I have to confess, I am not the best cook in the world. I just don’t have time to spend hours baking – but I do like to “give it a go” occasionally…
When I was invited to my dear pal’s homemade Afternoon Tea party, I wanted to make a culinary effort and bake something (really quick and easy!).
So I knocked up some very easy-peasy chocolate orange pastries – and here is my “how to”…
1 – Roll out some puff pastry (pre-made and ready-rolled – obvs).
2 – Spread some chocolate spread all over to the edges (I love Cadbury’s spread – again obvs).
3 – Roll the pastry from one end to another, paint all over with egg and place it in the fridge for 20 minutes to chill, whilst you pre-heat the oven to 220 (or 200 if fan assisted).
4 – Slice the pastry block in to individuals, approximately 1-2cm apart and place them all flat on a baking sheet.
5 – Bake for 10-15 minutes until golden in colour.
6 – Whilst cooling them on a wire rack, create the orange flavoured icing by mixing icing sugar with water and orange flavouring (obvs?) and use a teaspoon to drizzle the icing all over the pastries.
If (a very big IF) the pastries are still there the next day (and are a little hard), zap them in the microwave for 30 seconds to soften.
A perfect Afternoon Tea treat with friends – with the ideal accompaniment being a glass of Prosecco – obvs…
PS – Trust me, they taste better than they look!