Thursday on Top: Stars and Stripes Forever


Happy Birthday America! To honor the stars and stripes of the beautiful American flag, make one of Taste of Home’s “Top 10 Patriotic Dessert” recipes, Stars and Stripes Forever!

Stars and Stripes Forever

Served with a creamy, full-bodied dip, sugared puff pastry stars and a fresh berry medley make a festive dessert. It's pretty, delicious and easy to prepare for the Fourth of July or any summer gathering. —Gail Sykora, Menomonee Falls, Wisconsin

Served with a creamy, full-bodied dip, sugared puff pastry stars and a fresh berry medley make a festive dessert. It’s pretty, delicious and easy to prepare for the Fourth of July or any summer gathering. —Gail Sykora, Menomonee Falls, Wisconsin

Prep: 30 min.                            Bake: 10 min. + cooling                Yield: 8 Servings

Ingredients

  • 1 sheet frozen puff pastry, thawed
  • 1 to 2 tablespoons water
  • 1 tablespoon coarse sugar
  • 2 cups sliced fresh strawberries
  • 1-1/2 cups fresh raspberries
  • 1 cup fresh blueberries
  • 1/4 cup plus 1 tablespoon sugar, divided
  • 1/2 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 1 cup (8 ounces) sour cream

Directions

  • On a lightly floured surface, roll out pastry to 1/8-in. thickness. Cut with floured star-shaped cookie cutters. Place 1 in. apart on parchment paper-lined baking sheets. Bake at 400° for 8-10 minutes or until golden brown. Remove to wire racks. Brush lightly with water and sprinkle with coarse sugar. Cool.
  • In a large bowl, combine berries and 1/4 cup sugar; set aside. In a small bowl, beat cream until it begins to thicken. Add remaining sugar; beat until soft peaks form. Place sour cream in a small serving bowl; fold in whipped cream.
  • Place bowl on a serving platter. Spoon berry mixture onto platter; top with pastry stars. Yield: 8 servings.

Nutritional Facts: 1 serving (1 each) equals 332 calories, 19 g fat (9 g saturated fat), 40 mg cholesterol, 123 mg sodium, 36 g carbohydrate, 5 g fiber, 4 g protein.

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