This flaky blueberry puff pastry is an incredibly delicious blueberry dessert recipe made with a sweet cream cheese mixture and fresh blueberries and baked in a light and flaky puff pastry for the ultimate dessert that everyone will enjoy.
If you love those braided pastries you find in your grocery store’s baked goods section or at you local bakery, then you’re going to be super excited to make this delicious recipe! It’s an easy, homemade blueberry and cream cheese pastry that’s filled with sweet and tangy flavors and the golden, flaky texture that we love in our pastry treats! I’ve been making this pastry – and variations of it – for years, and I think you’re going to love it as much as my family does.
Blueberry Puff Pastry
This delicious treat starts with puff pastry sheets that you can find in your refrigerator or frozen section. I top them with a sweet and tangy cream cheese filling and then a sweet blueberry filling. Then, I cut slits in the sheets to create strips and braid them over the top of the filling. Finally, it’s brushed with an egg wash and baked until golden brown. When it’s all said and done, I have a pastry that’s golden, crispy, and flaky on the outside and filled with sweet and tangy deliciousness on the inside.
Why You’ll Love This Blueberry Puff Pastry Recipe
- The flavor combination is amazing with the sweet cream cheese filling, the tart blueberries, and the light and fluffy puff pastry.
- It’s an easy dessert to make and the results will have everyone begging for more – it’s that good!
- It’s a versatile pastry that you can easily change just by using different fruits for the filling.
Blueberry Puff Pastry Ingredients
You’ll only need some basic ingredients to make this recipe, and you’ll probably find most of them in your kitchen right now. The ingredients you don’t have are all just a quick jaunt to the grocery store away.
- Fresh blueberries are the main ingredient of the blueberry filling and provides its sweet and tart flavor.
- Sugar adds sweetness to the blueberry filling.
- Cornstarch is mixed with water to make a slurry which is added to the blueberry mixture to help thicken the filling.
- Lemon juice adds a splash of flavor to the blueberries and a bit of tartness and flavor to the cream cheese filling.
- Cream cheese is the main ingredient in the cream cheese mixture and provides the filling with its characteristic tangy flavor and smooth, creamy texture.
- Sugar is used to sweeten the cream cheese filling.
- Egg yolk is used to provide richness and stability to the cream cheese filling and helps to slightly thicken the filling.
- Vanilla extract adds a subtle vanilla flavor to the cream cheese.
- Pepperidge farm puff pastry dough is made up of many thin layers of dough and butter, and when its baked, the steam from the butter causes the dough to puff up which creates the light and flaky pastry.
- Large egg is mixed with water and is used to create a seal between the layers of the puff pastry and helps give the pastry braid its golden brown color.
- Coarse sugar is used to add a bit of crunch and added sweetness to the pastry.
How to Make Blueberry Puff Pastries
With their braided dough and two kinds of filling, you might think these pastries are difficult to make, but they’re actually very easy! It only takes a few minutes and a few simple steps.
Step 1: Prep
Preheat the oven to 375 degrees and line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Set aside.
Step 2: Make the Blueberry Filling
Add the blueberries, lemon juice, and sugar to a medium saucepan over low heat. Then, mix the water and cornstarch together and add to the blueberries. Cook and stir for 3 to 4 minutes until the sauce thickens. Set aside to cool.
Step 3: Make the Cream Cheese Filling
Beat the cream cheese in a medium bowl until fluffy – about 2 to 3 minutes. Then, add the sugar, egg yolk, lemon juice, and vanilla extract until combined.
Step 4: Fill the Pastry
On a lightly floured surface, roll out the store-bought puff pastry a few times until square. Then, spoon half of the cream cheese mixture down the center of each square leaving about 1 ½ inches of space at either end. Add half the blueberry mixture over the top of the cream cheese mixture and gently spread evenly.
Step 5: Cut and Braid
Cut two, 1-inch long slits at each end of the pastry and fold them over the top of the filling. Then, cut off the top and bottom side pieces at an angle (see the photo in the recipe card). Then continue making cuts into the pastry along each side, making sure not to cut too close to the filling. Finally, fold the strips over in a braid.
