What's a Valentine dinner without a yummy dessert!

This dessert is not only sweet and delicious but easy... and can be made ahead and put together at the last minute. My kind of dessert.

It is part of a dinner I am making today for 

After Class With Mrs. Hines Valentine Special

on Google+. 

I hope you will come over and see me cooking and get other great Valentine's Day ideas...



Click HERE for the invite and to join us! The Valentine Special starts at 3:00 EST.

And stop back later today and I will post the entire Valentine's Day Meal I'm sharing.

For now...

let's talk dessert!

Many of you know that I do not enjoy baking... but I love to use puff pastry! So here is a sweet treat dessert  ... using puff pastry!


BE MY VALENTINE DESSERT




1 sheet puff pastry
flour
1 pint strawberries
2 TBS sugar
chocolate sauce
strawberry ice cream
confectioner's sugar



Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.

Cut strawberries and sprinkle with sugar. Gently mix and set aside.

Flour a work surface. Open the puff pastry on the work surface.





Using heart shaped cookie cutters, cut out as many large hearts as the sheet of pastry allows. I used the space in between to cut out lots of little hearts too.


Put the pastry hearts on a parchment lined baking sheet. Leave a little room between each heart.
Put the whole pan back into the refrigerator for 15 minutes to allow them to chill again. Cold pastry puffs better.




Bake at 400 degrees until they are puffed and golden, about 15 minutes.
Cool the hearts completely. At this point they can be saved in an airtight container for several days.





To assemble:

Gently cut a puffed heart in two.

Put a pool of chocolate sauce on a small plate. 

Scoop ice cream out of the container with a spoon and lay in the bottom of the heart shell.

Put the bottom heart shell in the pool of chocolate and top the ice cream with strawberries. 

Add the top heart shell and dust with confectioner's sugar.

Garnish with whipped cream, mint and a fan cut strawberry.




YUMMY!


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