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Annabelle Breakey; Karen Shinto Photo by: Annabelle Breakey; Karen Shinto

Smoked Salmon Canapés

Buttery and flaky, these hors d'oeuvres are like little tarts, only simpler to make. Follow our topping suggestions, or try your own: sautéed mushrooms and stilton cheese, caramelized onions and anchovies, gruyère and chopped toasted walnuts ... let your imagination be your guide.

Sunset NOVEMBER 2007

  • Yield: Makes 25 servings
  • Total: 2 Hours, 15 Minutes

Ingredients

  • 3/4 cup unsalted butter
  • 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour, plus more for rolling
  • 1/2 teaspoon coarse kosher salt
  • 1 large egg plus 1 egg yolk
  • 3 to 4 tbsp. ice water
  • 2/3 cup crème fraîche
  • 5 to 6 oz. smoked salmon
  • 2 1/2 tablespoons brined capers, chopped

Preparation

1. Cut butter into 1/2-in. cubes and freeze in a single layer until very cold, 10 to 20 minutes. In a food processor, whirl flour and salt until blended. Add butter and pulse on and off just until bits of butter are about the size of peas. In a small bowl, lightly beat egg and yolk with 3 tbsp. ice water. Add egg mixture, about half at a time, and pulse just until evenly moistened and holding together (you may need to add 1 more tbsp. ice water as you're pulsing).

2. Flatten the dough into 2 rough squares, each about 6 in. wide. Wrap squares in wax paper. Chill until cold, at least 1 hour and up to 3 days.

3. Preheat oven to 350°. Remove dough from refrigerator and let stand 5 minutes. Unwrap and, on a lightly floured surface, roll dough halves into 1/8-in.-thick squares, 10 to 11 in. each.

4. Transfer each square to a rimmed baking sheet and prick all over with a fork. Bake until medium brown, 25 to 35 minutes. Cool on pan, about 30 minutes. Spread with crème fraîche, dividing evenly, and top with smoked salmon and capers. Cut into 2-in. squares.

Note: Nutritional analysis is per 2-piece serving.

Note:

This dough is the ultimate kitchen workhorse: It's fast to make and will keep in the freezer for up to a week (let it thaw 1/2 hour before rolling out, or until it's pliable) or in the refrigerator for 3 days. You can also bake the dough a day ahead and top it just before serving. This recipe can easily be doubled, but if you want to triple or quadruple it, make 2 separate batches of dough.

Nutritional Information

Amount per serving
  • Calories: 133
  • Calories from fat: 58%
  • Protein: 3.1g
  • Fat: 8.6g
  • Saturated fat: 5.1g
  • Carbohydrate: 10g
  • Fiber: 0.3g
  • Sodium: 200mg
  • Cholesterol: 39mg
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