My head pastry chef, Jaime Garbutt, and I made these twists for Seoul Gourmet. The Korean-flavor infused breads were such a hit that many patrons were asking to pack them up to go. These sesame straws are flavored with ssamjang, a spicy sauce served with lettuce wraps (bossam) and many other foods. It gives conventional puff pastry straws a bright punch.
Preheat the oven to 350°F/175°C. Position the oven racks in the upper and lower thirds of the oven. Line three baking sheets with parchment paper. In a very small bowl, whisk together the chili paste, soybean paste, mirin, honey, crushed roasted sesame seeds, garlic powder, and sesame oil until smooth. Set the mixture aside.
Lightly flour a clean work surface. Roll one piece of the puff pastry into a 10 x 14-inch rectangle and set aside. Roll the other piece into a 10 x 14-inch rectangle and spread the chili paste mixture on top, keeping a 1/2-inch border. Set the other rectangle on top, matching up the edges, and very gently roll to seal the pieces together.
Brush with the egg mixture, avoiding the edges so the layers of pastry don’t stick together during baking, and sprinkle with half the roasted and black sesame seeds. Lightly press the seeds in with your hands. Carefully flip the pastry over onto one of the prepared baking sheets, brush with the egg mixture, and sprinkle with the remaining roasted and black sesame seeds, lightly pressing them in with your hands. Refrigerate for about 15 minutes, until firm enough to handle.
Using a pizza wheel or floured knife, trim the edges as needed to neaten them. Cut the pastry lengthwise into 1/2-inch-thick strips. Gently twist each strip until it resembles a loose corkscrew and transfer to the prepared baking sheets, spacing them about 1 1/2 inches apart. Chill for 20 minutes. Bake for 20 to 22 minutes, rotating the pans halfway through, until golden. Let the sesame straws cool on the baking sheets and serve at room temperature.
Nutritional analysis per serving (16 servings)
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Tip: If possible, use an all-butter puff pastry.
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