Yep, you heard that right. A RECIPE! Mama's been baking. And fear not, we are all still alive!
Last month, the lovely folk at Applewood asked us to be a part of their #AddApplewood campaign and sent us a hamper of their delicious smoked cheddar, along with everything we needed to get creative in the kitchen.... so creative we got. Well, as creative as you can be when you are not a natural born cook anyway.
I am reluctantly dairy free but the kiddos LOVE cheese.... and bacon..... and pastry..... so I decided to whip up a super easy after school snack that I have imaginatively called 'cheese, bacon + spinach puff pastry tartlets'. (I added the spinach because I'm a really good mother and I always insist on at least the TINIEST bit of something green being added to every savoury meal).
When I say this is super easy, I'm really not kidding.
The prep took 5 minutes and it took around 15 in the oven. I whipped them up as an after school snack for the girls (picture me at the school gates, all smug and flashing my HOME MADE PASTRIES at the yummy mummies ;)) but they'd be perfect as a light meal for the whole family, and could be served with new potatoes and a little salad too.
Ready rolled puff pastry
Applewood smoked cheese slices
Bacon, cut into strips and fried
A beaten egg for glazing
Line baking tray with baking parchment.
Unroll your puff pastry.
Use a pastry cutter to cut out shapes.
Lay on baking tray.
Place a couple of spinach leaves on each.
Add Applewood (I used the pre sliced cheese and went on to cut each slice into four).
Decorate with bacon.
Cook as per the instructions on the puff pastry (15 mins in my case).
Of course, when I talk about how incompetent I am in the kitchen, I'm really not exaggerating. Even when cooking this all the cheese and bacon slid off the tartlets and had to be scraped back on.... But I speak the truth when I say they were blinking delicious, and all six were hoovered up by the girls in about 3 seconds flat. I had to watch the pastry flake and the cheese ooze and oh.my.god it was torture!
Thanks to Applewood for encouraging me to get my bake on. I secretly quite enjoyed it ;)