Blueberry Lemon Cheesecake Breakfast Pastries

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I've been buying fresh blueberries every single week for the past two months. I can't get enough! I really think they're my favorite fruit. I'm probably going to buy a couple of pints and freeze them so I can have blueberries all year long. Or at least for a couple of months.

I've actually converted Eric over to my blueberry-loving ways. I think he gets it now. He loves them too! He's been a big fan of these Blueberry Lemon Cheesecake Breakfast Pastries. He's been averaging three a day.

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They're irresistible! I was taking pictures of these pastries today and had a hard time not eating the plateful.

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This is the second time I've made these. I had the idea in my head, but wasn't sure how to go about it. I attempted to make them the other night, but they turned out sloppy looking, because I overfilled the pastries and blueberries went everywhere. I also made them too big; I forgot how much puff pastry puffs up! Ha. So I attempted the recipe again last night and they turned out perfectly! I was so proud and happy.

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The recipe is very simple. I made a blueberry filling out of fresh blueberries, sugar and cornstarch, and placed spoonfuls of the mixture on top of puff pastry squares. Then I sliced more puff pastry squares and placed them on top to make a pocket. After a little egg wash glaze, the pastries get baked for a quick 12 minutes.

I glazed them with a "cheesecake" glaze made out of cream cheese, lemon zest, lemon juice and vanilla.

Yum. I love that blueberry-lemon combination. These breakfast pastries are absolutely delicious... they taste kind of like Toaster Strudels. Anyone else love those as a kid... or still do? Ironically enough, blueberry was always my favorite flavor. I called them "Toaster Doodles" though.

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Blueberry Lemon Cheesecake Breakfast Pastries

1 pint fresh blueberries
4 teaspoons cornstarch
1/3 cup granulated sugar
2 sheets puff pastry, thawed
1 egg whisked with 2 teaspoons water
4 ounces cream cheese, softened
1 1/4 cups confectioners' sugar
1 teaspoon finely grated lemon zest + 1 tablespoon lemon juice
1/2 teaspoon clear vanilla extract

Heat oven to 450 degrees F. Coat 2 large cookie sheets with cooking spray.

In a medium saucepan, over medium heat, stir together blueberries, cornstarch and granulated sugar until well combined; bring to a boil, stirring frequently. Continue to cook, stirring constantly, until blueberries are cooked down and thickened. Process blueberries in a food processor until smooth.

Unfold one pastry sheet on a lightly floured surface. Roll the pastry sheet into a 14 x 12-inch rectangle. Cut into 16 squares. Place squares onto cookie sheets; brush with the egg. Place 2 teaspoons of blueberry mixture into the center of each dough square.

Unfold additional pastry sheet on floured surface. Roll the pastry sheet into a 14 x 12-inch rectangle. Cut into 16 squares. Place the squares on top of blueberry-topped squares. Crimp and seal edges with a fork. Brush tops of pastry squares with remaining egg. Bake 10-12 minutes or until golden brown. Transfer pastries to wire racks to cool.

To make the glaze, in a medium bowl, whisk together cream cheese, confectioners' sugar, lemon zest, lemon juice and vanilla until well combined. Spoon glaze over the tops of pastries.

Makes 16 pastries


34 comments:

  1. The pictures look heavenly. This is a must try!

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  2. Blueberries are up there on my 'favourite' fruit list too. This would be such a delicious way to use them as well. I don't often use them in baking. Thanks for the idea/recipe though! YUM!

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  3. Your baked goods always look so perfect! I don't know how you do it.

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  4. i want to know how you are so slim !!!after all these cake and pastry recipes .they look wonderful by the way .

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  5. This sounds and looks great!!!

    Kisses,
    Rita

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  6. Love this recipe. Anything with blueberries and puff pastry is wonderful..and then the cheesecake topping..OMG. Thanks for the recipe, will have to make this. Would be great to take to work one morning!

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  7. These do look extremely delicious Emily. My new favourite way with puff pastry.

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  8. These look awesome. I always get a ton of blueberries in the summer months and freeze them so we can enjoy blueberry awesomeness all year.

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  9. I LOVE blueberries as well! Those pastries look divine.

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  10. These creamcheese and blueberries and lemon pastrys looks good!

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  11. Oh yeah, I can definitely see why it's been hard to keep these on hand...cheesecake glaze!!

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  12. These are absolutely gorgeous! I love lemon and blueberry together!

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  13. omg, these look so amazing. can i have one??? pretty please, with glaze on top?

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  14. Look Yummy!!!!!!!!!!!!
    SEnd me a few!!
    Besos
    Mer

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  15. I like how this is a different from normal way of using fresh berries! Search results usually end up suggesting pies, tarts, or fruit salads, but this is pretty unique.

    They are also SOO CUTE. You should be proud of them (:

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  16. Such a deliciously simple recipe but they look just like you might buy from a local bakery :) so pretty and would taste fabulous im sure!

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  17. I totally ogled these on tastespotting a mere ten minutes ago without realizing they were yours! De.Li.Cious.

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  18. I have never made anything with puff pastry, but you may have just motivated me to! Looks great!
    Your sister is adorable...loved her post!

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  19. I love bluberries too! This looks extra delicious!

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  20. Mmmm, I LIVED for toaster strudels growing up!! Apple cinnamon was the only kind I'd eat, and don't even get me started on those frosting packets. Anyway, your "homemade" version of sorts looks much better. ;)

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  21. Beautiful! Love the colors and layers!!!

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  22. Sounds super yummy for breakfast... kind of like being indulgent but knowing you're eating fruit so, hey, it's a good start to the day. And they're so portably cute!

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  23. Wow! These look awesome. I love blueberries (and puffed pastry, but then again, who doesn't) I might have to make these soon! I have frozen blueberries / puff pastry waiting for me downstairs!

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  24. These look delicious! I've been buying tons of blueberries too, but I love that about summer!

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  25. gorgeous! i don't think you can ever go wrong with blueberries.

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  26. Hi Emily,
    I just found this recipe, can't wait to try it. I've been eating so many blueberries I'm starting to take on a blue cast. Hope you have a great week.
    -Gina-

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  27. Eats 3 a day? That's one for each meal, so maybe it's not "breakfast" anymore? I know I'd eat this for more than just breakfast. I haven't hit blueberry season yet, but I'm hoping to get the wild raspberries this weekend!

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  28. Incredible!!! I still love Toaster Strudel. My favorites are the strawberry. I'll bet I could sub strawberries for the blueberries and still make this delicious breakfast pastry. Thanks for sharing!

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  29. Thanks everyone! Sorry for the delayed response; we've been in Chicago! Also, sorry it took me so long to publish comments.

    Linda, whoa you're too nice!

    Liz, I think I loved the apple too! Just like an apple turnover. :)

    Maranda, that's a great idea!

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  30. I still love toaster strudels but I'm your homemade version tastes way better!

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  31. what a sneaky way to have junk food for breakfast. i love it. :)

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