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July 1, 2010

Sea salt (Recipe: quick and easy Nutella® and fruit turnovers)

Quick and easy Nutella and fruit turnovers. 

If balsamic vinegar was the little black dress of the '90s, sea salt is the balsamic of the 00 decade.

It comes in fashionable basic black, or white, or grey.

Or pink, if that's your fashion statement.

It goes with, and on, everything, from cupcakes to crab cakes to coq au vin.

It's smooth yet crunchy, mild yet powerful. It's called a finishing salt, because it's usually added at the end of the cooking, but I think it's really because so many dishes are unfinished without it.

Like a clothes closet without a little black dress.

What is sea salt?
Crystals formed from the evaporation of ocean water, "flavored" with the naturally occurring minerals in the area where it is harvested. Because the crystals are larger than those of table salt, there are fewer crystals per teaspoon, resulting in less sodium than table salt by volume

How/where to store:
In a dry part of your cupboard, indefinitely.

More facts about sea salt, and ingredient photos, in The Perfect Pantry:
Sea salt (Recipe: pizza bianca)

Nutella and fruit turnovers. #dessert

Quick and easy Nutella and fruit turnovers

Store-bought Pepperidge Farm puff pastry and Nutella, two pantry staples, combine with fresh fruit and sea salt -- essential to balance the sweetness and enhance the flavor. Use any fruit that looks good at the market but is not overly watery; good choices include bananas, strawberries, kiwi, mango, pears, apples. Serves 4; can be doubled.

Ingredients

1 sheet puff pastry, defrosted according to package directions
2-3 Tbsp flour
1 small jar of Nutella (you'll use half of it)
Sliced fruit: 1 banana, apple, pear, mango, or 4 large strawberries
Sea salt
1 egg beaten with 1 tsp water

Directions

Preheat oven to 450°F. Line a rimmed baking sheet with a Silpat (silicone mat) or parchment paper, and set aside.

Unfold the puff pastry. Sprinkle your countertop with flour, and roll out the puff pastry to a square. With a sharp knife, cut the square into 4 equal pieces.

Spread the inside of each piece of pastry with Nutella, making sure to stay 1/2 inch away from the edge all the way around. Layer slices of fruit on one side of the piece, and sprinkle with sea salt. (Don't forget the salt; it brings out the flavors of the fruit.)

With a pastry brush, paint the edge of the pastry with the beaten egg. Fold the top over to meet the bottom, and press to seal. Use the tines of a fork to seal all the way around. Then, paint the top with the egg wash. Poke a hole in the top with a sharp knife, to allow the steam to escape while baking.

Bake for 18-20 minutes, until the pastry is puffed and pleasantly browned. Serve hot or at room temperature.


More recipes in The Perfect Pantry:
Crusty roasted potatoes
Schlottz's knots
Grilled sirloin tips with asparagus
Salt and pepper prawns
Tomato and goat cheese bruschetta

Other recipes that use sea salt:
Roasted kale chips with sea salt and vinegar, from Kalyn's Kitchen
Sea salt caramels, from Cookin' Canuck
Gluten-free crackers, from Gluten-Free Goddess
Chocolate cake with olive oil and sea salt, from Almost Bourdain
Sea bream in a salt crust, from Spoonful

Nutella and fruit turnovers: use any fruit, and puff pastry.

Comments

My son is looking at this with him and his comment was "Oh, yum!" Sea salt really adds an entirely different layer of flavor to a variety of dishes. I really enjoy the sweet salt combination in desserts.

I love sea salt, especially with things that are a bit sweet!

My family has always used sea salt, not really a trend but everyone else is catching up!

Who can turn down a Nutella turnover? If they do, I want their portion.

back from vacation and catching up....YUM!

(p.s. the blue cheese coleslaw was absolutely yummy - even my non-cheese addicted husband liked it!)

Oh, goodness....this sounds WONDERFUL!!!

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