Jack rides the bus home from school almost every day. I see the big yellow bus pull up at the top of the driveway out my kitchen window and moments later, there he is, shuffling along, weary, a little sweaty, definitely a bit dirty; my first grader. He is desperate for a snack and ready to play after 7 hours of sitting in a classroom. Usually it’s something basic like apples and peanut butter, maybe a string cheese.
But every once in a while, I love to surprise not just Jack but all the kids with a treat. This was one of those snacks that took no time at all to put together and everyone was so happy and surprised to have something special. I had a puff pastry in the freezer and strawberries in the fridge on the verge of being over ripe so I threw it all together and really, how could anything wrapped in puff pastry ever taste bad?
Here’s what you will need:
- 1 puff pastry, thawed
- 1 pound strawberries, washed and sliced
- 2 tablespoons lemon juice
- 1 tablespoon melted butter
- 2 tablespoons raw sugar, divided (honey is a lovely substitution)
Roll the puff pastry out on a floured surface until it’s about a 1/4 inch in thickness. Preheat oven to 425 and place the pastry on a lined cookie sheet. Using a fork prick holes in the bottom of the pastry and fold the edges in about an inch all the way around. Bake for 10 minutes. While the pastry bakes, slice strawberries and toss with lemon juice and 1 tablespoon sugar. Pull the pastry from the oven and dish the strawberries onto the crust. Brush the edges of the crust with butter and sprinkle the entire pastry with the last tablespoon of sugar. Cook for another 15 minutes or until the strawberries are bubbling and the crust is a golden brown. Remove from the oven and let cool on the pan.
This treat would have been delicious with whipped cream or ice cream but sadly we had neither, but we devoured it straight from the pan and didn’t even leave any for poor Aaron when he got home from work. Oops.