July 07, 2011

Smile for Breakfast: Strawberry Nutella Tarts

Remember when I had several pounds of strawberries?  Well, here is another recipe to use up a few more strawberries you have laying around.  These don't take many berries - probably about 1.5 strawberries for each tart but are so simple and quick to make. What is great is that you can freeze each one if you don't want them right away. They are perfect for breakfast if you have 25 minutes for them to bake - or an afternoon snack!

Nutella is golden. I love love love nutella. Did I mention that I love nutella?  I have a few bananas in the freezer, and I think I'll be making some banana and nutella tarts soon.

Strawberry Nutella Tarts
(Makes 9 tarts) 

1 lb strawberries, sliced 
Nutella spread (however much you need)
2 puff pastry sheets (can be found in the frozen pastry section of the grocery store)
3 tbsp sugar

1. Thoroughly wash the strawberries. Cut the stem out and slice. 
2. Unroll the puff pastry sheet.  Cut into 9 equal squares/rectangles.  For half of the squares, spread a good serving of nutella leaving a clean edge. 
3. Stack a few slices of strawberries on top. You can sprinkle sugar on the strawberries if you like it super sweet, but for me, the nutella is sweet enough for the tart.
4.  Take the un-nutella squares and put on top of the strawberries. Using your finger, make sure that the edges are all sealed. I used a fork to create a fun edging around each tart. Sprinkle sugar on top of each one and using a toothpick, poke a few holes on the top of each tart.
5. I put these on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper and tossed them in the freezer. Once frozen, I was able to easily bag several in one bag without the worry of them sticking to each other.  When you are ready to eat, preheat your oven to 375 degrees. Put in a pan and cook for at least 25 minutes. As you can see below, I didn't do a very good job about sealing the edges and lost a little bit of nutella.

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