Valentine Napoleons

These pastries are quick to fix, thanks to convenient puff pastry! Field editor Kathleen Taugher of East Troy, Wisconsin, fills the hearts with a pudding and cream mixture and strawberries.

Preparation time: 20 minutes
Cook time: 10 minutes

You Will Need
1 package (17-1/4 ounces) frozen puff pastry, thawed
1 cup cold milk
1 package (3.4 ounces) instant vanilla pudding mix
1 cup whipping cream
1/4 cup confectioners’ sugar
1-1/4 cups sliced fresh strawberries
Additional confectioners’ sugar

What to Do
1. On a lightly floured surface, roll out each pastry sheet to 1/8-in. thickness. Using a 3-1/2-in. heart-shaped cookie cutter, cut out 12 hearts. Place on ungreased baking sheets. Bake at 400° for 8-11 minutes or until golden brown. Remove to wire racks to cool.

2. In a bowl, whisk milk and pudding mix for 2 minutes. In a mixing bowl, beat cream until it begins to thicken. Beat in confectioners’ sugar until soft peaks form. Fold into pudding.

3. Split puff pastry hearts in half. Place bottom halves on serving plates. Spoon 1/4 cup filling over each; top with strawberries and pastry tops. Sprinkle with confectioners’ sugar. Serve immediately.

Yield: 12 servings.

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