Once a Cheater….


I have a confession to make. I cheat, and I’m not afraid to say it. I buy my Puff Pastry. It is just to much of a pain to make, when you can painlessly just go to the store and pick up a package. So guess what….That is what I do. Don’t get me wrong I have made it before, so I know the whole deal about how it tastes so much better blah blah blah. Seriously people this stuff takes days to make and I just don’t have the patience for that. So I do what I have to and that means buying my puff pastry. I think as long as you can find good quality puff pastry you should feel no shame about using it. Go ahead buy your puff pastry and don’t feel guilty about it! Because honestly no one will ever know if you made it or if you bought it. All you have to do is fill it or top it with something amazing and no one will even ask if you made it!


Vanilla Cardamom Pear Turnovers

1 package of puff pastry, thawed

Pear Filling

1 lb of Pears, peeled, cored and cubed – I used Bartlett

1/4 cup of sugar

2 tablespoons of vanilla bean paste

1 teaspoon of Cardamom

Combine all of the ingredients in a sauce pan and cook over medium heat stirring occasionally until the pears soften about 10 minutes. Remove from the heat and set aside to cool.

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Unwrap the puff pastry and carefully unfold both sheets. Cut each sheet into thirds and then into thirds again. So you will have 18 squares, place about 1 teaspoon of filling on one half of the square then seal the edges so that you get all of the air out. Once you have filled all 18 turnovers, crimp all of the edges with a fork and make a small slash through the top to allow steam to escape. Bake on a parchment lined baking sheet in 2 batches for 12-15 minute or until they start to turn golden brown. Allow them to cool slightly and serve warm.

There will be extra filling left over, you can enjoy it over ice cream or yogurt or save it for what I have in store for mine later this week.

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  1. There's absolutely nothing wrong with buying puff pastry! I do it all the time. And I've been on a total puff pastry and cardamon kick, so I will definitely be trying this recipe. Yum!

  2. Everyone cheats once in awhile:) The dessert looks wonderful!

  3. Ok well here is my confession, I have never made puff pastry before and I always just buy it! :) Looks fantastic!

  4. yeah, puff pastry is something i suspect i'll always buy. the pros just far outweigh the cons. lovely use for the stuff, katie. turnovers rock.

  5. I definitely don't think store-bought puff pastry (or phyllo for that matter) is cheating. I attempted making my own once and it was not pretty.
    I've been on a huge cardamom kick lately and this looks like a perfect way to use it!

  6. Please..please..PLEASE...I dont call that cheating..I call that smart! Who realky wants to spend the time making their own puff pastry. I mean..maybe those fancy people do..but not us realists!!!LOL

  7. oh, i dont make puff pastry from scratch neither!
    it's the filling that really shows how creative it could be!
    your turnovers look perfect!

  8. Hey Katie, her is another of your friends who is a cheater too! I cheat with pie crust all the time. I hate to make it so I buy the Pillsbury premade. Just roll and fill. So easy. ;-)

    Your pastry looks delish!

  9. No harm in cheating on this stuff ;)
    I hate it when people come onto other people's blogs to promote their own, and that's not what I'm doing... But I DO have a home made puff pastry recipe on mine that I used from a Canadian Living cookbook (I actually just posted the link to the direct recipe on canadian living's website in my blog entry, instead of pasting the whole recipe), and it takes about an hour to make. and it turned out amazing! Especially when compared to some recipes i've tried that took much longer...
    anywho, nice blog! Definitely adding this one to my favourites :)

  10. Hi Katie!

    Cheating is totally okay when there is good quality puff pastry to be purchased. We all cheat by buying bread and pasta (and those are things we could technically be making ourselves!) Your filling sounds so delicious - i've never had cardamom with pears.

  11. Hey, I'm all over making life easier especially if it doesn't mean giving up on taste!

    I've recently tried cardamom and I'm kicking myself for waiting so long!


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