Strawberries & Cream Puff Pastry and Pals

Let me start with a disclaimer that I have the cutest friends on the face of this earth.

So be warned, this post contains many photos of some of the most adorable people you’ll ever see.

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I find as the older I get, the less time it feels like I get to spend time with the people I love.

Even with the people I get to see nearly everyday, it usually feels fleeting and rushed. There are less moments that we stop and are completely present in the moment.

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Now this is understandable of course. Everyone has their own work and/or school, friends, family and commitments. And as high school and university ended people inevitably spread their wings and took off to different corners of the earth.

But I feel as I get older I find myself appreciating more all the wonderful people in my life, and wishing I could see them more often, and at the same time feeling as though as the years go by, the less I see of them. And the constant suspicion that someone is whittling down the hours I get each day… Time just seems to fly by.

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When I was a kid you just hung out with your friends whenever you felt like it. And now, it’s like a huge fucking accomplishment when you get more than 3 of your friends together at the same time, in the same place.

But as frustrating as it is at times, it kind of makes it that much more special when we do manage to get together. And I don’t know if it just comes with getting older, but I definitely appreciate the time I get to spend with people I love infinitely more now than I did before.

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And because we all don’t get to see each other as often as we’d like, I think there’s also a sense of relief and release that comes with spending quality time together. Like the feeling that this is what had been missing, and this is what we needed.

So when we gathered together in Amy’s kitchen and laughed until we cried over puff pastry and fresh strawberries, it was one of the moments that you didn’t have to do anything except sit there and enjoy the moment.

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It’s always nice to do something interactive when you get together with friends, especially when it involves food. And it doesn’t have to be complicated! Just something for all of you to putter around doing while you chat and drink tea.

And these puff pastry cut outs filled with whipping cream and fresh strawberries is so perfect! Yummy and incredibly easy.

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Puff Pastry with Strawberries and Cream

Ingredients:

1 box frozen puff pastry, thawed
1 carton of fresh strawberries
500 ml whipping cream
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 large egg
2 tablespoons milk
1 pinch salt
Granulated or coarse sugar for sprinkling

Method:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F
  2. Prep cookie sheet with parchment paper, set aside.
  3. Mix together egg, milk and salt to create egg wash, put in the fridge until ready to use.
  4. Roll out thawed puff pastry to about 1cm thickness onto the counter sprinkled with flour.
  5. Use a cookie cutter to cut out desired shapes. (We used apple shapes! Which doesn’t make any sense whatsoever considering we filled them with strawberries, but they were cute, so.)
  6. Place the cut outs onto the prepared baking sheet.
  7. Brush tops with egg wash and then sprinkle with sugar.
  8. Put into oven and bake until golden brown, about 10-15 minutes.
  9. While baking, beat together whipping cream and vanilla extract with electric mixer until stiff peaks. Put in fridge until ready to use.
  10. Slice strawberries and set aside.
  11. Once the puff pastry is golden brown, remove from the oven and allow to cool completely.
  12. Once cooled, use a small knife and cut almost all the way in half horizontally.
  13. Using a piping bag or a spoon, fill with whipping cream and strawberries.

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There are so many different things you can use instead of this combination! Double cream, caramelized bananas, other fresh berries, jam. The options are truly endless.

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And remember to cherish the moments with people you love. It’s easy to let them slip by since everything seems to go by so quickly anyways. But staying present and holding tightly to people and moments that matter makes all the difference.

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Especially if you instagram everything, like we do.

Thanks for stopping by! x

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