Pineapple-Dulce de Leche Torta
Puff pastry is layered with dulce de leche and gooey, golden pineapple jam. Go ahead, forget the fork and lick your fingers when you're done.
Apple, Goat Cheese, and Honey Tartlets
These little apple tartlets are the perfect solution for those who love a cheese plate and dessert. Their individual size also makes them a great hors-d'oeuvre.
Apple and Pear Tarte Tatin
This is the perfect tart for showcasing the colors and flavors of the fall season. The fruit caramelizes in a simple syrup of butter, sugar, and apple cider, making the apples and pears fork-tender over layers of flaky puff pastry.
Sometimes called a Fly Pie or Fly Cake, this pastry is not a common one in North America, but with a few ingredients and about half an hour you can have a classic British pastry to be proud of. Traditionally, Eccles Cakes are made with currants, which can be difficult to find as well as costly. This recipe substitutes golden raisins, which are a bit sweeter than currants but plump and take on the flavor of the brandy and spices very nicely.
Guava and Cream Cheese Pastelitos
Pastelitos—literally, "little pies"—are puff pastry turnovers filled with guava paste and cream cheese. The guava has an intense, exotic, tangy sweetness that blends melodiously with cream cheese. Perfect with your café con leche in the morning.
Cinnamon Raisin Twists
In this easy breakfast treat, puff pastry is filled with cinnamon sugar and raisins and twisted into fat, dunkable spirals.
Quick King Cake
This is a quick take on the Louisiana specialty King Cake. The pastry is filled with cinnamon-sugar, and as a nod to its Southern state of residence, bourbon-poached golden raisins. A shiny icing is poured over the top (sprinkles optional).
Named after the French word for windows, these pastries have small slits which allow the sweet raspberry and cream cheese filling to peak through. They're as good for breakfast as for dessert, especially when paired with a cloud of whipped cream.
Easy Peach Turnovers
These warm, flaky pockets of cinnamon-spiced peaches are good for breakfast or dessert. Peaches out of season? You can make an easy substitute with apples or pears.
Pumpkin Spice Palmiers
This is a spin on classic palmiers, the flaky French cookie made with puff pastry. These use a simple syrup that contains pumpkin puree and a sugar mixture laced with pumpkin pie spices.
Pain au Chocolat Cinnamon Rolls with Crème Fraîche Icing and Walnuts
In this French-American hybrid sweet, flaky, buttery chocolate croissants take the form of muffins, and are flavored like cinnamon buns, replete with crunchy toasted walnuts, chestnut-brown cinnamon sugar, and, of course, the requisite frosting, made rich and tangy with a dollop of crème fraîche.
Summer Berry Rissoles
These little beignet-like snacks are simply addictive. Puff pastry is rolled out and berries are placed along in little tidy rows. Another sheet of pastry is placed over the top and a ravioli stamp seals the deal. Then they're fried up and shaken around in a lunch bag full of snowy white powdered sugar. Voila! An impressive dessert that's not impressively difficult to make.
Mini Galettes des Rois
Galette des Rois is a rich almond cream and puff pastry confection which commemorates the arrival of the three kings on the Epiphany. Within each galette is a hidden treasure—a feve (originally a bean, but often a trinket now), the finder of which is declared king. But you don't necessarily have to wait until Christmas to make these treats—almond stuffed puff pastry sounds good to us year-round.
Cranberry Appel Strudel
This cranberry-apple strudel is the perfect bridge between summer and fall. The sliced apples are tossed with cranberries for a little sweet-tart chew, walnuts for crunch, and cinnamon for spice. The filling is encased in puff pastry and baked into one large golden roll. Slice the strudel thin to expose the beautifully layered fruit.
Sour Cherry Clams
This northern New England dish uses sour cherries to put a twist on the classic turnover. Our move? Lay on the vanilla ice cream for dessert.
Date and Nut Puff Pastry Turnovers
Think of these little pastries as drier, neater versions of baklava that you can hold in your hands without the services of a wet-nap. And since they call for puff pastry instead of phyllo dough, they come together in a fraction of the time without all the hassle of painting melted butter on tissue-thin sheets of pastry.
Plain palmiers are actually nothing but. These just-sweet-enough French cookies are ethereally light and addictively crunchy.