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Christmas Star Pastries - Joulutortut Recipe
 
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Christmas Star Pastries - Joulutortut
Flavors of Finland
Total time: more than 2 hours

Prep. time: 20 minutes + 1-2 hours resting time for the pastry
Baking time: 15-20 minutes
Oven temperature: 220°C / 425°F
Tip: Serve warm or cold

 
Difficulty: Requires a certain dexterity
Chef's Note

Plums are often part of traditional Finnish sweets such as joulutortut, flaky pastries filled with plum jam.

For a quicker and easier version, use good-quality frozen puff pastry instead of making your own.

Ingredients
- 250 g (9 oz.) butter
- 250 g (9 oz.) flour
- 150 ml (10 tbsp.) cold water
- 200 ml (7 oz.) Plum jam for the filling
- 1 egg yolk
Method
  1. 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, leaving the butter in fairly large pieces; quickly mix in the cold water to form the dough; let rest for an hour or two in a cool place;
  2. flour the work surface; with a rolling pin, roll the dough out into a large even square about 5 mm (1/4") thick; fold in three like a letter;
  3. roll the dough out in the opposite direction; repeat the folding and rolling process several times to create the puff pastry; let rest in a cool place;
  4. roll out into an even square about 5 mm (1/4" thick); cut into 8 cm squares; make a cut from each corner about half way to the centre; place a little of the prune or plum filling in the centre and fold every second section into the centre to form a windmill shape;
  5. brush with egg yolk; place the pastries on a buttered baking sheet and bake in a preheated oven (220° C or 425° F) for 18-20 minutes until the pastry is puffed and golden.
 
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