Ah, what says love better than a dozen heart-shaped flaky golden pastries covered in sweet red jam? If you’re looking for a delicious breakfast or dessert idea to treat someone special, you’ve come to the right place. This easy bake will only take up to 45 minutes and will leave a delicious smell all through the house. Here’s how to create our tasty pastries, (you can thank us later).
NB: I made homemade jam to go on my pastries, but you can easily miss this step out and add some shop bought jam onto the top of your pastries once they’re ready.
What you’ll need:
- 250g of puff pastry (a block or a sheet)
- 100g of strawberry jam (shop bought or homemade)
- A small heart shaped cookie cutter
- Preheat your oven to 220˚C or Gas Mark 7.
- Take your pastry block out of the fridge about 20 minutes before using.
- Roll out the pastry while it’s still cool until it’s about 1cm thick all over. Allow the pastry to stand for a few minutes before the next step.
- Get your heart shaped cookie cutter and cut out 12 little heart shapes.
- Cover a baking tray with baking paper and lay your heart pastries on there, leaving a gap between each one.
- Put your pastries in the oven for 20-30 minutes or until they’re golden brown.
- Take them out of the oven and leave them to cool before you add your strawberry jam (in a heart-shaped fashion).
- Serve them up on Valentine’s day to make a special someone very happy.
Homemade Jam (optional step)
- 200g fresh strawberries
- 100g white sugar
- Juice from ¼ of a lemon
- Put one small plate in the freezer (you’ll find out why later).
- Chop your strawberries into quarter pieces and put them into a pot.
- Add the sugar and lemon juice to the same pot and stir it all together so that the strawberries are well coated.
- Turn on the hob and cook the jam mixture at a low heat, very gently, until the sugar has completely dissolved. If any sugar remains on the sides of the pan, push it to the bottom and wait for it to dissolve.
- Turn up the heat to start bubbling the jam and bring it to the boil for 5-10 minutes until the jam has reached 105˚C, then turn off the heat. If you don’t have a thermometer, take out your cold plate from the freezer and spoon a little jam onto it. Leave it for 30 seconds and then push a hole into the middle of the jam with your finger; if the jam wrinkles and doesn’t flood to fill the gap, it’s ready. If not, turn the heat back on and boil the jam for another two minutes.
- Your jam is now ready! Just wait for it to cool and then add it to your lovely pastries.
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