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. There are few ingredients but a maximum taste. Not to mention, it looks quite good, good enough to impress any guest.
As 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 me to celebrate this day.
- You will need one packet of ready-rolled puff pastry.
- I cut two 24 cm/ 9.5 inches out of them. I 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.
- Use good quality unsweetened heavy cream for the filling. I stabilized the cream with a cream stabilizer; you can use that stabilizer or a similar product available where you are.
- The cream stabilizer is not always necessary; you will 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.
- The cream stabilizer can be replaced with a mixture of icing sugar and cornstarch in a 1:1 ratio. In this case, 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. For the filling, use frozen; they are cheaper, they taste good, and you will cook them to puree anyway.
- A mixture of frozen blueberries, raspberries, blackberries, red currants, and strawberries. Use any other berries you have and like.
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Berry Puff Pastry Cake
- Baking sheet
- 1 lb mixed frozen berries for the filling, Note 1
- 5.5 oz mixed berries for topping the cake, 150 g
- ¾ cup granulated sugar 150 g
- 1 packet of puff pastry sheets 1 lb/ 500 g or 3 sheets round puff pastry (ca 9.5 inches/ 24 cm) (fresh or frozen)
- 2 cups heavy cream
- 2 packets Dr. Oetker cream stabilizer optional, Note 2
- icing sugar
- Cook frozen berries: Place them 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.1 lb mixed frozen berries/ 500 g + ¾ cup granulated sugar/ 150 g
- Preheat the fan oven to 360°F/ 180°C. 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 standard oven, you will have to bake one puff pastry circle after another.
- Cut puff pastry: 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. First, cut three 9.5 inches/ 24 cm circles out of the pastry. Tip: I had two pastry sheets; I cut one circle out of each, rolled the remaining pastry, and cut the third circle. I used the bottom of a 9.5/ 24 cm 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.1 packet of puff pastry sheets
- Prick with a fork: Place each pastry sheet on a baking tray lined with baking paper. Prick 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.
- Filling: 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.2 cups heavy cream/ 500 ml + 2 packets Dr. Oetker cream stabilizer + icing sugar
- Assemble the cake: Place one puff pastry circle on a serving plate. Spread ⅓ 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.5.5 oz mixed berries/ 150 g
- Cut the cake: Keep the cake refrigerated until ready to serve. To cut the slices, it is best to use an electric knife, which will allow you to cut nicer, cleaner pieces.
- Berries: Fresh berries are expensive, so it is preferable to use frozen berries for the filling and fresh berries for the topping. However, if fresh ones are not available, you can still take the frozen ones for the topping, thaw them on kitchen paper, which will absorb as much water as possible, and place them on the cake just before serving.
- The cream stabilizer is not always necessary; you will have to decide for yourself if the whipped cream is stable enough or not. The 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.