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3 Ingredient Jam & Cream Matchsticks

02/12/2021

Enjoy this super simple dessert with just three easy ingredients! Matchsticks are a beloved Aussie bakery treat made with crispy flaky puff pastry with sweet strawberry jam and whipped cream.

Matchsticks on a wooden platter, ready to eat.

Why We Love This

Matchsticks are a beloved family favourite. Super simple to make, they remind us of vanilla slice – but even easier!

Perfect as an emergency dessert when friends or family drop in, or those nights when you want a little sweet treat with minimal effort. They’re also a great way to use up leftover puff pastry from other dishes like sausage rolls or party pies.

Matchsticks travel well so are great for picnics, BBQs, tailgating and potlucks. They’re also super fun to make with kids and teach them the essential baking skills they’ll remember for the rest of their lives – thanks Nan. 😉

Puffed pastry cooling on a black rack.

What are Matchsticks? 

Matchsticks are a traditional bakery treat popular in Australia. Since they’re so easy to make, they quickly became a retro Aussie homemade dessert. 

They’re usually made with whipped cream and strawberry jam sandwiched between two pieces of baked puff pastry. A recipe doesn’t get much simpler than that.

Some matchsticks recipes bake the pastry in layers to stop them rising so much, but we prefer the old fashioned method of baking them separately and allowing them to rise and puff up, the way Sarah’s Nan taught her.

Where We Learned This

Sarah’s Nan taught her to make her matchsticks recipe when she was 6 years old, and they’ve been a family favourite ever since. She used to love making them together to bring over for family dinners or parties. They’re perfect for dessert or with a cup of coffee as a sweet afternoon treat.

What You’ll Need

  • Puff Pastry – Thaw the pastry pieces on your kitchen bench for 5-10 mins before slicing. 
  • Cream – Use thickened / heavy cream instead of pouring cream so it will hold its shape. You can sweeten it with a little icing sugar and vanilla essence before whipping if you like, although we think they’re sweet enough with just the jam. 
  • Jam – This recipe is traditionally made with strawberry jam, but you can use any jam you like! Our favourite subs are apricot, blueberry or fig and cinnamon!
  • Icing Sugar – Optional garnish to make them look a little more decorative.
Ingredients laid out to make Australian matchsticks.

How to make Cream & Jam Matchsticks:

  1. Pre-heat the oven to 180°C / 360°F. Slice puff pastry sheets into quarters, then slice each piece into half again, so you have 8 rectangular pieces. Transfer onto lined baking trays (leaving 2.5 cm / 1 inch gaps between) and bake for 12-15 mins until puffed and golden brown. Transfer to a cooling rack and cool down completely (around 5 mins).
  2. Meanwhile, whip the cream for 1-2 mins until light and fluffy. Optional: For a sweetened cream, add 1-2 tbsp icing sugar and 1 tsp vanilla essence before beating. 
  3. Turn half of the cooled pastry slices upside down – these will be your bases. Spread with strawberry jam and whipped cream, then sandwich with remaining puff pastry slices.
  4. Optional: Garnish with icing sugar.

Wandercook’s Tips

  • Pastry Slices – These will puff up quite a bit while baking. Always use baking paper to stop them sticking to your baking tray. Let them cool completely so the whipped cream doesn’t melt when you assemble the matchsticks. 
  • Don’t Over-Whip – Or you may accidentally turn your cream into butter! 1-2 mins should be more than enough. 
  • Soften the Jam – Microwave in a small dish for 10-20 seconds to make it more spreadable. 
  • Eat Outside – That flaky pastry can make a mess if you’re not careful!

FAQs

How long do they last?

Matchsticks are best enjoyed on the day you make them, that way the pastry will stay crispy and flaky. However, they will last a day or two if kept in an airtight container in the fridge. It’s a good idea to store the pastry separate from the whipped cream and jam so they stay as crispy as possible.

