Every few weeks I find myself with an abundance of fresh strawberries. My husband and I love to eat strawberries with Greek yogurt for a late night snack. Sometimes we have left over strawberries and when this happens I always try to turn them into an easy dessert. I’m not a huge baker, mostly because having cookies around the house is a problem 🙂 . My Strawberry Chocolate Pastry Puffs are a delicious, decadent, yet healthy dessert that’s easy to make at home. Fresh strawberry sauce stuffed inside flaky puff pastry with chocolate drizzled on top are so delicious you’ve be tempted to eat more than a few! This is a Weight Watcher friendly recipe and each pasty puff is 4 SmartPoints.
I really don’t bake that much, mostly because baking is a different beast that I have yet to fully tackle. I love cooking because I can just throw random ingredients together, add spices without really measuring, and have an amazing dish. Baking is so much different! Baking is a science and it’s all about following the recipe to a T, measuring every ingredient, and having a lot of patience. Another reason I don’t bake much is because having cake or cookies around the house often is not the best idea. My husband and I have a sweet tooth so anytime I make cookies or any baked good for that matter, we will likely eat the whole thing in a day. I know, it’s bad! So, when I bake it’s usually for a special occasion :-P.
A while back I had a bunch of fresh strawberries and was craving dessert. It’s hard to find a baked good that is healthy, Weight Watcher friendly, and doesn’t have a bunch of artificial ingredients. In the fall, I made these delicious Pumpkin Hand Pies using puff pastry so I decided to remake those but use fresh strawberries instead of pumpkin. Puff pastry is seriously awesome! I love baking with this dough because it’s already made so I don’t have to worry about making dough and whatever I make with the dough comes out looking and tasting like it came from a bakery!
I have a fond memory of eating toaster strudel on the weekends as a child. You remember toaster strudel, right? I’m a child of the 80’s-90’s so these were all the rage when I was a kid. Flaky pastry with fruit stuffed inside topped with a sweet glaze, and made in the toaster! It was always fun to eat these because I could make them myself. These Strawberry Chocolate Pastry Puffs seriously taste exactly like strawberry toaster strudel… no joke! There’s something so good about eating flaky, puffy treats straight from the oven and these puffs are addictive! Not only do they taste amazing, but they are honestly easy to make.
As I mentioned before, I’m not a super skilled baker so I can say with honestly that this recipe is easy to follow. It all starts with the puff pastry. They are sold frozen so you just need to take out one sheet and let it sit on the kitchen counter for about 1 hour to thaw. While the dough is thawing, dice up strawberries into small pieces and add to a small pot. To the pot, add stevia sugar baking blend, lemon juice, and corn starch. Stir to mix and cook on simmer for about 10 minutes until the strawberries breakup and form a sauce.
After the sauce has formed, remove from heat and let the strawberry sauce cool completely. I recommend transferring the strawberry sauce to a bowl and placing the bowl into the refrigerator to allow the sauce to cool faster. Once the pastry dough has thawed, roll out the dough and cut the dough into 12 squares. Place pastry squares onto a baking sheet lined with parchment paper and add 2 teaspoons of the strawberry sauce into the middle of each pastry square. Fold over one end of the pastry to the other end to form a rectangle shape. Using a fork, gently press on the edges of the pastry to seal the pastry. Some of the strawberry sauce might pop out of the edges… Don’t worry, it just makes this recipe a bit more rustic 😉 Cut a slit into the middle of the pastry then brush egg wash. Repeat these steps until all 12 pastries are sealed and ready to go!
The pastries will bake for 18-20 minutes until they are golden brown.
After they bake is when the real magic happens!! In a small microwave safe dish, add chocolate melting wafers and microwave for 15 seconds until chocolate has melted. Using a spoon, drizzle the tops of the pastries with chocolate then sprinkle the tops with powdered sugar!
Strawberry Chocolate Pastry Puffs are a delicious, decadent dessert that’s easy to make without the guilt. Fresh strawberry sauce stuffed inside flaky puff pastry with a drizzle of chocolate on top are too good to be true! These puffs of heaven are so delicious you would have NO idea that they are considered healthy with only 5 grams of fat per puff. Luckily, they are only 4 SmartPoints so you can totally have a couple 🙂 .
I hope you enjoy these puffy bites of flavor!
For Strawberry Chocolate Pastry Puffs, here are my “go-to” kitchen essentials: