*What is garam masala?
Garam masala is a common Indian spice blend. If you can't find it, use a big pinch cinnamon, plus a pinch each ground cloves, black pepper, cumin, coriander and nutmeg.
**What is vanilla bean paste?
Vanilla bean paste is an easy way to get vanilla flecks without the hassle or expense of scraping seeds from a vanilla bean. Look for it in specialty stores or online; Nielsen-Massey is a good brand.
***What is all-butter puff pastry?
All-butter puff pastry is extra flavorful and has fewer additives. Look for Dufour brand at Whole Foods. Trader Joe's sells a more affordable version, but only in the fall and holiday baking season.