Variations

  • Play with Shapes – Make them as squares, circles or any other shape you feel like playing with. Make smaller shapes for smaller serving sizes. 
  • Fillings – Swap the jam for Nutella, cookie butter or chocolate sauce. You could even fill them with chocolate mousse or the vanilla custard / dessert mix from vanilla slice.
  • Add a Fruit Layer – Add thinly sliced strawberries, raspberries, kiwi fruit or banana for an upgraded version!
  • Pastry Glaze – Brush pastry slices with milk and sprinkle with sugar before baking to give them a decorative glazed effect.
  • Make Them Thinner – Bake in layers to stop them rising as much. Alternatively, bake as normal and gently pull or slice apart to make two pieces, then fill as normal.
Platter of matchsticks with small dish of jam and cooling rack in the background.

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Matchstick on wooden round showing the jam and cream layers.

3 Ingredient Jam & Cream Matchsticks

Enjoy this super simple dessert with just three easy ingredients! Matchsticks is a beloved Aussie bakery treat made with crispy flaky puff pastry with sweet strawberry jam and whipped cream.
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes
Course: Dessert, Snack
Cuisine: Australian
Servings: 8 matchsticks
Calories: 481kcal
Author: Wandercooks
Cost: $5

Ingredients

  • 2 sheets puff pastry
  • 300 ml thickened cream / heavy cream
  • 2 tbsp strawberry jam

Optional:

Instructions

  • Pre-heat the oven to 180°C / 360°F.
  • Slice puff pastry sheets into quarters, then slice each piece into half again, so you have 8 rectangular pieces. Transfer onto lined baking trays (leaving 2.5 cm / 1 inch gaps between) and bake for 12-15 mins until puffed and golden brown. Transfer to a cooling rack and cool down completely (around 5 mins).
    2 sheets puff pastry
  • Meanwhile, whip the cream for 1-2 mins until light and fluffy. Optional: For a sweetened cream, add 1-2 tbsp icing sugar and 1 tsp vanilla essence before beating.
    300 ml thickened cream / heavy cream
  • Turn half of the cooled pastry slices upside down – these will be your bases. Spread with strawberry jam and whipped cream, then sandwich with remaining puff pastry slices.
    2 tbsp strawberry jam
  • Optional: Garnish with icing sugar.

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Recipe Notes

  • Pastry Slices – These will puff up quite a bit while baking. Always use baking paper to stop them sticking to your baking tray. Let them cool completely so the whipped cream doesn’t melt when you assemble the matchsticks. 
  • Don’t Over-Whip – Or you may accidentally turn your cream into butter! 1-2 mins should be more than enough. 
  • Soften the Jam – Microwave in a small dish for 10-20 seconds to make it more spreadable. 
  • Eat Outside – That flaky pastry can make a mess if you’re not careful!
  • Play with Shapes – Make them as squares, circles or any other shape you feel like playing with. Make smaller shapes for smaller serving sizes. 
  • Fillings – Swap the jam for Nutella, cookie butter or chocolate sauce. You could even fill them with chocolate mousse or the vanilla custard / dessert mix from vanilla slice.
  • Add a Fruit Layer – Add thinly sliced strawberries, raspberries, kiwi fruit or banana for an upgraded version!
  • Pastry Glaze – Brush pastry slices with milk and sprinkle with sugar before baking to give them a decorative glazed effect.
  • Make Them Thinner – Bake in layers to stop them rising as much. Alternatively, bake as normal and gently pull or slice apart to make two pieces, then fill as normal.

    Nutrition

    Nutrition Facts
    3 Ingredient Jam & Cream Matchsticks
    Amount per Serving
    Calories
    481
    % Daily Value*
    Fat
     
    37
    g
    57
    %
    Saturated Fat
     
    15
    g
    94
    %
    Polyunsaturated Fat
     
    4
    g
    Monounsaturated Fat
     
    17
    g
    Cholesterol
     
    51
    mg
    17
    %
    Sodium
     
    168
    mg
    7
    %
    Potassium
     
    69
    mg
    2
    %
    Carbohydrates
     
    32
    g
    11
    %
    Fiber
     
    1
    g
    4
    %
    Sugar
     
    3
    g
    3
    %
    Protein
     
    5
    g
    10
    %
    Vitamin A
     
    552
    IU
    11
    %
    Vitamin C
     
    1
    mg
    1
    %
    Calcium
     
    32
    mg
    3
    %
    Iron
     
    2
    mg
    11
    %
    * Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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