Clifton is a part of Bristol, lying mostly above the Avon Gorge. Many fine merchants’ houses were built there in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. A Clifton baker invented these puffs, which were always triangular in shape and always eaten hot. They were sold from his shop but were sometimes also taken in baskets and offered for sale to coach passengers bound to or from Cheltenham. The puffs are very good served with whipped or clotted cream for the sweet course at dinner.
If frozen puff pastry is used, mix the ground rice and almonds and sprinkle evenly over a pastry board. Roll the pastry over the mixture, fold it and roll once more, so that the rice and almonds are incorporated. They give the pastry a crisp consistency and an almond flavour.
Make the filling by mixing all the remaining ingredients except for the egg white and
Roll out the pastry very thin and cut into 4 inch (10 cm) squares. Put
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