Strawberry Amaretto Pastries

*Strawberry Amaretto Pastries*
Makes 12

Sort of  like a Strawberry Shortcake, but made with scrummy puff pastry topped with sugared almonds,  and a mascarpone cheese filling!  These are fantastic!

1 sheet of fresh ready rolled Puff pastry, remove from fridge at least 20 minutes before using
60g of flaked almonds, divided (1/2 cup)
3 TBS granulated sugar
1 orange
284 ml carton of double cream (about 1 1/4 cups)
85g of sifted icing sugar, divided (1/2 cup)
1/2 tsp almond extrt
115g of mascarpone cheese, softened (about 1 cup)
12 large strawberries, sliced

Preheat the oven to 200*C/400*F/ Gas mark 6.  Unroll the pastry sheet onto the rectangle stone (OR a parchment paper lined baking sheet) and trim the edges to make a rectangle measuring 12 by 15, discarding any excess.

Finely chop two thirds of the almonds and mix together with  2 TBS of the granulated sugar.  Sprinkle this evenly over the surface of the dough.  LIGHTLY press the almonds into the surface.

Cut the dough lengthwise into three strips and horizontally into 4.  You should have 12 squares.  Gently ease them apart and position them evenly over top of the stone.  Bake for 15 to 20 minutes, or until cooked, puffed and golden brown.  Remove from the baking stone (sheet) to a wire rack to cool completely.

Place the remaining almonds into a pan and lightly toast.  Coarsely chop.  Set aside.

Zest the entire orange and then combine the zest with the remaining granulated sugar.  Set aside.

Whip the cream, half the icing sugar and the almond extract until soft peaks form.  (It is important you don't over whip)  Combine the remaining icing sugar and the mascarpone cheese.  Fold this mixture together with the whipped cream.

Slice the strawberries.

Split each pastry square in half, arrange half of the strawberries on the bottom of each shell.  Top with a dollop of the cream mixture.  Sprinkle with the toasted almonds, then the remaining strawberry slices.  Sprinkle with the sugared orange zest and then place the tops of the pastries over all.  Serve immediately.  Delicious!!
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