Hi everyone! I’m extremely excited to announce that this is my 100th post since starting Just One Cookbook! I want to dedicate this post to everyone who has been following my recipes and thank you all for giving me great motivation, support, and love throughout this journey.
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Today’s recipe is oven-baked sweets. If you are a regular here, you know this is pretty rare. I made these together with my children and we had lots of fun making them.
Mini Fruit Puff Pastry with Lemon Glaze
- 1 package frozen puff pastry (thawed according to the package instruction)
For the Filling
- sugar (optional for sprinkling over the fruits)
For Egg Wash
- 1 large egg (50 g w/o shell)
- 1 Tbsp water
For Lemon Glaze
- ½ cup confectioners’ sugar/powdered sugar
- 2 Tbsp lemon juice
- In a small bowl, whisk together powdered sugar and lemon juice for Lemon Glaze. The consistency should be slightly thick but runny. Cover and refrigerate overnight.
- While you are waiting for the pastry sheet to be thawed, wash fruits and drain well. Use a clean towel to dry them completely. Cut strawberries to smaller pieces.
- When 2 pastry sheets are thawed slightly, unfold them on a lightly floured surface. Using a rolling pin, spread the pastry sheet slightly. Using a round cookie cutter, cut the pastry sheet into 9 circles per sheet. Roll up the scraps into a ball and re-roll them and cut out circles. I was able to make 24 circles with the 2 sheets.
- Preheat the oven to 400ºF (200ºC). For a convection oven, reduce cooking temperature by 25ºF (15ºC). Whisk together the egg and water in a small bowl for egg wash.
- Place half of the pastry circles (12 circles for me) onto a parchment paper-lined baking sheet. Then put fruits of your choice in the center. You can sprinkle a little bit of sugar if you like.
- After you put all the fruits, brush the edges of the pastry circles with the egg wash using a pastry brush.
- Put remaining pastry circles on top of the filling.
- Press the edges of circles firmly to seal with a fork.
- Using a pair of kitchen shears, make 2 small slits on top of the pastry and brush the top of pastries with the egg wash using a pastry brush.
- Bake for 15 minutes or until the pastries are nice golden brown on the top. Remove from the oven and let the pastries cool slightly.
- Drizzle the lemon glaze on top.
- You can keep the leftovers in an airtight container and store in the refrigerator for up to 3 days or in the freezer for a month.