Raspberry Pinwheels Recipe

Raspberry Pinwheels Recipe

Raspberry Pinwheels

What do you do when raspberries are on sale? You make catnip for humans Raspberry Pinwheels.

Raspberries have come into season and grocery stores are practically giving them away. I can’t resist fruit on a regular basis, let alone at the peak of their season, and oh my, raspberries are in season!

These pinwheels are actually a combination of a couple different recipes. I basically did a web search for “Raspberry Desserts” and found some amazing options, and selected the best of each. The final product is a simple combination of a homemade jam, puff pastry, and a great photo opportunity.

Raspberry Pinwheels

Makes 18. Recipe inspiration from Tutti Dolce, Heather’s French Press and iStockphoto

ingredients

  • 1 ½ cup Raspberries
  • 2 tbsp Honey
  • 1 tbsp Water
  • 2 tsp Cornstarch
  • ¼ tsp Vanilla
  • 1 tsp Chambord (Black Raspberry Liqueur)
  • 1 pkg Puff Pastry (2 sheets)
  • Milk, for sprinkles
  • White Sparkling Sugar, for sprinkling
  • 18 Raspberries, the prettiest ones

instructions

  1. Thaw the puff pastry according to the instructions.
  2. Combine raspberries and honey in a saucepan over medium-high heat, stirring constantly. When mixture begins to bubble, reduce heat to low and simmer for 20 minutes, stirring occasionally.
    Raspberries & Honey
  3. Whisk the water and cornstarch together in a small bowl. Add the cornstarch mixture to the raspberries and continue cooking until thickened, 1 or 2 minutes. Remove fruit mixture from heat and stir in vanilla and Chambord. Allow to cool.
    Raspberry Filling
  4. Preheat oven to 400°.
  5. While the filling cools, prepare your pastry. Roll out a single sheet of pastry on a large, floured cutting board.
    Puff Pastry
  6. Using a pastry or a pizza wheel, cut the pastry into 9 even squares.
    Pastry Squares
  7. Starting in one corner, cut a slit about halfway towards the center of the square. Make your way around to each corner of the square.
    Pinwheel Slits
  8. Fold every-other tip into the center of the square to create a pinwheel shape. Press the tips in the center of the square into the dough to seal. Spoon a small dollop of raspberry filling into the center of each pinwheel. These two steps can be reversed:
    Pinwheel Options
  9. Using a pastry brush, brush a small amount of milk onto each pinwheel, and then immediately sprinkle sparkling sugar over the milk so that it sticks.
  10. Bake for 12 minutes, or until the pinwheels have just puffed up and are lightly golden. Working quickly, immediately place a fresh raspberry into the center of the pinwheel, gently pressing into the filling. Allow to cool before removing from the pan.
  11. Repeat steps 5 – 10 for the second sheet of pastry. If you roll the second sheet out too early, the dough will become too soft and difficult to work with.

Pinwheel Closeup

 

City Girl Berry Cobbler Recipe

City Girl Berry Cobbler Recipe

Cobbler Closeup

 

Some recipes can transport you back to a specific time or place in your life, the sheer memory conjuring another time. Most people would associate a cobbler with home, matriarchs, or summer. Me? I associate this cobbler with being poor, living in the city, and working way too much. The simplicity of the ingredients meant that we could make this on a whim with what was already in the kitchen. After a long day at the office, or a really bad date, this recipe warmed out souls and convinced us we were eating healthy, even though that is simply not true.

All of the ingredients are adjustable. You can pick any fruit, fresh or frozen. You can use milk, heavy cream, buttermilk, whatever you have in the house.

City Girl Cobbler

Serves 8. Recipe care of Melissa, care of The Fannie Farmer Baking Book

ingredients

  • 1 ¾ cup Flour
  • 1 tbsp Baking Powder
  • ½ tsp Salt
  • 6 tbsp Butter, chilled and in pieces
  • ½ cup Sugar, plus more for fruit
  • ¾ cup Cream or Milk
  • 6 cups Fresh or Frozen Fruit or combination of fruits (I used frozen blueberries for this photoshoot)

Immature Cobblerinstructions

  1. Preheat oven to 375°F and butter a 3 quart baking dish.
  2. Mix flour, baking powder, and salt. Cut in butter until mixture is crumbly.
  3. Add sugar and blend. Stir in cream with a fork. Knead dough 5-6 times until just combined.
  4. Sweeten fruit to taste and put into prepared baking dish.
  5. Place dough on top of fruit in spoonfuls and bake 40-50 min until brown and toothpick comes out clean.
  6. Garnish with cream and serve warm.

 

 

Cobbler on a Spoon

City Girl Cobbler