Strawberry pastries

pastry
Last week we had a team outing. Everyone was supposed to bring one edible item. I thought of picking up some cakes and cookies from store as I was quite busy. Unfortunately for me, someone else said they will bring this before I could. So I had to come up with something, that too quickly. Without thinking about it, I said I will bring in pastries.

I was actually thinking of picking pastries from store. But then, whats the fun in that? so I decided to make my own. I thought of making a Danish pastry, as everyone liked it in my previous office. But it needs quite a bit of time and I had very less time. I had to cook/bake this on Thursday evening after coming back from office or early Friday morning before leaving for office. It was bit difficult. So I decided to search for some other recipe, which was quick.

I wanted a eggless recipe as one of my colleague does not eat eggs on Friday. I wanted everyone to enjoy it. I did a quick search and landed on Cynthia’s blog. She had highly recommended this pastry. So I decided to give it a try. Thanks dear Cynthia, for the link. I slightly modified the recipe.

I made the pastry dough after returning home from work on Thursday. I was a bit frustrated as I had to run to store twice because I kept forgetting one thing or other. I wanted to make the pastries on that day and bake them on Friday morning, but that did not happen. So I made these on Friday morning. They were liked by everyone. V simply loved them. Considering they are so easy to make, I am going to make them for any special occasions hereafter.

Ingredients for dough : (original recipe)
3 1/2 cups all purpose flour
1 cup wheat flour
1/4 cup sugar
1/4 tea spn salt
1 1/2 cups unsalted butter (cold)
1/2 cup vegetable shortening (or vanaspati ghee)
12 tbl spns cold water
1 tea spn orange zest

Method:
Cut the butter into small pieces. Mix all the ingredients together till everything is becomes like a coarse mixture. Press it into a ball, wrap tightly in plastic wrap and refrigerate it for about 2hrs. (The dough is quite hard at this stage).

Strawberry filling recipe

Preheat the oven at 350F for about 10mins.
When making pastries, take out the dough and roll into desired shape. Since it has a lot of butter in it, when you start mixing it, the dough becomes quite easy to handle. Keep the filling and cover with dough and seal the ends. I used a cookie cutter to give a nice shape.

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Brush the top with eggwhite (I used butter) and bake in the oven at 350F for about 20mins.

Mix 1/2 cup confectioners sugar(or fine sugar powder) with 1/2 cup water. Bring it to boil. Take off the heat. Brush this mixture on top of the pastries.

pastry2

Now sprinkle some more powdered sugar on top (the sugar syrup acts as a glue).
pastry3

40 Comments for “Strawberry pastries”

Lisette

says:

That looks simple and delicious!
I don’t think I’d be brave enough to try out a new recipe for anyone other than family! 🙂

Lubna

says:

Hi shilpa.
Wow! I am the first one to comment.Pastries look very lovely and delicious.have tried most of your cake recipes and they turned out very well.now want to try this one.your recipes never fail.
Just wondering…. can i bake them in a microwave?

Shilpa: If you have baked cakes in microwave, this should also work out.

Roshan

says:

Simply Amazing Shilpa. I have a dinner party to attend this weekend and now I know what I can take 🙂

Meera

says:

Hi Shilpa,

This pastry looks AWESOME! I’m planing to try it with the apple filling you have mentioned. Can you suggest a replacement for vegetable shortening please? Eagerly awaiting your reply!

Meera

Shilpa: Vanaspathi ghee(dalda)

sharmista

says:

Hi,
Did you use strawberry preserve for the filling?

Shilpa: No. I have given the recipe link in the post.

Aruna

says:

I like the cut out and they way you have done it neatly, in spite of having less time. Hats off. Dont know when i will try, but i surely want to when i get some lovely shaped cookie cutters.

Meera

says:

Hello SHilpa,
Can mango be used to replace strawberry as a filling in this pastry? Its raining mangoes here and they will be out of season soon…please let me know.
– M

Meera

says:

Hi Shilpa,
Can I use mangoes instead of strawberries for the filling? Its raining mangoes here and the season will come to an end very soon…:(
Also,please let me know if I can just replace strawberry with Mango or if there is any other recipe for mango filling. Thanks in advance!
Meera

Shilpa: Yes, you can use any filling.

Puja

says:

Shilpa , Can I use butter insteas of Vanaspathi? Please let me know?

Shilpa: Results may be slightly different. Vanaspathi makes them more crispy.

says:

That is a great recipe. I was looking for some recipe to finish off the strawberries lying in my fridge…and this one just fits the bill. And you know what? my family is going to enjoy it too 🙂 thanks for sharing.

Meera

says:

Hi Shilpa, could you please let me know how many pastries this recipe makes? I have a similar cookie cutter. Also how thick should we roll the pastry? Sorry for asking too many questions. I’m new to baking! Thanks again!

Shilpa: Makes about 60+ pastries. About 1/4″ thickness. Try half the amount given in recipe for the first time, make one pastry and see how that works out.

says:

Wow… I really wanna try this… but I might do a melted chocolate and peanut mix. Don’t get me wrong, I love cookies with jam and fruit fillings in them, but I just had that sudden surge of indulgence.

Meera

says:

Hi Shilpa,
Thanks a lot for the prompt response to all my queries. I tried the pastry with the mango filling. It was excellent. Everyone at home has been full of praises. Thanks for the lovely recipe. Really appreciate your patience in answering even silly questions of mine :). Looking forward to more such wonderful recipes.
Best Regards,
Meera

Chaitali

says:

There is one more query I am bit confused at the end you have said “sprinkle powder sugar on the top of the pastry”after that we should again bake the pastry or not or when it is hot that time we should sprinkle the powder sugar.Please help.
Waiting for your reply.Bye

Thank You

Regards
Chaitali

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