Pastry Hearts

  • 10MINS
  • 20MINS
  • Serves 16
  • 84KCAL

These flaky pastry treats are sure to steal some hearts! Simple and slimming friendly, they’re really quick to make and delicious with a cuppa. Make a batch for Valentine’s Day or bake them to share with friends and family.

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NutritionPer Serving

  • Calories84
  • Carbs11g
  • Protein1.8g
  • Fat3.6g
  • Saturates1.7g
  • Sugars1.7g

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Looking for a lovely little treat? You’re bound to impress with these jam-filled, flaky Pastry Hearts (and no one needs to know how easy they are to make). Whether you’re baking a batch for a romantic Valentine’s Day dinner, or treating your friends to some homemade nibbles, they’re guaranteed to be popular. 

You need just three ingredients to make these baked pastries: ready-rolled light puff pastry, good quality red jam (strawberry or raspberry, it’s up to you!) and a little bit of icing sugar to dust over the top when they’re done.

We like them best served crispy and warm from the oven, but they’re just as delicious served cold with your cuppa later in the day. They keep well in an airtight container for a few days, and you can even freeze them if the leftovers are looking a little too tempting! At 84 calories per Pastry Heart, these are perfect for a slimming-friendly afternoon tea-style spread. 

What diets are these Pastry Hearts suitable for?

This Pastry Hearts recipe is suitable for anyone following a vegetarian or dairy-free diet. 

It can be made vegan-friendly as long as you double check that the ready-rolled pastry you’re using is suitable for vegans. 

If you’re cooking for people with allergies, please be extra careful when checking ingredients and preparing food!

Do you need any special ingredients to make Pastry Hearts?

Nope! This recipe is so simple and doesn’t need any special ingredients. 

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How many calories are in these Pastry Hearts?

There are 84 calories per portion in this Pastry Hearts recipe, which means it falls into our Everyday Light recipe category. If you’re counting calories or following one of the popular diet plans like Weight Watchers, this recipe fits in perfectly!

NHS guidelines suggest men should aim for 2,500 calories per day to maintain a healthy body weight, and women require around 2000 calories. Each person has different calorie requirements depending on their goal, so you may want to adjust your daily calorie intake according to your own personal goal.

Step 1

Preheat the oven to 200°C. Line a baking tray with a sheet of non-stick baking paper.

Step 2

Place the jam in a small bowl and stir until smooth. Unroll the pastry sheet, leaving it on the non-stick paper packaging and place on the work surface.

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Step 3

Spread a thin layer of jam evenly over the pastry sheet, right up to all the edges.

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Step 4

Starting with one long edge, roll the pastry up tightly and keep rolling until you reach the middle of the pastry sheet, using the paper packaging to help you.

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Step 5

Start rolling again from the other long edge and continue rolling until you reach the middle, again using the paper packaging to help you. The two rolled pastry sections should be touching in the middle.

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Step 6

Use a large, serrated knife, such as a bread knife, to carefully cut into 16 double spiral shapes. Gently pinch the bottom section of each to form into heart shapes.

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Step 7

Place the pastry hearts on the lined baking tray, leaving gaps between each. Place in the preheated oven for 15-20 minutes, until golden and crisp. Watch carefully towards the end of cooking as jam can burn easily. Place on a cooling rack to cool or serve warm fresh from the oven. Dust with a little icing sugar.

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What could I serve with these Pastry Hearts?

These jammy pastry treats are delicious with a cup of tea or coffee. If you feel fancy, you could put on your own slimming-friendly afternoon tea and include these other low-calorie sweet treats:

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How do you know when Pastry Hearts are cooked?

You’ll need to cook these Pastry Hearts for 15-20 minutes or until the pastry has crisped up and turned golden. Keep an eye on them towards the end of the cooking time, as jam can burn easily. 

Here in the UK, the standard advice is to cook food until it has reached 70°C and maintained that temperature for 2 minutes. This is to keep you and your family safe! 

How long can you keep Pastry Hearts in the fridge?

There’s no need to pop them in the fridge. You can store these Pastry Hearts in an airtight container for around 3 days. 

Can I freeze Pastry Hearts?

Yes you can! We’d recommend freezing these Pastry Hearts before adding the dusting of icing sugar. This can then be added after the pastries have been defrosted or reheated. If you plan on freezing this recipe please remember to do the following:

  • Freeze it as soon as it is cold enough.
  • Use a container or bag that is suitable for freezing.
  • Place squares of non-stick baking paper in-between the pastries to make them easier to defrost. 

Don’t forget to add a label with what it is, and on what date you put it in the freezer! 

How do I reheat Pastry Hearts?

These Pastry Hearts can be defrosted and eaten cold, or you can reheat them in a warm oven for a few minutes if you prefer. 

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Pastry Hearts

These flaky pastry treats are sure to steal some hearts! Simple and slimming friendly, they’re really quick to make and delicious with a cuppa. Make a batch for Valentine’s Day or bake them to share with friends and family.
  • Prep Time
    10 MINS
  • Cook Time
    20 MINS
  • KCals 84
  • Carbs 11G

Ingredients

  • 320 g ready-rolled light puff pastry sheet
  • 3 tbsp good quality reduced-sugar seedless raspberry or strawberry jam
  • ½ tsp icing sugar, for dusting

Baking tray

non-stick baking paper

cooling rack

small bowl

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Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 200°C. Line a baking tray with a sheet of non-stick baking paper.
  2. Place the jam in a small bowl and stir until smooth. Unroll the pastry sheet, leaving it on the non-stick paper packaging and place on the work surface.
  3. Spread a thin layer of jam evenly over the pastry sheet, right up to all the edges.
  4. Starting with one long edge, roll the pastry up tightly and keep rolling until you reach the middle of the pastry sheet, using the paper packaging to help you.
  5. Start rolling again from the other long edge and continue rolling until you reach the middle, again using the paper packaging to help you. The two rolled pastry sections should be touching in the middle.
  6. Use a large, serrated knife, such as a bread knife, to carefully cut into 16 double spiral shapes. Gently pinch the bottom section of each to form into heart shapes.
  7. Place the pastry hearts on the lined baking tray, leaving gaps between each. Place in the preheated oven for 15-20 minutes, until golden and crisp. Watch carefully towards the end of cooking as jam can burn easily. Place on a cooling rack to cool or serve warm fresh from the oven. Dust with a little icing sugar.

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Recipe notes

Tip: If you haven't got seedless jam, you could sieve your jam first to remove the seeds if preferred. 
Tip:  It’s worth using a good quality jam as it will give the pastries a better flavour.
Tip: If you find the pastry difficult to slice, place in the fridge to chill for 10 minutes. The pastry will firm up and be easier to slice.

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