Puff Pastry Breakfast Bites
Puff pastry is very versatile and is used in a lot of dishes both savory and sweet alike. Layers of dough and loads of butter make puff pastry. Puff pastry can be made at home but the process is very cumbersome, hence store-bought is very convenient.
Also, if you have some puff pastry sheets in the freezer, making a snack for last minute guests can be a breeze.
Every time we go on vacations and have breakfast or coffee at various places puff pastry concoctions are very common. In Europe some pastry shops have a wide variety of puff pastry creations lined at the front of the store.
Niki recently had a sleepover with her friends, and I planned to make these little beauties as a breakfast for the girls. The girls greatly enjoyed the breakfast as much as I enjoyed putting them together.
Let’s get started now.
- 1 puff pastry sheet frozen, from a 18.5 oz box
- Flour to dust, optional
- ½ cup cream cheese
- 2-4 tbsp sugar
- 1 tsp lemon zest
- 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
- 1 cup berries, any kind
Thaw the puff pastry overnight by placing it in the refrigerator.
Preheat the oven to 400 degree F.
Using a hand mixer beat cream cheese, sugar, lemon zest and vanilla extract for 2-3 minutes until light.
Prepare the berries by washing and drying. If using strawberries and blackberries, cut in half. Blueberries and raspberries can be used whole.
Place the thawed puff pastry on a lightly floured surface and start to roll lightly or stretch. Be gentle as the butter can melt and the puff pastry can get sticky.
Use a flower shaped cookie cutter to shape the puff pastry into flowers. Spread a generous spoon of the cream cheese mixture over each flower.
Decorate with berries and bake in the oven for 14-16 minutes until light brown and crispy.
After shaping the puff pastry create a wall around the edges slightly so the cream cheese and berries can be filled in.
The famous proverb "you are what you eat” as quoted by the French author Anthelme Brillat-Savarin is very true. Food nourishes you from the inside out. Good health is of utmost importance to me. Vegetarianism and Veganism are gaining immense popularity these days. Natural, organic, healthy and homemade is my mantra.
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