Step 6: Bake
Mix the egg and water together and brush the eggwash over the pastries. Sprinkle with coarse sugar and bake for 25 to 30 minutes until golden brown.
- Stir your berries constantly while making the filling to avoid scorching.
- A hand mixer is the easiest way to beat your cream cheese mixture.
- Fully soften your cream cheese for the richest texture.
- Be absolutely sure you leave a little space between the filling and the slits you cut to keep the filling in the pastry where it belongs.
- Use your favorite berries for this recipe.
- Try dicing up other fruits like apples, pears, peaches, and pineapples for the filling.
- Use crescent dough for a different, but equally delicious, flavor and texture.
- Try sprinkling chopped nuts over the top of the pastry before baking.
- Make a simple vanilla drizzle to add to the pastry at the end.
What to Serve with Blueberry Puff Pastry
This delicious pastry is perfect with a glass of milk or a cup of coffee or tea. You can also serve it with:
- Fresh fruit
- Ice cream
- Whipped cream
Depending on the area of the country, blueberries are in season as early as mid-June and as late as mid-September.
The secret to ensuring that your refrigerated puff pastry rises correctly is in the cutting. To keep your puff pastry layers from sticking together, and thus not rising correctly, cut the pastry straight down – not on an angle. In addition, never drag your knife.
Puff pastry is a laminated dough made with thin, alternating layers of dough and butter.
You can store it for up to 3 days in the refrigerator.
Yes, you can. This pastry will freeze well for up to a month.
How to Sweeten Tart Blueberries
If your blueberries are too tart, add a little sugar, honey, or maple syrup to them and let them sit for about 5 to 10 minutes. This is called maceration and will both add extra sweetness to the blueberries and pull out the sweetness that’s already locked inside them.
How to Store Leftover Blueberry Puff Pastries
Refrigerate the pastries for up to 3 days in an airtight container. For longer storage, freeze them for up to a month in an airtight, freezer-safe container.
Try This Delicious Blueberry Puff Pastry Recipe Today
This blueberry puff pastry is as easy to make as it is delicious. With tons of sweet blueberry and rich cream cheese flavor and a light, flaky, golden brown crust, this is one pastry you need in your life. Once you try it and see how easy it is, you’ll find yourself making it all the time. You’ll have to if you want your family to leave you alone. So give it a try!
More Delicious Blueberry Desserts You’ll Enjoy
These delicious Lemon Cheesecake Squares with Blueberry Topping is another delicious recipe using blueberries.
Blueberry Puff Pastry
- 1 large egg
- 1 tablespoon water
- 1 box puff pastry sheets
- Coarse sugar, for topping.
- Preheat oven to 375° and line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Set aside.
- In a medium saucepan over low heat, add blueberries, sugar and lemon juice. Stir.
- In a small bowl, mix water and cornstarch together. Mix into blueberries and continue stirring for 3-4 minutes until the sauce thickens up.
- Once the sauce has thickened, remove from heat and let cool.
Cream Cheese Mixture
- In a medium bowl, beat cream cheese until fluffy, about 2-3 minutes.
- Add sugar, egg yolk, and vanilla extract. Beat until combined.
Cut the Pastry Dough
- Gently open up and roll thawed puff pastry a few times until square on a lightly floured surface.
- Spoon half of the cream cheese mixture down the center of each puff pastry leaving about 1½ inch free from filling at each end.
- Once the blueberry mixture has cooled, add half of the blueberry mixture on top of the cream cheese filling, gently spread, then repeat with the other puff pastry.
Cutting the Puff Pastry
- Cut two slits at each end of the pastry about 1 inch long and fold over the top of the filling and secure to prevent mixture from leaking out.
- Next cut off the top and bottom side pieces at an angle (see above photo) and continue to make cuts into the pastry along each side making sure not to cut too close to the filling.
- Once the ends have been secured, start folding each piece over each other like a braid and secure.
- Mix egg and water together
- Brush egg wash over both pastries.
- Sprinkle with coarse sugar.
- Bake in preheated oven for 25-30 minutes or until golden
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