I knew I had to post some kind of sweet treat on my blog, since I have yet to tackle the desert area.  I am not much of a baker, but I went searching for a recipe that sounded good and when I found this one – I knew it was the perfect first desert recipe.

It is so easy, and so delicious.  What I love about this recipe is it is very light.  Not nearly as rich as it looks.

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This recipe made 12 of the pastries, but I doubled it. SO I recommend making them for when you have friends to share with.  I did not think about this, so I ended up taking them in to work to share.  Everyone seemed to be crazy about them.  Someone even commented that I had to bring in a weekly treat from now on – so I think that is a pretty good stamp of approval!

Ingredients:
1 package frozen puff pastry
1 cup cool whip
1 cup milk
1 cup vanilla instant pudding
1 teaspoon almond extract
sliced strawberries
sliced almonds
powdered sugar – just for garnish

Directions:

The pastry is so delicious and it comes from a box!
Start by heating the oven to 400 degrees and defrosting the pastries for 20 minutes.

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This recipe is as if you only use one of the sheets, but since I didn’t know what I would use the other one I made them all, and doubled the recipe for the cream filling — you can do whichever you like, but remember the recipe is only for half the pastry package.

Open the sheets and cut along the folds, then cut each section in half.  Space onto a baking sheet and bake for 15 minutes until they are lightly browned on the top.  They puff up all on their own, I thought it was so cool!Image

In the meantime, you can prepare your fillings.

for the cream filling – combine the package of pudding mix, one cup of milk, and your almond extract.  Whisk together for two minutes, then stir in your cup of cool whip.  Then put in the fridge until you are ready for it.

Really the reason I doubled the recipe for the cream was because I spilled too much extract so I had to even it all out.  Careful!

Slice your strawberries. and set aside.

I just bought sliced almonds, don’t think i was about to try to chop those things!

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Now you are ready to fill your pastries!  Simply cut each square in the middle, cover bottom half with almonds, followed by the pudding mix, top with a layer of strawberries and put the top of the pastry back on!

Sprinkle with powdered sugar and enjoy!  I could hardly finish putting on the powdered sugar before I had to stuff the first one in my mouth!

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