Saturday, March 6, 2010

Chef Chuck's Blueberry Pastry

Pasticcini ai Mirtilli

A delightful blueberry pastry, warm out of the oven, drizzled with a sugary vanilla glaze and thoroughly enjoyed. The pastry was so light and the blueberry curd sweetened up the blueberries to make this a perfect dessert.



Pastry Dough
2 teaspoons yeast
1/2 cup milk
1/4 cup butter, softened

2 tablespoons sugar
1 egg beaten
1/4 teaspoon salt

2 1/2 cups flour
1/4 cup butter, softened

1 egg white


Heat milk until 105 degrees, in an electric mixer or food processor, dissolve yeast in the warm milk until foamy, about 10 minutes. Add 2 cups flour,1/4 cup butter, salt, sugar, and egg mix using the dough hook until the dough comes together. Add the remaining 1/2 cup of flour if needed, the dough should form a ball. Turn it out on a floured board and knead until smooth,about 5 minutes. Lightly oil a large bowl, place dough in the bowl and coat with oil. Cover with plastic wrap and let rise in a warm place until doubles in size about 1 hour. Roll out dough to about 1/4 inch thick gently spread 1/4 cup softened butter all over. Roll up dough and cut 1/2 inch discs place on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Cover with a towel and let rise another 45 minutes. Brush on egg whites, and with your finger form a circle. Place a few blueberries in center and 1/2 teaspoon of the blueberry curd. Bake at 375 degrees for 15 minutes or until golden brown. When cooled drizzle glaze on top.



Blueberry Curd
1/2 cup blueberries
1/4 cup butter, chopped
1 1/4 cup powdered sugar
2 tablespoons corn starch

3 eggs, beaten


In a small pot heat blueberries and 1 tablespoon of water simmer for 10 minutes. Remove from heat strain into a double boiler, add butter and sugar, stir till melted. Be sure the water does not boil. Strain in the eggs using a spoon to push the egg through. This mixture needs to cook for 35-40 minutes. It will thicken a bit, stir occasionally and more towards the end. Strain and put in jars and refrigerate. Makes about 1 cup.


Filling
1/2 cup blueberries


Glaze
1 cup powdered sugar
4 tablespoons milk
1/2 teaspoon vanilla


Mix all ingredients together, drizzle over pastry.

16 comments:

  1. Waw,...this is grand to eat on a Sunday moring as part of brunch!! Lucky you!!

    MMMMMMM,...a wonderful blueberry curd as well!

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  2. Hi Sophie! Got to have that sweetness once in a while~~ Thank You:)

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  3. what i wouldn't give to have one or three of these right this moment.

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  4. Superb recipe! Wow they look so delicious! I need fab yeast recipes like this! What a must-try!

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  5. Hi Dawn, I wish I could share one of these blueberry delights! Thank You :)

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  6. Hi Jamie, I hope you enjoy~~ Thank you :)

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  7. Yum, you must've read my mind. I've been craving something like this for a while now. Yum!

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  8. Hello gaga, I think it could be a seasonal thing! Thank you :)

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  9. I need to make more pastries. These look too good!!

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  10. Hi Ash, Plus blueberry are good for us, now the sweets are another story! Take care.

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  11. These will be a perfect addition to my pastry and breads... I will try it out in my thermomix and let you know how it goes... It is WONDERFUL to have an expert to go back to if I need help. These are outrageously gorgeous. Thank you!
    Valerie!

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  12. Hello Valerie, Nice you stopped by! I am sure this addition will be a keeper! I feel privileged to be a part! When ever I could help, please ask. Enjoy, Thank you :)

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  13. Seeing this delicate pastry, I can only imagine your wonderful hands...this takes passion and skill...something I have not stopped long enough to hone...beautiful, and at 5:30 in the morning I wish I had some with a hot cup of tea!

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  14. Hello Chef E, I am drinking a cup of tea right now, but the pastries are gone with the wind=~~, thank you for your comment!

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  15. There goes my diet Chuck! ;) Two of my fave things.. pastry & blueberries. This looks so good and I think I have one bag of wild blueberries left in the freezer!

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  16. Hi YankeeSoaper, We only live once!, Enjoy :)

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