Easy Valentine Dessert

Savoring Saturday:

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If you are anything like me, you love pastries but never make time to futz with complicated baking recipes.  I admittedly bake like a cook: high on flavor but loose in technique.  I love to throw things together that I know will inspire my tastebuds with texture and flavor combinations, but I do not like repeating a baking recipe over and over until I have fine-tuned all the the ingredients.  A pinch of this, yes.  A skosh of that, absolutely.  A micro-measured and detailed approach, no way!  Actually, the thought gives me a feeling of anxiety (much like being boxed in).  So, yes, I bake like a cook.  Actually, that is why I love phyllo dough.  It is easy to work with, seems fussy, but the hard work has already been done for me!

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So, thinking like a cook, I decided to play with some phyllo for Valentine’s Day.  This recipe would be delicious with a myriad of fruit options, but I chose bright red strawberries for this lovebird dessert.

Brown Sugar & Sea Salt Phyllo Cups with Strawberries, Chocolate & Creme Fraiche

A few sheets of phyllo (found in the frozen aisle of the grocery store)

1/4 cup brown sugar, or less

sea salt

2 tbls butter, melted

1 pint of strawberries, sliced or chopped

dark chocolate

creme fraiche

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Start with one sheet of phyllo dough.  Using a pastry brush, brush the sheet with your melted butter.  Then sprinkle with brown sugar and a pinch of salt.

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Layer on another sheet and repeat the butter and brown sugar.  On your third layer, repeat the butter, brown sugar AND the sea salt (you want the salt to have a little flavor impact, but not in between every layer).  You want four sheets thick for you cups.

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Using a pizza roller, slice the phyllo into squares and place them in a mini cupcake tin.

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Bake them at 350* for approximately 10 minutes.  You are looking for them to go from white to golden.

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Time to fill!

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Using a regular old veggie peeler will give your chocolate a beautiful curly shape.

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Last step on this quick and fancy dessert is to top them with a dollop of creme fraiche.

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This is a light and incredibly addictive dessert.  Do NOT let phyllo intimidate you, it is the easiest way to make a dish look and taste impressive.  Bon apetit!  Time to start thinking of ways to share your love this month!

xoxo

Chanda

Photos Credit to: Jessica Helton

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