Forget overnight oats and smoothie bowls and make your morning a little brighter with these easy breakfast pastries!
Sweet or savory, chocolate or cheese, I know you’ll love them all.
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My morning coffee is always better when there’s a flaky pastry beside it.
Sure, it’s not the most nutritious breakfast option, but you deserve a sinful treat from time to time.
And from buttery cinnamon rolls to savory ham and egg croissants, these breakfast pastries are wonderfully decadent.
So, bookmark this list for when you’re in the mood to indulge!
Fruit and Cream Cheese Breakfast Pastries
Filled with sweetened cream cheese and your favorite fresh fruit, these pastries are an excellent combination of sweet, salty, tart, and creamy.
Don’t worry; there’s no need to make pastry from scratch here.
Just open a box of frozen puff pastry, cut it into circles with a cookie cutter, and voila, you have pastry cups ready for filling.
Homemade Frosted Brown Sugar Cinnamon Pop-Tarts
If you grew up eating pop tarts for an after-school snack, you’ll love these homemade pastries!
These flaky treats are filled with cinnamon sugar and frosted with a cinnamon glaze. Every bite is perfectly sweet and spiced.
You’ll have to make the pastry from scratch for this recipe, but it’s nothing you can’t handle.
Puff Pastry Cinnamon Rolls
Every morning would start with a warm and sweet cinnamon roll in a perfect world.
Well, with this simplified recipe, that dream could become a reality.
These puff pastry cinnamon rolls have the same flavor profile as the iconic sticky treat but are a lot easier to prepare.
Made with frozen puff pastry and simple cinnamon sugar filling with pecans, this is a no-muss, no-fuss recipe anybody can pull off.
Homemade Cinnamon Rolls with Date Filling
Move over, Cinnabon. These homemade cinnamon rolls are extra special.
The ridiculously scrumptious date filling is naturally sweet and such a pleasant change from the norm.
This is another recipe that calls for homemade pastry, so you’ll want to allow some extra time for this.
But just to be clear – pastry dough isn’t as complex to make as you think, so don’t be intimidated!
Try it, and you’ll be surprised at how easy it is.
Easy Breakfast Cheese Danish
These are flaky pastries filled with sweetened cream cheese and topped with fruit. Yum!
With these Danish squares, it’s like eating mini berry cheesecakes for breakfast! How can anybody say no to that?
While most Danish pastries use berries, why not try apples and pears for a warming fall-themed treat?
Whole Wheat Apple Pie Cinnamon Rolls
I know that “whole wheat” is usually connected with healthy recipes, but I promise these whole wheat cinnamon rolls are just as sinful as any other recipe.
With the combination of apple pie and cinnamon rolls, these pastries are absolutely decadent.
The fact that they’re nutritious is just a plus.
Puff Pastry Breakfast Tarts with Spinach, Egg, and Cheese
These breakfast tarts look and taste like they came straight out of a bakery!
Seriously, I’m blown away by how gorgeous they are. There’s something so alluring about that golden egg yolk on top.
And that’s not all. These tarts are also filled with bacon, spinach, onions, cheddar cheese, and chives.
Don’t be fooled, though. While it looks complicated and expensive, this breakfast dish is surprisingly easy to make and affordable.
Raspberry Cream Cheese Pinwheel Pastries
These pinwheels are so pretty they’ll take your breath away.
Filled with sweetened cream cheese, raspberry jam, and fresh raspberries, they’re also completely scrumptious.
Turning pastry into pinwheels may look complicated, but all you’ll need is frozen pastry, a knife, and four simple cuts.
Ham Egg and Cheese Puff Pastry Breakfast
If you believe that breakfasts should always include ham and eggs, these pastries are for you.
Filled with fluffy eggs, ham, and cheddar cheese on a flaky, golden crust, they’re super savory and even more irresistible.
This is the ultimate breakfast of champions.
Baked Croissant Breakfast Sandwiches
Croissant sandwiches are such a fun treat. I mean, why settle for white bread when you can have these buttery and flaky pastry treats?
Filled with fluffy scrambled eggs, ham, and cheese, these croissant sandwiches are what breakfast dreams are made of.
They’re scrumptious, a breeze to make, and easy to eat on the go! What’s not to love?
Sugary Cinnamon Twists
These are sweet cinnamon donuts with a twist – literally.
Covered in butter and rolled in cinnamon sugar, they’re pretty much everything you can ask for in a cinnamon sugar donut.
But, instead of the usual round shape, they come in a twisted form.
As a bonus, these twists are baked, not deep-fried, making them a healthier but equally delicious alternative to traditional donuts.
Sausage Cream Cheese Crescent Rolls
With this recipe, you can make sensational pastries with just four ingredients.
Crescent rolls, cheese, cream cheese, sausage crumbles, and 15 minutes in the oven are all it takes to make this drool-worthy breakfast treat.
Feel free to swap out the ingredients or even add extra! For example, I like onions with sausage, but you could make it vegetarian and use roasted leeks instead.
Quinoa Banana Muffins
Let’s take a break from the indulgent pastries for a moment and turn our eyes to these delightful quinoa and banana muffins.
While muffins aren’t really pastries, let’s forego technicalities. I honestly do think these guys deserve the spotlight.
If you’re looking for something satisfying yet wholesome, these moist and flavorful muffins have your name on them.
