I for one love a quick and easy dessert like these Mixed Berry Pastries during the Holiday season. I tend to spend so much time in the kitchen preparing the main meal, that when it comes to the end of the night, when everyone’s belly is full and guests just want to linger at the table nibbling on dessert and having a good ol’ chat, so do I! I want to sit back and relax with the rest of them, not run in and out of the kitchen praying that my cake doesn’t sink (clearly I am speaking from experience here 🙂 ).
That’s where this clever little dish comes in. These mixed berry pastries with maple mascarpone cream may look and sound five-star, but they are seriously simple to whip up!
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There is very little required in terms of assembly, and every component can be made-up ahead of time. Win win! Simply bake your puff pastry rounds, whip up that mascarpone cream and thaw those berries. When time for dessert comes around, it’s just a matter of arranging everything into a nice little stack and sitting back down at the table with your impressive festive treat. Don’t worry, no one will suspect how easy it was!
Allow Yourself Time to Enjoy your Guests and Family!
What is better than spending Christmas evening actually being able to enjoy the company of your guests, and enjoying good food at the same time? Ok, someone else doing the dishes maybe 😛 we can all dream!
As a child, Santa would always leave my siblings and I a piece of our favorite fruit in the bottom of our stockings. Now that Santa spends his visits lavishing attention on my children instead of me, my lovely husband has picked up the reins and kept the tradition alive. Every year without fail I find a beautiful ripe pomegranate at the bottom of my stocking (bless). It has become a bit of a new tradition in my little family to share this pomegranate by incorporating it into our Holiday dessert. For that reason, you will find juicy pomegranate arils among the berries sprinkled atop creamy maple mascarpone cream, and sandwiched between flaky golden puff pastry. Sprinkle some crushed pistachios on top and you find yourself with a heavenly combination.
Flaky golden puff pastry discs sandwich a creamy maple mascarpone cream and mixed berries. Top with a sprinkle of crushed pistachios and you have a heavenly combination just waiting to be served at your Holiday table.
- 1 1/3 cups Frozen Mixed Berries (if fresh berries are in season then use those)
- 2 sheets Frozen Puff Pastry, partially thawed
- 1/2 cup Cream
- 1 tbsp Maple Syrup
- 1/2 tsp Pure Vanilla Essence
- 1/2 cup Mascarpone
- 1 tbsp Pistachios, crushed for serving
- 1 tbsp Coconut, dessicated for serving
Preheat oven to 425F
Lay frozen berries on a tray covered with paper towels and set aside to thaw slightly
Line another tray with baking paper. Cut 8 rounds from 2 sheets of Puff Pastry using a 10cm fluted biscuit cutter
Place rounds on prepared tray and prick all over with a fork. Pop another layer of baking paper on top, followed by another baking tray (to keep the pastry flat)
Pop in the oven and bake for 6 minutes when the pastry should be golden. Remove from oven and set aside to cool
Meanwhile, whip the cream with the maple syrup and vanilla essence. Once thickened, gently fold in the mascarpone
To serve, place a pastry round on a plate, place a dollop of the cream mixture on top followed by some berries and a second pastry round. Sprinkle some coconut and pistachios on top and serve