Thursday, August 9, 2012

Strawberry Puffed Pastry Rolls

This is so beautiful, but so easy to make because you are using one of my favorite easy tricks.  You use puffed pastry from your freezer and can serve them warm out of the oven with little effort.

2 rolls of thawed puff pastry
1  8 oz. package of cream cheese
Fresh or frozen strawberries (or your favorite fruit)
1 cup of strawberry jam or jelly (approximate)

Thaw the puff pastry and sprinkle it with a little flour so that it will not stick when you roll it out a little more. Roll it out an inch more or thinner if you can.  Soften the cream cheese by microwaving it in your microwave for 45-60 seconds or use the whipped cream cheese (it spreads nicely).  Divide and spread half the amount of cream cheese on both pastry sheets.  Spread your jam or jelly on top of the cream cheese and top with your strawberries.

Cut the pastry into about 1 inch strips and them roll up. Put your rolls on a parchment or silpat lined baking sheet and bake at 400 degree until they are golden brown (about 20 minutes depending on your oven, but check after 15 minutes).  The secret is when you start smelling it, it is usually done or should be looked at.

Remove your rolls and transfer to your serving plate.  They continue to bake on a hot baking sheet, so remove right away.  Dust them with powdered sugar.   These are simply gorgeous, couldn't be any simpler and should please anyone that eats them.  Put some fresh strawberries on the plate to garnish it.

To make it your own, use what ever fresh or frozen fruit you like.  It would be great with blueberries or for a red, white and blue theme you could use both berries or do one sheet with strawberries and one with blueberries and still have the theme, but let guest pick the berry they like the best.  You could also make a simple glaze of powdered sugar, milk, and vanilla and drizzle it on top rather than the powdered sugar.  You decide how much you want to fuss.

Have a great day.  Be happy and may God bless you and yours.   

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