Frosted Raspberry and Crème Bites

Frosted Raspberry and Crème Bites ~ Like a good pair of heels to a dress, the frosted berries brings an added sparkle to this simple bite size dessert.

Frosted Raspberry and Creme Bites

Frosted Raspberry and Creme Bites

Small in size but packed with flavor, the sweet and tangy tart of the berries adds a nice compliment to the buttery puff pastry while lending a fruity balance to the vanilla crème.

These Frosted Raspberry and Creme Bites are incredibly easy to make and always a hit for the holidays. If you keep up with my blog you know if I’m crazy for mini, but these little guys are micro-mini. Hardly bigger than the berries themselves this dessert is truly a bite size dessert and not a finger dessert that can sometimes turn into a messy two bite affair or a mouth-stuffing squirrel bite.

Frosted Raspberry and Crème Bites

Frosted Raspberry and Crème Bites

I caution you—make a lot.  Aside from being addictively delicious the mouth-popping size makes them go quickly.

A few notes:

  • There are many ways to sparkle berries like rolling them in a simple syrup first and then tossing them in sugar. While that works well for cranberries, it doesn’t quite work so well for raspberries since the latter is much more fragile. That being the case, I simply tossed the chilled berries in granulated sugar.
  • Wash and gently dry your berries between two paper towels, then refrigerate them for at least two hours. Refrigerating them is key, since the slight condensation from the cold will help the sugar stick to the berries. Make sure the raspberries are not wet or weepy as that will cause the sugar to breakdown.
  • Frosted berries will last up to three days in refrigerator uncovered.

Frosted Raspberry and Creme Bites
Yields 32-36 Bites

Ingredients:

Creme Bites:

  • 1 sheet of puff pastry (thawed according to directions)
  • Vanilla cream (recipe follows)
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1 cup of raspberries
  • 1 cup of cranberries
  • Egg wash (one whole egg slightly beaten)
Vanilla Creme:
  • 1 cup of whole milk
  • 2 tablespoon cornstarch
  • 6 tablespoon sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 2 large egg yolks
  • 2 tablespoon unsalted butter
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla

Instructions:

Creme Bites:

  1. Add granulated sugar into a pie pan or shallow dish. Place berries on top and gently toss and roll berries until they are covered in sugar. Transfer bowl to refrigerator while you work with the pastry sheet or refrigerate uncovered overnight.
  2. Using a 1 inch  scalloped pastry ring dipped in flour, stamp out circles from puff pastry. Place circles one inch apart on a parchment or silpat lined bakesheet. Brush tops with egg wash and then pipe a small dallop of vanilla creme in the middle. Bake at 400 for 10-12 minutes or until golden. If the vanilla creme puffs up with a skin, pierce it and let cool completely before piping additional vanilla creme in the center.
  3. Remove frosted berries from the refrigerator and pipe more vanilla creme in the raspberries. Place cream filled raspberries on center of baked puff pastry. Serve immediately.

Vanilla Creme:

  1. Dissolve cornstarch in ¼ cup of milk. Combine the remaining milk with sugar in a saucepan. Bring to a boil and remove from heat and transfer mixture to a new sauce pot. The new unheated sauce pot will help control the heat.
  2. Beat whole egg and yolks into corn mixture. Pour 1/3 of boiling milk into egg mixture, making sure to whisk constantly so the eggs do not curdle. Return remaining milk to boil. Pour hot egg mixture in a stream and continue whisking. Whisk mixture until the cream thickens and comes to a boil. Remove from heat and beat in butter and vanilla. Refrigerate the cream overnight or for at least six hours.

Vanilla Creme adapted from Peter Kump’s Baking School in Manhattan

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31 Responses to “Frosted Raspberry and Crème Bites”

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    Chris Mower — November 11, 2010 @ 3:12 pm

    Holy cow! These look delicious! Mmmmm!

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    Megan — November 11, 2010 @ 4:36 pm

    Stunning photo! These almost look too pretty to eat!

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    Maria — November 11, 2010 @ 4:48 pm

    So pretty!! Perfect for the holidays!

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    Mary @ Delightful Bitefuls — November 11, 2010 @ 6:10 pm

    These are adorable!

    I’m in love!

