Pear Pastry Pockets

Hi Everyone! Today's recipe is a very easy and delicious dessert, perfect for any occasion specially for the Holidays, it will save you tons of time and you will for sure impress your guests with this delicious pastry. (This idea was taken from The Costco Connection magazine issued Sept. 2011. I made some modifications but the idea came from the magazine.  My husband asked for this particular recipe, so I decided to share it with you all. All credits go to The Costco Connection Magazine for this delicious and super easy dessert!)

Makes 16 pockets

4 large pears
2/3 cup granulated sugar
1 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1 egg beaten
2 packages puff pastry sheets
1/2 cup apricot preserves
2 tablespoons melted butter

Preheat oven to 400ºF.

Combine sugar and cinnamon together, mix well and set aside.

Wash the pears, cut them in half, remove the seeds, and then cut each half into 1/4 inch slices, cut the slices in half.

Pour the melted butter over the pear slices sprinkle half the sugar mixture over the pears. Combine and set aside for a minute.

Cut puff pastry sheet in half then each half in half. (it will make 4 equal size squares.)

Add some of the pears over each pastry square, sprinkle with a teaspoon of the sugar mixture.   Brush the edges of each square with the egg wash. Close the pocket by bringing the four corners of each square close together over the center of the pastry. Try to cover as much of the fruit as you can. Press down lightly to seal the pocket. Brush  with the egg wash.

Keep on repeating these last steps until you are done with all the pockets.

1.-place some of the pears over the pastry square
2.-sprinkle with 1 tsp. of sugar mixture.
3.-brush the edges with the egg wash
4.-close pocket by bringing all four corners of each square together
5.-Brush the whole pocket with the egg wash

Bake at 400º F for about 20-25 min. or until golden brown.

Serve with whipped cream or vanilla ice cream! Enjoy!