When I was a child I didn’t like sweets made with puff pastry: they would crumble so easily leaving my hands dirty and sticky. Traditionally, Italians do not use puff pastry for sweets very often… I remember eating lots of it in France though. Well, I have grown up and the times when I did not like sweets made with puff pastry have long gone. Would that be because I have learnt how to eat them without making too much of a mess? Or more likely, because I do not care about the mess anymore… I like them too much! This recipe is very simple and quick to prepare. I made it the other day as I had some left over cream and strawberries and wanted to put them somewhere else other than in a glass! I happened to have some puff pastry in the freezer (something that I always have), so the decision as to what to make was easily taken: strawberries and cream in puff pastry cases. Enjoy!
Ingredients (makes 2):
1 sheet frozen puff pastry, thawed
150 gms strawberries
150 ml cream, to whip
2 tbsp sugar
More sugar to sprinkle on top of the cases
Milk to brush the cases with
Mint leaves for decoration (optional)
Clean and cut the strawberries into 4 pieces each. Put them in a small bowl with 1 tbsp of sugar, mix well and keep them aside. Cut 1 strawberry in half and keep for decoration.
Take 2 round cutters: one of 10 cm in diameter and a smaller one (about 5 cm in diameter). Using the bigger cutter, cut 2 circles and put them on a tray lined with baking paper.
Then with the same cutter, cut 2 more big circles. Take the smaller cutter, put it in the middle of the big circles and cut out 2 smaller circles, making a “hole” in the big circles (they will look like rings).
Put these rings on top of the big full circles, like in the picture and press them gently with your fingers so they attach.
Make small holes with the tines of a fork in the centre of each case, so they do not puff up in the oven.
Brush the cases with milk and sprinkle some sugar on the top.
Bake them in a preheated fan-forced oven at 200°C for about 10 minutes or until golden brown. When ready, keep them aside to cool.
In the meantime, whip the cream with 1 tbsp of sugar. When ready, add the strawberries and any accumulated juices and fold them in gently.
Put the strawberries and cream in the puff pastry cases and decorate with half a strawberry and mint leaves.
NOTE: do not throw away your left over pastry. You can brush it with milk and sprinkle some sugar on the top to make delicious pastry treats to serve with tea or coffee.
Just a quick one… Paola from An Italian Cooking in the Midwest honoured me with yet another award, one I had never received before! It is the Most Deserved Award:
Thank you soooo much/grazie Paola! 🙂 For the people out there who still do not know her, she is an Italian girl living in the USA and trying to cook authentic Italian food (but not exclusively) in her new home… just like me. Her blog An Italian Cooking in the Midwest is fantastic and filled with delicious recipes! You absolutely must check it out!
Also… I got another wonderful award from Sandra of Sandra’s Easy Cooking! This is a special award that Sandra herself created to pass along to all the bloggers she follows and follow her.
She is one of the first bloggers I met on this journey and I love her blog. She has a great personality and you can easily see that by reading her posts. If you still do not know her site, you need to visit it ASAP, you have no idea what you’ve been missing!!! Thank you soooo much Sandra from Sandra’s Easy Cooking! <3
I have been given and I have shared quite a few awards lately (THANKS everyone!!!!), so I thought of sharing these 2 with the only person I could not pass any of them to, as she has always been awarding me!!! So, this one is ALL for you my dear friend Tina from Pinay Cooking Corner! I do not think I need to introduce her to my readers, as I am sure you are all familiar with her wonderful site… but if there is anyone who still does not know her… well, what are you waiting for? Just click on Pinay Cooking Corner and check out all the mouth watering dishes that Tina prepares and shares with all of us! 🙂
Veramente belli – e buoni! – questi cestini: fanno un figurone 🙂
Ohhhh….thanks so much, Manu! I am so touched! Knowing you is one of the greatest things that happened to me in my blogging journey…and I will forever be thankful for that! :-*
Your strawberry & cream in puff pastry looks gorgeous! I might try it this weekend if time permits me. 🙂
Sandra's Easy Cooking says
Awww thank you Manu for mentioning me:)) I have puppy face on me know:) you are too sweet!
Your Cream puff cases look amazing! I always loved puff pastry, well now i am trying to avoid it but so far was unsuccessful to resist..I am sure that your taste just divine!
Thanks again sweetie!!!
Looks absolutely delectable Manu!
Hester Casey - Alchemy says
Well done Manu on yet more awards! Love your strawberry pastry. I’ve just had strawberries for dessert, but your cream and puff pastry creation would have lifted them out of the ordinary.
Amy @ Gastronome Tart says
These are perfect! I still have some puff pastry leftover from when I made it, so this would work out perfectly!
Ooooo la la….I L O V E Puff pastry. I like dirty and sticky **wink wink** heehee!!!
I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again…you deserve every and all awards given to you. Congrats! And hun….this recipe looks sooooo so so goood! Ummmm!
Giulietta @ Alterkitchen says
Uhm…. simple and tasty: perrrrfect! I’ll try them soon! 🙂
Congrats on the awards!
strawberry cream puffs looks awesome. i wish you could be my neighbor.
Nami @ Just One Cookbook says
You didn’t like puff pastry?!?! I loved them since when I was small and I would never leave one flake on my plate! I love flaky pie texture. This looks so good! Congrats on awards, and you are very kind to pass Sandra’s award to Tina! Very sweet gestures and it shows how caring you are. 🙂
Oh, my gosh! These look fabulous! Strawberries, cream and puff pastry??? Mmmmm…marvelous~
Mah grazie! Thank you for mentioning me and for the great introduction! I will have to step it up now! Will do my best to keep deserving your support!
Marsha @ The Harried Cook says
I love how pretty those two puff pastry rings look in two layers. Gorgeous little puff pastry case. I can’t believe you didn’t like puff pastry. I remember as a child I would make sure not to waste even a single flaky bit, just like Nami mentioned above. This dessert looks incredibly delicious! Thanks for sharing… And congrats on the awards!
One word for this dessert Manu…MOUTHWATERING! I love the delicate, flakey texture of puff pastry… and paired with strawberries and cream? Sounds divine! HAPPY happy happy Friday!
I was like you. I just didn’t like sweet dish much and with puff pastry that makes your hand messy was something I never liked. Looking at this dish of yours .. I am speechless babe. I have to try this .. looks super delicious 🙂
What wonderful tarts! The photography is so good that I want to take a bite!
Congratulations on the awards! This dessert is so gorgeous! Must be heaven in every mouthful 🙂 the pics were truly a treat !
Karin @yum and more says
Manuela your blog is beautiful and inspirational!!
Beth Michelle says
Manu, these are sooo pretty. Strawberries and cream are a match made in heaven!
Hi! manu i just love puff pastry, Definitely a must try ur version! Looks so appealing!