    Mary xo
    Delightful Bitefuls

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    Amanda — November 11, 2010 @ 7:22 pm

    Love it. LOVELOVELOVE these!! How perfect!!

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    Amber | Bluebonnets & Brownies — November 11, 2010 @ 7:22 pm

    Wow, these are super beautiful, and look wonderfully delectable.

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    Kristen — November 11, 2010 @ 7:24 pm

    Those are beautiful!

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    My Man's Belly — November 11, 2010 @ 7:31 pm

    Love mini desserts…means you can eat more right? ;) These are really pretty, almost too pretty to eat. But they’d look great sitting out for a holiday party.

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    Sweetapolita (Rosie) — November 11, 2010 @ 8:11 pm

    So gorgeous, adorable, and yummy-looking all at the same time! Love those!

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    marla {family fresh cooking} — November 11, 2010 @ 9:30 pm

    These are darling & I can see how they would be highly addictive too. Small just means we can eat more of them right??

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    bridget {bake at 350} — November 11, 2010 @ 10:02 pm

    SO pretty! ♥ They looks like a winter wonderland! :)

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    Ravenous Rowie — November 11, 2010 @ 10:42 pm

    Those look so cute! Phenomenal photography! I bet they taste beyond delicious! Just found your blog, and I love love love it!

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    Wenderly — November 11, 2010 @ 11:51 pm

    Absolutely gorgeous! Looks like Candyland came to real life! :)

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    ingrid — November 12, 2010 @ 2:43 am

    The berries look so pretty but I don’t know how you have the patience!
    ~ingrid

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    Michelle (What's Cooking with Kids) — November 12, 2010 @ 2:59 am

    Oh my gosh – these photos are amazing. yum…

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    Rhonda ( The Dainty Baker) — November 12, 2010 @ 6:10 am

    These do look addictively delicious!! love bite sized ..anything!! its like a flavour explosion in your mouth!

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    Joyti — November 12, 2010 @ 8:53 am

    Those are really adorable! I bet they taste great too.

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    Paula {Salad in a Jar} — November 12, 2010 @ 11:28 am

    Perfect for a shower or brunch!

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    SMITH BITES — November 12, 2010 @ 1:28 pm

    These are absolutely, bar none, some of the most beautiful pastries I’ve ever seen – and the bonus is that they’re EASY which means I CAN MAKE THESE!!!

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    Joanne — November 12, 2010 @ 11:44 pm

    I love how these pictures actually make these cute little raspberry bites really LOOK frosty! I could put down quite a few of these…I’m sure I wouldn’t be able to stop eating them!

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    Urvashee@Dessarts — November 13, 2010 @ 2:31 am

    Oh the frosted berries make the puff pastry bites look so pretty! So perfect for a holiday party!

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    kathleen — November 13, 2010 @ 6:17 pm

    These look totally amazing!!!!!!

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    diva — November 14, 2010 @ 10:02 am

    OOOh these micro mini bites are adorable and would go so well at afternoon tea with friends. Very dreamy pictures Naomi!

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    Heavenly Housewife — November 14, 2010 @ 12:24 pm

    Wow, what a beautiful desert, I just love the look of the frosted berries, and I agree with Diva, this is the perfect afternoon tea treat. It would look so good on a 3 tiered tea stand.
    *kisses* HH

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    Jessica — November 15, 2010 @ 12:50 am

    These look amazing! YUM!

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    Karen — November 15, 2010 @ 1:37 am

    Oh wow, these look fabulous! These would be great for a large crowd or a buffet. Beautiful.

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    Lisa~Korean American Mommy — November 15, 2010 @ 10:08 pm

    Naomi, these are so pretty and the recipe sounds amazing. You totally rock!

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    viagra kaufen — November 20, 2010 @ 6:27 pm

    I usually don’t post in Blogs but your blog forced me to, amazing work.. beautiful …

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    tatlı tarifi — November 28, 2010 @ 8:25 pm

    Very nice sweet. Looks delicious. If a serving. :)
    yemektat tatlı tarifleri.

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    sincerely — February 15, 2014 @ 12:06 am

    Lol. Tiny treats have never appealed to me, but recently I’ve learned they are usually packed with flavor. If these are as you say, I really want to try them. You got my attention.

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