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Copycat Flaky Puffs

My husband was a big fan of Flaky Puffs, which were puff pastry with a creamy filling and a layer of  jam. I love a challenge, so I set out to recreate them to surprise him for Valentine's day. I mentioned it to a fellow foodie friend and she shared her cream filling recipe with me.

I've seen other copycats out there that use store bought or homemade whipped cream, and you could definitely do that instead. But this cooked cream filling is more structured and spreadable and doesn't going squirting out of the sides when you bite down on the pastry.

You can do the puffs in the traditional way, which is to cut 3 strips out of each sheet and then cut each strip into 3 squares.  This makes 18 assembled puffs.  Or you can get fancy and use cookie cutters to stamp out other shapes like hearts. 

Assembly goes easily with cookie scoops and a small offset spatula.  I like to put the jam on the bottom half of the puff. Sometimes I use raspberry jam, sometimes I use strawberry. Then I spread the whipped filling on the top half and sandwich them together. Keep the puffs refrigerated until ready to serve.

 

 There's been some debate between my dear husband and I whether they were sold under the name "Flakey Puffs" or "Flaky Puffs." I went with no E just because I can't stand to see the red line of misspelling when I type it with the E. Just give them a try and you won't care how it's spelled!
 
 
Thank you to Michaela from An Affair from the Heart for hosting #ValentineSweets! Be sure to go and check out what the other bloggers have made using the links down below!
 

Copycat Flaky Puffs

Copycat Flakey Puffs
Author: Jolene's Recipe Journal

Ingredients

For the pastry:
  • 1 package Frozen Puff Pastry Sheets
  • 1 whole Egg
  • 1/4 cups Milk
  • 1 T Coarse Sugar to sprinkle on top
For the cream filling
  • 5 Tablespoons Flour
  • 1 cup Milk
  • 1 cup Sugar
  • 1/2 cups Shortening
  • 1/2 cups Butter, room temp
  • 1 teaspoon Vanilla Extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon Salt
  • Seedless strawberry jam

Instructions

  1. Remove the puff pastry from the box. Thaw on the counter at room temperature for 20-30 minutes.
  2. Carefully open one pastry sheet along the creases. Place remaining sheet in the refrigerator so it stays cold.
  3. Cut each strip of pastry at the creases, forming 3 strips. Cut each strip widthwise into 7 pieces.
  4. Flip each cut piece over and place on lightly greased baking sheets, leaving room between each piece.
  5. Combine egg and milk in a small bowl. Lightly brush this over the pastry.
  6. Sprinkle with the coarse sugar. Repeat with remaining puff pastry sheet.
  7. Bake at 400 F for 10-12 minutes or until golden brown. Remove to a wire rack and cool completely.
  8. Using a serrated knife, slice each puff horizontally to make top and bottom halves.
FOR THE CREAM FILLING:
  1. Place flour in a small saucepan and slowly whisk in milk. Cook and whisk constantly over low heat until mixture thickens and comes to a boil.
  2. Remove from heat and place mixture into a small bowl. Cover bowl with a paper towel and cool to room temperature.
  3. Place cooled mixture into the bowl of an electric mixer and beat until fluffy.
  4. Add remaining filling ingredients one at a time, and continue beating on medium-high speed for 5-10 minutes or until light and fluffy, making sure the sugar has totally dissolved.
TO ASSEMBLE:
  1. Spread about 1 tablespoon of filling on the bottom half of each pastry. Top with jam. Replace the tops. Store in refrigerator.

Notes:

Slightly adapted from a recipe given to me by Carol G.

puff pastry, Flakey puff,
Copycat, Dessert
American

 


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It’s time to start planning our Valentine and Galentine events, you'll need some lovely recipes to serve! Check out these delightful Valentine Sweets and Cocktails, all part of the #ValentineSweets blogging event hosted by Michaela from An Affair from the Heart:

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 This post from 2013 has been updated with new photos, text, and a printable recipe card.

 

 

Comments

  1. I have never heard of this dessert but it sounds delicious and they look adorable. Kind of like a hand held Napolean

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  2. I had never heard of Flaky Puffs - but they remind me very much of the Toaster Pastries my kiddos loved when they were little. Anything puff pastry wins my heart - I bet your hubs was so happy to see these all heart shaped and full love love!

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  3. Jolene, these look amazing! I need them in my life! I love that they are made with puff pastry. My absolute favorite !

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  4. Is it wackadoodle that I have never heard fo Flaky Puffs? Not that that will stop me from making and eating them! Maybe all of them! My boys will love them!

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  5. I loveeeee adding Nutella to mine! So yum!

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  6. I was curious to see what these would be like. You certainly did not disappoint! They look absolutely delicious!

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  7. What a fun and simple dessert, they look light and refreshing. Can't wait to give them a try.

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  8. Although I didn't know about these amazing looking treats, I think they just became my new favorite obsession! The fact that are so easy to make and you can make them into different shapes is a huge plus!!

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  9. I'd never heard of these either but I'd love to try. I'm with you on the filling!

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  10. That cream and jam filling sounds amazing

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  11. Love the idea of having cooked cream filling! This is a favorite of mine and can't wait to try!

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  12. I love puff pastry and this treat is perfect for Valentine's Day!

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  13. How fun! I love the filling! Perfect easy treat!

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  14. These are so easy and tasty to make! I looked like a certified pastry chef when I made these!

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