Apricot Almond Pastries

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Every once in awhile we all want something, quick, delicious and super easy. This is where these Apricot Almond Pastries come in. They come together in just couple of minutes, and the flavor is amazing. The addition of the almond flakes gives the pastries a nice crunchiness while the cream cheese and the apricots are nice and creamy.Apricot Almond Pastries - Flaky puff pastry filled with cheesecake, fresh apricot and flaked almonds | Let the Baking Begin!

With the apricots still in season here in the Northwest, it is nice to make use of the seasonal fruits that are in such abundance during summer. But, even after the apricot season you will be able to make these lovely Apricot Almond Pastries with canned apricots or even peaches, if the peaches are somewhat small.
Apricot Almond Pastries - Flaky puff pastry filled with cheesecake, fresh apricot and flaked almonds | Let the Baking Begin!

The only thing you have to beware of when using fresh apricots, you need use the sweetest apricots you can find. If they have even the tiniest amount of tartness, when then bake them, they will be even more tart. Totally fixable with a good dusting of powdered sugar, but just something to be aware.
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Apricot Almond Pastries

Yield: 18 squares

Ingredients:
2 puff pastry sheets, thawed, opened
3 Tbsp coarse turbinado sugar  – for sprinkling the puff pastry
1/3 cup almond flakes/slivers
9 super sweet fresh halved and pitted apricots OR 18 canned apricot halves OR canned peaches
All-purpose flour for dusting the table

Egg yolk wash: 
1egg yolk
1 Tbsp water

How to make Apricot Almond Pastries

On a floured surface open up the puff pastry sheets and cut them into 9 squares each.
Apricot Almond Pastries - Flaky puff pastry filled with cheesecake, fresh apricot and flaked almonds | Let the Baking Begin!

Whisk 1 egg yolks with 1 tablespoon water.Apricot Almond Pastries - Flaky puff pastry filled with cheesecake, fresh apricot and flaked almonds | Let the Baking Begin!

Transfer puff pastry squares to a parchment paper lined baking sheet.
Brush the squares with egg wash and sprinkle with caster sugar.
Apricot Almond Pastries - Flaky puff pastry filled with cheesecake, fresh apricot and flaked almonds | Let the Baking Begin!

Make the Cream Cheese Mixture

Ingredients:
1 cup cream cheese
1/3 cup granulated sugar
2 egg yolks
1 tsp corn starch or semolina

Whisk 1 cup room temperature cream cheese, 1/3 cup granulated sugar, 2 egg yolks and 1 tsp of cornstarch or semolina flour until smooth.
Apricot Almond Pastries - Flaky puff pastry filled with cheesecake, fresh apricot and flaked almonds | Let the Baking Begin!

Put about 1 tablespoon of cream cheese mixture in the middle of each square and top with 1/2 of an apricot.
Apricot Almond Pastries - Flaky puff pastry filled with cheesecake, fresh apricot and flaked almonds | Let the Baking Begin!

Sprinkle the edges of the squares with 1/3 cup almond flakes/slivers.
Apricot Almond Pastries - Flaky puff pastry filled with cheesecake, fresh apricot and flaked almonds | Let the Baking Begin!

Bake in preheated to 400F oven for about 15-18 minutes, or until the edges are golden in color.
Heat 3 tablespoons of apricot, pineapple or peach jam and brush it on top of each apricot.
Apricot Almond Pastries - Flaky puff pastry filled with cheesecake, fresh apricot and flaked almonds | Let the Baking Begin!

Allow to cool and serve. Sprinkle with powdered sugar if the pastries need additional sweetness.Apricot Almond Pastries - Flaky puff pastry filled with cheesecake, fresh apricot and flaked almonds | Let the Baking Begin!

Apricot Almond Pastries

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Recipe type: Dessert
Serves: 18 pastries

Ingredients

  • 2 puff pastry sheets, thawed,
  • 3 Tbsp coarse turbinado sugar - for sprinkling the puff pastry
  • ⅓ cup almond flakes/slivers
  • 9 super sweet apricots, halved and pitted
  • All-purpose flour for dusting the table

Cream cheese mixture Ingredients:

  • 1 cup cream cheese
  • ⅓ cup granulated sugar
  • 2 egg yolks
  • 1 tsp corn starch or semolina

Egg yolk wash:

  • 1egg yolk
  • 1 Tbsp water

Instructions

  1. On a floured surface open up the puff pastry sheets and cut them into 9 squares each.
  2. Whisk 1 egg yolks with 1 tablespoon water.
  3. Transfer puff pastry squares to a parchment paper lined baking sheet.
  4. Brush the squares with egg wash and sprinkle with turbinado sugar.

Make the Cream Cheese Mixture

  1. Whisk 1 cup room temperature cream cheese, ⅓ cup granulated sugar, 2 egg yolks and 1 tsp of cornstarch or semolina flour until smooth.

Assemble & Bake the Apricot Almond Pastries

  1. Put about 1 tablespoon of cream cheese mixture in the middle of each square and top with ½ of an apricot.
  2. Sprinkle the edges of the squares with ⅓ cup almond flakes or slivers.
  3. Bake in preheated to 400F oven for about 15-18 minutes, or until the edges are golden in color.
  4. Heat 3 tablespoons of apricot, pineapple or peach jam and brush it on top of each apricot, for better presentation.
  5. Allow to cool and serve. Sprinkle with sugar if the pastries need additional sweetness.

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  • Denise

    These look luscious and I am anxious to make them. Where do you find your almond slices , and what are they called? They look much different than the ones I see in the grocery aisle.

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    • Thanks Denise! I get the almond slices at Trader Joe’s. They also sell them in bulk sections of other grocery stores, but those usually are not peeled, so they have brown colored edges of the peel. Both will work the same though.

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