Prep. time: 20 minutes + 1-2 hours resting time for the pastry
Baking time: 15-20 minutes
Oven temperature: 220°C / 450°F
Plums are often part of traditional Finnish sweets such as joulutortut, flaky pastries filled with plum jam.
Dust your star-shaped delights with powdered sugar when they have cooled off. Eat, enjoy and repeat!
For a quicker and easier version, use good-quality frozen puff pastry instead of making your own.
Serve warm or cold.
- Place the sifted flour on a work surface; make a well in the centre; add the butter and blend it in roughly with your fingers.
- Quickly mix in the cold water to form the dough.
- Let rest for an hour or two in a cool place.
- Flour the work surface; with a rolling pin, roll the dough out into a large even square about 1/2 cm / 1/4" thick.
- Fold in three like a wallet.
- Roll the dough out in the opposite direction; repeat the folding and rolling process several times to create the puff pastry.
- Roll out into an even square about 2 to 3 mm thick; cut into 8 à 10 cm / 3 to 4" squares.
Make a cut from each corner about half way to the centre.
Fold every second section into the centre to form a windmill shape. Press the tips down well to seal.
Spoon prune or plum filling into the centre.
Brush with egg yolk.
Put the pastries on a buttered baking sheet.
Bake in a preheated oven at 225°C / 450°F for 18-20 minutes until the pastry is puffed and golden.
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