In the latest installment of How Low Can Your Self-Control Go, I faced off against Raspberry Cream Cheese Pinwheel Pastries. Long story short, I embraced my professional taste-tester duties and sampled one fresh from the oven. And then I slowly and begrudgingly stepped away from the breakfast pastries.
An hour later, I’d eaten a mango fruit roll-up, a handful of pretzels, seven almonds, four chocolate-covered raisins and a string cheese. Everything. I literally ate everything except what I was really craving … a second pastry.
When tangy, vanilla-flavored cream cheese, juicy raspberries and puff pastry join forces, my self-control goes out the window. Breakfast, snack or dessert, these quick-fix pastries are worthy of a second serving (and then some). Thirty minutes start to finish? Sweet success indeed.
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Raspberry Cream Cheese Pinwheel Pastries
Yield: 8 pastries
- 1 (8-ounce) package cream cheese, softened
- 1/3 cup sugar
- 2 teaspoons lemon juice
- 1 teaspoon lemon zest
- 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
- 1 (17.3-ounce) package frozen puff pastry (2 sheets), thawed
- 1/2 cup raspberry jam
- 1 1/2 cups fresh raspberries
- 1 large egg
- Sanding sugar (optional)
- Preheat the oven to 400ºF and line two baking sheets with parchment paper or Silpats.
- In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, beat the cream cheese until smooth. Add the sugar, lemon juice, lemon zest and vanilla to the bowl and beat until combined. Set aside.
- Roll out each sheet of thawed puff pastry on a lightly floured work surface until it is a 10-inch square. Cut each square into four smaller squares then transfer the squares to the prepared baking sheets so that they aren't touching one another.
- Using a fork, prick the pastries all over then place a dollop of the cream cheese mixture (about 1 1/2 tablespoons) into the center of each square, spreading it slightly into a small circle. Place a dollop of raspberry jam atop the cream cheese, and then place 3 to 4 raspberries on top of the jam.
- Using a sharp knife, make four cuts from the center toward the edge of each square. (Do not cut underneath where the cream cheese is.) Fold one corner from each piece you've cut into the center, pressing it lightly atop the raspberries. Repeat the cutting and folding process with the remaining pastries.
- In a small bowl, whisk together the egg with 1 tablespoon water. Brush each pinwheel all over with the egg wash. Sprinkle the exposed pastry with the sanding sugar (optional).
- Bake the pastries for 15 to 18 minutes, or until golden brown and puffed around the edges.
Recipe by Kelly Senyei of Just a Taste. Please do not reprint this recipe without my permission. If you'd like to feature this recipe on your site, please rewrite the method of preparation and link to this post as the original source.
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