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Puff Pastry Hearts

 Puff Pastry Hearts
These adorable cream-filled hearts are perfect for Valentine’s Day or any time you want to serve a loving treat. The delightful recipe and pretty way to present it come from Sarah Vasques of Milford, New Hampshire.
36 ServingsPrep: 1 hour + chilling Bake: 10 min./batch + cooling

Ingredients

  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 3 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1-1/2 cups milk
  • 6 egg yolks, lightly beaten
  • 1/2 to 1 teaspoon rum extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1-1/2 cups heavy whipping cream
  • 2 packages (17.3 ounces each) frozen puff pastry, thawed
  • 1 jar (12 ounces) seedless raspberry preserves
  • 2 cups fresh raspberries
  • Confectioners' sugar

Directions

  • In a large saucepan, combine the sugar, cornstarch and salt. Stir in
  • milk until smooth. Cook and stir over medium-high heat until
  • thickened and bubbly. Reduce heat; cook and stir 2 minutes longer.
  • Remove from the heat. Stir a small amount of hot mixture into egg
  • yolks; return all to pan, stirring constantly. Bring to a gentle
  • boil; cook and stir 2 minutes longer.
  • Remove from the heat. Gently stir in extracts. Cool to room
  • temperature without stirring. Cover and refrigerate for 2-3 hours or
  • until chilled.
  • In a large bowl, beat cream until soft peaks form. Fold into custard.

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Puff Pastry Hearts (continued)

Directions (continued)

  • Cover and refrigerate until serving. Roll out pastry on a lightly
  • floured surface. Cut with a lightly floured 3-1/2-in. heart-shaped
  • cookie cutter.
  • Place 1 in. apart on parchment paper-lined baking sheets. Bake at
  • 400° for 8-10 minutes or until golden brown. Remove to wire
  • racks to cool.
  • Just before serving, warm preserves in a small saucepan; drizzle some
  • onto dessert plates. Split puff pastry hearts in half. Place bottom
  • halves on plates; spread each with 2 tablespoons of filling. Replace
  • tops; drizzle with remaining preserves. Garnish with raspberries and
  • confectioners' sugar. Yield: 3 dozen.
Nutritional Facts: 1 serving (1 each) equals 163 calories, 9 g fat (4 g saturated fat), 50 mg cholesterol, 71 mg sodium, 20 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, 2 g protein.