Bright read strawberries are just so beautiful . Sweet succulent and with a touch of tartness these are perfect for an in-between snack . I don’t usually cook strawberries much .. why mess with perfection ? But these strawberry tarts are an exception . This is a quick , last minute desert that is made with just a couple of ingredients and to top it there is virtually no cleanup afterwords .
So the last week we made a trip to the farm and got ourselves baskets full of strawberries . There are so many ways you can use them up . Jams , tarts , compotes , cakes … I love strawberry tarts , but after a full day was in no mood to spend much time cooking . Puff pastry sheets are always there in my fridge/freezer. Here is my recipe for easy quick puff pastry
, but the store bought one works as well. Not the most healthy thing to have , and you definitely do not want to be cooking with them everyday . But these unassuming sheets of dough are your best friend when it comes to quick indulgences.
Defrost the frozen puff pastry sheets . Usually one can leave these on the counter for 20 minutes while the oven is preheating .Preheat the oven to 400°F (200°C). Wash and trim the berries . If there are any large berries halve them . The goal is to get them into uniform size. Warm 2 tablespoons of jam till it is runny . I prefer strawberry jam but most any will do . Cut the sheets into 4″X4″ squares . Poke them all over with a fork . Brush with a little melted jam . Arrange the strawberries in the center leaving about half an inch from the sides . Fold the sides over . This helps to catch the juices while cooking .
Arrange the berries the way you please , slice them or leave them whole . Brush the tops with a little jam. This gives the cooked tart a nice shiny look . Transfer these to a parchment lined cookie sheet .
Bake in a preheated oven for 20 mins . Remove from the oven and cool in pan for 5 minutes . Serve plain or with a dusting of powdered sugar . How easy was that !!!
Puff Pastry sheet -1
Strawberries - 1 Pint box
Strawberry Jam - 2 Tbsp (or more)
Powdered Sugar / Whipped Cream
Thaw the puff pastry sheets . Preheat the oven to 400°F (200°C).Wash and trim the strawberries .Warm the strawberry jam till it is runny .
Cut the puff pastry sheet into squares of 4" sides .Poke the squares with a fork .
Brush with melted jam .Transfer to a baking sheet lined with parchment paper.
Arrange the berries on the pastry sheet leaving 1/2" to 1" border.Fold the sides over itself. or pinch to create a thicker border .Repeat with the remaining squares.Brush the remaining jam over the tarts .
Transfer to the preheated oven and bake for 20 minutes. Remove from the oven and cool in pan for at least 5 minutes.Transfer to the serving plate .
Serve with a dusting of powdered sugar or top with whipped cream .
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