Made with quinoa, almond flour, and ground flax, they’re rich in fiber and gluten-free.
Flavored with mashed bananas and chocolate chips, they’re so tasty that you won’t even think of them as healthy.
White Chocolate Muffins
Next, we have tender, fluffy, and moist vanilla and white chocolate muffins!
Soft, crumbly, and perfectly sweet, these muffins are as delicious as they are beautiful.
Think white chocolate chip cookies, but in muffin form.
Texas Sausage Kolaches (Klobasnek)
Kolaches are a famous Texas breakfast pastry with a cheesy sausage center. They’re offered in most Texas donut shops but can be easily made at home.
If you’re wondering about the name, kolaches originated from Czech immigrants.
Meaning “cake pie,” a kolache is a sweet pastry filled with some type of fruit jelly.
The Texans adopted the concept and made them savory by stuffing a sausage inside.
Almond Baked Donuts with Maple Syrup Glaze
These baked donuts may not be as pillowy as traditional deep-fried donuts, but they’re just as irresistible.
The donuts themselves are flavored with almonds, so even on their own, they’re pretty tasty.
But covered with a decadent maple syrup glaze and sprinkled with crushed nuts (I highly recommend almonds), these donuts are perfectly moist and sweet with a lovely crunch.
Apple Cheese Danish
Apples and cheese unite to make sweet and savory danishes that are impossible to resist.
These flaky and puffy pastries are filled with cinnamon apples and a heavenly mixture of ricotta and cream cheese flavored with lemon and sugar.
It’s like eating a cheese danish and an apple pie all in one bite, and it couldn’t make me happier.
New Orleans Beignets
New Orleans beignets are simply the best. I can’t visit The Big Easy without spending an afternoon in Café Du Monde.
Just don’t ask me how many beignets I eat in one sitting!
These babies are puffy and crisp on the outside and fluffy and pillowy on the inside. In other words, they’re phenomenal.
Their texture is so flawless that you don’t even need much flavoring to make them addictive – just a simple coating of powdered sugar will do.
Thanks to this recipe, you don’t have to live in or travel to New Orleans to enjoy the goodness of beignets.
Easy Lemon Poppy Seed Scones
These scones have a wonderfully soft crumb.
Peppered with poppy seeds and covered in a sweet lemon glaze, they’re tremendously delicious inside and out.
Cheese and Jam Turnovers
Filled with your favorite jam and shredded aged sharp cheddar, these turnovers have a lovely mix of sweet, tart, and salty.
You’ll also love the contrast between the crunchy and flaky crust and thick oozy filling.
It’s so good it’ll turn your world upside down!
A galette is a French pie with a flat, free-form crust. It’s like a pizza, but with a sweet fruit or berry topping.
This galette is filled with fresh strawberries in sweet vanilla syrup. It’s a light dessert that’s perfect for summer.
Serve the slices with a dollop of whipped cream or a scoop of ice cream for a refreshing treat.
These are tender, fluffy biscuits the size of a cat’s head. Adorable!
The biscuits are fitted into a skillet and then baked, giving them a crisp outer crust.
But that’s not all.
These pastries have melted cheese that’ll ooze out like lava as you take a bite. Just watch your tongue!
Gluten-Free Coconut Bread
Here’s something for our health-conscious readers out there! This bread is low-carb, keto-friendly, gluten-free, and paleo-compliant.
And most importantly, it’s hella delicious.
This loaf of bread is tender, fluffy, and bursting with nutty coconut goodness.
Sprinkled with sesame seeds on top, it’s delicate yet crunchy in every bite.
Healthy Banana Bread
This banana bread is outrageously moist, tender, and bursting with banana flavor. It’s about as good as banana bread gets.
But, what makes this recipe extra special is the use of wholesome ingredients like whole wheat flour and maple syrup instead of sugar.
It’s healthy, but it doesn’t sacrifice flavor. And that just means you can add all the chocolate chips you want!
They don’t have the most appetizing name, but these dirt bombs are seriously addictive. Consider yourself warned.
Dirt bombs are baked donuts spiced with nutmeg and cardamom, dipped in melted butter, and rolled in cinnamon sugar.
Need I say more? I didn’t think so.
This apricot galette has a rustic look and impeccable tastes and textures.
Fresh ripe apricots get bathed in a syrup of brown sugar and cream and seasoned with nutmeg.
The syrup balances out the tartness of the fruit, making it wonderfully sweet with just a little bit of sourness.
The crust is made from scratch, so you know it’s extra flaky and delicious.
Strawberries and Cream Scones
These scones are filled to the brim with fresh strawberries and drizzled with a sweet vanilla glaze.
The flavors are sensational, but the textures make these scones a winner.
They’re slightly crisp on the outside and tender and crumbly on the inside.
The strawberries add a bit of crunchiness and juiciness, while the glaze provides extra moisture.
Together, these lovely textures create the perfect bite.
Zucchini Bread Baked Oatmeal
This zucchini bread with crunchy oatmeal crust is too good to miss.
It sounds like something the kids would avoid at all costs, but trust me; they won’t.
Just don’t tell them what it’s made of, and they’ll gobble it up with glee.
I promise you, this zucchini bread doesn’t taste vegetal at all. Instead, it adds moisture, like carrots do with carrot cake.
