Shrikhand Puff Pastry Cups

// Experience the fusion of Shrikhand and puff pastry in our delicious Diwali recipe! It is an ideal blend of creamy sweetness and flaky layers.



Indulging Shrikhand Puff Pastry Cups are a fusion of the traditional Indian sweet ‘Shrikhand’ and the flaky goodness of puff pastry. These visually enticing bites are an ideal balance of thick, creamy yogurt, fragrant sweet-spices, and the light, crispy layers of puff pastry.

Made with a handful of ingredients, this easy-to-make, refreshing dessert recipe is perfect for festivals like Diwali, Holi, and other special occasions.

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a tray of shrikhand puff pastry cups with a candle in the background

Making these cups takes only 10 minutes of your time if you have your Shrikhand ready.

On this page, you will get a step-by-step picture and video recipe with all the variations, tips, and tricks.

About Shrikhand Puff Pastry Cups

Shrikhand Puff Pastry Cups are a fantastic twist on the traditional Indian dessert ‘Shrikhand’, paying tribute to a modern and elegant way to relish this famous Indian sweet dish.

The contrast between chilled, creamy, fruity, and flavorful Shrikhand with flaky, buttery airy pastry tastes like the match made in heaven.

This fusion dessert is all about the classic Indian sweet transformation which brings together the luscious sweetness of Shrikhand with the buttery and flaky layers of puff pastry.

These visually enticing, gourmet-looking, and palate-pleasing cups are not only gorgeous but also taste exotic. The creamy, rich, and velvety yogurt filling is the ideal carrier for the airy, light, and flaky goodness of puff pastry.

A bite into this fusion treat in your mouth is an explosion of amazing flavors and various textures.

Closeup of a tray of shrikhand puff pastry cups with a pastry on it and a flower on the bottom

Divine Fusion Delight

In simple words, it’s a heavenly fusion treat that combines the richness of the classic Indian sweet Shrikhand with the ease of puff pastry cups.

For the filling, I have used Pineapple Shrikhand, but you can use any of your favorite Shrikhand flavors. Other flavors that taste well in these puff pastry cups are Kesar Elaichi Shrikhand, Thandai Shrikhand, Mango Shrikhand, Gulkand Shrikhand, or Strawberry Shrikhand.

Another great thing about these cups is that not only for Shrikhand, but these puff pastry cups can be used for so many delicious desserts and appetizers!

With the beautiful textures and taste, this dessert is sure to be a hit at parties and get-togethers.

The flavoring of saffron and cardamom in Shrikhand makes an aromatic Indian dessert filling, and the crunchy nuts on the top are there for color, nutty goodness, and satisfying crunch.

Whether you are an ardent lover of traditional Indian desserts like rose kaju katli, pista katli, rasgulla, rajbhog, gulab jamun, dry fruits laddu, dulce de leche burfi, or simply want to explore the dessert world, these Shrikhand Puff Pastry Cups answer all your questions.

So this festive season, get ready, and make these delicious and impressive treats - last-minute Shrikhand Puff Pastry Cups to share with your friends and family.

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These Shrikhand Puff Pastry Cups

  • are quick and simple to make

  • are a perfect mix of traditional and modern flavors

  • have the goodness of crispy puff pastry

  • taste so well

  • are perfect for festive occasions

  • can also be served as a refreshing summer dessert

  • have a delightful texture profile

  • are suitable for vegetarians

  • can be made with other fillings

  • are a very versatile recipe

  • can be served as a snack or dessert

Ingredients

  • Puff Pastry Sheets: These sheets are the base of our Shrikhand Puff Pastry Cups recipe. They provide a light, flaky exterior that merges stunningly with the creamy Shrikhand filling.

Since it is the main ingredient that makes or breaks the dessert, I would advise you to use high-quality pastry sheets. You can use both homemade or store-bought puff pastry sheets for this recipe.

  • Dry Flour for Dusting: When you work with puff pastry sheets, you need some dry flour for handling the puff pastry sheets, as the dusting of dry flour prevents sticking and ensures smooth cutting and rolling.

You can use both all-purpose flour or bread flour for dusting the sheets.

  • Milk: I have used milk wash to brush puff pastry sheets before baking. Brushing the pastry with milk before baking gives these puff pastry cups a subtle shine and golden hue. You can also use egg wash or melted butter for brushing these sheets.

  • Shrikhand: Chilled, creamy, and rich, Shrikhand is the heart of this recipe. I have used Pineapple Shrikhand as a filling here. You can also use other fillings like cream and jam, peanut butter and jam, or mango cheesecake or even white chocolate mousse, or mascarpone chocolate mousse. For an easy filling, you can also use thick store-bought flavored yogurt of your choice.

