Petite Chocolate Berry Pastries

Stacked high and fanciful -- flavored whipped cream is piped on dainty chocolate-flavored pastry cutouts and topped with berries.

Makes:
6 servings
Prep:
25 mins
Bake:
6 mins 400°F
Chill:
4 hrs to 6 hrs
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Petite Chocolate Berry Pastries

Ingredients
1
package pie crust mix (for 2 crusts)
1/4
cup packed brown sugar
1/3
cup chocolate-flavored syrup
1 1/4
cups whipping cream
3/4
cup dairy sour cream
2
tablespoons orange liqueur
 
Orange peel curls (optional)
 
Powdered sugar (optional)

Directions

  1. In a large mixing bowl combine pie crust mix and brown sugar; add syrup. Stir together until mixture forms a ball. On a lightly floured surface, roll dough to 1/8 inch thick. Using a 3-inch cookie or biscuit cutter, cut into rounds. Reroll trimmings as necessary to make 30 pastry rounds. Transfer rounds to an ungreased baking sheet. Bake in a 400 degree F oven about 6 minutes or until set. Transfer to a wire rack and cool completely.*
  2. In a chilled large mixing bowl combine the whipping cream and granulated sugar. Beat with chilled beaters of an electric mixer on medium speed until soft peaks form (tips curl). Fold in sour cream. Spoon whipped cream mixture into a self-sealing plastic bag; seal bag. Carefully cut a small hole in one corner of the bag.
  3. To assemble, pipe about 3 tablespoons of the whipped cream mixture onto a pastry round. Repeat layers. Place a third pastry round on top. Repeat to make a total of 6 stacks.* Cover stacks and remaining whipped cream mixture with plastic wrap; chill for 4 to 6 hours. (Chilling softens the pastry, making it easier to eat.)
  4. To serve, drizzle liqueur over berries; toss gently. Top stacks with remaining whipped cream mixture. Spoon some of the berries on top of each serving. If desired, garnish with orange peel curls and dust with powdered sugar. Makes 6 servings.

From the Test Kitchen

*

Wrap and freeze any remaining pastry rounds for up to 6 months. Thaw at room temperature to serve.

Nutrition Facts

(Petite Chocolate Berry Pastries)
    Per serving:
  • 530 kcal cal.,
  • 29 g fat
  • (12 g sat. fat,
  • 42 mg chol.,
  • 389 mg sodium,
  • 63 g carb.,
  • 2 g fiber,
  • 5 g pro.
  • Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet
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