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Strawberry Pastry Bites

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O BEAUUUUUTIFUL FOR SPAAAACIOUS SKIES, FOR AMBER WAVES OF GRAAAAAIN.

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Oh, hey. I made dessert!

But it’s a Bev-style dessert, where there’s no crying or sweating involved. It’s nothing like this grilled sponge cake I had to make for a client yesterday and omgomgomg, I was a hot mess. All the folding of egg whites into the other batter and the making sure the air didn’t collapse and FOR PUUUUURPLE MOUNTAINS MAJESTIES ABOVE THE FRUITED PLAAAAAIN!

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This dessert is a piece of cake. I mean a pastry bite. A strawberry pastry bite.

This little ditty actually came about when I discovered strawberry cream cheese.

HOLD ON. Keep your shirt on. I knew it existed, but I’d¬† . . . never tried it. Until last week.

Now you can lose your shirt.

It was crazy because AMEEEEERICA! AMEEEEEEERICA! GOD SHED HIS GRACE ON THEEEEEEEE.

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Basically, I treated myself to a spa day a couple of weekends ago, and during the lunch portion they served this gorgeous, simple sandwich with stacks of colorful, thinly sliced vegetables, spinach, and a thin layer of herbed cream cheese holding it all together. My soul pranced around like freaking Bambi.

So I had to recreate it at home.

But when I was at the store AND CROWN THY GOOD WITH BROOOOOTHERHOOD, I looked at all the containers of cream cheese variations and was like, hmmmmm. What. tew. dewwww. Then I noticed the strawberry cream cheese and just knew. It was for meant for me.

So I go home, open up the little tub, and plunge my entire face into it.

Birds sang. Breezes blew through my hair. I became a cartoon.

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This is the thing: You bake some pastry squares. You spread some strawberry cream cheese crack on each square. You top with fresh straw-FROM SEA TO SHIIIINING SEEEEAAAAAA-berries on top of each square. You drizzle with honey and fresh thyme.

You become the American citizen you knew you could be. (I have my hand on my heart to show you how serious I am right now.)

These are majorly delicious and your life will SUFFER without these in them.

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O BEAUUUUUTIFUL FOR PIIIIILGRIM FEEEEEE-okay.

Strawberry Pastry Bites:

What it took for 5 million bites. Not really, maybe 20:

* 1 sheet puff pastry, thawed for 40 minutes.
* 1 egg, lightly beaten
* (about) 3/4 cup strawberry cream cheese
* 2 cups strawberries, sliced
* a few Tbs. honey
* fresh thyme leaves for garnish (optional, but really really good)

Preheat oven to 400.

Roll out the pastry dough on a floured work surface. Using a cookie cutter, cut the sheet into small squares.

Transfer squares onto a lightly greased baking sheet. Brush the tops with the egg wash, and bake for 15 minutes, or until puffed and golden brown.

Let the squares sit about 5 minutes while you slice the strawberries.

Spread the strawberry cream cheese over each puffed square, and top with sliced strawberries. Drizzle honey over each bite and garnish with fresh thyme.

Eat every single one of them before anyone notices.

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America, you guys.

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34 Responses to Strawberry Pastry Bites

  1. Ashley July 1, 2013 at 8:40 am #

    Oh hi, I want to eat these all.

  2. Tieghan July 1, 2013 at 8:43 am #

    Ohmygoshhh!! Yes please! Love these, Bev!

  3. Kathryn July 1, 2013 at 8:55 am #

    These are so darned cute.

  4. Carly @ Snack Therapy July 1, 2013 at 8:57 am #

    Dessert without the oven = perfect. Because it’s 108* here in NorCal.

  5. Maria July 1, 2013 at 9:15 am #

    Beautiful little bites!

  6. Jaclyn July 1, 2013 at 9:19 am #

    These are so pretty and little. I love cute little desserts like this…they’d be perfect for a shower I’m helping to throw in August!

  7. Averie @ Averie Cooks July 1, 2013 at 9:22 am #

    I want!

