Some days I want to make really fancy things for breakfast. Other days, I want something quick. Ever since discovering that opting for something quick doesn’t mean I’m compromising on flavor, I’ve been treating myself to decadent food at all hours of the day, even the early hours of the morning. Don’t be deceived by their name, these dulce de leche puff pastry hand pies are incredibly easy and perfect for those times you want something packed with flavor without spending hours in the kitchen!
I love hosting brunch but honestly, I never want to wake up early to prepare food. I’m so not about that. Make ahead casseroles or hand pies that you can quickly pop in oven while you sip on a mimosa are my favorite way to enjoy brunch at home.
This weekend is our last home game of the season (Go Blue!) so it will be our last time hosting friends for breakfast before kicking off tailgating. Unfortunately, it’s a noon game which means people will be coming over in the wee hours of the morning to properly start the day. I love my friends but not enough to whip up a fancy breakfast at 8am. I do like them enough to make some dulce de leche puff pastry hand pies though. And probably some mimosa slushies.
Despite living in the heart of a college town and participating in football festivities every week, I’ve yet to make it to an actual game. A general disinterest in football combined with a dislike of large crowds has kept me away from the stadium but I think this weekend might just be the weekend I break my streak and attend. Probably. Worst come to worst I’ll back out at the last minute and go home to hang out with the pup and eat a giant plate of these. Actually that’s probably the best case scenario for Saturday.
The best part of this easy pastry is the flakey puff pastry crust. Is it cheating to buy a pre-made puff pastry? Absolutely not. Unless you’re competing on The Great British Bake Off or training to be a pastry chef, you shouldn’t feel guilty about buying a pre-made frozen puff pastry crust. It’s there to make your life easier so you might as well take advantage of it.
- 1 sheet of puff pastry
- 1 cup dulce de leche
- 1 egg (optional)
- ¼ cup confectioner’s sugar
- Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Pull a sheet of puff pastry out of the freezer and allow to come to room temperature. You want it soft enough to handle without breaking but not so soft that it sticks to the counter.
- Slice the sheet into 6 equal rectangles. On each rectangle, fill the middle third of the pastry with dulce de leche. Cut strips 1-inch apart on the outside 2 thirds. Fold the edges over each other, pressing them together. If you dip your finger in water and wet the edges of the strips they will stick together better.
- Place each pastry on a baking sheet. Whisk together the egg and brush the top of each pastry with a light coating of the egg. This will allow it it to brown beautifully.
- Bake for 30 minutes, or until the pastry gets brown and the pastry looks flakey. Top with sifted confectioner’s sugar before serving.