Sunday, 24 March 2013

Coffee Slices

Now if you've been following my posts over the last week or so you may have noticed that I appear to have become slightly obsessed with coffee glaze. The hilarious thing about it is, I don't even like coffee. I don't drink the stuff, I don't even really like the stuff! What I do love is coffee slices and this spans back to my childhood when we used to get 'sticky buns' as a treat for special occasions. We always loved coffee slices in our house and used to fight over the delicious layer of coffee glaze on top. I have been pondering a recipe to try and recreate this childhood memory for quite a while and this morning finally got up and smelt the coffee so to speak! Making puff pastry from scratch has always been a bit off putting to say the least. When I watch the food channels on TV most amateurs bawk at the thought of. So I approached it with my usual attitude of 'how hard can it be'. I am happy to report....not anything as hard as I thought it would be. People say it's not worth the effort and shop bought puff pastry is so much easier. I have to say that in the grand scheme of things puff pastry is a pleasure to make and tastes deliciously buttery when home-made. So if you haven't already, give it a go and I'm sure you'll be as perplexed as I am as to what all the fuss was about! 





Coffee Slices

Ingredients
For the Puff Pastry
250g plain flour
90g lard
90g butter
150ml cold water

For the cream and raspberry filling
300ml cream
100g frozen raspberries
3 tbsp icing sugar

For the coffee glaze
1 tsp instant coffee
15g butter
2 tbsp water
90g icing sugar



Method
For the puff pastry
1. Place the flour in a large mixing bowl. Place the cubed butter and lard into the flour mix until 
    coated. Next add the water and using a knife, bring the mixture together to form a lumpy dough. 
2. Turn the dough out into a flour work surface and roll out so that the dough is three times longer 
    than it is wide. Then fold the bottom third upwards and the top third downwards as pictured. Using  
    your hands seal in the sides with your hands by pressing down gently. Then place in a bag and 
    chill for 15 minutes.
3. Remove from the fridge and place on a floured surface so that the folded edges are to the side (i.e.  the sides you did not press down). Roll the pastry out as you did before and fold the bottom third  
    up and top third down as you did previously, the seal the sides by pushing down with your fingers. 
    Repeat the process 2 further times, ensuring the folded edges are to the side each time. Return to 
    the fridge for a further 30 minutes to chill.
4. Once chilled remove from fridge and roll out into a rectangle twice as wide as it is long. Cut the 
   pastry into 9 even strips. Place on a non-stick baking tray and sprinkle with icing sugar. Bake in the 
   oven at 200C for 15 minutes or until golden and risen. Remove from oven and allow to cool, 
   transferring onto a wire rack after 5 minutes.




For the cream filling
Whip the cream until it forms soft peaks. Add 1 tablespoon of icing sugar and 2 drops of vanilla essence and mix in well.

For the raspberry coulis
Defrost the raspberries and mash using a fork. Add two teaspoons of icing sugar and stir into the fruit. Using a sieve, strain the raspberries removing any bits or seeds.

For the coffee glaze
Place the butter, coffee and water in a heatproof bowl set over a pan of hot water until the butter melts (alternatively microwave the ingredients until the butter melts). Sieve the icing sugar into the mixture and bring together until a thick liquid glaze is created. 


The Assembly
Once cooled carefully cut each pastry slice in half. Start by smearing the cream onto a piece of pastry, then top with the raspberry coulis. Next take another layer of pastry and repeat the process. Then add a top and cover in the coffee glaze. Repeat the process for the remaining pieces of pastry. This recipe yields 6 coffee slices which are each made up of 3 layers of pastry, 2 layers of cream and raspberry coulis and a coffee glaze on top.



E-D's Notes
A coffee slice is a variation of what is referred to in French as the mille-feuille which is a recipe that dates back to before the 19th century. From France to England, Ireland and many countries in between this style of cake has been tweaked and many countries refer to it as different things but the basis is the same. Three layers of puff pastry filled with a cream filling and often a fruit jam or coulis.  

8 comments:

  1. MMMmmm..... those look delicious! I adore coffee cake but have never like the smell or taste of coffee.
    My mouth is actually watering! ^_^ x

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    1. Thanks Marian! Me too I do not like coffee....but coffee icing, yes please!!!x

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  2. Oh wow, these look fantastic, Emma! Thanks so much for sharing on Marvelous Mondays. Pinning and sharing on my Facebook page!

    Have a fabulous evening!

    Julie @ This Gal Cooks

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  3. This looks wonderful with a cup of tea. Heehee, I don't like coffee either, but do like some things that have coffee in it. Thank you for sharing.

    We may have met by chance...but we become friends by choice.
    http://simpleesue.com/try-one-new-recipe-a-week-strawberry-cream-omelet/

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