BERRY TWISTS in Pastry

 



These are little bites of heaven!

A mini-muffin tin is needed to make this recipe. Use the tin twice or use 2 tins, if available.

1 box Pillsbury refrigerated piecrusts (2 crusts per box)
1 jar Polaner All Fruit Strawberry
1 container Berry Medley (dried cherries, blueberries, & cranberries)
Powdered sugar for sprinkling

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Unroll one piecrust & cut into 2 ¾-inch squares.  Repeat with second piecrust.  Patch together odd-sized pastry pieces into more squares.  Use moistened fingertips to help wed two pieces of pastry to make a square.  Hopefully there will be 12 squares.  Preheat oven to 400 degrees.  Spray-oil the mini-muffin tin & the outside of a shot glass that fits inside the mini-muffin wells.  Gently form a pastry square around the outside of the shot glass; then release it into the well of one of the mini-muffin openings.  (If no glass fits inside the mini-muffin wells, then gently press the pastry squares into the wells by hand.)  Repeat for all squares of pastry.  Fill each pastry-lined well with ½  teaspoon of Polaner All Fruit Strawberry.  Then, drop a few of the berry medley berries on top.  Make sure that at least one cherry is in each.  Do not over-fill because the pastry top needs to be twisted.  Twist the tops of all squares to seal.  Place the mini-muffin pan in the oven & bake for about 25 minutes or until golden brown.  After removing cooked Berry Twists from the oven, dust the tops with powdered sugar.

Since these delicious morsels would be perfect served with tea or coffee, I thought you would enjoy this excerpt from the:

WHITEHOUSE COOKBOOK, 1910, PAGE 458

THE HEALING PROPERTIES OF TEA AND COFFEE

The medicinal properties of these two beverages are considerable.  Tea is used advantageously in inflammatory diseases and as a cure for the headache.  Coffee is supposed to act as a preventative of gravel and gout, and to its influence is ascribed the rarity of those diseases in France and Turkey.  Both tea and coffee powerfully counteract the effects of opium and intoxicating liquors; though, when taken in excess, and without nourishing food, they themselves produce, temporarily at least, some of the more disagreeable consequences incident to the use of ardent spirits.  In general, however, none but persons possessing great mobility of the nervous system, or enfeebled or effeminate constitutions, are injuriously affected by the moderate use of tea and coffee in connection with food.

What a “mouthful” that paragraph was!  I didn’t exactly get the reference to France and Turkey. And, I definitely hope that I don’t have “gravel”  I’m afraid to even look it up in the dictionary!.  Do you have gravel?  If so, drink plenty of tea & coffee…..



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