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Breakfast Packets with Walnutty Crusts

Breakfast Packets with Walnutty Crusts

Delicious, toasty crust envelopes your favorite jam in this highly gratifying, surprisingly easy take on homemade breakfast toaster tarts.


  • 1 cup California walnuts
  • 1 to 1 1/4 cups unbleached all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup buttermilk
  • 2 tablespoons roasted walnut oil or grapeseed oil
  • 1/2 cup delicious jam or preserves
  • 2 tablespoons crunchy sugar (raw or turbinado)


  1. Place the walnuts in a food processor (steel blade) along with the flour and salt. Buzz until the nuts are pulverized into the flour, and the result has the consistence of a coarse meal, like dry polenta.
  2. Combine the buttermilk and oil in a measuring cup and whisk to blend. Keep the machine going as you pour in this mixture. In a matter of seconds, it will become a soft dough, clinging to the blade.
  3. Carefully remove the dough from the machine, and form it into a ball with your hands. It should be quite soft, but not sticky. If it is at all sticky, lightly flour your hands. Divide the ball into 6 equal parts, forming each into a ball. Meanwhile, preheat the oven to 400°F.
  4. Roll each ball into a 6-inch circle. Add a heaping tablespoon (or even a little more) of your favorite high-quality jam or preserves to half the circle, spreading it to within 1/2 inch of the edge. Leave the other half circle unfilled.
  5. Fold over the unfilled half to cover the jam, crimping the edges completely closed with a fork. Lightly brush the top surface of each pastry with a little water (you can also just use your finger) then sprinkle the top with about 1 teaspoon crunchy sugar. Lay the finished pastries on an ungreased baking tray, and bake for 10 minutes, or until golden on the bottom and puffy on top. Cool on a rack for at least 15 minutes before serving.


You can add some fresh fruit to the jam filling. A few slices of apple or banana, for example, or a couple of tablespoons of fresh or frozen, unsweetened berries. There is plenty of room inside the packets for this addition. Be creative!