As I was catching up on the daily Disney news on the Disney Parks Blog, there was a video demo for the Strawberry Twist from “Maurice’s Treats” in Disneyland. Many of you know I wrote about this food cart in a previous blog. I wasn’t real thrilled with their choices of treats given the theme of the cart. However, I watched the video and the twists looked really good and easy to make.
So I decided I would make them at home, but add my own little touches to it. You can check out the original video here. The recipe was written as follows:
- 1 cup sliced fresh strawberries
- 1 cup sugar
- 1/4 cup fresh lemon juice
- 1 (17.3-ounce) box (2 sheets) frozen puff pastry, thawed
- Powdered sugar, for garnish
- Combine strawberries, sugar, and lemon juice in a small saucepan over medium heat. Mash mixture with a potato masher until the berries are softened and sugar is dissolved.
- Increase heat to high, and bring the mixture to a full rolling boil. Boil, stirring often to prevent mixture from sticking to pan, until thick, about 5 minutes. Cool to room temperature.
- Place one sheet of puff pastry onto a lightly floured, movable, flat surface, such as a lightweight cutting board. Lightly dust surface of pastry with flour and roll to smooth creases.
- Spread pastry sheet with 1/3 cup of the strawberry mixture. (Refrigerate any remaining strawberry mixture for up to 5 days.)
- Roll the second sheet of puff pastry on a lightly floured surface to smooth creases; place on top of first sheet and press down gently.
- Place filled puff pastry in refrigerator for 15 minutes.
- Preheat oven to 400°F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or a nonstick silicone mat.
- Using a ruler as a guide, cut into pastry into 1 1/2-inch strips. Carefully pick up strips and place on baking sheets, twisting 3 times before laying down.
- Bake 20 to 22 minutes, or until puffed and golden brown. Cool 10 minutes and finish with a dusting of powdered sugar.
I changed a couple things around. First, I used frozen Strawberries because the fresh ones are way out of season. Just make sure they are thawed and are well drained. Second, I used 2T of Jack Daniels “Winter Jack” when making the jam. It has apple cider in it and gave it a very nice flavor. Third, when watching the video she uses an almond cream. There was no mention of this in the written recipe. I used canned almond paste. Just put a little water in it and microwave it for a few seconds to soften enough to spread.
When I twisted them I also sprinkled some green decorating sugar on them. It gave them a nice holiday look. I baked them at 400 for 22 minutes but they weren’t quite done enough so keep your eye on them. Also, when you pull them out of the oven, place them on a cooling rack. The jam tends to leak out during cooking and if you leave them on the paper it is a challenge to get them off.
Overall, I loved these treats. They would be great at your Christmas brunch. If you wanted to give them an added punch of Holiday spirit, try crushed candy canes instead of almonds!
Editor: If you would like to see some photos of Keith’s Strawberry Twists project, you can see them here on The Affordable Mouse Facebook page.
Keith was born and raised in Northeast Ohio.He now lives with his wife a few miles from his childhood home. His first trip to the Magic Kingdom was at the age of two and while the only memories are in pictures, the magic laid dormant within him. Until he saw the animated movie Robin Hood, and his love began to grow. He has always had an interest in food and the togetherness it brings. He became a classically trained chef and all around foodie. His last trip to Disney World was in 2011 and he has been learning, researching, and keeping up on all things Disney since. He hopes to bring you all of the food news from the parks, tips on how to save money on food, and all the tastes and smells from the House of Mouse (especially when smell o vision is invented). You can follow Keith on Twitter @DarthChef79.