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Savannah Bow Ties

By Paula Deen
  • Prep time: 30 minutes
  • Cook time: 30 minutes
  • Servings: 30

Ingredients

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

Directions

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 °F 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.