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Strawberry Strips

Ingredients

Pastry

  • 1 frozen puff pastry strip (or make your own pastry)
  • 2 teaspoons granulated sugar
  • 1/2 recipe Pastry Cream
  • 1 pint medium size strawberries
  • 1/4 cup strawberry jelly
  • 1 teaspoon granulated sugar
  • 2 tablespoons chopped pistachio nuts or other nuts

Pastry Cream

  • 1 small box French vanilla or plain vanilla instant pudding
  • 1 cup milk
  • 2 tablespoons cognac or brandy
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream

Instructions

  1. Pastry: Make pastry and cut into strips about 2 inches long and 1 inch wide.
  2. Bake at 350 degrees F for approximately 10 minutes. Cool.
  3. Spread Pastry Cream on each strip. Top with strawberries, pointed end up, 2 to a row.
  4. Melt strawberry jelly with 1 teaspoon sugar. Let bubble 1 minute; cool slightly and glaze each strawberry. Sprinkle nuts down sides of each strawberry strip.
  5. Pastry Cream: Prepare pudding mix using 1 cup milk; fold in cognac or brandy.
  6. Beat heavy cream until it forms soft peaks. Fold into pudding mix.
  7. Cover with plastic wrap. Cool.

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