Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Blueberry cream cheese pastry

This morning was spent indoors due to wonderful snow. There was some initial disappointment (mostly on my part) that we were missing a dance class at the children's museum. What to do with our morning? I love to bake something warm on these cold, snowy days, but the roads were too icy and not yet plowed to make a quick run to the grocery store. I made this pastry using the following items in my refrigerator and freezer:

*a sheet of pastry puff (this versatile dough a new staple in our home as it can be used to make anything from cinnamon sugar twists to pizza crust and most recently for a delicious vegetable tart)
*reduced fat cream cheese (I didn't have the entire 8 ounce package)
*1/2 c sugar
*1/2 t vanilla extract
*1/2 lemon squeezed (approximately 1 t juice)
*1/3 c fresh blueberries (or use berry you like - fresh or rinsed frozen)
*1/4 t cinnamon

Mix softened cream cheese, sugar, lemon juice and vanilla. Add 1/4 t cinnamon. Stir in blueberries. 

Roll pastry puff to approximately 16 x 8 and cut in half. Place half in 8 x 8 pan greased with butter or cooking spray. Spread cream cheese filling on top. Place second pastry puff over filling. Pierce pastry with fork. Brush with melted butter and sprinkle with sugar if desired. Bake for 20-25 minute at 350 until golden brown.

Who knew such a delicious dessert could be so easy?! If it snows again tomorrow, it might not be that bad after all.

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