Quick and easy! These blueberry turnovers use store-bought puff pastry dough, fresh or frozen blueberries and a delicious cream cheese filling.
I love store-bought puff pastry. Not just for it's taste but for the fact that it is so darned easy to use and bakes up so beautifully. People will always be impressed when you pull these Blueberry Vanilla Cream Cheese Turnovers out of the oven (and we never have to tell them how easy it was!)
I had some blueberries to use up and a package of puff pastry calling to me from the freezer, so these blueberry turnovers were born.
Hidden inside is a bit of vanilla flavoured cream cheese, that combines with the blueberries to make a taste a bit like a blueberry cheesecake, but all wrapped up in buttery puff pastry.
I love how easy these turnovers are. They make a great snack or serve warm with a scoop of ice cream for a nice dessert.
Puff Pastry: Any brand of frozen puff pastry is fine here. I love the ease of the pre-rolled sheets. Be sure to allow time for the frozen pastry to thaw, either in the fridge overnight or on the counter for a couple of hours.
Blueberries: You can use fresh or frozen blueberries here. If frozen, let them stand at room temperature for 45-60 minutes to thaw them, before using.
Cream Cheese: I always use and recommend full-fat cream cheese. Low and no-fat cream cheese has additional moisture and other ingredients that cause it to melt in a very different way, which can result in a runny and unappealing filling. If you're trying to keep the fat low, simply add less of the cream cheese filling.
Cornstarch: Cornstarch acts as a thickener for the blueberry filling. If you don't have cornstarch, you can use arrowroot flour, tapioca flour in equal amounts or you could use flour, though you would want to use a tablespoon or two to achieve the same thickening results.
These turnovers are at their best within a few hours of baking. After that, they are still tasty but will not be as crispy.
If you'd like to make ahead, you can form the turnovers, then cover and refrigerate until needed, then quickly bake them off to enjoy the warm and fresh.
These turnovers are easily adaptable to different fruits. Raspberry, apple, strawberry or peach, would all be good choices. You can just adjust the amount of sugar that you add to the fruit, depending on the sweetness of the fruit you're using.
Easy Blueberry Turnovers with Cream Cheese Filing
- 14 oz puff pastry, frozen, thawed
- 3 oz. cream cheese, full fat, softened (a little less than 1/2 a standard package.
- 5 Tbsp. granulated sugar, DIVIDED
- 1 1/2 tsp vanilla , or vanilla bean paste
- 2 large egg yolks, DIVIDED
- 1 cup blueberries, fresh or frozen, thawed
- 2 tsp. cornstarch
- 1/8 tsp. kosher salt
- Confectioners’ or raw sugar, for finishing
- Thaw 2 sheets of puff pastry overnight in the refrigerator or at room temperature for a couple of hours.
- Position a rack in the centre of the oven and heat the oven to 375° F.
- In a medium bowl, combine the cream cheese with 3 Tbsp. of the sugar, the vanilla bean seeds (or extract), and 1 of the egg yolks. Mix with a wooden spoon until well combined and smooth.
- In another bowl, combine the blueberries, the remaining 2 Tbsp. of the sugar, the cornstarch and the salt and mix gently.
- On a lightly floured surface, roll each pastry sheet into a 8-inch square. Cut each square into four 4x4-inch squares. (You will have 8 squares total). Arrange them on a large, parchment-lined rimmed baking sheets.
- In a small bowl, beat the remaining egg yolk with 1 tsp. water. Brush the outer edge of each pastry square with the egg wash. Drop 1/2 Tbsp. of the cream cheese mixture in the centre of each square. Top with 1 Tbsp. of the blueberry mixture. Fold in half to form a triangle shape and pinch the edges together to seal them. Lightly brush each pie with egg wash and sprinkle with raw or other coarse sugar (You can sprinkle with granulated sugar, if that's all you have around). With the tip of a paring knife, cut a steam vent in the centre of each pie.
- Bake until golden-brown, about 25 minutes. Cool slightly on the baking sheets and then transfer to a rack to cool completely. Before serving, sprinkle the pies with confectioners’ sugar, if you like.
- These turnovers are best within a few hours of baking, as they will get soggy eventually.
Nutritional information provided for general guidance only and should not be relied upon to make personal health decisions.
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