Chocolate Cherry Cream Pastry Tower

Chocolate Cherry Cream Pastry Tower via Kudos Kitchen by Renee

What would you call layers upon layers of puff pastry which encase layers and layers of chocolate, cream cheese and cherries? Well, why not ... Chocolate Cherry Cream Pastry Tower? Works for me! LOL

This elegant dessert may look difficult (and maybe a little intimidating to make), but let me assure you that it could not be easier (with the help of store bought puff pastry) and takes only a matter of minutes to assemble.

Chocolate Cherry Cream Pastry Tower Recipe via Kudos Kitchen by Renee

I came upon this idea when I remembered a fruit dip I'd acquired years and years ago from a friend which was a blend of cream cheese and fluff marshmallow spread. I had planned on making and posting that recipe, but as usually happens, I got a little carried away and wound up with this Chocolate Cherry Cream Pastry Tower. Funny how that happens sometimes.

I thought I'd show you my recipe writing process if you've ever been curious how I get from the concept to completed dish. It usually isn't pretty and there are always a lot of my scribbles involved, but somehow it gets from the paper to the photo shoot, to the computer, and then to the post in a printable form for you to hopefully print and make for yourself at home.


CHOCOLATE CHERRY CREAM PASTRY TOWER    {PRINT THIS RECIPE}
Serves: 6-8      Prep Time: 30 minutes

1 package (2 folds) frozen puff pastry, thawed
2 packages (8 ounces) cream cheese (I used Neufchatel)
1 jar Marshmallow Fluff
1 teaspoon almond extract
1 bag (16 ounce) frozen  unsweetened cherries, thawed and thoroughly drained
1 1/2 tablespoon cocoa powder (plus additional for garnish)
powdered sugar for garnish

-Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
-Unwrap the thawed puff pastry and use a knife or pizza cutter to cut each piece of dough into thirds along the fold lines. Place the cut pastry onto 2 parchment lined baking sheets leaving space in between.
-Use the tines of a fork to poke holes in all but one pastry piece.
-Bake the pastry in the preheated oven for approximately 20 minutes or until they're nicely browned.
*Note - The pastry piece that did not receive the fork pokes will be nicely puffed. The others will be much  flatter, which is what you're looking for. If they're still too puffed (for stacking purposes) use the back of a fork to press on the pastry and flatten them while they're still hot. The one that is puffed high will be the top piece of your tower.
-Cool completely while you make the cherry cream.
-In a large bowl with an hand mixer (I used my stand mixer with the paddle attachment), cream together the cream cheese, Marshmallow fluff, almond extract and the drained cherries until smooth and creamy.
-Remove slightly less then half of the cream mixture to a second bowl.
-Add the cocoa powder to the original bowl of cherry cream mixture and blend to thoroughly combine.
-Place one of the flat pieces of pastry onto a serving platter.
-Starting with the chocolate cream, spread approximately 1/2 cup of the mixture along the entire piece of puff pastry.
-Place another flat piece of pastry on top of the chocolate cherry cream and spread approximately 1/2 cup of the plain cherry cream filling mixture along the entire piece of puff pastry.
-Continue alternating with pastry, chocolate and plain cherry cream filling mixture and top with the puffed piece of pastry.
-Garnish with a sprinkle of cocoa powder and powdered sugar.
-Refrigerate until ready to serve.
-Carefully slice using a serrated knife and a sawing motion without too much pressure.
*Note - You can also make these as individual desserts (making them easier to serve) by cutting each puff pastry strip into thirds (you'll have 18 pieces) and then assembling them in the same fashion as the long pastry tower.

Chocolate Cherry Cream Pastry Tower Recipe via Kudos Kitchen by Renee

Sweets for the sweet anyone? Cheers to a great dessert, and to the start of an even greater evening!

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