I made chicken turnovers last night for dinner. Usually I only need one sheet of puff pastry to make them, since it's just the two of us, so there's usually a sheet left over. I try to find ways to use the extra sheet, since I have found that thawing and re-freezing the extra sheet seems to affect the texture when I do go to use it. Most of the time, I just make dessert turnovers to go with the chicken turnovers. Last night, though, I had an idea: why not make them into little cinnamon bites? How could that go wrong?
I spread a light layer of powdered sugar on the counter, instead of flour, to prevent sticking. I brushed both sides with a dusting of the powdered sugar, and rubbed some on my rolling pin, too. I rolled it out just enough to make the fold creases stronger.
This morning, I got up, eager to bake my pastries. I heated the oven to 400 degrees, waiting patiently for it to actually heat up all of the way. I'm not known for my patience. While I waited, I mixed up a cream cheese glaze to go on top of the little buns. I mixed one ounce of light cream cheese, at room temperature, with 1/2 C of powdered sugar. When that was combined, I added 1/2 tsp of vanilla and mixed that in. Then, I added 1/2 TBSP of milk, mixed it again, and tasted it. Perfect.
After the 16 minutes were up, and much of the inside stuff had leaked out, I called it. I pulled them out of the oven, and in my defense, they looked done. I put four on each plate, and spooned the glaze over top. They looked and smelled good, again in my defense.
Two good things did come out of these: a delicious glaze, and a buttery, caramelly crunchy candy. Oh well. Always look on the bright side of life!