tart, you could check out this one http://www.glutenfreealchemist.com/2013/06/chocolate-tart-with-white-chocolate.html
      The photos aren't great (earlier blogging days) but the flavour of the chocolate filling is amazing xx

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