These easy heart shaped fruit puff pastries with vanilla glaze are perfect for your Valentines Day breakfast, brunch, or dessert! Or if you’re anything like me, they’re perfect for any time of the day, all year round. 😉
The Buttery Magic of Puff Pastry
Anything made with puff pastry is pure magic. Have you ever had it? I’m sure you have. Ever had a “Toaster Strudel”? An apple turnover? A palmier? A Danish pastry? A chicken pot pie? All of these sweet desserts and savoury indulgences are made using what I like to call the 8th world wonder, puff pastry. Puff pastry is made out of hundreds of layers of fat and flour dough. When it gets baked the fat/butter melts, and the liquid evaporates creating pockets of air (which makes it oh so flaky!) and it rises to its full and beautiful vertical potential.
Making puff pastry is QUITE the process (don’t worry, making puff pastry from scratch is NOT a part of this recipe–you can sigh that sigh of relief now). It consists of rolling and folding (referred to as “turning”) chilling for 30 minutes, and then repeating that whole process at least 6 times. And then chilling the dough overnight.
I made puff pastry once, it was in my “fundamentals of baking” course at culinary school a few years ago. I distinctly remember our chef saying “this will probably be the only and last time you’ll ever make puff pastry”. And he was right. It requires so much time and labour that you’re much better off just buying pre-made puff pastry from the grocery store. Do you agree?