Sweet or Savory Phyllo Twists

(Alternatively buy fancy toasts, croutons or breadsticks)
1 frozen puff pastry sheet (from a 17 1/4-ounce package), thawed according to package instructions
1/2 cup apricot jam (6 ounces), melted
1/4 cup confectioners sugar
1 tablespoon soymilk
2 teaspoons fresh lemon juice

1 tablespoon soymilk
½ cup apricot jam, melted
Cumin, Chili Powder, or any spice blend of your choice
Special equipment: parchment paper

Put oven rack in middle position and preheat oven to 425°F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.

Roll out pastry on a lightly floured surface into a 12- by 10-inch rectangle, then cut in half lengthwise. Cut each half crosswise into 4 (5- by 3-inch) strips (for a total of 8 strips).

Spread each strip with 1/2 tablespoon jam, then fold strips in half lengthwise to form 1 1/2-inch-wide strips. Twist each strip 3 times and place on baking sheet.

Bake until golden brown, 15 to 20 minutes. Transfer twists to a rack set over a sheet of parchment. Stir together confectioners sugar, soymilk, and lemon juice until smooth, then brush over warm twists. Or Stir together soymilk, and spice blend and mix until smooth. Brush over warm twists. Serve warm.

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