Many years ago, when I was just a young geek, I fell in love with a super cheesy television show and my love has never wavered. Picture it. A young, hunky Bruce Boxleitner… A young, beautiful Kate Jackson… A government agency so secret that it doesn’t even have a name…Bad guys with the shooting skills of nearsighted stormtroopers… Are you there yet? OK, I’ll help you out…Scarecrow and Mrs. King was a staple of 80’s TV. I’ve watched every episode countless times. Some of you are saying things like “unrealistic”, “plot holes”, “no government agency functions like that.” I get it. You’re not telling me anything I don’t already know. I also don’t care. It’s all part of the fun. My only regret is that it got cancelled after only four seasons. Of course, it was cancelled due to uncertainty about Kate Jackson’s health after she was diagnosed with breast cancer so, obviously, her health and recovery were (and are) the important things. But still…
Scarecrow and Mrs. King is a show about spies, but it’s also about friendship and romance. Lee (Boxleitner) and Amanda (Jackson) are thrust unwillingly into an awkward partnership that eventually develops into much more. In the beginning, the dashing spy had little patience for the naive housewife and she had little patience for his arrogance, but as they got to know each other they end up respecting each other and falling in love. I know, I know. But I can’t help it. I love every minute of the sugary, tropey magnificence. Lee and Amanda were my first ship. Well, maybe second. I can’t pinpoint exactly when I started shipping Han and Leia. But that’s neither here nor there.
In the very first episode, agents are dying. There’s a mole. Amanda gets pulled in by virtue of being at the wrong (right) place at the wrong (right) time. The solution all hinges on a TV cooking show called Colonial Cookery. The recipes are codes for killing the agents. Guess who figures it all out? Yep. Amanda King. (Sorry for the spoiler, but, really, that’s kind of how the whole series goes. A building full of professional intelligence agents have no idea what could possibly be going on until Amanda King swoops in and saves the day.) Today’s recipe comes straight from that fictional show within a show, but I promise no agents were harmed in the preparation.
Pilgrim’s Peach Puff was the code to pick Lee up while he was on a “mission.” Amanda had figured the whole thing out and kept trying to reach him. Since there were no cell phones, she repeatedly called the number he had given her and even noted that he had told her that he picked his messages up every two hours. Apparently, when he hadn’t done so, the naive housewife that he had only known for 4 minutes was the only one concerned. Doesn’t sound that far off for government…Anyway…on the show the peach puff looks like a fairly typical dessert cream puff sort of thing, but I wanted something a bit more danish-like. If you’re not a fan of peach, substitute your favorite flavor.
Pilgrim's Peach Puff
Inspired by my favorite secret agents.
- 1 sheet frozen puff pastry dough, thawed
- 1/2 cup peach preserves
- 1/4 cup almonds, chopped
- 1/4 cup powdered sugar
- 1 TBSP milk
- Preheat oven to 400°.
- Unfold pastry sheet and roll out to a slightly larger rectangle. About 9″x 13″ works well.
- Cut slits in outer two-thirds of dough (as pictured.)
- Spread preserves over middle third of dough.
- Fold cut sections into fancy braid pattern (as pictured.)
- Bake for 20-25 minutes, or until golden brown.
- Combine milk and powdered sugar.
- Drizzle glaze over cooled danish; top with chopped almonds.
- Slice and serve.
*Disclaimer-I claim no ownership to media mentioned in this post. Scarecrow and Mrs. King belongs to Shoot the Moon enterprises, Warner Brothers Television and related entities . Commentary is my own.*