Sunday, April 27, 2008

Beautified PB&J

Peanut Butter & Jelly Mini Tarts
Adapted from Epicurious
Makes 12

24 wonton wrappers
4 ounces of cream cheese, softened
1/2 cup of crunchy peanut butter
3 tablespoons of butter, softened
2 tablespoons of dark brown sugar
1 cup of chilled heavy cream
1/2 teaspoon of vanilla
1/2 cup plus 1/3 cup of strawberry jam (9 1/2 oz)
2 cups of fresh strawberries, quartered lengthwise

1. Preheat oven to 325F. Criss cross 2 wonton wrappers to form a star-like shape. Place each pair of wrappers gently but firmly into muffin tins. Bake at 325F until they lightly brown, about 6-8 minutes. Remove from muffin tins and cool on a wire rack. (Note: I would try a cookie or pastry crust next time, I did the graham one that epicurious suggested only to achieve burnt butter graham puffs, so the wontons were the quickest solution for me!)

2. In a medium bowl, beat together cream cheese, peanut butter, and butter in a bowl with an electric mixer at medium-high speed until fluffy, about 1 minute. Add brown sugar and beat until incorporated.

3. Beat cream with vanilla in another bowl until it holds soft peaks, then fold into peanut butter mixture gently but thoroughly. Fill pastry bag (or a plastic bag in my case!) and refrigerate if not using immediately.

4. Distribute 1/3 cup of jam (about 1/2 tablespoon each) into bottoms of the wonton cups. Pipe peanut butter mixture on top of jam. Chill mini tarts, loosely covered with plastic wrap, until firm, at least 3 hours. Just before serving, stir strawberries with remaining 1/2 cup of jam with a rubber spatula until coated. Spoon over mini tarts. Serve immediately.

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