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A simple puff pastry cake with lots of berries, this pastry cake looks impressive but is so easy to make.
I love this kind of puff pastry cake. Easy to make, you don’t even have to make your own pastry, few ingredients but a maximum of taste. Not to mention it looks quite good, good enough to impress any guest.
Like I’ve mentioned in my previous post Romanian Crescent Rolls- Cornuri simple, Valentine is not exactly a big thing in Germany, but still I like to make something nice for my husband and I (and the kids, they are always included) to celebrate this day.
Even if I think that the Valentine Day is mostly there to earn money for the chocolate and flower industry, something extremely commercially pushed, I still think that any occasion to think of and to celebrate love should be acknowledged in one way or another.
There is so much sorrow and pain in this world, that if only for one moment we could think more of love than of pain, we still have something to gain.
What makes this berry cake Romanian is the memory of my grandmother’s berries. I remember vividly how happy she was the time she could afford to buy a second-hand freezer, a huge loud thing that stood in the corner of the kitchen, behind the door. She laid a small lace tablecloth on it, put a small bowl as decoration on top of that and was so proud.
We might have had some frozen meat in the freezer at times, but what I mostly remember are the berries. I remember us going picking blueberries or wild strawberries a couple of times, otherwise she would buy the berries at the market in summer and freeze huge bags full of them: raspberries, blackberries, blueberries and so on.
- I used one packet of ready-rolled puff pastry.
- I cut two 24 cm/ 9.4 inches out of them, rolled the rests together, and cut a third circle of the same size. If available, you could buy the pastry that is already rolled into circles.
- I used good quality unsweetened heavy/double cream for the filling which I stabilized with cream stabilizer, you can use that stabilizer or a similar product available where you are.
- The cream stabilizer is not always necessary, you will have to decide if the whipped cream is stable enough or not. The heavy cream in Germany needs it otherwise the whipped cream will be too soft, but I remember that I did not need any when living in England and as the product is not very well-known outside Germany either, I assume that you would not need it in most countries.
- Cream stabilizer can be replaced with a mixture of icing sugar and cornstarch in a 1:1 ratio. In this case you will mix 2 teaspoons icing sugar with 2 teaspoon cornstarch and use exactly as described in the recipe.
- Fresh berries would be the perfect choice to top the cake, but for the filling do use the frozen ones, they are so much cheaper, they taste good and you will cook them to puree anyway.
- I used a mixture of frozen blueberries, raspberries, blackberries, red currants and strawberries.
More puff pastry cakes:
Cremeschnitte – the best cremeschnitte – two layers of pastry filled with a heavenly creamy vanilla cream.
Apple Rolls – apple rolls with a warming apple cinnamon filling, you can have these treats ready to serve within an hour.
Mini Croissants – two main ingredients and 30 minutes of your time and there you have it: crispy, sweet, and delicious croissants.
Marzipan pastries – little parcels topped with marzipan and different kinds of berries.
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- 500 g/ 1 lbs mixed berries, frozen (See note 1)
- 150 g/ 5.3 oz fresh mixed berries
- 150 g/ 5.3 oz/ ¾ cups granulated sugar
- 1 packet of puff pastry sheets, 500 g/ 1.1 lbs or 3 sheets round puff pastry (ca 24 cm/ 9.4 inches) (fresh or frozen)
- 500 ml/ 10.9 fl.oz/ 2 ¼ cups heavy/double cream
- 2 packets Dr. Oetker cream stabilizer, optional (See note 2)
- icing sugar
- Place the frozen berries in a medium pan, add the sugar, mix well and bring to a light simmer. Let simmer, uncovered, for about 30 minutes or until most of the water has evaporated and the mixture has the consistency of a thick apple sauce. Let cool completely.
- Preheat the fan oven to 180 degrees Celsius/ 360 degrees Fahrenheit. It is better to use a fan oven, which will allow you to bake all the 3 baking trays with the puff pastry at once. Otherwise, when using a normal oven, you will have to bake one puff pastry circle after another.
- In the meantime take the puff pastry out of the fridge. If frozen, let stand for 10 minutes. If not frozen, you can start immediately. Cut three 24 cm/ 9.4 inches circles out of the pastry. I had two sheets of pastry, I cut one circle out of each of them, rolled together the rests and cut a third circle. I used the bottom of a 24 cm/ 9.4 inches springform, which I laid on the pastry and cut around it with a sharp knife. You could use a plate of a similar size as well.
- Place each pastry sheet on a baking tray lined with baking paper. Pierce the puff pastry circles with a fork all over to prevent them from puffing up too much.
- Bake the pastry circles for about 20-25 minutes or until nicely golden. If they puff up too much, press down the risen parts after the pastry has cooled down. Transfer the pastry on wire racks and leave to cool completely.
- When the pastry is cold, whip the heavy cream adding the cream stabilizer (or cornstarch substitute) according to the packet's instructions. Fold in the berry puree, taste and add a little bit of icing sugar if not sweet enough.
- Place one puff pastry circle on a serving plate. Spread 1/3 of the cream-berry mixture on top. Continue in the same manner with the remaining pastry circles and cream-berry mixture.
- Top with the fresh berries and dust with some icing sugar just before serving.
- Keep the cake refrigerated until ready to serve. To cut the slices it is best to use an electrical knife, which will allow you to cut nicer, cleaner slices.
- Fresh berries are expensive, so it is preferable to use frozen berries for the filling and fresh berries for the topping. However, if fresh are not available, you can still take the frozen ones for the topping as well, thaw them on kitchen paper which will absorb as much water as possible and place them on the cake just before serving.
- Cream stabilizer is not always necessary, you will have to decide yourself if the whipped cream is stable enough or not. Cream stabilizer can be replaced with a mixture of icing sugar and cornstarch in a 1:1 ratio. In this case you will mix 2 teaspoons icing sugar with 2 teaspoon cornstarch and use exactly as described in the recipe.
Nutrition Information:Yield: 10 Serving Size: 1 slice
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 544Total Fat: 38gSaturated Fat: 14gTrans Fat: 1gUnsaturated Fat: 21gCholesterol: 57mgSodium: 141mgCarbohydrates: 48gFiber: 4gSugar: 22gProtein: 6g
Nutritional information is not always accurate.