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Strawberry Bliss Recipe

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An easy-to-make puff pastry crust is topped with a soft-set pudding layer with a hint of strawberry flavor. Because this dessert needs to chill for at least an hour, it's your new go-to for a make-ahead brunch. —Candace Richter, Stevens Point, Wisconsin
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 30 min. Bake: 20 min. + chilling
MAKES:12 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 30 min. Bake: 20 min. + chilling
MAKES: 12 servings

Ingredients

  • 1 cup water
  • 1/2 cup butter, cubed
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 4 large eggs
  • 1 package (8 ounces) cream cheese, softened
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 5 tablespoons seedless strawberry jam
  • 3 cups cold milk
  • 1 package (5.1 ounces) instant vanilla pudding mix
  • 1/2 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 3 cups quartered fresh strawberries

Nutritional Facts

1 piece: 377 calories, 22g fat (13g saturated fat), 131mg cholesterol, 332mg sodium, 40g carbohydrate (27g sugars, 1g fiber), 7g protein.

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 400°. In a large saucepan, bring water and butter to a rolling boil. Add flour all at once and beat until blended. Cook over medium heat, stirring vigorously until mixture pulls away from sides of pan and forms a ball. Remove from heat; let stand 5 minutes.
  2. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Continue beating until mixture is smooth and shiny.
  3. Spread into a greased 15x10x1-in. baking pan. Bake 20-25 minutes or until puffed and golden brown (surface will be uneven). Cool completely in pan on a wire rack.
  4. In a large bowl, beat cream cheese, sugar and jam until smooth. Beat in milk and pudding mix until smooth. In a small bowl, beat cream until stiff peaks form; fold into pudding mixture. Spread over crust. Refrigerate at least 1 hour.
  5. Just before serving, top with strawberries. Yield: 12 servings.
Originally published as Strawberry Bliss in Taste of Home's Holiday & Celebrations Cookbook Annual 2014


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Irascible_Baker User ID: 8765838 261649
Reviewed Feb. 21, 2017

"This pastry whips up just like any other reliable choux pastry - super easy! I always let it cool before I add the eggs. I wet my hands generously and patted the dough into a jelly-roll (half-sheet?) pan. It may seem thin at first, but it does cover the pan and can be easily adjusted with gentle, brisk pats. It bubbles up tremendously during baking - it may look disastrous, but this is normal for choux and can be flattened out (I do this while it's hot). It will be very lumpy and uneven!

The filling scared me because it was very thin and runny; I beat it vigorously, and patiently waited for it to set – success! I ladled heaps of the pudding mixture over the crust and covered it, refrigerated overnight. By the next afternoon, all we had to do was heap it with sugared strawberries (and/or chocolate!) and an easily sliced dessert was ready to serve! I had no problems with moisture seeping into the pastry overnight – it was perfect.
We - including a picky eater who does not like jam or strawberries - could not taste any of the strawberry jam in the pudding; in the case of my picky eater, this was fortunate, but you may like to play with the recipe."

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