Wednesday, 29 February 2012

Chocolate and Peanut Butter Pillows

Following what’s most likely the last gloriously warm weekend of Summer, the new uni semester came around, along with an unseasonal downpour. So hopefully this sweet recipe can bring a ray of gastronomic sunshine into the lives of uni students and summer lovers everywhere.

Anyway, I was using StumbleUpon the other day, and I came across a recipe for these little babies. Not only did they sound delicious, but easy to make and low calorie too! Puff pastry and chocolate and peanut butter IS low calorie right?

So I decided to make a batch using M&Ms and peanut butter

But then I realised I had too much puff pastry so I decided to make some blackcurrant jam and peanut butter ones too.

And then I sealed them up so they looked like cute little raviolis, before popping them into the oven.

Peanut Butter and M&Ms
Peanut Butter and Blackcurrant Jam
Shame I didn’t seal the pastry properly and all the filling exploded out, but at least now you can tell which flavours are which!

Anyway, enough with the teasing, here’s the recipe:

Peanut Butter and Chocolate Pillows (adapted from Joy The Baker)
Makes as many as you want

Puff pastry, amount depends on how greedy you are, but 1 sheet makes approximately 18 pillows

Peanut butter

M&Ms/Jam/Filling of your choice

1 Egg-Weggy, lightly beaten

Granulated sugar for sprinkling (which I didn’t actually use)


Preheat oven to 200°C (180°C fan-forced)

Thaw the frozen puff pastry. Not too much though, or they’ll become sticky and hard to handle. 

Cut the pastry into little squares. The more even the squares, the better.

Dollop peanut butter on top of the pastry squares and top with chocolate or jam or deliciousness of your choice. As hard as it might be to do, don’t go overboard or you’ll end up with most of your filling seeping out when you try and seal them.

Top each square with another bit of square, and seal by pressing a fork into the pastry, crimping the edges. Do this well or they’ll look like they murdered a PB&J sandwich once they come out of the oven (like mine).

Ok this bit is important. Make sure you brush each pastry square with a bit of the egg before you pop it into the oven, it gives the pillows an irresistibly crispy top that stays that way for days. This is also where you sprinkle with granulated sugar but I didn’t have any. Boo.

Now bake those little darlings until they’re crispy and golden (about 10 minutes, give or take depending on your oven, so just keep an eye out).

Eat. And don’t share. Don’t forget to pop the uneaten ones into fridge. Cover tightly.