Strawberries 'n Cream

Strawberries and Cream Stack with Chocolate Syrup

This fabulously easy recipe is quick and easy, and if you decide to buy store bought syrup, pretty fuss free.
It consists of crispy layers of puff pastry with a slightly sweetened cream centre and fresh juicy strawberries.
You can cut up the fruit, and whip the cream way in advance.

The puff pastries can be baked a few hours ahead, and then just warmed up in the oven when you need to serve.

You can use any type of fresh fruit, and even lace the cream or sauce with some brandy or liquer for a more grown up affair.

Strawberries and Cream stack with chocolate syrup
serves 6

1 packet puff pastry (600g)
250ml cream
2 Tablespoons icing sugar
500g fresh strawberries
200ml of chocolate or fruit syrup

Preheat the oven to 180°C.

Cut the pastry into 12 equal rectangles:

Unfold the pastry so that the longest side is closest to you, and it lies horizontal.
Slice the pastry in half, so you have two squares.
Divide each square in 3 so you have 6 rectangular pieces altogether.

Cut these rectangles horizontally in half, so that you have 12 rectangles (not 12 long strips).
(they will be about 3cm wide, and about 10cm long).

Brush with milk or beaten egg or egg yolk.
Cook in the oven for 15 to 20 minutes, until risen and golden.

Slice the strawberries or halve them.
Whip the cream with the icing sugar.

Place a bottom slice of puff one each plate.
Spoon 2T cream ontop and layer some of the strawberries ontop.
Place the another slice of puff ontop.
Decorate with more fruit.

Serve with chocolate or fresh fruit syrup and/or lashings of icing sugar.