Valentine's Day is right around the corner! If there was any day to indulge in a sweet treat or chocolate it would be on this day.Taking a little extra time, and making a little extra effort to celebrate romance. On a day where we do a little something special for those we care about, what better way to show it than with a homemade heart of strawberry goodness. This recipe is nice and simple using prepared pastry and canned filling so you can get it done in a flash and still get to enjoy the most important aspect of Valentines day, sharing your time with your special someone. No need to buy a gift when you have pie!
Place racks in the upper third and center of the oven, then preheat the oven to 400 degrees F. Line to baking sheets with parchment paper or silicone mats.
In a small bowl, stir together the pie filling and lemon zest. Set aside.
Place the first pie crust on a well-floured surface and roll into a 1/8-inch thickness. With a 3-inch heart-shaped cookie cutter, cut 12 to 14 hearts from the rolled crust. Transfer the hearts to a plate or baking sheet and place in the refrigerator, then roll and cut the second crust. After cutting both crusts, you should have 24 to 28 hearts total.
Beat the egg in a small bowl to create an egg wash, then lightly brush over half (12 to 14) of the hearts. Place 1 heaping teaspoon of the strawberry filling in the center of each egg-washed heart, ensuing that you place a piece of fruit in each.
Gently stretch each of the remaining hearts with your fingers to make them slightly larger, then set them on top of the filling-topped hearts. With your fingers, gently press the edges together. With the tines of a fork, press around the edges of the hearts to seal, then use a small knife to cut two small vents in the top of each heart. Brush the tops of each complete heart with the beaten egg, then sprinkle with turbinado sugar.
Place the hearts 1 inch apart on the prepared baking sheets. Bake for 12 minutes, until golden and bubbling, rotating the pans’ position half way through. Remove from the oven and allow to cool on the pan for 10 minutes, then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.
Original Recipe: wellplated.com
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