Chaussons aux Pommes
Don’t be intimidated by its fancy name. Chaussons aux Pommes may sound complex, but they’re just a simple pastry.
Meaning “apple flap,” this Dutch recipe is made of puff pastry dough filled with apples and raisins in cinnamon sugar.
The recipe has directions for making pastry dough from scratch, but you can use frozen pastry in a pinch.
Strawberry Jam Crumb Cookies
These cookies may not have the usual shape and mixins, but they’re just as mouthwatering as any.
They’re shaped like pie slices, giving them intrigue and appeal. But it’s not the unusual shape that’ll make you fall for them.
Tender and crumbly with dollops of strawberry jam scattered throughout, these cookies have exquisite tastes and textures.
And hey, any time I can eat cookies for breakfast, I’m happy!
Photo: Blaine Moats
Bring the aromas of your favorite bakery home with our pastry recipes. If you’re a beginner, don’t be intimidated. Pastry dishes always start with a dough consisting of flour, water, and solid fat (which can be shortening, butter, or lard). Some common examples include pies, tarts, donuts, croissants, Danishes, and scones. Here’s a handful of our favorite recipes, including some easy shortcuts, such as frozen puff pastry or refrigerated piecrust.
Blueberry-Cream Cheese Pastries
Attention blueberry-lovers: These flaky breakfast pastries are full of your favorite bite-size berries. Give them a spread made with cream cheese, vanilla, and lemon juice for a sweet-tart kickoff to the day.
Potato Cinnamon Rolls
We’re letting you in on the secret ingredient to the most fluffy, delicious cinnamon rolls you’ll ever taste—potatoes. That’s right, this top-rated recipe from our Test Kitchen uses mashed potatoes to achieve the ultimate soft, pillowy rolls you know and love.
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Layers of light and flaky puff pastry sheets, spiced apple slices, and cream cheese fill this Danish pastry recipe. Save yourself some prep time and skip a step by substituting canned apple pie filling for the spiced apples.
Almond and Vanilla Bean Scones
These rich, moist scones get their incredible flavor from almond extract and vanilla-bean paste. To ease cutting the pastry dough, cover it with plastic wrap and freeze for 20 minutes before slicing. You can also freeze the dough up to two months for delicious homemade pastries at a moment’s notice.
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Cream Cheese Danishes
The key to creating a flaky pastry, like this classic Danish, is all about the puff pastry. Luckily, the frozen version at your grocery store is delicious, and definitely worth buying as a shortcut. Top this easy breakfast recipe with your favorite fruit preserves.
Lavender-Honey Lemon Tart
This delicious pastry recipe is a showstopping brunch treat or dessert that only looks complicated. It takes a mere 10 minutes of hands-on time to get this sweet and tangy tart together. The candied lemons are also easy to make and are an impressive topper.
Make easy work of these sweet pastries—a plastic bag quickly pipes a homemade chocolate filling into purchased cannoli shells. Look for the shells at Italian grocery stores and larger supermarkets.
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Here our homemade strawberry jam is infused with cardamom for a zesty take. Stuffed inside a flaky pastry and drizzled with powdered sugar icing, this is a breakfast recipe that’s sweet enough for dessert.
Rustic Blood Orange Tart with Salted Pecan Crust
Add some nutty flavor to your dough with toasted pecans. Blood oranges make a tangy filling and beautiful presentation. Just remove the white pith from the citrus, as it tends to have a bitter taste.
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Stuffed Churro Puffs
Some flavors were just meant to be paired, such as the dulce de leche that stuffs these churro-inspired cream puffs. If you’ve never made choux pastry, watch our video to show you how easy it is to make from scratch.
Danish Pastry Apple Bars
Serve these delicious apple pastry bars to really win over the breakfast guests. You’ll love that the recipe can make 32 bars, and they’ll love the crunch of the hidden layer of cornflakes.
This classic pastry recipe from the 1953 edition of the Better Homes and Gardens New Cook Book is our favorite. We’ve updated the donuts to use butter (and more of it) instead of shortening, but kept its classic cinnamon-nutmeg spice.
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French Market Beignets
Originally developed in New Orleans, these elegant, fried French pastries are dusted with a generous coating of powdered sugar. Fun fact: The word “beignet” is actually French for “fritter.”
Start with purchased crescent roll dough to make these tender, rich pastries in just 35 minutes. A dark filling of almond paste and chocolate makes these treats bakery-worthy.
They may look complicated, but puff pastry desserts are SO easy to make.
Twist them, roll them, and fill them with fruits, nuts, or sweet, syrupy goodness, and voila! You’ll be a master of pastry dessert-making.
As a kid, I’ve always been intrigued by puff pastry treats sold at dessert shops.
I mean, how do you get those buttery, flaky crusts that match so well with different fillings and ingredients?
Puff pastry is made with hundreds of layers of butter and dough through repeated rolling and folding.
While making homemade puff pastry is possible, you wouldn’t want to mess with this French staple if you’re a beginner baker.
The alternative is to use the store-bought version to make easy, crave-worthy puff pastry desserts.
Don’t just take my word for it. Here are 21 puff pastry recipes that require minimal effort but yield fantastic desserts!
Chocolate Puff Pastry Twists
These braided puff pastry treats are golden, literally and figuratively.
