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Amazingly Easy Lemon Cream Puffs

This image courtesy of campbellskitchen.com

If you're looking to serve a dessert with a little bit of sophistication, try these Amazingly Easy Lemon Cream Puffs. They look absolutely wonderful but are so simple to prepare! Using a package of prepared puff pastry sheets cuts down on your workload while still giving you the same delicious results as dessert recipes made completely from scratch. Try these little puff pastries the next time you're in need of easy lemon dessert recipes for spring or summer!

Serves36

Preparation Time20 min

Chilling Time1 hr

Cooking Time10 min

Ingredients

  • 1 egg
  • 1 tablespoon water
  • 1/2 of a 17.3-ounce package Pepperidge Farm® Puff Pastry Sheets (1 sheet), thawed
  • 2 tablespoons sanding sugar
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 3 large sprigs fresh thyme leaves
  • 1/2 cup prepared lemon curd
  • 4 squares (1 ounce each) white chocolate, coarsely chopped

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.

  2. Beat the egg and water in a small bowl with a fork.

  3. Unfold the pastry sheet on a lightly floured surface. Roll the pastry sheet into a 12-inch square. Cut into 36 (2-inch) squares. Brush with the egg mixture. Sprinkle with the sugar. Place the pastry squares onto 2 baking sheets.

  4. Bake for 10 minutes or until the pastries are golden brown. Remove the pastries from the baking sheets and let cool on wire racks.

  5. Heat 1/3 cup heavy cream and the thyme sprigs in a 2-quart saucepan over medium heat to a boil. Reduce the heat to low. Cook for 3 minutes. Remove the saucepan from the heat and let stand for 30 minutes. Pour the cream mixture through a sieve into a medium bowl. Discard the thyme. Refrigerate the thyme cream mixture for 1 hour or until well chilled.

  6. Beat the remaining heavy cream in a large bowl with an electric mixer on high speed until soft peaks form. Add the thyme cream mixture and the lemon curd and beat until stiff peaks form. Spoon the lemon thyme cream mixture into a pastry bag.

  7. Pipe about 1 tablespoon lemon thyme cream mixture into each pastry.

  8. Place the white chocolate into a small microwavable bowl. Microwave on MEDIUM for 30 seconds. Stir the chocolate. Repeat until the chocolate is melted and smooth. Drizzle the chocolate over the filled pastries. Let stand until the chocolate is firm.

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Can you say delightful? What is sanding sugar? I haven't heard of it. I think these lemon puffs are exactly what I need for a lazy weekend when I don't want to feel like I have gained ten pounds. You gotta have a clean and crisp dessert somewhere on the weekend, so why not this one?

Omg, I need this recipe in my life on a regular basis! I love just about anything with lemon and was about to go on a google searching spree to figure out what the heck sanding sugar was until I read your comment Maggie G...thank you for that! Is it possible to make these in advance and freeze any that you may not want to bake, or can you freeze any extra after they've been baked to be enjoyed at a later time?

Yum, these look so cute and refreshing, as well as very quick and easy! In case you do not know what sanding sugar is, it is basically just coarse white sugar that creates a an added crunch and sparkle! If you do not have any sanding sugar, feel free to use regular white sugar.

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