In The (Test) Kitchen

Over the past six months, I’ve been collaborating with Pepperidge Farm and sharing my original recipes using Puff Pastry. Along the way, my readers were asked to submit ideas for recipes they would like to create using puff pastry and just a few weeks ago one reader (Sharon from Cupcakes and Cutlery!) got the news she would be heading with me to the Pepperidge Farms Innovation Center to compete in our own version of a Top Chef inspired cooking challenge.

Pepperidge Farms Blogger Trip

We arrived with several other bloggers and guests for a day of inspiration, taste testing and recipe development! Above is Sharon and I in the Pepperidge Farm test kitchen. It was SO cool!

Puff Pastry Cooking Challenge

With aprons tied, we worked together to create two dishes that would be presented to the judges. Our mission was to create two recipes each inspired by a new food trend –Brazilian influence and using Greek yogurt in a savory dish. Above were our two dishes.

Top: Savory yogurt with passion fruit, blackberries, black pepper and basil — served in a puff pastry mini cup. A one-bite delight!

Bottom: A Brazilian twist on a Monte Cristo Sandwich. A crowd pleasing appetizer that’s easy to serve (and eat!) at any party. Get the recipe here.

Puff Pastry Cooking Challenge

We had just 30 minutes for each dish! Even on the tight timeline we still managed plenty of time to have fun. We also probably spent more time thinking about our presentation than we did the actual dish. Hey, what else would you expect from a couple of party gals?

Puff Pastry Cooking Challenge


Here’s our Brazilian Monte Cristo ready for the judges!

Puff Pastry Cooking Challenge Judges

The judges were all so nice! Although we didn’t win the challenge, we think they enjoyed our plates ;).

Guess what? We’re having a Twitter party tomorrow night and would LOVE for you to join in the fun! Get the full party details here.


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