Sweetheart Treats: Valentine’s Strawberry Breakfast Puffs
I don’t know about you, but when I think of Valentine’s Day, I think of Breakfasts! I know that might seem a little unusual but it’s fun to surprise the ones you love with a special breakfast and I think it’s one of the ways to make the day ‘less Hallmark’ and more ‘little expressions of love.’ I think Valentine’s Day should the small gestures of love, treating the one you love or just treating yourself to something nice and sharing special times with family.
On Valentine’s Day, many of us will bake cupcakes for our significant others or make chocolate soufflés with heavy cream. Some of us will buy gifts or roses and cards, but for those of us who want to mark the occasion with something a little different, I have Valentines’ Breakfast Strawberry Puffs. A little breakfast treat which the little ones will love helping out with as there are lots of messy bits!
- 100g Mascarpone Cheese
- One roll of shop bought puff pastry
1. Heat your oven to 200 Degrees
2. Mix the mascarpone cheese with 2-3 tablespoons of jam (depending on taste preference).
3. Using a heart cutter, cut out 8-10 heart shapes in your roll of pastry. The amount will depend on the size of your cutter.
4. Use the outside of your pastry to cut out 5-6 strips of pastry.
5. Take the leftover bits of pastry to cut out more hearts, but for each heart, you’ll need a strip of pastry too.
6. Place the pastry hearts on a tray covered with greaseproof paper. Try to leave a gap of 1-2 inches between each heart.
7. Spread each heart with some of the mascarpone mixture leaving a 1-2cm gap around each heart.
8. Chop up the strawberries into small pieces and place on top of the jam and mascarpone mixture.
9. Spread a small amount of jam around on the pastry edge of each heart.
10. Get ready for the messy bit! Take each strip of pastry and spread with jam. Take two strips of pastry and twist them together.
11. Each twisted strip should then be placed around the hearts on top of the jam as an outline. It’s easier to do this in two pieces, rather than one, so that they meet at the top to make the heart shape. Pinch the twisted strip at the top of the heart and the bottom to make sure it stays in place.
12. Pop your hearts in the oven for 10 minutes and then turn the oven down to 180 degrees and cook the hearts for a further 10 minutes to make sure the bottom is properly cooked.
So that’s it! A perfect breakfast treat for the whole family! I hope you and your kids have fun making these hearts, and I hope they make your Valentine’s Day that much sweeter. Enjoy!