Heart-Shaped Strawberry Cream Cheese Breakfast Pastries

02.10.2016

Heart-Shaped Strawberry Cream Cheese Breakfast Pastries | Cooking Classy

Who loves the holidays? Insert raising hand emoji here because I seriously love them! But let’s be honest, really I just love all the holiday themed foods! Holidays only come about 10 times a year so it’s fun to have a day of splurging with delicious treats and butter/cheese/cream heavy entrees and sides, because who’s counting calories on Valentines – not me! Not that I really count anyway but I do try to watch what I eat.

These puff pastry hearts are the perfect breakfast or brunch treat to give to any of your friends or loved ones. Yes, they do take a little more effort then your typical dessert that uses a store bought puff pastry but they are so worth it – especially because of those pretty heart shapes and lovely red and pink colors. Really they aren’t so much time consuming as it is steps, like and waiting for pastry to thaw, cutting out and scoring the dough etc. Of course if you want to cut back on those you could just cut out 6 rectangles and slices the strawberries (vs dicing them into little pieces) which will go a little faster than the hearts. Or better yet, make them well worth your time and just double up the recipe. If doing so just start thawing one pastry about 15 minutes after the other since you don’t want to fully thaw it to room temp before baking. And as a side note, just so you aren’t expecting a really sweet dessert, know that these are more mildly sweet than some of the typical pastries and pies you may be used to (just be sure not to use a low-sugar jam here or they won’t have enough sweetness). I like them this way though as it leaves room for the flavor of the strawberries to shine, it also make it reminiscent of cheesecake which isn’t overly sweet either. And can we ever get enough of that flaky puff pastry? Never. I hope all of you have a fun Valentines day and may it be full of delicious Valentines day inspired treats!

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Heart-Shaped Strawberry Cream Cheese Breakfast Pastries

Heart-Shaped Strawberry Cream Cheese Breakfast Pastries

Ingredients

  • 1 sheet puff pastry
  • 2 oz (1/4 cup) cream cheese, softened
  • 1 1/2 Tbsp strawberry jam
  • 1 drop red food coloring (optional)
  • 2/3 cup very small diced strawberries
  • 1 large egg whisked with 1 Tbsp water
  • Powdered sugar, for dusting

Directions

  • Thaw puff pastry according to directions on package and halfway through thawing preheat oven to 400 degrees. While puff pastry is thawing, in a small bowl and using a rubber spatula, mix together cream cheese, jam and food coloring while pressing mixture along bottom and sides of bowl to smooth large lumps, transfer to refrigerator until ready to use (so it's not runny, you can flash chill in freezer if you prepared this near the end of the pastry thawing).
  • Cut pastry into heart shapes using a 3-inch heart-shaped cookie cutter (space them as close together as possible so you can get as many as you can out of the sheet). Transfer hearts to a baking sheet lined with a silicone liner or parchment paper, spacing 1 1/2-inches apart. Using a sharp pairing knife, lightly score a heart inside of each cut-out heart coming about 1/3-inch from the edge, without cutting entirely through bottom of the dough. Add 1 tsp of the cream cheese mixture to center of each heart then spread outward without covering the 1/3-inch edge. Add strawberries over cream cheese layer, again without covering the edge. Using your fingertip brush the 1/3-inch edge with egg/water mixture. Bake in preheated oven 14 - 15 minutes until edges are golden brown. Let cool on a wire rack then dust with powdered sugar. Serve the day they are prepared.
  • Recipe source: adapted from Just a Taste
http://www.cookingclassy.com/2016/02/heart-shaped-strawberry-cream-cheese-breakfast-pastries/

9 comments

  • Laura (Tutti Dolci): These are the cutest pastries, Jaclyn! Love these for Valentine’s Day! February 10, 2016 at 2:59pm Reply

  • Joanie: Wow! These are perfect for Valentines Day. They look beautiful & tummy.
    Is it possible to use raspberries instead? My husband loves raspberries but I’m not sure if they would hold us as well as the strawberries when cooked.
    I’m grateful for the wonderful recipe! February 11, 2016 at 8:29am Reply

  • Heather @ Boston Girl Bakes: Ooh these are so pretty! I love this idea! February 11, 2016 at 10:45am Reply

  • Colleen: These are beautiful, Jaclyn! what a great idea! I can’t wait to try them. I make your toaster strudels all the time and my husband loves them. Yhey are a favorite quick dessert. February 11, 2016 at 3:14pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: I’m so glad you and your husband have enjoyed the toaster strudels Colleen! February 11, 2016 at 5:08pm Reply

  • Kathy: Can the puff pastry be shapes a day ahead and then bake off the next day? February 11, 2016 at 5:11pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: I think that would be fine as long as the dough was kept cold. But I would definitely add the strawberries and egg wash the next day. February 17, 2016 at 9:43am Reply

  • Shiva@ElegantInspiredLiving.com: These are beautiful! I have made circles and squares with peaches and apricots which are delicious, I will definitely need to try the strawberry too. February 15, 2016 at 2:54pm Reply

  • Natasha: Made these cuties for Valentines day this year and loved them! I substituted the sheet dough for mini cups instead and they became wonderful bite sized treats. Thanks for the recipe. I just wrote about it in my first blog post! February 16, 2016 at 2:33am Reply

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