Chocolate hazelnut is generously spread on thawed puff pastry, then rolled up into a log and cut in half lengthwise.
They’re twisted together, forming an extra-large braided puff pastry dessert.
A quick egg wash gives these chocolate braids the golden brown edges, while the sanding sugar adds extra crunch.
Puff Pastry Fruity Cream Cheese Danish
You can make this Danish dessert in a snap, thanks to the convenience of frozen puff pastry.
The sweet cream cheese and the red fruity filling are married together at the center of each Danish pastry.
You’ll love the fresh-tasting bits of red fruits!
This creamy and fruity dessert is already gorgeous and delicious by itself.
Take it to the next level by adding a drizzle of homemade icing or powdered sugar on top.
A galette is a sweet, free-form crusty cake hailed from France. It’s like a pie that’s easier to make, so much so that you won’t mess it up.
Just like a pie, this blueberry galette is buttery, flaky, and full of fruity flavors.
A galette traditionally uses homemade or store-bought pie crust, but puff pastry works just as well.
If you don’t like blueberries, you can try making the galette with strawberries, apples, peaches, kiwi, or a combination of fruits!
Cherry Pastry Pies
Have you ever had a Pillsbury toaster strudel? These cherry pastry pies are just like that, but better.
For one, they’re homemade. And second, they’re made from real fruit!
These handheld delightful pies are filled with summer sweet cherries and baked until crisp and golden brown.
Cherries are the star of the show, so be sure you get the best ones.
For a flavor-packed filling, mix the fruit with lemon juice, sugar, salt, and vanilla extract.
Mini-Peach Puff Pastry Tarts
Small but mighty, these mini-tarts will leave you in awe first, and wanting more second.
The sweet, juicy peaches meet the buttery and crisp puff pastry, creating a combination of flavors and textures like no other.
The peaches are flavored with honey and vanilla, so you’ll get more deliciousness besides the natural fruity taste.
These peach tartlets are a perfect summer treat when served with some ice cream!
This is a copycat recipe of the famous boxed version of toaster strudel. It’s semi-homemade if using frozen puff pastry.
Another great shortcut is to use a store-bought jam for the filling.
Despite the shortcuts, this recipe yields a sweet treat with a fresh homemade taste.
The addition of salted butter and almond extract to the icing makes all the difference.
Don’t be put off by the fancy name. This classic French dish can be made with minimal prep time and effort.
Best of all, you’ll still get the ultimate pastry experience!
These rolls are crusty, buttery, and sugary, with a caramel-y outer crust.
This cheater recipe will only require you to use three ingredients to get all that flavor and texture.
Bring out your puff pastry, sugar, and melted butter. With a little dipping, rolling, pressing, and baking, you’ll be done in less than an hour.
Also called trubochki, these cream horns are an impressive treat for any occasion. They’re like waffles, but crisp and creamy.
For this Russian dessert, you’ll need molds to make the crispy horns. Pipe in the cream cheese filling, dust everything with powdered sugar, and devour!
Strawberry Puff Pastry Tart
Who doesn’t love strawberries? They’re juicy, fruity, and sweet, with a subtle tangy kick.
These vibrant red berries are best when fresh and placed on a buttery, creamy puff pastry.
For maximum buttery flavor, you’ll want to use the all-butter puff pastry.
Mix the fresh berries with strawberry jam to make gorgeous glazed tarts.
Apple turnovers are like portable apple pies. Pick them up on a lazy afternoon to indulge in warm, fruity flavors.
The apple filling goes into the crisp puff pastry with a glaze on top.
Top tip: refrigerate the turnovers before baking to reduce leaks filling out from the crimped edges.
Apple pandowdy is a favorite fall dessert at home. A juicy bite from the sliced apples and crunchy taste from the sugar-rolled puff pastry is the BEST combo!
Don’t forget to press the dough pieces down after baking. That’s how they soak up all the delicious fruity juices.
Peanut Butter Chocolate Pop Tarts
Chocolate and peanut butter make a heavenly duo, and you’ll love them in these crisp golden brown pop tarts.
The best part is, you’ll only need five simple ingredients and less than 30 minutes of baking time.
Have fun making variations using other nut butter and chocolates.
Puff Pastry Almond Croissant
This is a faux croissant made with puff pastry yet unbelievably flaky and flavorful.
The croissant is both crisp and soft and is brushed with almond syrup for a tasty bite.
The toasted chopped almonds on top add a nice, extra crunch. Take the sweetness up a notch by filling the croissant with almond pastry cream.
Tarte tatin is a French-style upside-down tart made with a pastry crust, butter, sugar, and apples.
Of course, you can make things easier by using store-bought puff pastry.
But unlike other puff pastry desserts where the fruits are tucked in, this tart boldly displays its caramel-y sweet apples.
The soft fruity top makes a lovely contrast to the crisp, flaky base.
This recipe made me fall in love with cinnamon rolls all over again! It’s SUPER easy to make, and you’ll only need three ingredients: puff pastry, brown sugar, and cinnamon.
These rolls wouldn’t be complete without the vanilla icing on top. Make it fancier by adding some raisins if you like.
Puff Pastry Sticky Buns
Unlike the time-consuming traditional sticky buns, this recipe will free you up more time and energy.
Save them for devouring these puff pastry sticky buns or making another batch because the whole family will love them!
