Pastry Hearts

Pastry hearts can be found in almost every bakery in Buffalo. They are a relatively simple concept – basically you sprinkle puff pastry with cinnamon and sugar, fold, cut and bake. That’s it! The glaze on top is optional, but really, why would you leave it off? Upon further research, I found that Buffalo pastry hearts are essentially palmiers, which are a traditional French pastry. They come out of the oven light and fluffy, and taste very similar to a donut.

Pastry Hearts
Yields: About 20 hearts

Ingredients:
Pastry Hearts
2 sheets puff pastry dough
2 tablespoons sugar
2 tablespoons cinnamon

Glaze
1 cup confectioners sugar
1/2 tsp vanilla
2-3 tablespoons milk

Directions:
Preheat oven to 400°F.

Sprinkle some flour on a work surface and cover it with a puff pastry  square sheet.  Then sprinkle the cinnamon sugar evenly over pastry sheet and roll it out into a 10-inch square with a  rolling pin. Fold in two opposite sides of the pastry sheet square about 1 inch.

Fold in same sides of the pastry again, this time allowing the two sides to meet in the middle.

Fold one half of the  pastry over the other. Cut pastry crosswise into 1/2-inch-thick slices. Dip cut  sides of each piece in sugar and arrange, cut side down, on an ungreased baking  sheet. Repeat with the remaining pastry sheet.

Bake the pastry hearts in the middle of the oven until golden on bottom, about 12 minutes. Turn over and bake until golden on bottom, 5 to 7 minutes more, then transfer to a rack to  cool completely.

To make the glaze, combine the powdered sugar, vanilla and 1-2 tablespoons of milk and whisk together. Continue to add milk until you get the right consistency. The glaze should be easy to spread with a spoon but not too runny. Use a spoon or pastry brush to glaze the hearts. Store in an airtight container.

Source: Cooking with Chrissy original recipe

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11 Responses to Pastry Hearts

  1. Parsley Sage says:

    I ❤ these pastries! So yummy looking. And yes, why wouldn’t you want the glaze? Buzzed!

  2. Meg says:

    Those look melt-in-your-mouth delicious! I’ve never met a pastry I didn’t love.

  3. tiffany says:

    These are too cute! They’re like palmiers! 😀

  4. Liz says:

    Glazed palmiers???? WOW…loving this idea!

  5. Chrissy….I LOVE puffed pastry. And anything shaped like a heart….is right up my alley! These look sweet and delicious! : )

  6. I love the freshly baked smell of cinnamon in pastries…..yum yum!

  7. These look like the perfect treat! And glaze – of course!

  8. Oh my gosh, everything you make looks so good. I’m so hungry now, thanks for the inspiration to get off of my butt and make dinner already! By the way, I left you an award over on my blog 🙂 http://deelicioussweets.blogspot.com/2011/06/awards.html

  9. Joanne says:

    Wow, it’s incredible to see how much those bake outwards! Also, looking through your commenters, it’s so funny how many related friends we have! I love that. It makes the food blogging community seem so small and intimate!

  10. Stephanie says:

    Those sound fabulous! Your grilled pizza looks amazing too!!

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