These easy puff pastry fruit wraps offer the perfect fluffy crunch and can be customized with whatever fresh or canned fruit you have on hand.
Hey! The month of July has me crisscrossing the country, from a road trip to Chicago to a plane ride “home” to Oregon. While I’m away, I’ve lined up some awesome guest posts for y’all. Today, Jane is sharing a recipe for a quick and easy fruit-filled dessert.
Hello everyone, I’m Jane from My Imperfect Paradise. Thanks to Abby for having me here as a guest – while she’s away on a lovely holiday.
Summertime is really great for entertaining, but when it’s hot and sticky and you’d rather be sitting by the pool or at least just sitting with friends and enjoying a glass of wine, who wants to be slaving over a hot stove cooking?
I’ve been married for over thirty years and I must admit that at times I am completely over cooking and add to that coming up with ideas for meals that everyone will eat without protest – well, say no more! Mind you that is where meal planning in advance comes in, because it really does take the brain power required out of the equation at the end of the day when you’re tired.
However, on the weekend I was in the mood to cook and I fancied creating a dessert with just what I had in the freezer and pantry.
My father was one of those cooks. He’d come up with all sorts of things, experiment. Mind you he wasn’t great on cleaning up afterwards – after he’d used just about every pot and pan in the kitchen.
Dessert for us is normally a bit of fruit and yogurt, however I wanted something different. I scoured the cupboards and came up with a tin of peaches in light syrup, and in the freezer I had a few sheets of puff pastry – that nicely rolled out stuff. Who wants to be rolling pastry? Too much like hard work!
I had the idea I’d like to cook some sort of fruit wraps in the pastry, but decided I would add a few other ingredients – jam and cream cheese.
So here’s the recipe.
Easy Puff Pastry Fruit Wraps
Ready rolled puff pastry – 1 sheet per person
14 oz. can sliced peaches (or other fruit) – drained and chopped roughly
2-3 tablespoons any type of berry jam (you could use marmalade for a different taste)
2-3 tablespoons cream cheese (optional)
Take out pastry sheets and let them defrost naturally. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Prepare baking tray with a sheet of parchment paper.
Add jam and cream cheese (if using) to drained and chopped fruit. Mix together lightly. Don’t worry if cream cheese doesn’t break up much – just a little is enough.
Divide fruit mixture evenly between the sheets of pastry – I found that 1 can made 2 sheets. Fold corners in, overlapping and pressing down so that there are no gaps.
Bake till pastry cooked/lightly brown – about 20 minutes. Can be served with ice cream or yogurt if you’re trying to be extra healthy!
My husband tells me they were delicious. You may be wondering why I don’t know how they tasted. Well, I left the second one on the bench to cool – silly me, because the dogs and cat thought the second one was delicious too!
I hope you make these, and do experiment with different fruit and jams. The moral really of this recipe is that you can make anything out of anything :). You don’t necessarily need recipes, all you need to do is dig around in your pantry and see what you’ve got. Play around with flavours and ideas until you come up with something.
That’s half the fun…the other half is eating it – unless your pets get to it first.
Jane Beckenham is the writer of the blog My Imperfect Paradise a home/lifestyle/organizing and sometimes craft blog. She is adamant it doesn’t have to be perfect. Just fun, and bring you joy in the process. And just because she thinks she’s not busy enough – Jane is an author of contemporary and historical romance novels.
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