I just posted a recipe for tapenade, a provençal black olive spread. As a follow up, I wanted to show you a great way to serve tapenade, in a puff pastry shaped as a star. The tapenade star puff pastry is very easy to prepare, and makes for a very beautiful appetizer.
You will first need to either buy or make tapenade. For my tapenade recipe, click here.
You also need to get puff pastry. There are various puff pastry brands in the US. There is Pepperidge Farm, Wewalka, Avanti, among others. Also, the high quality Dufour brand, which you can find at Whole Foods.
Preheat oven to 390 degrees Fahrenheit. If your puff pastry isn’t already a disk, use a knife to draw a circle in the puff pastry. You want both puff pastries to be equal-sized disks. (An easy way to do that, is to put an upside down plate on the puff pastry to help you draw a circle with your knife).
Place one circle-shaped puff pastry on parchment paper. Spread the tapenade on the dough and sprinkle with shredded cheese, as pictured. Leave the outer edge blank and apply water on it with a pastry brush.
Cover with your second puff pastry of equal size. Press with your fingers on the outer edges to ensure the top puff pastry sticks to the bottom puff pastry. Place an upside-down glass in the middle of your disk to make the imprint of a smaller inner circle on the puff pastry.
With a knife, cut 16 slices of equal size in the outer circle of your puff pastries (the inner circle you just made with your upside-down glass remains uncut).
Twist one slice 2 times in the same direction. Take the slice that is right next to it, and twist that slice 2 times, in the opposite direction. Proceed the same way with all other slices. You should essentially have “pairs” of slices that are twisted in opposite directions from one another. This creates the star shape.
With a pastry brush, apply the egg yolk to the puff pastry (egg wash). Place your puff pastry star on a baking pan (it should already be on parchment paper. If not the case, make sure to place parchment paper on your baking pan).