Cinnamon Twists (plus quick puff pastry how-to)

 Cinnamon Twists (plus quick puff pastry how to) via The Baker Chick

Of all the things I learned at Blog & Bake, what I’m gonna share with you today blew my mind the most. Quick puff pastry seems like an oxymoron right? I mean regular puff pastry is essentially the same thing as making croissants and we all know that isn’t really a quick process. This however- is totally quick, easy and doable- and best of all- the results are amazing and can be used anywhere you’d use store-bought puff dough.

 Cinnamon Twists (plus quick puff pastry how to) via The Baker Chick

I made my puff into some delicious cinnamon twists, trying to figure out a way to add one last Cinco de Mayo recipe to the mix, thinking of my favorite cinnamon twists from Taco Bell. (shh don’t tell.) They’re not the same texture, but they sure were good. Flaky, buttery and full of cinnamon sugar. Perfect to serve at a party (they look great all standing up in a glass or vase) or dipped into some morning coffee.

 Cinnamon Twists (plus quick puff pastry how to) via The Baker Chick

You will be seeing uses for this dough over and over so get ready- it’s a new favorite! And don’t worry- I will finally share my recap of Blog & Bake tomorrow! :)

Cinnamon Twists (with Quick Puff Pastry)

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 15 minutes

Total Time: 1 hour, 30 minutes

Yield: 1 batch of puff pastry

Recipe from: King Arthur Flour

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cups all purpose flour (6 oz)
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1 cup (8 oz) unsalted butter, chilled well and cut into chunks
  • 1/2 cup (4 oz) sour cream (full fat)
  • For Cinnamon Twists:
  • 2 tablespoons butter, melted
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons white sugar

Instructions

  1. In a medium bowl, combine the flour, salt and baking powder.
  2. Add the chunks of butter into the dough, flattening each piece with your fingers
  3. Add the sour cream, and gently mix it into the dough. It won't be cohesive at this point.
  4. Turn the dough onto a floured work surface and bring it together with a few quick kneads. Pat the dough into a square and roll it into an 8x10 rectangle- using flour as needed to prevent sticking.
  5. Dust off any excess flour from the surface of the dough, and fold in three. (like a letter)
  6. Flip the dough over, rotate it 90 degrees, and repeat the process. (Rolling to an 8x10 rectangle and then folding.) Wrap dough and chill for at least 30 minutes before using.
  7. If making Cinnamon Twists:
  8. Roll chilled dough to 1/4 inch thickness. Brush with melted butter and sprinkle with about half the cinnamon sugar. Press sugar mixture into the dough, flip it over and repeat with another brush of butter and cinnamon sugar topping.
  9. Cut dough into 1 inch strips (I used a ruler to help me stay straight) Pick up each strip and twist the ends into opposite directions until dough is spiraled.
  10. Place twists onto a parchment-lined baking sheet, pressing the ends down as you arrange them. Bake at 400 degrees F for 15-18 minutes or until golden brown. Cool on a wire rack and dust with additional cinnamon sugar if desired.
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 Cinnamon Twists (plus quick puff pastry how to) via The Baker Chick

Start by combining your dry ingredients in a large bowl. The cut the butter into large chunks and add to the flour mixture.

 Cinnamon Twists (plus quick puff pastry how to) via The Baker Chick

Use your fingers to flatten each butter chunk.

 Cinnamon Twists (plus quick puff pastry how to) via The Baker Chick

Add the sour cream, and use a large spatula or bowl scraped to incorporate it into the dough. It won’t come together completely yet – so don’t worry.

 Cinnamon Twists (plus quick puff pastry how to) via The Baker Chick

Turn the dough onto a lightly floured work space. This is how it will look- disastrous right? Don’t worry it will be fine. Give it a few quick kneads until it comes together like this:

 Cinnamon Twists (plus quick puff pastry how to) via The Baker Chick

The dough may seem a little dry, but don’t fret- it will be hydrate lots as it chills. At this point- flour your rolling pin- and roll dough into an 8 x 10 rectangle. (get your ruler handy!)

 Cinnamon Twists (plus quick puff pastry how to) via The Baker Chick

Use a pastry brush to dust off any extra flour from the surface, and fold the dough like a letter- bringing the top down and then the bottom folded over that.

 Cinnamon Twists (plus quick puff pastry how to) via The Baker Chick

Flip the dough over, rotate it 90˚ so that it’s vertical, and repeat the process one more time. Roll into 8×10, dust off, fold like a letter. (add extra flour as needed to prevent sticking)

 Cinnamon Twists (plus quick puff pastry how to) via The Baker Chick

Wrap in plastic wrap and chill dough for at least 30 minutes. (Longer is OK, it can also be frozen at this point and reserved for when you are ready to use it.)

After chilling- you have yourself a chunk of puff pastry dough that can be used for whatever you’d like! For this recipe I rolled mine out to about 1/4 inch thick.

