Rachel in the Kitchen // Strawberry Puff Pastry Braid

Last weekend, Andrew and I were just hanging around the house watching the Food Network, per usual. The Kitchen came on and I instantly became enthralled by that show--every dish that they introduced looked fantastic, so we immediately looked up the recipes and bookmarked them for later.

I soon became bored with not wanting to do laundry or the dishes, so I convinced Andrew to go with me to the grocery store to pick up the ingredients to throw one of those recipes together. And it turned out so delicious! I love spontaneous baking adventures.





I have the cutest sous chef. His name is Andrew.





The braiding part seemed like it would be hard, but it really was the simplest part! 





We substituted the sugar with Splenda and added brown sugar (because we didn't have Demerara) and walnuts on top. It was such a delicious treat--I'm a pastry girl at heart, so I could eat this all day every day. There's just something about the way the cream cheese mixture melts all over that flaky pastry dough...it's what dreams are made of, friends!

You'll have to let me know if you try this recipe--it's perfect for a family get together, a cookout with friends, or just for a summer afternoon treat! Pastries, cream cheese, and strawberries...what's not to love? Enjoy! Xoxo

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