Sweet and zesty, the filling is made with white and brown sugar, orange zest, and cinnamon.
Add pecans and raisins to load up the buns and create an impressive texture combination.
Making these mini-banana puffs can be a fun bonding time with the kids. They’re easy to make, but don’t expect to have a no-mess kitchen area!
Serving these banana tarts to the kids is a great way to include fruits in their meals.
Adding nutmeg or cinnamon makes these puffs extra delicious and fragrant!
Puff Pastry Cheesecake Fruit Pizza
There’s beauty in simplicity, and this dessert pizza proves it.
This fancy-looking treat combines fresh fruits and cream cheese, infused with vanilla for an extra flavor boost.
This versatile recipe allows you to use any fruit you have on hand. Some great options include plums, apples, peaches, and different kinds of berries.
If you always keep some puff pastry, you can make this indulgent dessert anytime. A little cutting, filling, and baking, and you’re done!
Puff Pastry Palmiers
Even the elegant French palmiers can be made with puff pastry — how awesome is that? Very.
Because puff pastry palmiers can hit the table in 30 minutes or less!
If you want the classic palmiers, simply dress them up with sugar. For a next-level filling, you can add dried, chopped fruits or shredded cheese.
Fig Brie Pastry Pops
Fig and brie pastry pops are lollipops for the grown-ups. They’re not overly sweet, with a bonus of savory taste.
Create fun-looking desserts by turning these pastry pops into any shape you like. Serve with your go-to jam for a simple afternoon snack.
Chocolate Filled Pastry
If you like dessert for breakfast, this easy and quick recipe is for you. Your mornings will instantly brighten up with some chocolate-filled pastries!
These crispy rolls with melted chocolate inside are incredibly delicious, even when you eat them plain.
I’ll bet they’re insanely good with a scoop of ice cream.
If you’re new to cooking with puff pastry, or just need some new recipes, you’ve come to the right place.
We’ve compiled this list of easy Puff Pastry Recipes for you to bake, and you’re going to be amazed by the variety of things your can make with it.
You’ll find both sweet treats for breakfast and dessert, as well as savory puff pastry appetizers and mains.
We’re starting this list of Puff Pastry Recipes with this Baked Brie in Puff Pastry. It’s an incredible holiday appetizer with brie topped with cranberry sauce, craisins and pecans, wrapped in a puff pastry and baked.
Beef Wellington is a decadent meal made to impress! Beef tenderloin is covered in finely chopped mushrooms and wrapped in a flaky puff pastry, then roasted.
This is a great centerpiece for a holiday or special occasion.
Here’s another party appetizer your guests will go wild for. Ham, cheese and Dijon mustard are rolled up in puff pastry, then baked. It can’t get much easier than that!
Here’s a super easy dessert that looks really impressive. The puff pastry is filled with a ricotta cream filling and topped with fresh berries. Great summertime puff pastry recipe.
These are cinnamon rolls taken to the next level! They are very easy to make using store bought pastry dough, and end up buttery, flaky and delicious.
These Smoked Salmon Puff Pastry Bites are going to be a hit at your next get together. They seem like a really fancy appetizer, but they only require 4 ingredients!
Empanadas are one of the tastiest handheld meals you will ever eat. Picadillo is stuffed inside a pastry shell, which is fried crisp.
They’re great for lunch, or just snacking on any time.
These Pesto Parmesan Cheese Straws are a fun snack or appetizer. They also taste great and are easy to make.
Puff Pastry Baked Eggs are a really unique breakfast or brunch. Eggs, veggies and cheese are baked inside puff pastry cups. These are perfect for holidays.
These Easy Apple Turnovers are classic handheld sweet treat. Skip the store bought ones, you’ll be amazed how good these are fresh out of the oven.
These Artichoke Gouda Tarts are way too good. They’re cheesy and savory, loaded with fresh herbs. This will become one of your favorite lunches.
Everybody loves comfort food, and this beef pot pie is the perfect definition of comfort food. The beef is super tender and deeply flavored, and the meat is sure to melt right in your mouth.
It’s also filled with vegetables that complement the beef flavors wonderfully, to complete the pot pie.
Asparagus and Prosciutto Puff Pastry Bundles make great appetizers for special occasions. They’re easy and tasty, and they look great!
When you are craving classic comfort food, an easy Skillet Chicken Pot is pure perfection! Using a few shortcuts, including ready made puff pastry, you can have this on the table in about 45 minutes.
A galette is a French dish similar to a pie or tart. This summery version has heirloom tomatoes, feta cheese and fresh herbs. It’s one of our favorite puff pastry recipes.
These easy Raspberry Cream Cheese Pinwheel Pastries are so tasty and look fun, too! Serve these up at your next get together for some sure wows!
These Gruyere, Mushroom, & Caramelized Onion Bites a great appetizer for the holiday season. Your guests will surely be impressed.
We love this Spinach Ricotta Brunch Bake casserole! It’s loaded with lots of tasty ingredients like bacon, cheddar cheese and red peppers. Perfect way to start your day!
This Mushroom Tart with Puff Pastry is a great lunch or meatless dinner option. It’s kind of like a pizza, but with puff pastry as the crust.
If you love the taste of buffalo wings, wait till you try these pastry puffs! It has all the flavors you expect, including hot sauce and blue cheese, in a fun tart form.
