Savannah Bow Ties Recipe by Paula Deen

Level: Moderate

Time: 60 MINUTES

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  • 2 teaspoons milk
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar, packed
  • 2 egg yolks, divided, reserve 1 white
  • 1/2 cup almond paste
  • 1/2 (17.25 oz) package frozen puff pastry, (1 sheet)
  • 1 egg white
  • 3/4 cup sugar, plus more for sprinkling
  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 6 (1.5 oz) bars milk chocolate
  • 2 cups whipping cream
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla


Let pastry stand at room temperature for 20 minutes or until easy to roll. Unfold pastry on a lightly floured surface. Roll into a 14-inch square. Cut square in half with a fluted pastry wheel.


For filling:


Crumble almond paste in a small mixing bowl. Add 1 egg yolk, brown sugar and milk. Beat with an electric mixer on medium speed until well mixed. Spread filling over one pastry half *. Place remaining pastry half on top of filling. Using the fluted pastry wheel, cut dough crosswise into fourteen 1-inch-wide strips. Then cut each strip in half crosswise to make 28 pieces. Twist each piece twice. Place twists about 2 inches apart on cookie sheets lined with foil or parchment paper. Brush twists with slightly beaten egg white. Sprinkle with sugar (coarse sugar if available).


Bake in a 400° oven for 12 to 15 minutes or until golden. Transfer to wire racks to cool. Serve with Chocolate Dipping Sauce.


Tip: Almond filling will be very stiff. To make spreading easier, drop a dollop of filling uniformly over pastry. Spray a piece of waxed paper with non-stick cooking spray. Press almond paste evenly over entire dough. Spray waxed paper as often as necessary to prevent filling from sticking.


Chocolate Dipping Sauce


In a saucepan stir together sugar, cornstarch and salt. Crumble candy bars in one at a time. Gradually stir in cream. Cook and stir over medium heat until chocolate is melted. Temper 1 egg yolk with 1/2 cup of hot sauce. Add back to pot and cook and stir until mixture comes to a boil. Remove from heat. Stir in vanilla and pour into a serving bowl. Any remaining sauce can be poured into custard cups, refrigerated and served as pudding. Makes about 28 cookies.

Savannah Bow Ties


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