Saturday, September 16, 2023

Puff Pastry Pockets with Custard Cream and Caramelized Plum

Quick and easy to make puff pastry pockets filled with Italian custard cream and topped with caramelized plums. A sweet farewell to summer!

As we savor the last few plums of the season, let's celebrate their fleeting beauty with a dessert that's as beautiful as it is delicious.

These Puff Pastry Pockets with Custard Cream and Caramelized Plums are a testament to the joy of simple pleasures and the magic that can happen in the kitchen with just a few simple ingredients and a dash of creativity.

When it comes to dessert, there's something undeniably enchanting about the combination of buttery and flaky crust, and luscious, velvety custard.
But why stop there?
Imagine elevating this mouthwatering pairing to a whole new level of deliciousness by adding a touch of Italian flair and the irresistible sweetness of caramelized plums.
The result? A heavenly treat that's as impressive as it is delectable. Take a look!

With just a handful of easy-to-find ingredients and a few simple steps, you can whip up a treat that is sure to leave lasting impression.

This treat is perfect for breakfast, snack or dessert. It's great for special occasions or when you simply crave a bit of indulgence.

Whether you're a seasoned baker or a beginner in the kitchen, this easy recipe promises a delightful journey of flavors, textures, and aromas that will leave your taste buds singing.

So, gather your ingredients and prepare to embark on a mouthwatering voyage through the heart of Italian pastry perfection and the sweet magic of caramelized plums. Your dessert dreams are about to come true!

For this recipe I'm using store-bought puff pastry sheets. It's quick and easy to use. And it puffs up to golden brown perfection every single time.

Puff pastry serves as the canvas for our creation, providing the perfect balance of flakiness and buttery goodness. It's a blank slate that we'll fill with the richness of Italian custard cream, a timeless classic that oozes elegance and flavor. Finally, the star of the show – plums, in all their late-summer glory – will be caramelized to perfection, adding a burst of natural sweetness and a touch of sophistication to each bite.

A Custard Dream

Now, let's talk about the heart of these delectable pockets: the Italian custard cream. If you've never experienced the velvety goodness of custard, you're in for a treat. This silky-smooth, egg-based cream is the epitome of indulgence. It's like a warm hug for your taste buds.
To achieve the perfect custard cream, you'll need only a few basic ingredients – eggs, milk, sugar, and a hint of vanilla. The real secret lies in the careful balance of heat and patience as you stir it to velvety perfection. Make sure to pour into a small bowl, cover with plastic wrap, cool down to room temperature when ready, and refrigerate until ready to use.

The Caramelized Plum Magic

As if custard and puff pastry weren't enough to tempt you, we're taking this dessert up a notch with caramelized plums. Caramelization is a culinary alchemy that transforms the humble plum into a luxurious topping that's sweet, slightly tangy, and utterly irresistible.
By cooking the plums over medium heat, with butter and a bit of granulated sugar, we coax out their natural sugars and intensify their flavor before they are baked with the pastries.

The result? A luscious, jewel-toned topping that adds a burst of fruity goodness to every bite.

How to assemble the pastries: 

For this recipe I'm using one pre-made, and pre-rolled sheet of puff pastry. Mine already comes on parchment paper, so all I need to do is to cut it into 6 squares with a sharp knife or a pizza cutter.
Top each pastry square with some of the prepared cream (you can use a pastry bag or simply spoon it in the middle). 

Fold the edges of the dough toward the center and press the edges together to seal. 

Top with half caramelized plum with cut side down. Brush with egg wash and bake in the hot oven, until golden and crispy.

Ready to try it out too? Here is my recipe today for you

Other Italian dessert recipes you might like:

Italian Torta della Nonna

Raspberry and Cream Pastries

Torta Nua

PRINTABLE RECIPE CARD: Puff Pastry Pockets with Custard Cream and Caramelized Plum

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