 Cinnamon Twists (plus quick puff pastry how to) via The Baker Chick

I brushed it with a little melted butter and topped with cinnamon sugar, pressing it into the dough- and flipped it over.

 Cinnamon Twists (plus quick puff pastry how to) via The Baker Chick

Another layer of butter/cinnamon sugar was applied, the dough was cut into strips, twisted and arranged on a cookie sheet.

 Cinnamon Twists (plus quick puff pastry how to) via The Baker Chick

Look at those layers all baked up. Would you ever know this wasn’t regular puff pastry? I dusted these with more cinnamon sugar after they cooled because that’s how I roll.

 Cinnamon Twists (plus quick puff pastry how to) via The Baker Chick

Any other suggestions for how I should use this fabulous dough? Can you believe I’ve never actually baked with puff pastry before??

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Comments

  1. I have some of this pastry dough in my refrigerator right now just waiting to be transformed into something delicious. I am slightly obsessed with it. Love the cinnamon twists!

  2. I’ve actually never used puff pastry, but I’m thinking about making my mum something for Mother’s day next weekend!! These may be the winners (:

  3. I need to try this! I can’t believe how simple it possibly is. Plus cinn-sugar?! Love.

  4. This is brilliant! I have never made homemade puff pastry. These look amazing!

  5. These look so good. I love anything with loads of cinnamon and sugar!

  6. I didn’t realize making puff pastry was so easy! I’ll have to try these!

  7. Carolyn says:

    Hey Audra — LOVE this quick version. Just wondering if you tried this method with croissants?

    • Hey Carolyn!
      I haven’t tried croissants and I honestly don’t think you’d get the result you want. They use a yeasted dough which is essential for the puffy fluffy flaky texture. These would be great for other pastries though! :)

  8. I can see a weekend baking project with the grandchildren (who arrive tonight and are here til Sunday) Thanks for the inspiration

  9. Quick puff pastry totally seems like an oxymoron!! I won’t tell about the Taco Bell cinnamon twists if you don’t tell about my disgusting love for their hard tacos. I haven’t eaten one in forever, but….there’s just something about them that is so good (until the next morning, of course)

  10. The cinnamon sticks look light and delicious, perfect with a morning coffee. :) Thank you so much for sharing some of what you learned at Blog&Bake! This puff pastry dough is amazing. I usually skip over recipes requiring puff pastry because of the time and talent involved (neither of which I have). You make this look very do-able! Armed with your photos and directions, I will give it a go! Thanks!

  11. I’ve never made puff pastry from scratch…..
    Now I’m thinking I should try?

  12. Ooooooooooooo!! *picks jaw up off the floor* *wipes away drool*

    One quick question, though: After you fold it light a letter the second time, do you chill it just like that? Then when you want to use it, do you roll it out again or do you unfold it like you would with the storebought stuff? (Did that question even make sense?)

    I’m so dang impressed with you right now. Croissants, macarons and now quick puff. Dang, girl.

    • I think I understand your question :) After you fold it the second time into thirds- wrap it just like that and chill.
      If you are going to freeze it you can freeze it that way too- BUT- you don’t want to un-fold it and roll out, but actually roll it out with the folds- that helps create the layers. Does that make sense? Sorry I didn’t document a photo of that step :)

  13. These looks so easy yet truly delicious! They’d be the perfect end for our Cinco De Mayo party!!

    xo, Elisa

  14. It literally blew my mind when you told me about this puff pastry! Seriously it has revolutionized the way in which I’m going to bake.

  15. Becca from cookie jar treats says:

    I love anything with cinnamon sugar and bread. This looks really delicious and cinnamony and crunchy. I’ll definitely have to try making this at some point.

  16. Love your blog- thanks for making a printable copy of this recipe. Could you fix the link for printing or is it my device?
    I am wanting to try this with sausages to make some rolls.
    Thanks again, J

    • Hey Jay! I just tested the print link from my computer and it seems to be working fine! Let me know if it’s still giving you issues.

  17. Fantastic share, my dear! This is just the recipe I need for quick party food.

  18. Somehow making this dough seemed easier when we were in Vermont…I’m intimidated to try it at home. Gotta get up my courage!

  19. Isn’t quick puff pastry the best?! I always try to keep it on hand in my freezer for projects :) These cinnamon twists look amazing, you can never go wrong with cinnamon sugar!

  20. bankingonkismet says:

    Hey audra, you are an inspiration. I’m a seriously novice baker and your recipes inspire me. You make everything seem easy. I’m definitely tryig to make this next weekend. Thanks!

  21. PJ Hamel says:

    Boy, those look soooooo good… Love this blitz puff paste. I do them with cheese filling for parties and, as you say, stand them up in a tall glass or small vase. Glad you’re already enjoying what you learned up here in VT! Thanks for sharing -

  22. Could you prepare these and leave them in the fridge ready to bake for a few hours so that they could be served fresh? or would the pastry not “puff”?

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