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31.10.10

STRAWBERRY PASTRIES



Martha Stewart's Individual Peach Pastries revisited:

I use strawberries, but any other thinly sliced fresh fruit will do. The fruit has to be thin; otherwise the pastry will be soggy on the bottom. Place only 4-5 paper-thin slices of fruit on each pastry; again too much fruit will produce too much liquid and you don’t want the bottoms to be soggy. Use very little brown sugar, actually I use the commercial Brown Splenda and even less then the recipe calls for. The result is always a delectably sweet confection. I make them as a flat pastry, but I also make them in tart shape by lining a cupcake tin with the filo. The effect is quite attractive, but you have to reduce the time in the oven to 8 minutes, otherwise the edge of the filo will burn. The flat pastry can take up to 14 minutes or more making the caramelization process more successful.

4 filo sheets
2 Tbsp butter, melted
3 large fresh strawberries sliced 1/4-inch thick
6 tsp brown sugar


• Preheat the oven to 400F.
• Paper - thinly slice the strawberries.
• Remove the filo from the package and lay it on a flat surface.
• The stack of pastry sheets are folded in half. Open the stack in the middle.
• Leaving a single sheet on the board, fold back the rest of the filo sheets and set them aside.
• Quickly brush the single filo with melted butter.
• Place the filo stack back on top of the single sheet and fold down the bottom sheet from the stack.
• Remove the remaining pastry sheets and set them aside.
• You now have 2 filo pastries on top of one another.
• Brush the top pastry with melted butter.
• Repeat the procedure twice more until you have 4 pastry sheets on top of each other and each pastry has been brushed with butter.
• With a sharp knife cut the buttered filo stack into 12 squares.
• Depending on the brand of filo you use, you cut the filo differently. Just aim to get squares if you bake them in a cupcake tin. For flat pastry you can cut the filo into rectangles. Before I place on the fruit I fold back the ends creating a bit of a wall to contain the fruit.
• Arrange the strawberry slices inside the filo lined cupcake tin or on the top of each flat pastry stack.
• Sprinkle each pastry with 1/2 teaspoon of brown sugar.
• Bake the pastries in the cupcake tins for 8 minutes and the flat pastries for 14 minutes.
• Makes approximately 12 pastries
• Serve with a small dollop of yogurt cheese and whipping cream.

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