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Raspberry puff pastry heart, a Valentine’s Day delight

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Preparation: 01 ore 00 min
Cooking: 01 ore 00 min
Ingredients for: 4 people
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Raspberry puff pastry heart: a romantic dessert

The raspberry puff pastry heart is a spectacular dessert, designed to make candlelit dinners organised on Valentine’s Day even more magical. Just as the name suggests, it reproduces the shape of a heart and is also enhanced by the red colour offered by the raspberries used in the covering phase.

Above all, the puff pastry heart is a delicious treat. Two classic layers of puff pastry enclose mascarpone and raspberry cream in an embrace that stands out for its intensity and balance.

Fortunately, making the dessert is also quite easy, particularly if you use pre-made puff pastry. While I usually advise making preparations yourself, in this instance, I suggest purchasing the pastry from the grocery store. We are discussing one of the hardest doughs ever; furthermore, there are excellent-quality products available.

Recipe raspberry puff pastry heart

Preparation raspberry puff pastry heart

  • To prepare the raspberry puff pastry heart, follow these steps: Roll out the pastry. Draw a heart on a piece of cardboard at least 3 cm thick, cut out the heart, and use it as a guide to cut the pastry twice so as to obtain two layers.
  • Bake the two puff pastry hearts at 200 degrees for about 20 minutes on a baking tray lined with baking paper. Please note that the sheets must be puffy and golden.
  • Then take the leaf hearts out of the oven and let them cool.
  • Transfer a large part of the raspberries (leaving some aside for the garnish) and the icing sugar into the blender glass. Blend and pass the puree through a sieve to obtain a sort of thick juice. Cook the latter over low heat to thicken it further.
  • Separately, whip the cream and mascarpone together, then add the cooled juice and the condensed milk.
  • Once the cream is ready, transfer it to a piping bag fitted with a smooth nozzle and place tufts of it on the first puff pastry heart. Put the other heart on top of the cover.
  • Lastly, add more cream and meringue tufts as garnish, alternating between both. Place raspberries on top and serve.

Ingredients raspberry puff pastry heart

  • 2 rolls of puff pastry
  • 280 gr. of mascarpone
  • 200ml. of fresh cream
  • 100 gr. of lactose-free and sweetened condensed milk
  • 200 gr. of raspberries
  • 20 gr. of icing sugar
  • small meringues.

A simple filling that gives out a lot

Since the filling best embodies the essence of the raspberry puff pastry, it is worthwhile to discuss. Raspberries, icing sugar, cream, milk, and mascarpone are combined to make the filling. It’s an easy process: you whisk the cream and mascarpone (which for this occasion needs to be straight out of the refrigerator) and then mix in a puree of raspberries and sugar (which has been sifted and thickened in a saucepan). Finally, stir in the condensed milk until thoroughly combined.

Using a traditional piping bag, create tufts of cream by applying it to the first puff pastry base.

The filling is therefore simple and easy to prepare, but it gives out a lot in terms of taste and on a visual level, thanks to the bright white enlivened by the red of the raspberries. Perfect for a dessert that wants to be delicious without going overboard.

How to prepare condensed milk for the raspberry puff pastry heart

Condensed milk is included in the list of ingredients, as we have seen. It has two purposes: first, it adds a milky flavour to the combination, making it even sweeter; second, it modifies the consistency, making it denser and more stable.

How should condensed milk be made? Nothing easier. One must make a fairly dense solution of milk and starch, which is then added to melted butter in a pot and enhanced with sugar. At this point, optional flavourings like vanillin can be added. The next stage is to cook, or more accurately, to thicken over a low heat for no more than five minutes. It is vital to mix frequently but slowly at this point.

The condensed milk thus obtained is ready to be integrated into recipes. It is perfect for thickening, sweetening, and flavouring creams, just as seen bove. It can also be used to spike drinks, such as coffee or smoothies. Some even consume it as is, as if it were a spread. On the other hand, it is perfect as a cream for bread, biscuits, and rusks.

A vibrant and delectable finishing touch for the raspberry puff pastry heart.

The coating and topping of this puff pastry heart are its strongest qualities; they add even more particular touches and visual appeal while adhering to the Valentine’s Day aesthetic. Meringues, whole raspberries, and tufts of cream (the same used for the filling, arranged in a crown) make up the garnish. This produces a decoration that plays with the red and white tones, pleasing the palette and the eyes.

But the raspberries, which visually contrast with the rest of the ingredients, take centre stage. They also have an impact on nutritional and taste perceptions. However, they include a wealth of vitamins, mineral salts, and antioxidants and are lower in calories than you may think.

Raspberries contain large doses of vitamin C (which benefits the immune system), potassium (which regulates blood pressure), and ellagic acid. The latter compound slows down photo-induced skin ageing and has anti-tumour properties because it is an antioxidant. Lycopene, a different class of antioxidant that is specifically responsible for the red colour of raspberries, is also present in them.

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How to prepare the meringues for the raspberry puff pastry heart

Meringues have a role, too, even if raspberries have the most. They add a little crunchy aspect and interfere with the consistency of the raspberry puff pastry heart. Furthermore, they enhance the dessert with their sugary but delicate flavour.

The meringues, at least in their dry form, can be purchased at the supermarket, but I recommend making them at home. They are among the simplest desserts ever, requiring just a couple of ingredients: egg whites, sugar, and a few drops of lemon juice. Then you assemble everything, place the mixture in a piping bag to form tufts, and cook it.

It is advised to stick to low temperatures to avoid drying out the meringues before cooking, which could cause them to shatter. To ensure that the mixture has the proper humidity, the oven must also be warmed.

As regards the cooking time, we are talking about a good two hours. In any case, the cooking signal can be verified by moving the meringues inside the tray. If they move without sticking to the bottom, then they are ready.

How to make the recipe allergy-proof

Basically, the raspberry puff pastry heart is off limits for celiacs and those intolerant of lactose. The pastry is made with 00 flour and therefore contains gluten. Furthermore, cream and milk contain significant quantities of lactose. But there is a solution, which is to make the right changes and replacements.

For the puff pastry roll, it is necessary to find a gluten-free flour that works well in the dough. Rice flour is ideal, as is corn flour. However, they must be added with a little starch to ensure the necessary elasticity.

As far as lactose intolerants are concerned, it is sufficient to replace cream and milk with lactose-free variants. The flavour is identical except for a slight sweet note due to the lactose-free process. This process, in fact, breaks down lactose into glucose and galactose, two very simple sugars that are detectable on the palate. I advise against using vegetable products, as they yield little in terms of consistency.

Raspberry puff pastry heart FAQs

How much fat does the puff pastry contain?

The pastry is a medium-fat dough; in fact, it boasts a fat content of 24% for a caloric intake of 400 kcal per 100 grammes.

What does puff pastry contain?

Puff pastry (the artisanal one, at least) contains flour, butter, water, and salt. Industrial puff pastries may contain additional gluten, alcohol, lemon juice, flavourings, and inactive yeasts.

What flour should be used for homemade puff pastry?

Generally, strong flours, i.e., very glutinous ones, are used. 00 flour and all highly refined ones are recommended.

How long does it take to cook puff pastry?

A golden tint is essentially an indication that the puff pastry is done. It should only take 20 minutes at 180 degrees, but if you want a really creamy and luscious filling, you can let it cook at 200 degrees.

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