Makes about 20 straws (serving size: 1 straw)

Puff-pastry straws are endlessly versatile: You can invent your own fillings and seasonings. Nibble these with tea or coffee. Prep and Cook Time: about 30 minutes. Notes: The amounts given here are just guidelines; use any amount of pastry you have on hand, but try to roll it into a rough rectangle to begin with.

How to Make It

Step 1

Preheat oven to 375°. Flour a work surface and a rolling pin. Set puff pastry on surface, sprinkle lightly with flour, and roll out into a rectangle about 8 in. by 12 in. and 1/8 in. thick. Arrange pastry so that it's horizontal and trim edges even.

Step 2

Drizzle or spoon 1/4 cup honey evenly over entire pastry (don't spread) and sprinkle half of pastry with 1/4 cup almonds. Fold honeyed half over almonds, like closing a book. Sprinkle top of pastry with flour and roll back out into a rectangle about 2/3 the size of the one you began with. Drizzle or spoon another 1/4 cup honey over entire pastry, sprinkle half with another 1/4 cup very finely chopped almonds, and fold honeyed half over. Roll with the pin a few times to seal.

Step 3

With a sharp knife, cut pastry lengthwise into 1/3-in.-wide strips. Twist each strip loosely a couple of times and put on an ungreased baking sheet (push ends onto sheet to keep straw from untwisting; you may need 2 sheets). Put straws in freezer for 20 minutes so they firm up, then dab tops of strips lightly with egg wash and sprinkle with sugar.

Step 4

Bake straws until medium golden brown, 12 to 15 minutes. Let cool 1 minute, then loosen gently from sheet with spatula. Serve warm or cool.

Step 5

Note: Nutritional analysis is per straw.

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