Tuesday, May 24, 2011


 I am trying to cook from my pantry for the next few weeks, designing my menu around what I already have on hand rather than shopping from a list of things I don't have. My pantry of canned goods and canisters of things may not resemble a fallout shelter just yet, but it has gotten unwieldy, so it is time to be creative and resourceful as I hack my way through the jungle that is by kitchen pantry (really just my kitchen cabinets).

I was going through the cheese drawer in my fridge the other day and found a ball of leftover puff pastry scraps. Wracking my brain, I thought that this ball of scraps could be re-purposed easily into mini cinnamon rolls. They made a fast, easy and delicious sweet snack, and there's no reason to wait until you have puff pastry scraps. I would gladly make these again using a full sheet of puff pastry.


  • Puff pastry scraps
  • melted butter
  • turbinado sugar
  • 3 T walnuts, chopped
  • 1 t cinnamon
  1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit.
  2. Mix together the sugar, chopped walnuts and cinnamon.
  3. Press together the puff pastry scraps, folding them over onto themselves in a large ball.
  4. Place the ball on a piece of parchment paper and with a rolling pin, roll it to a thickness of 1/8 in.
  5. Brush melted butter over the surface and sprinkle the cinnamon-sugar and nut mixture over the top.
  6. Roll the pastry up like a jelly roll and brush it with more melted butter.
  7. Slice into 1/2 in. slices.
  8. Place the slices on a parchment-lined cookie sheet, and bake for 12 minutes or until nicely golden brown.


  1. Doesn't it feel good to do this purging? I think we should do it a couple or three times a year. And it makes us be a bit more creative. These look great.

  2. It DOES feel good, not only that I am clearing out space, but I love the pressure of creating a meal on the fly. lol Some of my favorite meals have been from when I was at the end of a grocery cycle and scraping the bottom of the pantry.

    I don't know how I let my cabinets get so out of control this time. It's ridiculous.


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