  • Garnish (optional): I have added some sliced pistachios for vibrant green color and a nutty topping. I used dried rose petals for aesthetic appeal, color contrast, and floral elegance, and edible golden leaves for a festive touch.

Garnishing is entirely up to you, so feel free to add any of your favorite yogurt or dessert toppings here.

photo of a plate of shrikhand puff pastry cups with dried rose flowers on a table

Variations

Mini Fruit Tarts with Puff Pastry Cups 

Love the medley of fresh fruits? Then make this fruit tart version. To make this, fill the baked puff pastry cups with a mix of fresh fruits, drizzle with white or brown chocolate, and enjoy the fruity, buttery, and chocolatey flavors.

Nuts and Honey Puff Pastry Cups

In this version, you swap Shrikhand filling with a honey and chopped nuts mix. Simply add roasted chopped nuts like almonds, cashews, and walnuts to a bowl, add honey and mix well. Your filling is ready to be filled in the cups.

Baklava Puff Pastry Cups

Here, you add crushed pistachios, honey to a bowl and mix well until combined. Your baklava filling is ready; fill your puff pastry cups with this filling and drizzle with honey and some dried rose petals.

Chocolate Puff Pastry Cups

To make decadent chocolatey cups, you can fill these cups with chocolate pudding or chocolate mousse of your choice.

Berrylicious Puff Pastry Cups

Love the juicy burst of fresh berries? Then fill these cups with a mix of freshly chopped berries. Garnish with mint leaves and enjoy the natural sweetness.

Burfi Puff Pastry Cups

Rather than filling with Shrikhand, you can also fill these cups with any of your favorite burfi. The burfis that taste good in these cups are rava laddu, sago fruit custard, milk burfi, or badam burfi.

photo of a tray of shrikhand puff pastry cups with dried rose petals on a tables

Storage Suggestions

After filling, these cups will only stay crisp for 5-6 hours when stored in the refrigerator. If you want to make them ahead of time, then simply bake the cups and refrigerate them in an airtight container for up to 2-3 days. Only assemble them when you want to serve.

Serving Suggestions

Since these cups are filled with Shrikhand, it is best that they are served chilled for the best flavor, texture, and experience. Serve them as an after-meal dessert or an indulgent snack. 

They make a showstopper at gatherings or parties; feel free to place them at your dessert buffet along with other Indian sweets like jalebi, Malai Ladoo, Pineapple ladoo, bread malai roll, shahi tukda, badam halwa, and besan halwa.

They can also be devoured as a refreshing treat on a hot summer day.

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Professional Tips & Tricks to Make the Best Shrikhand Puff Pastry Cups

1. Chilled Puff Pastry Handling: For easy handling of puff pastry sheets, ensure to thaw them at room temperature. Make sure they are still cold but workable. This step is crucial for better puffing during baking.

2. Shrikhand Consistency: Since we are using Shrikhand as a filling here, it is important to use Shrikhand that has a thicker consistency. Also, let the Shrikhand sit in the refrigerator for a few hours to let the aromatic flavor meld with the yogurt.

3. Dusting: For easy rolling and cutting, dust the work surface with dry flour before cutting. This dry flour dusting prevents sticking.

4. Brushing: For brushing, you can use milk, melted butter, or egg wash. Brushing enhances the golden color and adds sheen to the finished cups.

5. Toppings: I have used pistachios, dried rose petals, and edible golden leaves as a garnish. Feel free to use your favorite toppings. Other toppings that taste well in these cups are fresh fruits.

6. Serving: These Shrikhand Puff Pastry Cups are best enjoyed when served chilled. Chilling preserves the flakiness of the pastry sheets.

FAQ

How do I prevent the puff pastry cups from getting soggy?

Ensure that the Shrikhand filling is well-chilled before filling the pastry cups to maintain their crispiness. You need to add thick Shrikhand filling, so make sure you chill the filling before filling the pastry cups.

This step will maintain the crispness and flakiness of puff pastry cups for a long time.

Can I use regular yogurt instead of Greek yogurt?

Yes, you can use regular yogurt. Make sure it is thick enough, so strain the yogurt to achieve the desired thickness before filling them into the cups.

Can I freeze Shrikhand Puff Pastry Cups?

No, freezing puff pastry cups is not advised as they will lose their flakiness after freezing.

Can I use homemade puff pastry for this recipe?

Yes, you can surely use homemade puff pastry dough for making these cups. Make sure they are well-chilled before you use them.

