It's so easy that I can just describe the method in 1 long sentence. What I did was, I just rolled out the ready-made puff pastry (bladereeg / pâte feuilletée) i bought from the supermart, brushed some water all over it, sprinkled some almond flakes, then used a rolling pin to roll over and press the almond flakes onto the puff pastry, finally I sprinkled some castor sugar over the puff pastry, sliced it into strips and off they went to the already pre-heated oven to bake at 170 degrees celsius for 20 to 25 min.
While the almond puffs were baking in the oven, tick tock tick tock, I quickly jumped into my auto and rushed to pick up my older daughter from the creche so that she could play together with the visitors. There was some delay as she was just awake, so by the time I came home, the oven alarm had already sounded. Luckily everything was perfect, and thank goodness the almond puffs came out nice, golden-brown and crunchy. Since I could not squeeze everything into 1 tray, I had placed 2 trays in the oven, the bigger tray was 1 shelf above the middle shelf quite near to the top, while the smaller tray was on the middle shelf. After removing the first tray, I quickly moved the smaller tray to the upper shelf to brown for another 5 min.
Luckily I had already taken some pictures before I offered the almond puffs to the kids, because you know what, they were were snapped up within 10 min!
Adapted from Alex Goh's Joy of Making Cookies
Note : original recipe used Alex Goh's puff pastry recipe but I used ready-made store-bought puff pastry instead. Here are the step-by-step fotos, note that I missed out snapping fotos of how the puff pastry was cut into strips. The original recipe requires you to get a rectangular piece of puff pastry but we could only circular pieces here and I didn't want to waste the pastry by making it into a rectangle or a square.
a piece of ready-made puff pastry
some almond flakes
1. Roll out the puff pastry into 2-mm thickness and brush a layer of water all over it.
2. Sprinkle some almond flakes over the puff pastry.
3. Use a rolling pin to roll over and press the almond flakes onto the puff pastry so that they stick onto it.
4. Sprinkle generously with sugar.
5. (Picture not shown) Cut into 2 x 12 cm thin strips.
6. Bake in a preheated oven at 170C for 20 - 25 min.
I am submitting this post to "My Treasured Recipes - Alex Goh (June/July 2014)" hosted by myself, Miss B of Everybody Eats Well in Flanders and co-hosted by Charmaine of Mimi Bakery House.