Make your very own puff pastry into a Jalousie, a fusion of a turnover and strudel. Butter roasted plantains with cinnamon make for a delicious filling perfect with ice cream.
By Swathi Iyer
As any other puff pastry you need to first make the dough and then incorporate butter, fold and turn several times to get layers of puff pastry. All puff pastry making procedure is same when comes to folding and turning the dough, more you fold and turn more you get the layers. Once puff pastry is made next step is to make a dish with puff pastry. I decided to settle on Jalousie, which is a fusion of a turnover and a strudel. If you don’t know what a jalousie is, it is two rectangles of puff pastry with a fresh fruit filling in-between; the edges of the pastry are pinched together or crimped with a fork. Before baking, slits (“slats”) are cut into the top crust that allow it to steam and also create a glimpse at the attractive filling between the slats.
One thing to make sure with this pastry is the fruit filling shouldn’t be very juicy or the bottom crust will become soggy. The solution is to precook the fruits and reduce their juices. The filling can be made and stored in a covered container in the refrigerator for up to two days.
I had some plantain in my hand which needed to be used, so used a butter roasted plantains with cinnamon and little sugar as my filling. This is inspired from my mom‘s ghee roasted plantains. First day I made puff pastry and next day made filling and jalousie. Trust me it is delicious treat with loads of calories. We can have them in moderation. You can make plantain jalousie with store brought one too, it is easy dessert idea for any gathering. Serve with or without ice cream.
Swathi ( Ambujom Saraswathy) loves to explore cuisines from all over the world, and write about the ones that she and her family enjoyed on her blog Zesty South Indian kitchen. She loves to gives an Indian touch to several of the world cuisine, and has weakness for freshly baked bread. She is also a mom to two wonderful young kids who gives a up or down vote to the food she creates.