A dessert can be delicious and beautiful without breaking the bank or eating up all your time. You can make easy desserts simply using frozen fruit and puff pastry, and your friends or family will think you have a secret life as a pastry chef. Whether you have peaches, mixed berries or raspberries in your freezer, a crowd-pleasing dessert is only a few steps away.
Heart-Shaped Berry Tart
For a sweet twist on a tart, whip up a heart-shaped berry tart with puff pastry and frozen berries. Add mixed berries to a pan with sugar. Cook over high heat until the mixture has a jam-like consistency. Let the fruit mixture cool while you cut out heart shapes in the puff pastry. Spoon berry mixture in the center of half the pastry hearts. Place another heart shape on top and press the edges together. Brush with egg before putting the tarts in the oven, and bake until golden brown.
Raspberry Pain au Chocolat
With frozen raspberries, hazelnut spread and puff pastry, you can make a delicious raspberry pain au chocolat. Roll out puff pastry and cut into squares. Spoon some hazelnut spread and raspberries onto each square; you can even add a few chocolate chips for extra richness. Fold the puff pastry over the filling and press the edges together. Brush your pastries with egg to give them a nice golden gloss when you take them out of the oven. Once they're out of the oven, drizzle with chocolate for a dazzling presentation.
Braided Peach Strudel
Frozen peaches and puff pastry can make a perfect strudel. Mix together egg, thawed peaches, brown sugar, flour, pecans and vanilla extract. Roll out the pastry sheet and cut into rectangles. Spoon the peach mixture onto each rectangle of pastry, lengthwise. Cut long strips of puff pastry and place over the top of the peach mixture. Brush the pastry with egg and sprinkle with coarse sugar before putting it in the oven. Serve with fresh whipped cream or vanilla ice cream.
Mixed Berry Jalousie
A mixed berry jalousie has a nice sour kick. In a saucepan, heat frozen berries, sugar, lemon juice and lemon zest. Let simmer and reduce. Dissolve a little corn starch in water and add to the fruit mixture. Roll out your puff pastry and cut into rectangles. Pour the fruit mixture onto the puff pastry rectangles, fold the pastry over triangles and then cut slits on the sides and top of the pastry. Chill the assembled jalousie before baking. Serve with powdered sugar on top.
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