- 4 oz cream cheese, room temperature
- 1/4 cup prepared caramel sauce
- 1/8 t ground cinnamon
- 1/8 t coarse salt
- 1 (17.3 oz) box puff pastry sheets, slightly thawed
- 1 large egg, lightly beaten
- 2 large Bartlett pears, peeled and finely chopped, divided
- 3 T turbinado sugar
Preheat oven to 400°. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper; set aside. In a small bowl, combine cream cheese, caramel, cinnamon, and salt; set aside. Cut each sheet of puff pastry into 9 equal squares.
To make pinwheel shapes, cut pastry squares diagonally from the corners to within 1/2 inch of center. Fold every other corner to the center, and press in place. Brush with egg. Place 1 heaping teaspoon cream cheese filling in the center of each pinwheel. Transfer pastries to prepared baking sheets. Sprinkle chopped pears over cream cheese filling on each pastry. Sprinkle all pastries with turbinado sugar. Bake until golden brown, 14 to 18 minutes.
Yield: 18 pastries
From Tea Time magazine
Notes: We do not have any turbinado sugar and used regular granulated sugar to sprinkle on top.
Katie: These were great! They were a little difficult, but only in trying to transfer the pinwheel to the baking sheet without making a huge mess or tearing the pinwheel points off. It might have been easier to put the squares on the baking sheet, then make the cuts and fold the corners over, etc. I had already made all the cuts when I discovered how difficult it was, and even trying to pick up the squares with the cuts was hard to do without some of the pastry sticking to my cutting board. Maybe I should have put parchment paper on the cutting board too. The outcome was worth it, though! They were delicious! They are so elegant and would make a great dessert for company or for tea, as the magazine suggests!
Gray: These were delicious and very elegant. The time to make them using the frozen puff pastry didn’t seem too long, so they really seem like the perfect accompaniment to an elegant tea or dinner. This is another dish that we have used pears in and are really enjoying trying different things with them.