These wholesome and delectable Apricot Pastry Rolls come together quickly with just four ingredients and keep well in a covered container in the refrigerator.
Puff pastry is light and airy with unique properties perfect in many elegant dishes on the party circuit. Easy to use and ready to bake, frozen puff pastry is undoubtedly the simplest route to an endless array of impressive dishes.
It is important to read labels. Some popular brands of puff pastry list unbleached enriched flour as the first ingredient. That is white flour with all of the bran removed, which then has some vitamins and minerals added back. It is best to avoid refined white, flour, bread and rice because they are empty carbs with all of the goodness discarded.
Most brands use lots of butter, which adds cholesterol, saturated fat and excess calories. Equally troubling are the hydrogenated oils and other additives listed on the label of the most popular brand of puff pastry. Hydrogenated oils are trans fats, which increase bad cholesterol (LDL) and decrease good cholesterol (HDL) and also promote inflammation.
Aussie Bakery Puff Pastry, available at Whole Foods Market is made with wheat flour and contains no trans fat, no cholesterol and no artificial additives. This brand is vegan and much lower in calories with 120 calories compared to 320 calories per serving. This wholesome pastry is light and flaky, cholesterol free and delicious!
Choose apricot preserves that do not contain high fructose corn syrup (HFCS). High Fructose Corn Syrup is thought to play a role in the onset of obesity and many brand name products, from soft drinks to tomato soup labeled “all-natural” contain a high level of HFCS.
I only use unrefined cane sugar. Wholesome Light Brown Sugar is soft, moist and fine-grained and is available at Whole Foods Market. Wholesome Powdered Sugar is pure and unrefined and made by simply grinding cane sugar to a fine, fluffy 12x powder. Once you have tasted them you will never use any other brand.
Apricot Pastry Rolls
These lovely pastries are really delicious!
1 (17.3 ounce) package Aussie Bakery Puff Pastry
1 2/3 cups Apricot Preserves
1 1/2 cups Organic Light Brown Sugar
1/4 cup Wholesome Organic Powdered Sugar
Preheat oven to 400°
Remove the cellophane-wrapped pasty from the carton and place it on the kitchen counter to defrost for 35 to 40 minutes. Place one of the two pastry sheets on a lightly floured surface and divide into thirds, along the fold. Sprinkle with flour and roll the dough to a thin wide rectangle, but not so thin that it may tear.
Make vertical cuts about two inches wide and spread about a tablespoon or so over each section and sprinkle a tablespoon of brown sugar over the preserves. Roll the pastry up from one end to the other and place on an ungreased baking pan with the seam side down. Repeat until all of the pastry is used.
Bake for 10 to 15 minutes. Remove to a wire rack immediately to cool. If the pastries sit too long in the pan and stick, simply return them to the oven for just a minute or so and then remove with a metal spatula.
Nutrition Analysis per serving, One Apricot Pastry Roll
Calories 100, Protein 1g, Carbohydrates 17g, Fiber 0g, Fat 3g, Cholesterol 0mg, Calcium 0mg, Sodium 18mg
Marie Oser is a best-selling author, writer/producer and host of VegTV. Follow Marie on Twitter