It never hurts to keep a box of frozen puff pastry in the freezer, just in case you need to whip up a quick dessert for family or guests! Having puff pastry on hand makes it so easy to make a special treat, especially if you have some fresh fruit. Your dessert will look so much more complicated and impressive than it really is!
All you need to do is thaw out the frozen pastry for about an hour before you plan to start. Once the dough is just thawed gently unroll it and lightly dust the top with flour. Using a rolling pin roll it out just a bit. You can cut it in any sizes or shapes you want. Just make sure to prick the middle with a fork, leaving about a half inch around the edge that is not pricked.
To make the fruit topping:
I used strawberries because they are just coming into season so there are some nice ones at the market. Use a small carton, (or about 2 cups) rinse them and cut them into slices or slivers.
Add a few spoonfuls of strawberry jam to sweeten the berries, tossing them gently together .
A sprinkling of chopped pistachios added to the top of the pastries before baking them adds a nice touch. I love the pretty green color of pistachios. (but any nut will actually do). Have the nuts ready by chopping them them into fine pieces and setting them aside. (about 1/4 cup)
Put 1/2 cup of ricotta in a bowl and add a few tablespoon of the strawberry jam again to sweeten it. (You could do the same thing with cream cheese or sour cream) Stir together until smooth and creamy and set aside.
Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.
Spread the triangles with a layer of cream cheese or ricotta spread on the dough before adding a few spoonfuls of the berries.
Pop in the oven at 400 degrees for about 20 minutes, or until the edges are golden and crispy.
When they come out of the oven sprinkle some chopped fresh mint over them and some extra nuts.
These are so easy and delicious and look much more difficult than they really are. Your family will love them!