Egg Puffs

One of my favorite evening snacks during school/college days was ‘Egg Puffs’. It would be available hot from the oven at ‘Iyengars bakery’ down the road from my house, and it was the item of choice when it came to after school snack that mom would let us buy from outside. I always thought that making puffs at home was not a viable option, until after I discovered the frozen puff pastry dough available in the stores. This makes it such a cinch.

And, the options are endless for the filling, I have used here some leftover Egg Thokku to make my Egg Puffs. But, you can use leftover sabzis or even a sweet filling. My next target is to use this and make what they sold as ‘Dil Pasandh’ in the Iyengar bakery. If anyone has a good recipe for that, please leave a comment.

Ingredients:
1 sheet of puff pastry dough
1/2 recipe Egg thokku
1 egg(optional)

Method:
Preheat oven to 400 degrees.

The puff pastry dough comes frozen in 2 sheets. Thaw the puff pastry dough overnight in the refrigerator. Please don’t shorten the thaw time, as it would break the dough when handling. Remove 1 sheet of dough and place it on a floured surface, gently roll it so that the seams(it is folded in thirds) are sealed. Now cut this rolled dough into 4 squares. You may re-freeze the squares you don’t want to use by wrapping in wax paper and placing it in a ziploc bag.

Make an egg wash if using, by beating an egg with 2 tsp water. Brush the egg wash over the puff pastry.(This keeps the filling’s moisture from permeating the pastry). Place about 1 tbsp-2 tbsp of the masala and on top of it a halved egg, cut side down. Bring the corners of the puff pastry to the middle and crimp to seal. I added a toothpick to keep the crimped dough in place. Brush again with egg wash and bake for about 15-20 minutes until the dough puffs up and is golden brown.

Remove and serve hot!

Verdict: The hardest part of this dish is to take a mouthful of the warm pastry without burning your mouth. Even when the pastry is cooled enough to handle, the filling is still hot. But no matter the risks involved in this, 🙂 , it was super flaky, delicious and the most appreciated way of getting rid of leftovers. Iyengar’s bakery, you now have a contender…at home. 🙂

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