These Smoked Salmon and Cream Cheese Pastries are one of our favorite appetizers. They look so elegant, but are so easy to make.
These tasty little bites are topped with roasted tomatoes and gruyere cheese. It’s a great flavor combination!
When fresh, sweet peaches are in season, you have to try this Peaches and Cream Strudel. It’s an amazing dessert, and is great served hot with vanilla ice cream.
For an easy and filling snack or lunch, this Chicken and Spinach in Puff Pastry recipe is sure to be a hit. They only need six ingredients, and taste great!
This Asparagus Tart is a real treat when asparagus are in season.
The flavors of asparagus, ricotta cheese and buttery puff pastry compliment each other perfectly.
Here’s your new favorite holiday time appetizer. Creamy brie, tart fresh cranberries and a touch of fresh thyme make for delicious handheld treats all your guests will love.
Sometimes you just want to make a recipe without needing to gather a bunch of new ingredients, and not have to cook things you aren’t familiar with. This leftover turkey pot pie uses leftovers and ingredients you’ll already have, so you don’t need to shop.
Give everyone’s top game day food a unique twist with these Buffalo Chicken Salad Pastry Puffs. They taste great and are super easy to make.
This Greek and Turkish dessert just screams decadent. Flaky phyllo layered with a ground mixture of nuts and spices and drenched with plenty of honey and melted butter. This is pure rich deliciousness!
We love the flavors and textures in these easy Blueberry Almond Tarts. They’re tasty little treats that are perfect for summer.
Made in about minutes, this super tasty Strawberry Cream Cheese Danish is a great make ahead breakfast. Your whole family is going to love it!
This Apple Galette is an elegant looking French version of apple pie. It tastes amazing, and will get you plenty of wow’s when you present it.
Cronuts are a combination of doughnuts and croissants. This one is topped with a dulche de leche glaze, and tastes amazing!
We’re wrapping up this list of puff pastry recipes with the perfect centerpiece for your holiday appetizer spread. This Pesto Puff Pastry Wreath is as impressive to look at as it is delicious!
So there you go, thirty five great puff pastry recipes. Which one will become your summer favorite?
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Who says you can’t have dessert with breakfast? Not us! These easy pastry recipes take less than 15 minutes to prep and are the perfect excuse to indulge in the morning.
While cinnamon swirl bread is a natural for breakfast, we love it so much we enjoy it all day long. This is a nice twist on traditional cinnamon swirl yeast breads. —Helen Richardson, Shelbyville, Michigan
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Cinnamon Fruit Biscuits
Because these sweet treats are so easy, I’m almost embarrassed when people ask me for the recipe. They’re a snap to make with refrigerated buttermilk biscuits, sugar, cinnamon and your favorite fruit preserves. —Ione Burham, Washington, Iowa
Quick Cherry Turnovers
Refrigerated crescent rolls let you make these fruit-filled pastries in a hurry. My family loves these turnovers for breakfast, but they’re so delicious, they’d be welcome any time of the day. Feel free to experiment with other pie fillings as well. —Elleen Oberrueter, Danbury, Iowa
Chocolate Banana Bundles
Banana with chocolate is such an irresistible combo that I make this quick dessert often. You can also top these tasty bundles with the butter and brown sugar mixture left over from coating the bananas, or sprinkle on a dash of sea salt. —Thomas Faglon, Somerset, New Jersey
Caramel Bubble Ring
Lots of caramel and ice cream topping make this quick pull-apart bread oh so gooey and delicious. It truly is a finger-lickin’ good baked good.—Laura Clifton, Wenatchee, Washington
Lemon Pound Cake Muffins
I make these lemony muffins for all kinds of occasions. My family always requests them when we have a brunch. They’re so good! —Lola Baxter, Winnebago, Minnesota
Cherry Chip Scones
These buttery scones dotted with dried cherries and vanilla chips are so sweet and flaky that I sometimes serve them for dessert. —Pam Brooks, South Berwick, Maine
Chocolate Toffee Biscuits
These sweet, crunchy biscuits are so quick and easy to mix up, they’re my go-to treat with my morning coffee. —Wendy Weatherall, Cargill, Ontario
Ricotta-Raisin Coffee Cake
These few ingredients go together quickly so I can have a warm coffee cake to serve overnight guests for breakfast. If you don’t have or don’t like cardamom, substitute any sweet spice. I recommend ground nutmeg, cinnamon or allspice. —Carol Gaus, Elk Grove Village, Illinois
Raspberry Cheese Danish
After trying a pumpkin scone at a coffee house, I was inspired to look for a recipe to try at home. The glaze nicely complements the pumpkin flavor.
