Golden puff pastry is layered with pastry cream and jam and then iced before being cut into bars.

Prep Time:
1 hrs 45 mins
Cook Time:
15 mins
Total Time:
2 hrs
20 bars


  • 1 ½ (17.5 ounce) packages frozen puff pastry sheets, thawed

  • ¼ cup cornstarch

  • 4 cups milk, divided

  • cup cake flour

  • cup white sugar, divided

  • 3 eggs, separated

  • 1 tablespoon butter

  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

  • 1 (12 ounce) jar apricot jam

  • 3 cups sifted confectioners' sugar

  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).

  2. Roll out three sheets of puff pastry, each to the same size and a thickness of 1/8 inch. Prick with a fork, and place on baking sheets.

  3. Bake in preheated oven until golden, about 10 minutes.

  4. In a medium bowl, combine cornstarch and 1/2 cup milk with fingers until smooth. Stir in cake flour and half the sugar. Beat in egg yolks. Set aside.

  5. In a saucepan over medium heat, bring remaining milk and remaining sugar to a rolling boil. Stir in egg yolk mixture; continue stirring and bring to a boil again. Remove from heat and stir in butter and vanilla. Let cool.

  6. In a small saucepan or in the microwave, heat the jam until runny.

  7. Place one sheet of pastry on a board. Spread with cooled pastry cream to a thickness of 1/2 inch. Place a second pastry sheet over the cream. Brush with fruit glaze. Spread remaining pastry cream over glaze. Top with final pastry sheet and gently compress layers, using a baking sheet to press.

  8. To make icing, beat together confectioners' sugar and lemon juice with enough of the egg whites to make a creamy consistency like that of a cream soup. Working quickly, color a small portion of the frosting with red food coloring. Frost the top and sides of the assembled pastry with white icing. Pipe parallel lines of red icing on top of dessert, then draw a pick or knife crosswise through icing to make the traditional design. Let icing set before cutting into bars.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

406 Calories
16g Fat
61g Carbs
6g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 20
Calories 406
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 16g 21%
Saturated Fat 5g 24%
Cholesterol 33mg 11%
Sodium 133mg 6%
Total Carbohydrate 61g 22%
Dietary Fiber 1g 3%
Total Sugars 37g
Protein 6g
Vitamin C 2mg 10%
Calcium 69mg 5%
Iron 1mg 8%
Potassium 123mg 3%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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