Few things to keep in mind before starting:

1 minute video on Mango-Cream cheese Puff Pastry (Strudel, Pinwheel etc)
  • Puff pastry consists of laminated structure made up of hundreds to thousands of alternate layers of fat and dough. When chilled puff pastry is baked in a hot oven, the expanding air & water vapours puff the separate layers apart resulting in a delightfully crisp & flaky pastry.
  • It is an Austro-Hungarian cuisine.
  • You may either use store bought puff pastry sheets or you may use homemade puff pastry dough to prepare these puff pastries. The dough can be prepared much before time, can be kept in freezer for many weeks & used as and when required.
  • Puff pastries are very versatile. They can be made both sweet & savoury and can be folded in uncountable different shapes(a few shapes are shared in my video).
  • You may add an endless list of different fillings to your sweet puff pastries like cream cheese, fresh fruits, canned fruits or berries, jams, chocolate cubes, sprinkles, chocochips, nutella, peanut butter, sugar-cinnamon and so on.
  • For savoury puff pastries/khari you may add grated cheese, various different seasonings, sesame seeds etc.
  • Here I have shared the recipe of sweet puff pastries having mango-cream cheese filling. I have tried strudel, pinwheel & two different squarish flower like shapes for this recipe as shown in the video. You may shape them to many other different shapes.
  • Just roll the homemade puff pastry dough to a sheet of 1/4″ thickness. Make sure not to apply too much pressure while rolling. Cut the rolled sheet into desired sizes and shape them accordingly. Fill them with your desired fillings.
  • Make sure that the pastry is cold and the oven is hot, when you put the puff pastry in the oven to bake. The colder the puff pastry is just before baking, the better the end result will turn out to be.
  • Brush the top of each shaped pastry with a mixture of milk & melted butter to get a beautiful golden colour on the top of the puff pastries just prior to baking.
  • Bake these at a higher temperature of 190 degree C on medium rack till you get a golden colour on the top and the pastries look crisp & flaky. The time varies with different ovens. I baked these in convection mode of microwave & it took me 45 minutes to bake these.
  • You may even grill them for a minute to get a deep golden colour after baking the pastries.
  • Let these cool down to room temperature after baking, sprinkle some icing sugar on the top & enjoy!

Ingredients:

  • Puff Pastry sheets / homemade puff pastry dough – 2 sheets
  • Cream cheese – 1/2 cup
  • Icing sugar – 1/3 cup + 1 tsp to sprinkle on top
  • Mango – 1 large (cut in cubes)
  • Vanilla essence – 1 tsp
  • Milk + Melted butter – 1:1 ratio (1 tbsp, to brush on top of shaped pastries)

Method:

  • Roll out the cold puff pastry sheets to 1/4″ thickness. Cut a thin strip from the whole periphery of the rolled sheet to allow the sides of the sheet to open up and bake properly. Then cut the sheet into desired sizes and shapes.
  • The cut out thin strips can be baked too, just sprinkle some sugar-cinnamon on them, twist them and bake.
How to shape the puff pastries in 4 different ways
  • For strudel, I have cut a 9″ X 9″ X 1/4″ sheet. There is no hard & fast rule for the size, you may cut the size as per the size of your baking tray or as per your convenience. Just the thickness should be 1/4″.
  • For all other shapes, I have used 3″ X 3″ X 1/4″ sheet. You may cut the sizes as per your convenience, just taking care to have a 1/4″ thick sheet only.
  • Mark cuts & fold these as shown in the video shared in this recipe.
  • Mix cream cheese, 1/3 cup icing sugar & vanilla essence together. Spread this sweetened cream cheese & mango cubes as fillings in each of the puff pastries.
  • Place them on a greased baking tray. Brush the top of each shaped pastry with a 1:1 mixture of butter and milk. Chill them for a few minutes in refrigerator before baking.
  • Bake these in a preheated oven at 190 degree C on medium rack till you get a golden colour on the top and the pastries look crisp & flaky. The time varies with different ovens. I baked these in convection mode of microwave & it took me 45 minutes to bake these.
  • You may even grill them for a minute to get a deep golden colour after baking the pastries.
  • Let these cool down to room temperature on a wire rack after baking, sprinkle some icing sugar on the top & enjoy!
Sprinkle icing sugar on top
  • You may store these in an air tight container in refrigerator for upto 5 days.

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