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.
Copycat Flaky Puffs
- 1 package Frozen Puff Pastry Sheets
- 1 whole Egg
- 1/4 cups Milk
- 1 T Coarse Sugar to sprinkle on top
- 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
- Remove the puff pastry from the box. Thaw on the counter at room temperature for 20-30 minutes.
- Carefully open one pastry sheet along the creases. Place remaining sheet in the refrigerator so it stays cold.
- Cut each strip of pastry at the creases, forming 3 strips. Cut each strip widthwise into 7 pieces.
- Flip each cut piece over and place on lightly greased baking sheets, leaving room between each piece.
- Combine egg and milk in a small bowl. Lightly brush this over the pastry.
- Sprinkle with the coarse sugar. Repeat with remaining puff pastry sheet.
- Bake at 400 F for 10-12 minutes or until golden brown. Remove to a wire rack and cool completely.
- Using a serrated knife, slice each puff horizontally to make top and bottom halves.
- 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.
- Remove from heat and place mixture into a small bowl. Cover bowl with a paper towel and cool to room temperature.
- Place cooled mixture into the bowl of an electric mixer and beat until fluffy.
- 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.
- Spread about 1 tablespoon of filling on the bottom half of each pastry. Top with jam. Replace the tops. Store in refrigerator.
Slightly adapted from a recipe given to me by Carol G.
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This post from 2013 has been updated with new photos, text, and a printable recipe card.