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Pastry Shells with Fruit & Orange Cream

Prep: 35 minutes

Serves: 12

Using puff pastry shells allows you to make these bakery-style desserts in under an hour.  The shells are filled with a silky orange cream that's topped with fresh fruit...delicious!

ingredients

1 pkg. (8 ounces) cream cheese, softened
1 tbsp. sugar
2 tbsp. orange juice
2 tsp. grated orange zest
1 cup thawed frozen whipped topping
2 pkg. (10 ounces each ) Pepperidge Farm® Puff Pastry Shells, prepared according to package directions
6 strawberries, cut in half
3 peeled orange slice, cut in quarters
1 kiwi, peeled and cut into 12 pieces
1/2 cup apricot preserves, warmed

directions

Beat the cream cheese, sugar, orange juice and orange zest in a medium bowl with a fork or whisk until the mixture is smooth. Fold in the whipped topping.

Spoon about 2 tablespoons cream cheese mixture into each pastry shell. Divide the fruit among the filled pastry shells. Brush the fruit with the preserves.

Ingredient Note: To soften the cream cheese, remove the wrapper and place the cream cheese onto a microwavable plate. Microwave on HIGH for 15 seconds or until softened.

Make-Ahead: This recipe may be prepared as directed above and refrigerated for up to 4 hours.

Pastry Shells with Fruit & Orange Cream