Strawberry Sweetheart Tart

Start with purchased puff pastry, add a creamy filling, and top with romantic red berries -- what a sweet and simple way to steal someone's heart.

+ enlarge image The way to someone's heart can be berry simple!
  • 1/2 of a 17-1/4-oz. pkg. frozen puff pastry, thawed (1 sheet)
  • 1 egg
  • 1 Tbsp. water
  • 1/3 cup sliced almonds, coarsely chopped
  • 2 Tbsp. sugar
  • 2 3-oz. pkgs. cream cheese, softened
  • 3 Tbsp. sugar
  • 2 Tbsp. amaretto or orange juice
  • 1/2 tsp. vanilla
  • 1/2 cup whipping cream
  • 2 cups sliced strawberries
  • 1/4 cup current jelly, melted

1. On a lightly floured surface, roll pastry sheet to a 12-inch square. Cut out an 11-inch heart. Transfer heart to an ungreased baking sheet. Cut excess pastry into 3/4-inch-wide strips. In a small cup, beat egg and water. Brush egg mixture in a 3/4-inch border around top of heart. Twist pastry strips and arrange around top edge of heart to make a border, brushing ends with egg mixture and overlapping strips slightly. Brush pastry with egg mixture. Prick center of pastry with a fork. Sprinkle pastry with almonds and the 2 tablespoons sugar.

2. Bake in a 375 degree F oven 12 to 15 minutes or until pastry is browned, pricking bottom once with fork if necessary to make it puff evenly. Let tart cool on baking sheet on a wire rack.

3. In a medium mixing bowl beat cream cheese and the 3 tablespoons sugar with an elecric mixer on medium speed about 1 minute or until fluffy. Add amaretto or orange juice and vanilla. Beat until thoroughly combined; set aside. In a chilled mixing bowl beat whipping cream until soft peaks form. Fold into cream cheese mixture. Spoon filling into cooled pastry shell and spread evenly.

4. Arrange sliced strawberries over filling, overlapping to cover filling completely. Brush with melted jelly. Cover; chill up to 2 hours before serving. Makes 6 servings.

Nutrition facts per serving: 505 cal., 35 g total fat (11 g sat. fat), 94 mg chol., 259 mg sodium, 42 g carbo., 2 g fiber, 7 g pro. Daily Values: 22% vit. A, 48% vit. C, 5% calcium, 7% iron.

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