These pastries have an interesting and unusual appearance and an equally peculiar name. I am sure we have all heard the expression conversation piece or we have heard something referred to as a real conversation starter. It’s not too hard to imagine curiosity getting the better of a guest prompting them to stop and ask “What are those pastries?” And then, before you know it, you might be having a “conversation.”
In actuality, the name comes from a play that was popular at the time the pastries were first created—
If you do not have puff pastry on hand, substitute pie dough. The decorative strips on top will not have the same dramatic lift, but the overall effect is still good. The royal icing should be soft enough to spread easily but not at all runny. If it is too thin, it will run between the dough and the form, ruining the appearance of the crust and making it very difficult to remove the pastries.
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