Apricot Pastry: Blessings For My Mother In Law on Mother’s Day

Apricot Pastry with quick and easy puff pastry dough for Mothers Day

Apricot Pastry with quick and easy puff pastry dough for Mothers Day

Apricot Pastry with quick and easy puff pastry dough for Mothers Day

Apricot Pastry with quick and easy puff pastry dough for Mothers Day

I am so blessed to have a wonderful Mother-In-Law who not only spoils my children, but she spoils me as well. She is fun to be around, loves spending time with us, and is always willing to help with our children. Mother’s Day is a time for me to spoil and bless my mom and mother-in-law with their favorite treats. Check out the apple custard pastry I am making for my mom on Mother’s Day. My Mother-In-Law loves anything apricot flavored. For the last few Mother’s Days, I have made her delicious melt in your mouth apricot scones. I will be sharing that recipe with you early next week. This year, I wanted to come up with something new for her. As stated in my last post about my own mother, part of my gift to others when I bake for them is the thought that goes into what they will enjoy. Even though those apricot scones are amazing, and I know my mother-in-law loves them, I wanted to bake something new and just as delicious this year. She loves turnovers, so I thought I would make a fancier version of a turnover.

You can use store bought frozen puff pastry, or this quick and easy puff pastry dough recipe I am sharing with you today. The pastry dough recipe comes from King Arthur Flour. It is more like a cross between puff pastry and pie dough. It will puff up more than pie dough, but not quite as much a s puff pastry. It is absolutely delicious, flaky, and buttery. I have used it many times. It is awesome to make ahead and store in the freezer for whenever you may need it.

Apricot Pastry with quick and easy puff pastry dough for Mothers Day

Apricot Pastry

Ingredients:

For the pastry dough:
2 cups King Arthur Unbleached All-Purpose Flour
1/2 teaspoon salt*
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1 cup cold unsalted butter,* cut in pats
1/2 cup sour cream

For the apricot filling:
1 cup dried apricots
1/3 cup sugar
2/3 cup water

Egg Wash
1 egg, beaten
1 tablespoon water

Directions:

For the pastry dough:

1. Whisk together the flour, salt, and baking powder.
2. Add the butter, working it in to make a coarse/crumbly mixture. Leave most of the butter in large, pea-sized pieces.

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3. Stir in the sour cream; the dough won’t be cohesive.

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Turn it out onto a floured work surface, and bring it together with a few quick kneads.
4. Pat the dough into a rough log, and roll it into an 8″ x 10″ rectangle.

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5. Dust both sides of the dough with flour, and starting with a shorter end, fold it in three like a business letter.

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6. Flip the dough over, give it a 90° turn on your work surface, and roll it into an 8″ x 10″ rectangle. Fold it in three again.

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7. Wrap in plastic wrap and chill the dough for at least 30 minutes before using. To make pastry, roll into desired size.
8. The dough can be frozen for up to 2 months. To use, thaw in the refrigerator overnight.

For the apricot filling:

  1. Pour the water and apricots into a small saucepan.
  2. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat and simmer, covered, for 30 minutes.
  3. Cool slightly, then mash fruit or chop finely.
  4. Add sugar. Put back over medium heat for 3-5 minutes stirring constantly until sugar is dissolved.
  5. Refrigerate, covered, until chilled, about 1 hour.

To assemble the apricot pastry:

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Roll half of the pastry dough an 8-10 inch square 1/4-1/8 in thick. If you prefer a thicker, puffier pastry, roll it into an 8 inch square. Trim edges so they are straight. If you are using store bought puff pastry, thaw it in the refrigerator, and roll it out to 1/8 inch thick.

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2. Cut square into 4 smaller squares. (You may get more than 4 squares if you are using store bought puff pastry. Cut them about 4×4.)

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3. To make the pinwheel, make a 2 inch cut from each corner to the center of the square.

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4. Place 1 tablespoon of filling into the center of the square.

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5. Take one corner and fold it into the middle of the filling.

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6. Brush the folded point with egg wash (1 egg beaten with 1 tablespoon of water) Fold every other corner into the center, overlapping the points, and brushing each point with egg wash.

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7. Place on a parchment line baking sheet. Repeat with remaining squares of dough. Brush with egg wash and sprinkle with sparkling sugar if desired. Bake in a 400 degree oven for 15-18 minutes or until golden brown.

8. To make other shape, place 1 tablespoon of filling onto center of the square.

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9. Fold corner into the center of the filling. Brush corner point with egg wash, and fold opposite corner onto the point, overlapping the dough.

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10. Place on a parchment lined baking sheet. Brush with egg wash and sprinkle with sparkling sugar if desired. Bake in a 400 degree oven for 15-18 minutes or until golden brown.

Baking Tips:

* Start with very cold butter when making the pastry dough

* If the pastry gets too warm while rolling and shaping it, refrigerate the shaped pastry for 5-10 minutes before you bake it.

*Any fruit filling would work well for these.

* They can be shaped and assembled, then frozen. Thaw in the refrigerator then bake as instructed. You may bake straight from the freezer, but  they may take a few more minutes.

Bake and share ideas:

  1. Bake the apricot pastry for your mother or mother-in-law for mother’s day
  2. Bake the apricot pastry and bring them along for a lovely dessert picnic
  3. Bake the apricot pastry for your children’s teachers for teacher appreciation week.

21 thoughts on “Apricot Pastry: Blessings For My Mother In Law on Mother’s Day

  1. Fruit filled puff pastry! Yum. Great baking tips. Thank you for sharing this delicious recipe at the #RecipeSharingParty! I hope to see you next week. Pinned and Yummed. Please visit #OverTheMoon on Sunday or #ThursdayFavoriteThings for more sharing fun! Don’t forget to Comment your link #’s so I can be sure to visit and you get a chance to be featured!

  2. Love it! These look awesome and delicious!!! Thanks for the tutorial also!! I just pinned your post:) Thank you so much for sharing with us at Friday Favorites! I would love for you to join me at mustlovehome.com for the Wonderful Wednesday Link Party…and enter our $40 PayPal Cash Giveaway for May!! Hugs – Christine at Must Love Home

  3. Thank you for sharing this delicious recipe at the #RecipeSharingParty! I hope to see you next week. Pinned and Yummed. Please visit #OverTheMoon on Sunday or #ThursdayFavoriteThings for more sharing fun! Don’t forget to Comment your link #’s so I can be sure to visit and you get a chance to be featured! Happy Mother’s Day!

  4. What lovely looking cookies. I’m driving across the state to have dinner with my mother-in-law on Saturday. We don’t get to see each other often, but we try to get over for special occasions. Thanks for sharing your recipe at the Over the Moon Link Party.

  5. Oh YUM! These look so good. I love apricots so I’m guessing I would love this! Perfect for brunch and other family get-togethers! Thanks so much for linking up with us in the Best of the Blogosphere Link-up! We hope you’ll join us again today 🙂

  6. These look and sound so delicious. I am a huge fan of anything apricot flavor and pastry two together heavenly. I am doing a little afternoon tea soon will have to try these out. Thanks for linking up to Share With Me. I have enjoyed reading your blog posts and so grateful for you linking up. I hope you will continue to link up in the next few weeks as I had the reins over to the new Share With Me hostess and continue long after linking up with her too. #sharewithme

  7. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, but everything you make looks so mouth-watering yummy! I didn’t get a chance to make them (yet), but I am featuring them as one of my additional features at You Link It, We Make It tomorrow! I’ll be sharing on social media throughout the week, and we hope to see you back tomorrow! Thanks so much for sharing.

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