Celebrate Valentine's Day with a festive breakfast. These colorful Conversation Heart Pastries are so cute and can be filled with Nutella, jelly, pie filling, or curd.
Making homemade Pop-Tarts is super easy.
I thought it would be fun to make some festive-looking pastries for Valentine's Day. With the popularity of my Conversation Heart Cheesecakes, I couldn't resist making these heart-shaped Pop-Tarts.
To make these Valentine's Day pastries, I used my new Chicago Metallic Conversation Heart Cookie Cutter Stamps to leave impressions in the pie dough. Instead of painting red over the letters, like I did when I made my Naturally Colored Conversation Heart Cheesecakes. earlier this week, I just left the letters plain. I think they look great that way and were so much easier.
I used food coloring to paint these hearts, but also experimented with using fruit purees, which worked great too. So, you have two options when making these conversation heart pastries.
Conversation Heart Pastries (makes 16)
1 box Pillsbury Pie Crusts
fillings of your choice like chocolate hazelnut spread, peanut butter, jam, lemon curd, pie filling
egg wash (one egg mixed with a splash of water)
coloring (either use food coloring or fruit purees)
Chicago Metallic Conversation Heart Cookie Cutter Stamps
pastry brushes and or food use only sponge rollers
Unroll the pie dough. Cut out 32 hearts, using the cutter. Re-roll dough as needed.
Press the stamps into 16 of the hearts, just enough to leave an impression. If the stamps begin sticking, chill the dough in the refrigerator for about 10 minutes, then try again.
Brush or roll the coloring onto the pie crust hearts then allow the coloring to dry.
I preferred using the sponge roller. I got my rollers from the craft store and use them for food only. A pastry brush will work too, just know the coloring will stain the brush.
I used bottled food coloring but also experimented with fruit purees, and they worked great. So, if you prefer then make and use fruit purees. I have detailed instructions on how to puree fruit in my Naturally Colored Conversation Heart Cheesecake post.
Brush the plain hearts with egg wash, add a teaspoonful of filling in the center, then press a colored heart on top. Pinch the edges together in order to seal them well.
Freeze hearts for 20-30 minutes. Meanwhile, heat oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit.
Bake for 8-10 minutes until golden brown around the edges. I had a few hearts that did not have any coloring on them, so I used them as my guide. When they looked slightly golden, I pulled them out of the oven. You can bake yours until they are darker if you prefer them that way.
Serve warm. These are best the day they are made but can be served cold later or re-heated in a toaster oven. We've been eating these all week. I just use the toast setting on my toaster oven to heat them up and they are great.
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