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Puff Pastry Baskets with Creamy Lemon Filling

Puff Pastry Baskets with Creamy Lemon Filling are the perfect way to welcome in Spring,  They are perfect for a sunny brunch or Easter dinner. They’re also a great activity for the kiddos to help with!

This delicious recipe was first published 3/2017 and has been updated to improve the reader experience.

A puff Pastry Basket filled with lemon curd on a white plate. A cup of coffee and a bouquet of flowers sits in the background.

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Once the days start getting a little longer, you know Spring is just around the corner. My thoughts start turning to clean up the yard, new flowers, and plants, hosting my friends for a sunny brunch or hosting my family for Easter dinner. Puff Pastry Baskets with Creamy Lemon Filling are perfect for either.

I don’t know what it is, even though I can’t crawl into some cave and sleep for three months over the winter, I actually do feel like I’m waking up after a long slumber.

I’m getting a little more pep in my step once the days start to get longer and the weather begins to warm up.

Recipes using puff pastry are a lot of fun. I’ve had this idea of making it into braids so that it looks like cute little woven baskets for some time.

Sometimes my ideas just turn into a big ole mess that made me wonder what in the heck were you thinking?

Three Puff Pastry Baskets filled with lemon curd on a white plate. A cup of coffee and a bouquet of flowers sits in the background.

But other times they just make me want to do a happy dance. These puff pastry dessert baskets are definitely worth doing a little jig.

My baskets are filled with lemon pudding and topped with a creamy dollop of Reddi-wip® and a fresh raspberry to finish the whole thing.

Filling variations

  • Use your favorite pudding or pie filling. Canned is quick and easy.
  • Jam or jellies
  • Nutella
  • Sprinkles on top would be fun and festive too.

Don’t you think that the kiddos would love topping their own lemony pudding baskets with a mound of Reddi-Wip? That’s always been a dream of mine too! Didn’t you envision being the boss of your own can when you were growing up? I know I wasn’t the only one!

Helpful tips

  • I prefer using the cook and serve pudding. It’s a little firmer and I believe a little more tart than the instant pudding.
  • You can buy Pepperidge Farm’s puff pastry shells instead of making these baskets but I think the baskets are a little fancier and a heck of a lot of fun. The kiddos will love helping!
  • You can line the muffin tin inserts with puff pastry circles large enough to fill the cup instead of weaving strips if you want to simplify the process. You’ll be missing out on all the fun though!

Don’t have time to make it now? Pin it for later!

These cheery puff pastry baskets just remind me of sunshine.

The sweet tartness of the lemon filling is a great contrast to the cold sweet cream.

I couldn’t help picking up a bouquet of spring flowers to go with them, and now all I need is a few people to share them with! Two puff pastry sheets make 12 puff pastry dessert baskets!

You may need

  • 12-cup muffin pan – I love these muffin pans and have three of them so I can get them all filled and baked at once. They’re great for egg cups too!

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5 from 5 votes

Puff Pastry Baskets with Creamy Lemon Filling

Puff Pastry Baskets with Creamy Lemon Filling are fun to make and delicious to eat.  They’re a quick and easy treat perfect for Mother’s Day or Easter.
Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 15 mins
Total Time 35 mins
Servings 12 baskets
Author Julie Menghini

Ingredients

  • 17 oz Puff Pastry (2 sheets) Pepperidge Farms
  • 12 tbsp Reddi-wip® 13oz can
  • 4.3 oz Lemon Pudding Cook and serve
  • 1 egg
  • 12 raspberries

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 400°F.  Spray a 12-cup muffin tin with non-stick cooking spray.
  • Prepare pudding according to package directions. Set aside to cool
  • Dust a working surface with flour. Unwrap puff pastry sheets and roll sheets until they measure 13-14 inches long. Measure out 1/2″ strips across the length of the pastry sheet and cut into strips. On the second sheet, cut circles the size of the muffin tin cavities.
  • Whip egg with a teaspoon of water to make an egg wash.
  • Separate three strips for each braid. Holding one edge of 3 separate strips, begin braiding, holding gently to the end. When finished brush with egg wash and cut each strip in half.
  • Brush circles with egg wash and place them on the bottom of each muffin cavity.
  • Wrap a braid around the inside of each muffin cup. Line up and press the edges together.
  • Brush the inside of each puff pastry basket with egg wash.
  • Bake at 400°F for 15 minutes or until sightly browned. Allow the baskets to cool completely before filling.
  • Spoon filling into each puff pastry basket. Add a dollop of Reddi-Wip® and top with a raspberry if desired.
  • Serve immediately or refrigerate.

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Nutrition

Calories: 275kcal | Carbohydrates: 28g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 16g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Cholesterol: 15mg | Sodium: 158mg | Potassium: 37mg | Vitamin A: 40IU | Vitamin C: 0.5mg | Calcium: 9mg | Iron: 1.1mg
This recipe was calculated using the exact brands and measurements I used to make this recipe. If you are following a strict diet please note changing anything will cause the nutritional info to change. My calculations are intended as a guide only.
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Recipe Rating




Amy Nash

Friday 24th of January 2020

These were so fun and easy to make! I can't resist these individually sized desserts and the puff pastry is the perfect quick fix!

Julie Menghini

Monday 27th of January 2020

Thank you, Amy!

Jennifer Ann Stewart

Thursday 23rd of January 2020

These were the hit of the party last weekend! I made these, and I couldn't believe how easy they were to make, and everyone oooh and ahhh over them right before they gobbled them all up! I need to put these on my Easter menu pronto!

Julie Menghini

Thursday 23rd of January 2020

We love them too. Thank you!

Erin

Tuesday 21st of January 2020

This is the PERFECT springtime dessert, and I know my family is going to love this when I make them later this year! We taste tested this past weekend for fun, and unsurprisingly, they were DELICIOUS! The perfect sweet-tart dessert.

Julie Menghini

Tuesday 21st of January 2020

Thank you, Erin! This one is so easy and the kiddos love it!

Nikki

Tuesday 21st of January 2020

These are so delicious and will be perfect for a shower I will be giving soon!

Julie Menghini

Tuesday 21st of January 2020

That's the perfect idea. Easter too!

Kathleen Pope

Sunday 19th of January 2020

Julie, I love the simplicity and yet elegance of these puff pastry cups. Perfect filled with all sorts of yummy things!

Julie Menghini

Monday 20th of January 2020

Thank you, Kathleen!