Zesty Orange Bites were created after a friend of mine introduced me to orange sugar. Last year we made Cinnamon Sugar Churros and loved them. In fact they were a hit for some friends of my Little Chefs. They all were able to make their own and had so much fun doing it. We merged two recipes together and came up with Zesty Orange Bites.
The process is still simple and easy for Little Chefs to do. First, let the puff pastry thaw for about 30 minutes on the counter. We usually cannot wait any longer! Unroll the puff pastry and place it on a cutting board. Using a pizza cutter (we use it for everything!) cut straight or kind of straight lines in both directions to make small squares. This is no exact science which makes it perfect for Little Chefs!
Line up the squares on a parchment lined baking sheet. Don’t worry if they are not all the same size it is not a problem. Spread them out so they are not touching. The puff pastry puffs, it does not expand. See, ours were very close together and none stuck together. Bake in a 450 degree preheated oven for 8 minutes or until golden brown and puffy.
While the puff pastry is baking, zest an entire orange over a bowl of sugar. Why clean up another bowl or plate if you can zest it right into 1/2 cup sugar? In a separate bowl melt 1/4 cup butter.
When the puff pastry is golden brown they already look delicious!
Here is where you have two options, one keeps the shape better while the other is faster. Your first option is to dip each bite into butter then roll in the orange sugar mixture then set back on the parchment paper to dry. This option keeps the structural integrity of each individual bite. The second option is to put all the bites into a zip top bag, add the melted butter and the orange sugar, zip it up and shake gently. Depending on how vigorously your Little Chef shakes the bag will depend on what shape the Zesty Orange Bites come out! They might be a little flat.
Whichever method you choose they are still perfect sized Zesty Orange Bites. I LOVE that I do not need to cut them up for my Little Chefs. I LOVE that in one bite, maybe big bite for some, they are in the mouths and not all over their hands and everywhere else! If you like the orange flavor try Sweet Orange Rolls.
- 1 sheet frozen pastry puff sheet, thawed (usually they come in a 2 pack . . . if you want to make both sheets, just double the recipe)
- 1/2 cup sugar
- zest from one orange
- 1/4 cup (1/2 stick) butter, melted
- Preheat oven to 450 degrees F.
- Unfold and cut puff pastry sheet in bite size squares.
- Place squares on a parchment paper-lined baking sheet.
- Bake 8 minutes or until golden brown.
- Meanwhile, combine sugar and orange zest.
- Remove pastry squares from oven and dip in melted butter, then roll in orange-sugar mixture.
- Let stand on a wire rack 5 minutes or until dry.