This Halloween, shake things up a bit with these VEGAN Pastry Voodoo Dolls - not as sugary as the usual treats, but quite interesting, delicious and even healthy! No food colors or anything artificial here!
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FOR THE BEET FILLING
1 c raw beetroot, grated
1/3 c sugar (or other sweetening agents)
4 tbsp. coconut milk (or regular milk/water)
FOR THE VOODOO DOLLS
1 pkg of puff pastry (2 sheets) - I use Peperidge Farms
1 tbsp. Coconut Milk wash ( substitute with regular milk )
Step 1: Ready Your Beets
Wash and peel the beet and grate them through the smallest side of your box grater (not the zester!). Measure 1 cup and set aside.
Step 2: Make the Beet Filling - Step 1
Heat a small pan and add beets. Sauté until all the juices are cooked off. Then add the coconut milk. Cover and cook until soft.
Step 3: Make the Beet Filling - Step 2
Uncover, add sugar and keep stirring over medium heat until all the liquid cooks off and you get a fairy 'dry' mixture. Let cool completely.
Step 4: Divide the Beetroot Filling
Divide the beetroot filling into 6 equal parts. You should be able to do this with a tablespoon measure.
Step 5: Ready Your Template / Cookie Cutter
If you do not have a ginger bread man cookie cutter, here's a FREE printable!
I used the 3.5" template and got 6 (12 pieces) pastry dolls. Trace the template onto a clean piece of cardboard and cut it out using scissors.
Step 6: Cut Out the Pastry Dolls
This is best done with partially thawed pastry sheets. If using a cookie cutter, you know what to do - hold and press down and remove the dolls.
If using the template - place the cardboard template over the pastry sheet and trace the outline with a small sharp knife.
Note:If the pastry sheet it too soft to pry the cut dolls out, refrigerate for about 5-10 minutes, and remove the cut-outs safely once firm.
Step 7: Roll Out the Cut 'dolls'
Using a rolling pin (and a little flour to roll, if required), flatten the pastry sheets slightly, elongating them in the process.
Step 8: Spread the Beet Filling
This is the messy part - you gotta smear the filling over half of your doll cut outs. Get your fingers in there - no point trying to civilize this step.
Step 9: Bake!
Sandwich with the other half and pinch edges close. Cut out eyes, mouth and other gory details as you please. Transfer to a lined baking tray.
Brush tops with coconut milk (or regular milk / egg wash).
Bake in a preheated oven at 400°F/200°C for 15-20 minutes until golden brown, puffed and crisp.
Step 10: Done!
Skewer the dolls with a bamboo skewer, to help them 'stand' up easily. Serve while still crisp. If it softens with storage, reheat in a 350°F/180°C for about 5 minutes and it'll crisp right back up!
Enjoy! Happy Halloween folks! For more deliciousness, visit Love is in my tummy.