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Dec. 13th, 2005 | 12:59 pm
posted by: southernfinn in tastycreations

FINNISH CHRISTMAS STARS

1 recipe Puff Pastry
1 cup chopped, cooked, pitted prunes sweetened to taste
(can substitute other flavored jam)

Puff Pastry:

2 cups all-purpose flour
1 cup butter or margarine (do NOT use "light" butter - it doesn't work)
1/2 tsp white vinegar
5 TBS ice water

Measure flour into mixing bowl.
Cut in margarine until mixture is very fine.
Mix 5 tablespoons ice water with the vinegar and add to flour mixture.
Quickly gather in a ball and roll out on lightly floured surface (stockinet rolling-pin cover and pastry cloth come in handy) to a 14" x 10" rectangle.
Fold in 3 layers.
Make a quarter turn; repeat rolling, folding and turning 3 times.
Chill, well wrapped in foil or plastic, at least one hour or overnight. (Warning: If using butter, the dough will get pretty stiff and hard to toll. You might have to leave it out for a bit before working with it.)

Divide puff pastry in 2 parts.
Roll out each part to form a rectangle 12" x 9" and cut in 3" squares. Slit each corner 1-1/2" from tip to almost the center.
Place a rounded teaspoonful of filling in center and fold every other tip to center, like a pinwheel.
Press firmly in center and put on ungreased cookie sheets.

Bake in 425 deg. F for 10 minutes or until golden brown.

Remove to rack to cool. Makes 24
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