Puff pastry is the kind of thing that just makes things feel like a special occasion. All those light, flaky layers, and that rich buttery flavor always leave us wanting more. Combine it with creamy delicious Nutella, coconut, and couscous and you have a decadent dessert or the perfect breakfast for the whole family.
In this recipe, we are going to show you an easy way to prepare a sweet puff pastry breakfast treat or even a great dessert to serve with an afternoon coffee. If you want to go about it the short way just grab some puff pastry from the market. But don’t worry we have got you covered even if you are into some slow cooking and want to prepare your own buttery puff pastry!
Grab the ingredients and let’s get to work
Recipe by Sara Bonaccorsi
- 30 ml of Water
- One teaspoon of Cane sugar
- 30 grams of Martino Whole Couscous
- Nutella as needed
- 2 puff pastry sheets
- Coconut flakes as needed
If you want to make your own puff pastry:
- 2 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 1/4 cups unsalted butter (2 1/2 sticks), cold
- 1/2 cup cold water
Hydrate the couscous
As always we begin by hydrating the couscous! In a medium, heavy-bottomed saucepan over medium heat, pour 30 ml of water and add one teaspoon of Cane sugar. Bring the water to a simmer Turn off the heat and pour evenly 30 grams of Martino whole Couscous.
Cover with a lid and let the couscous absorb all the water slowly for about 4-5 minutes. After the necessary time, fluff the couscous with the help of a fork.
This will help the grains separate and avoid any lumps from forming.
Making your own Puff pastry dough (an easy recipe)
If you would prefer to make your own puff pastry here is a quick recipe. Start by combining flour and salt in a big bowl. Just give the mixture a quick whisk to combine everything evenly.
Then, get your cold butter, and slice it thinly. Toss the butter slices into the flour mixture, making sure each slice of butter is evenly coated.
Next comes cold water. Pour in the water and stir everything together until the dough forms a ball. Don’t worry if you see big chunks of butter- that is exactly the way it should be!
At this point, your butter is probably starting to warm up and get soft, so it’s best to give the dough a chill. Flatten it into a disk shape, wrap it in plastic wrap, and place it into the fridge for an hour or the freezer for 20-30 minutes.
Once it’s cold and stiff, dust your work surface with flour and start laminating. It’s as easy as rolling the dough into a rough rectangle shape and folding it into thirds, like a letter. After each fold, give it a 90-degree turn and then repeat.
The more you fold it, the more flaky layers it will have. Fold anywhere from 4 to 6 times. After that point, the butter is probably starting to soften up again, so it’s probably a good idea to get it back in the fridge or freezer.
Prepare for baking:
Line a baking tray with parchment paper to avoid the puff pastry from sticking. Next line one puff pastry sheet and spread Nutella all over it.
With the help of a spoon sprinkle coconut flakes to your preference and add the hydrated couscous as well. Distribute it evenly and then cover with another puff pastry sheet.
Use a kitchen, brush sprinkle sweet pie with milk. Then sprinkle with some extra cane sugar on top. Cut the pie in small square pieces. And bake at 180 degrees for 20 minutes. Serve warm with cold milk or hot coffee!
We all think that puff pastry is made for special desserts during the holidays. However, with this simple recipe with Nutella, coconut, and couscous you can prepare easy breakfasts for the whole family or have a special treat for your friends when they visit for coffee. If you are looking for more healthy sweets like this one subscribe to our newsletter and we will keep inspiring you directly in your inbox.
In this recipe, we have shown you the long and short way to prepare this recipe. If you busy and you are looking for a quick treat just grab some puff pastry from your markets fridge and you will have a dessert in less than 30 minutes. But if you are looking for a whole family cooking time on a Sunday then we are featuring here how to make you own buttery puff pastry as well. Give a try don’t forget to leave a comment to tell us all about it.