Strawberry Gouda Flower Pastries

Yields 9 Pastries
Active Time: 30 minutes
Bake Time: 15 minutes
Difficulty Level: Advanced


  • 3 oz Buholzer Brothers Gouda Cheese
  • 1 box frozen puff pastry, thawed
  • 1/3 cup water
  • 3 tbsp strawberry preserves
  • 1 large egg, lightly beaten
  • 9 small fresh strawberries, hulled
  • Confectioners’ sugar


  1. Heat oven to 400°F. Line a 15 x 10-inch baking pan with parchment paper.
  2. Cut gouda into 9 cubes, about 3/4-inch each. Set aside.
  3. Unfold one puff pastry sheet on a lightly floured surface. Cut out nine pastries with a 3-inch flower cookie cutter. Transfer to prepared pan; chill flowers. Repeat unfolding and cutting steps with the remaining pastry.
  4. Cut windows, removing centers from nine flowers with a 1 1/2-inch round cookie cutter. Save pastry scraps for a different dish. (See recipe tip.)
  5. Brush edges of the solid flowers with water; top with window flowers. Place 1/2 teaspoon strawberry preserves into the center of each flower; top centers with reserved gouda cubes. 
  6. Brush egg wash on the pastry of each flower. Bake for 10 minutes. Press a strawberry into the center of each flower. Bake for 4-5 minutes longer or until golden brown. Cool slightly on a wire rack. Dust with confectioners’ sugar. Serve warm.

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