Author Jean Morrison
Banana And Passionfruit Pastries
These Banana and Passionfruit Pastries are dead easy to make and take about 10 minutes to cook in the oven. They are decorative and light to eat so they would be suitable to serve after a heavy main course
Cooking time: 10 minutes
Quantity: Serves 4
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1 sheet frozen puff pastry
3 teaspoons icing sugar
100 gm lite creamed cheese (Philadelphia)
1 large banana, sliced
Defrost pastry. Pre heat oven to 220 degrees Celsius. Line a baking tray with cooking paper.
Cut the pastry into four equal squares. With a sharp pointed knife score lines 1.5 cms (about 5/8 inch) in from the edge to make an inner square. DO NOT CUT RIGHT THROUGH THE PASTRY.
Mix softened cream cheese with the icing sugar. Divide mixture into four equal portions and carefully spoon the mixture into the centre of the pastry squares. Smooth out the cheese mixture but keep it within the score lines. Place 1/4 of the banana slices neatly on top of the cheese mixture leaving an indentation in the middle. Repeat with other three squares. Place a large teaspoon of passionfruit in the centre of the banana slices.
Cook on paper lined baking trays for approximately 10 minutes until the pastry is golden brown.
Oven timing is crucial in this recipe as the oven is hot and the pastry can easily get too brown.
Bananas are the largest member of the herb family. Banana plants are the largest plants on earth without a woody stem. They are thought to have originated in Malaysia but the word "banana" is African. They are rich in dietary fibre and potassium. Ripe bananas soothe the stomach. They have a high starch content which means they give us energy and they also work well as laxatives. They are the world's most popular fruit. Australia neither imports or exports bananas.
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