Banana Macadamia Muffins
These muffins taste even better the next day, so to save time, I often make them the night before. They stay moist for days. —Stasha Wampler, Clinchport, Virginia
Banana Beignet Bites
When I was a little girl, my grandmother took me aside one day and taught me how to make her famous banana beignets. Although we made them during the holidays, they’re pretty fantastic any time of the year. —Amy Downing, South Riding, Virginia
Four ingredients are all you’ll need for this sure-bet breakfast treat. Friends and family will never guess that refrigerated buttermilk biscuits are the base for these golden, jelly-filled doughnuts. —Ginny Watson, Broken Arrow, Oklahoma
Lemon Pull-Apart Coffee Cake
I found this recipe in a newspaper and make it often. I like to bake this coffee cake when unexpected company stops in and I need something speedy to go with a cup of coffee. —Mary Tallman, Arbor Vitae, Wisconsin
Pumpkin Ginger Scones
I made these lovely scones one day when looking for a way to use up leftover pumpkin, and I was so excited with the results. I often use my food processor to stir up the dough just until it comes together. It’s so simple to prepare this way. —Brenda Jackson, Garden City, Kansas
Apricot Cream Biscuits
Melt-in-your-mouth good when warm, these shortcut biscuits with a hint of orange prove that the right mix really can offer homemade taste. —Betty Saint Turner, Attalla, Alabama
Pecan Coffee Cake
My mom serves this nutty coffee cake for Christmas breakfast each year. The simple recipe is a big timesaver on such an event-filled morning. Everyone loves the crunchy topping. —Becky Wax, Tuscola, Illinois
Pumpkin Doughnut Drops
I always have a few special treats handy when the grandchildren visit. These cake doughnuts are one of their favorite snacks. —Beva Staum, Muscoda, Wisconsin
Cranberry Banana Coffee Cake
I make this moist cake for Christmas morning every year. It tastes like banana bread but has a sweet golden topping with a nutty crunch. —Gloria Friesen, Casper, Wyoming
Glazed Doughnut Holes
Here’s a simple recipe to create a colorful and fun breakfast—or snack! For the glaze, use any type of juice you like. —Taste of Home Test Kitchen
Sour Cream Chip Muffins
Take one bite and you’ll see why I think these rich, tender muffins are the best I’ve ever tasted. Mint chocolate chips make them a big hit with my family and friends. —Stephanie Moon, Boise, Idaho
Apple Pear Coffee Cake
A friend gave me this apple pear coffee cake recipe to make for a breakfast I was hosting. The pan was empty before the breakfast was over! It’s one of my most-requested recipes, probably because it’s a bit different. —Joanne Hoschette, Paxton, Massachusetts
Cranberry Nut Muffins
These are delicious, beautiful muffins. I serve them during the holidays or anytime cranberries are available. The leftovers always make good breakfast treats. Through the years I’ve tried many cranberry recipes for bread and muffins, but this remains my family’s all-time favorite! —Flo Burtnett, Gage, Oklahoma
Buttercup Squash Coffee Cake
These are my favorite muffins to serve with a cup of coffee or a tall glass of cold milk. Not only are they great for breakfast, they make a tasty dessert or midnight snack. I get lots of recipe requests whenever I serve them. The espresso spread is also super on a bagel. —Janice Schulz, Racine, Wisconsin
Rich Chocolate Chip Coffee Cake
When I was a teacher, this recipe was recommended by one of my student’s parents. I’ve made it so many times, I can’t imagine hosting a brunch without it. Chocolate chips add sweet bursts of flavor to the rich and tender coffee cake. —Michelle Krzmarzick
Raspberry Breakfast Braid
We also like using blackberries, Marionberries, a mixture of raspberries and blackberries, or all three in this quick and easy pastry. —Tressa Nicholls, Sandy, Oregon
Pecan Pie Mini Muffins
While these are delicious year-round, you could easily turn them into an edible Christmas gift. They look festive on a decorative tray wrapped in red or green cellophane or tucked into a giveaway cookie plate. And don’t forget to include the recipe so your recipient can enjoy this treat over and over again! —Pat Schrand, Enterprise, Alabama
Both of my boys really enjoyed helping me make this butterscotch monkey bread when they were young. It seemed to taste twice as good when they helped fix it. It’s one of our favorites for breakfast or as a snack. —Carol Allen, McLeansboro, Illinois
Cherry Almond Streusel Scones
My kids and I love to mix the ingredients together and turn out these delicious scones. The tart cherries and the brown sugar and almond streusel complement the tender scones perfectly. —Teresa Ralston, New Albany, Ohio
Monkey Bread Biscuits
I came up with an easy, savory—instead of sweet—dinner version of monkey bread featuring garlic and Italian seasoning. —Dana Johnson, Scottsdale, Arizona
Cinnamon Doughnut Muffins
Back when my children were youngsters, they loved these doughnut muffins as after-school treats or with Sunday brunch. —Sharon Pullen, Alvinston, Ontario
Lemon Blueberry Drop Scones
I enjoy serving these fruity scones for baby and bridal showers. They’re a bit lower in fat than most other scones, so you can indulge with little guilt. —Jacqueline Hendershot, Orange, California. Check out this drop scones recipe by Queen Elizabeth.
Waking up to a warm, rich cup of coffee is a great way to start the day. Even better? When there’s an equally delicious pastry to accompany it, like a cinnamon-sugar churro, flaky croissant, or a buttery cinnamon roll. Read on for all of those recipes and even more breakfast pastries to enjoy with your coffee.
Cinnamon-Sugar Churros with Cajeta
Churros require a relatively stiff batter to help them hold their ridged shape, leaving plenty of nooks for cinnamon sugar. To prevent blowouts while piping the batter, be sure to double-line the pastry bags, which will also give you more control.
