I have no idea. But who cares what it’s called. It’s freaking amazing! You know, there’s a bakery close by here, Cob’s Bakery, and every once in a while after work we’ll stop by there and pick up some goodies. They have this pastry called Blueberry Teatime or Cranberry Teatime, and sometimes we’ll pick up one of those. They look amazing and oh boy are they ever good.
Seeing how I absolutely love a challenge, especially a baking challenge at that, well I had to make my own pastry. The thing is the possibilities are endless with these types of pastries. You can fill them with custards, fruits, glaze them, ice them with vanilla icing, or chocolate. Whew! I’m salivating as I’m writing this. But anyway, making the dough couldn’t get any easier. This is a dough that I’ve made before and you can find detailed instructions of how to make the dough here. But I will show you detailed steps on how to actually make this gorgeous flower pull apart.
So after you make the dough and let it rise, you’ll end up with something that looks like this. Remember the dough is fairly soft, so don’t be tempted to add more flour.
You’ll need 8 pieces of dough for the petals 1 and 1 bigger one for the center, so you could divide the dough into 10 pieces and join 2 pieces together to make the center. Form the dough pieces into balls.
Take your baking sheet and make sure you line it with parchment paper, or a silpat. Trust me, you want to line it with parchment paper or a silpat, you’ll see why below. Place the big ball in the center of the baking sheet and the other balls around it, to form a flower, just like this.
I also made an indentation in the center of each petal but don’t worry about that yet. Now brush the pastry with melted butter and sprinkle some sugar on it. Be generous, the dough itself is not very sweet at all.
Cover the baking sheet with plastic wrap and let it sit in a warm place so that it rises a bit. The next step is completely optional but I strongly recommend it. I sprinkled some lemon zest and sugar on top. It really gave the pastry a nice lemony flavor. OK, now the fun part. Make a deep indentation with your index finger in each petal. Take a ziploc bag and pour some of your favorite jam in it. You’re basically making a piping bag, so cut out one of the corners and squeeze some jam in each indentation. Here’s where I screwed up a bit, I added too much jam in mine, so use less than what I did.
You can see it’s too much because I got a big mess after I baked it, but do as I say and not as I do. But here’s the reason I said to use parchment paper, otherwise you’d have to clean this mess.
So as you can see most of my jam is gone but not to worry. I had a plan. I had a bag ofÂ Hershey’sÂ chocolate chips in my pantry. I took about half a cup and melted it in the microwave, then glazed my masterpiece with it. See, it’s OK, I put the calories back on the pastry, if not more.
Not only did I add extra calories, I made it look good.
Not only did I make it look good, but it tastes good, out of this world.
And there you have it my friends, my own Chocolate Blueberry Teatime.
Hey, that’s what I should have called it! You think Cob’s bakery would mind if I steal their pastry names?