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Recipe by: Lisa Prince

Strawberries and Cream

This is a rich and delicious dessert.  It is a great way to enjoy fresh North Carolina strawberries.  You can also make it with fresh NC blueberries.

Servings: 6
Cook Time: Prep Time: 30 minutes; Total Time: 1 hour and 15 minutes
Meal Type: Dessert
NC Ingredients: Strawberries

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8 oz. Sheet frozen puff pastry, thawed
large egg, beaten
teaspoon granulated sugar
oz. Cream cheese, softened
cup heavy cream
teaspoon grated lemon zest
Tbsp. confectioners’ sugar (2 Tbsp. - cream cheese mixture / 1 Tbsp. - dust the top)
cups strawberries, sliced


Preheat oven to 375 degrees.

On a lightly floured surface, unfold the sheet of pastry and roll it into a 10 X 12 inch rectangle.  Transfer to a parchment-lined baking sheet.

Using the tip of a knife, score a 1-inch border around the pastry without cutting all the way through.  Brush the border with the egg and sprinkle with the granulated sugar.

Bake until golden and puffed, 18 to 22 minutes.

Using the tip of a knife, re-score the border of the cooked pastry without cutting all the way through.  Gently press down on the center of the pastry sheet to flatten it.  Let cool to room temperature, 15 to 20 minutes.

Meanwhile, with an electric mixer, beat the cream cheese until smooth.

Add the cream, lemon zest and 2 tablespoons of the confectioners’ sugar and beat until smooth.

Spread the cream cheese mixture evenly within the borders of the pastry.

Arrange the strawberries in a single layer over the filling and sprinkle with the remaining tablespoon of confectioners’ sugar.


Recipes found on this page are from Got to Be NC members, staff, industry partners and Stove Side Chats. Stove Side Chats is Got to Be NC’s cooking show hosted by restaurant marketing specialist Chad Blackwelder. This series invites chefs and home cooks from around the state to teach you how to cook with in-season North Carolina deliciousness.