    I just made something with puff pastry over the weekend that’s savory! And you made sweet. What’s going on here :)

  8. marla July 1, 2013 at 9:28 am #

    Perfect little pastry bites!!

  9. Ashley July 1, 2013 at 9:33 am #

    I do believe these will be making their presence known at the neighborhood 4th of July party this week.

    Thank you!!

  10. Chung-Ah | Damn Delicious July 1, 2013 at 9:43 am #

    These little bites are just perfection!

  11. Kevin (Closet Cooking) July 1, 2013 at 10:37 am #

    So simple and so good!

  12. Megan {Country Cleaver} July 1, 2013 at 10:47 am #

    I’ll take these over hot mess and frizzy hair inducing grilled pound cake anyday. It’s too hot for that ish!! These, I’ll gleefully devour!

  13. Marie @ Little Kitchie July 1, 2013 at 12:14 pm #

    I wish this really did make 5 million bites. That’s about how many I’d like of these, please.

  14. Zainab @ Blahnik Baker July 1, 2013 at 1:19 pm #

    So beautiful and simple! Love.

  15. Danelle July 1, 2013 at 1:20 pm #

    These look fabulous! I love a dessert with no crying or sweating! :)

  16. Amy @Very Culinary July 1, 2013 at 5:13 pm #

    I think this is the first sweet thing I’ve seen in this space. As if you weren’t already a force to be reckoned with!

  17. Marina {YummyMummyKitchen.com} July 1, 2013 at 5:52 pm #

    I need to make these. Like NOW. If only it wasn’t so stinkin’ hot. +sigh+

  18. Paula - bell'alimento July 1, 2013 at 5:54 pm #

    I want to come and make these with you while you sing. I’ll bring wine. Deal?

  19. Cassie | Bake Your Day July 1, 2013 at 6:38 pm #

    Pretty sure I could eat the whole pan!

  20. Julie @ Table for Two July 1, 2013 at 7:08 pm #

    I can just hear you singing this, and the pastries look so fabulous!!

  21. Sues July 1, 2013 at 9:50 pm #

    Love love love these!! Perfect for the 4th!! :)

  22. Katie July 1, 2013 at 10:21 pm #

    I’ve had frozen pastry dough in my freezer for almost a year. I realllly hope it’s still good because I cannot WAIT to make these.

  23. Jennie @themessybakerblog July 1, 2013 at 10:35 pm #

    I love that this dessert is no-fuss. It looks scrumptious!

  24. The Healthy Apple July 1, 2013 at 11:17 pm #

    These look amazing, Bev! So beautiful and perfect for the holiday week!!

  25. DessertForTwo July 2, 2013 at 7:32 am #

    You’re a genius. But I already knew this.

  26. chris July 3, 2013 at 8:31 am #

    It looks like the honey is on the pie crust, instead of on the top of the strawberry.

  27. Chandra@The Plaid and Paisley Kitchen July 5, 2013 at 3:17 pm #

    So simple and beautiful!

  28. Julie Kirk July 10, 2013 at 5:43 pm #

    Are you putting one pie crust with 1/2 cream cheese mixture, then on top of that the other pie crust and other 1/2 of cream cheese mixture then strawberry mixture on top of second crust and ingredients OR is this 2 separate pies– sorry, but don’t have clarity.

    • Bev Weidner July 11, 2013 at 7:01 am #

      Oh it’s just super easy! Just bake the puff pastry, then spread the cream cheese on top of each pastry square, theeen top with the strawberries! Then you can drizzle the honey if ya want. Does this help!?

  29. Nutmeg Nanny July 15, 2013 at 9:30 pm #

    Oh, these bites look delightful!! I love strawberries :)

  30. Rose August 14, 2013 at 1:21 pm #

    Looks amazing!!! In your opinion how in advance could I make these little babies? Could I make the pastry bites the night before and store them in a air tight container then upon serving add the cream cheese and toppings? Would the bites still taste fresh? Thanks!

    • Bev Weidner August 14, 2013 at 1:38 pm #

      I feel like that would be okay! As long as it’s air tight, they shouldn’t dry out. Let me know how they turn out!

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