Strawberry Jam Pastry Hearts – With Valentine’s Day being celebrated on Wednesday 14th February, it’s clearly the week of love!
When I was strolling down the street the other day, I noticed that the shops, florists and chocolate stores are all advertising their specials and their store fronts are jam packed with delightful blooms, edible delights and specialty items for your loved one.
So, if you are looking for some inspiration or perhaps something a little different, you could settle in for a home-cooked dinner and then surprise them with a beautiful dessert that looks like you’ve spent all day in the kitchen, when in actual fact, it’s ready in less than 25 minutes and for less than AUD$10 – $15.
These little pastries are fun and easy to make, although they can be a little fiddly, but the reward is well worth it. Light, fluffy, buttery, flaky pastry with a hint of strawberry jam, which provides a little surprise without being over-powering. The fresh whipped cream, drizzled in chocolate and sprinkled with icing sugar with some raspberries, is just divine. These are all the items that spell….
L O V E!
Strawberry Jam Pastry Hearts - Valentines Day
- 2 sheets puff pastry partially thawed
- strawberry jam
- icing sugar
- melted chocolate to drizzle
- 1 egg
- 1/2 tablespoon water
- 2 tablespoons icing sugar
- 1/2 cup whipping cream
Preheat oven to 200C/400F.
Using your larger heart cutter and one sheet of pastry, make as many hearts as you can, or is as required.
Line a baking tray with grease-proof paper and carefully place your pastry hearts on to the tray. Using the tines of a fork, prick the pastry.
Place another sheet of grease-proof paper over the hearts and then place another baking tray on top. Bake for 6-8 minutes or until slightly golden. Allow to cool completely.
Using the second sheet of pastry and your medium shape heart cutter, make another four hearts. Then place the small heart cutter inside the cut that you made with the medium. Place aside until you are ready to use them
Add a teaspoon of strawberry jam to each base. Using the back of the spoon, spread the jam across the pastry hearts evenly. Don't worry if you go over the edges, this will help the next layer of pastry stick
Carefully remove the medium cut heart shape and place over the top of the base.
Using a pastry brush, carefully paint the uncooked pastries with the egg wash. Bake for 6 - 8 minutes or until puffed and lightly golden. Once cooked, remove from the oven and allow them to cool completely.
To serve, make up some whipped cream and place into the centre of the heart. Place the smaller heart on top of the cream. Sprinkle with icing sugar and drizzle some chocolate, add fresh raspberries or strawberries.