Can I prepare the Shrikhand filling in advance?

Yes, you can make Shrikhand filling ahead of time. Make the filling and store it in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 2-3 days.

What can I use if I don’t have edible silver or golden leaves?

The leaves decoration is just for presentation purposes, so if you don’t have one you can skip them.

How long do the Shrikhand Puff Pastry Cups stay fresh?

When stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator without filling, these cups can stay fresh for up to 2-3 days. After filling the cups, it is recommended to consume them within the first day or two.

Can I use frozen fruits as toppings?

Fresh fruits are best, as they have vibrant color and fresh flavors. Frozen fruits will turn soggy after thawing and will make the puff pastry cups soggy, so frozen fruits are not recommended.


Shrikhand Puff Pastry Cups (Step-by-step photo instructions)

Baking Puff Pastry Cups:

  1. Preheat your oven to 400°F/200°C. Ensure the puff pastry sheets are thawed for 30 minutes if using frozen ones. Dust the work surface with some dry flour. To make the cups, use the larger circle cutter to cut out three circles from each sheet. Now, take a smaller cutter to score (not fully cut) an inner circle in the dough. Use this scored circle as a guide to remove the center of the dough, forming the cup once it's baked. Brush off the extra flour and brush the squares with milk/egg wash. Place the pastry circles on a parchment paper-lined baking sheet. Preheat the oven for 20-22 minutes (center rack) until the puffs are puffed and golden. Remove from the oven and let them cool for about 30-40 minutes.
  2. Image of the recipe cooking step-1-1 for Shrikhand Puff Pastry Cups

Assembling:

  1. Using the center score as a guide, use a paring or serrated knife to gently remove the top center from each puff, removing layers of dough (from the center if needed) to form a neat cup. Follow the same procedure with all the cups. Add your favorite shrikhand to a piping bag. Pipe chilled shrikhand into each cup and garnish with pistachios, dried rose petals, and edible golden leaves. Enjoy your homemade puff pastry cups! Alternatively, keep you can keep the filled cups refrigerated for 3-4 hours or until ready to serve.
  2. Image of the recipe cooking step-2-1 for Shrikhand Puff Pastry Cups

Recipe Card


Shrikhand Puff Pastry Cups [Recipe]

Recipe Image
Experience the fusion of Shrikhand and puff pastry in our delicious Diwali recipe! It is an ideal blend of creamy sweetness and flaky layers.
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(Rating: 5 from 6 reviews)

Prep time 🕐 Cook time 🕐 Total time 🕐
35 mins
Category ☶ Cuisine ♨ Serves ☺
Desserts Indian 12 cups
Nutrition Info ⊛ Serving size ⊚
80 calories 1 cup

INGREDIENTS

For Shrikhand Puff Pastry Cups
  • 7x11 cm pre-cut sheets of puff pastry (400 g), 4 sheets, thawed
  • Milk/Egg wash/melted butter
  • 1 cup shrikhand, or as needed
  • Dry flour for dusting
  • For Garnishing (optional): Sliced Pistachios, Dried Rose Petals, Edible Golden Leaves

INSTRUCTIONS:

Baking Puff Pastry Cups:
  1. Preheat your oven to 400°F/200°C. Ensure the puff pastry sheets are thawed for 30 minutes if using frozen ones. Dust the work surface with some dry flour. To make the cups, use the larger circle cutter to cut out three circles from each sheet. Now, take a smaller cutter to score (not fully cut) an inner circle in the dough. Use this scored circle as a guide to remove the center of the dough, forming the cup once it's baked. Brush off the extra flour and brush the squares with milk/egg wash. Place the pastry circles on a parchment paper-lined baking sheet. Preheat the oven for 20-22 minutes (center rack) until the puffs are puffed and golden. Remove from the oven and let them cool for about 30-40 minutes.
Assembling:
  1. Using the center score as a guide, use a paring or serrated knife to gently remove the top center from each puff, removing layers of dough (from the center if needed) to form a neat cup. Follow the same procedure with all the cups. Add your favorite shrikhand to a piping bag. Pipe chilled shrikhand into each cup and garnish with pistachios, dried rose petals, and edible golden leaves. Enjoy your homemade puff pastry cups! Alternatively, keep you can keep the filled cups refrigerated for 3-4 hours or until ready to serve.

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NOTES:

  1. For easy rolling and cutting, dust the work surface with dry flour before cutting. This dry flour dusting prevents sticking.
  2. For brushing, you can use milk, melted butter, or egg wash. Brushing enhances the golden color and adds sheen to the finished cups.


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