Apricot-Blue Cheese Angels

Apricot-Blue Cheese Angels Recipe
Photo: Johnny Autry; Styling: Cindy Barr
Bake and freeze these bites up to a week in advance. Try a trio of flavors like a fig jam and goat cheese filling, or finely chopped apples tossed with honey and cinnamon.

Yield:

Serves 25 (serving size: 2 angels)

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Recipe Time

Hands-on: 1 Hours
Total: 1 Hour, 15 Minutes

Nutritional Information

Calories 157
Fat 9.9 g
Satfat 1.7 g
Monofat 2.2 g
Polyfat 5.5 g
Protein 2.8 g
Carbohydrate 15.1 g
Fiber 1.1 g
Cholesterol 9 mg
Iron 0.8 mg
Sodium 85 mg
Calcium 22 mg

Ingredients

1 cup boiling water
1 (7-ounce) package dried apricots, chopped (about 1 cup)
1/2 cup chopped walnuts, toasted
1 tablespoon honey
2 teaspoons fresh lemon juice
1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
2 ounces crumbled blue cheese (about 1/2 cup)
2 sheets frozen puff pastry dough, thawed
1 large egg, lightly beaten

Preparation

1. Preheat oven to 400°.

2. Combine 1 cup boiling water and apricots in a medium bowl, and let stand for 10 minutes. Drain in a colander over a bowl, reserving 2 tablespoons soaking liquid. Place apricots, reserved 2 tablespoons soaking liquid, walnuts, honey, juice, and cinnamon in a food processor; pulse until coarsely ground. Add cheese to processor; pulse 3 times or until blended.

3. Place 1 sheet pastry dough on a work surface lightly dusted with flour. Gently roll into a 12 1/2-inch square. Cut dough into 25 (2 1/2-inch) squares. Top each dough piece with about 1 teaspoon apricot mixture. Working with one dough piece at a time, bring corners up to the center and pinch closed. Place the angels on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Repeat procedure with remaining dough and apricot mixture, placing formed angels on a second baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Brush angels evenly with egg. Bake at 400° for 15 minutes or until golden.

Note:

To avoid the consistency issue, try pulsing fewer times to leave the filling coarsely chopped instead of minced

Substitute dried apple or fig for the apricot to add sweetness.

 

Omit the honey to lessen the sweetness.

 

Decrease or omit the cinnamon if you prefer.

 

Substitute goat cheese for the blue cheese for a less pungent cheese flavor.

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Hannah Klinger,

December 2012
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