Croissant is French for “crescent,” but the pastry’s shape doesn’t always match its name. Croissants au beurre, or butter croissants, are often rolled straight, since croissants ordinaire, made with margarine, are required by French law to be turned in like a crescent moon. Use a ruler when cutting the dough to ensure evenly sized croissants.
Almond and Plum Snack Cake
This snack cake catches the eye with its ripe red plums, toasted almonds, and glistening sugary crust, but the tender cake hidden underneath is the real star. The moist cake has a tight crumb, but a trio of butter, sour cream, and chunks of thick, sweet almond paste make it exceptionally tender.
Cherry and Cream Cheese Kolaches
These kolaches are filled with homemade cherry filling, but you can also use any jam you have on hand.
The secret to making doughnuts at home is in the dough: Retarding the shaped donuts allows a more complex, yeasty flavor to develop. The meringue filling is marshmallowy in texture; use an intense, robust, high-quality maple syrup to ensure lots of maple flavor.
Miso Caramel-Apple Danish
This riff on the classic Danish stars a sweet and savory tango of buttery miso-enriched caramel brushed over wafer-thin slices of apple. See our full step-by-step guide to making Miso Caramel-Apple Danish here.
New Orleans-Style Chicory Beignets
Chef David Kinch playfully combines two New Orleans classics: chicory coffee and beignets.
Fluffy, Buttery Cinnamon Rolls
This recipe yields 48 mini cinnamon rolls, drizzled with a simple glaze made of powdered sugar, half-and-half, and cinnamon.
Double Lemon Scones
Lemon–poppy seed cake meets scones in this delightful recipe from F&W Culinary Director at Large Justin Chapple.
Even realtors know that there’s nothing that makes a house feel like a home as much as the smell of freshly baked goods. That’s why they always use cookie-scented candles or pop a pie in the oven right before showing a new listing. A plate of fancy and delicious stuffed cookies sitting on the counter is oh-so inviting, and who can resist an artsy watercolor cake? But just like we sometimes can’t resist classic comfort foods like mashed potatoes or mac and cheese, nothing hits the spot like old-fashioned baked goods made from scratch. Learn how to make these 17 bakery favorites, and even your walk-up studio apartment will feel like the cozy home of your dreams.
Everyone loves a good sourdough, and it’s one of the most popular breads for making at home. This beginner-friendly recipe is perfect for anyone who wants to give homemade breadmaking a try. (Brit + Co)
Soft Chocolate Chip Cookies
Nothing tastes or smells as good as a freshly baking batch of chocolate chip cookies. Master the recipe for yourself, and you’ll never suffer through mediocre grocery store cookies again. (viaPinch of Yum).
We dare you to find someone who wouldn’t have a difficult time resisting this chocolate cake. It looks fancy, but it’s a go-to for any baker who loves chocolate and wants to impress a crowd. Did we mention it’s made with red wine and pears for an uber-romantic vibe? (via Brit + Co)
One Bowl Chewy Brownies
Clear your cupboards of those old boxed mixes, because it’s all about brownies made from scratch. This one-bowl recipe makes it easy to churn out batch after batch of chewy, chocolaty brownies. (via Nourish and Fete)
Save money at the coffee shop by learning how to make blueberry muffins at home. Top them with a tangy and sweet yogurt glaze and they’ll taste like the work of a pro. (viaSue Bee Homemaker)
Cinnamon Coffee Cake
Perfect for when you have guests in town, this easy cinnamon coffee cake can be snacked on all day. Set it out at breakfast, but don’t be surprised if you end up eating some with your afternoon tea and as a midnight snack too. (via Sugar Spun Run)
Tangy lemon curd nestled on a buttery shortbread crust will brighten up any dessert table. The blend of sweet and tart flavors and creamy and crispy textures makes it hard to stop snacking. (via I Knead to Eat)
Banana bread is a good recipe to have up your sleeve. Not only does it make for an easy but impressive addition to brunch; it’s also the best way to use up any bananas that are past their prime. (via Saving Room for Dessert)
Maple Pecan Sticky Buns
Sweet enough to be dessert but full of breakfast flavors, sticky buns transform even the dullest mornings into a celebration. And once you taste them made from scratch (no canned dough here, people), there’ll be no turning back. (via Sally’s Baking Addiction)
Classic Yellow Funfetti Cake
Homemade baked goods don’t have to be a serious culinary affair. This colorful funfetti cake will bring back childhood memories, and remind you that eating the cake is just as fun as making it. (via Neurotic Baker)
Parker House Rolls
Make your meals better by serving them with a side of fluffy homemade rolls. Parker House Rolls have buttered tops that are sprinkled with salt, contrasting with their slightly sweet insides. (via Chef de Home)
Butterscotch Blondies With Walnuts
After you learn to make brownies, you’ve got to get a handle on their chocolate-free counterpart. Sweet like toffee, chewy butterscotch blondies are best served warm with a scoop of vanilla ice cream. (via Munaty Cooking)
Snickerdoodles are one step above a plain sugar cookie. A sprinkle of cinnamon and sugar somehow renders them even more irresistible than the classic frosted lofthouse cookie. (viaVeronika’s Kitchen)
Homemade Soft Pretzels
Soft pretzels are the bomb, but when you get them at ballgames or carnivals, they’re often dried out and stale. Not so when you make them at home — every bite is moist, soft, and chewy, and best served with plenty of mustard. (via Chef de Home)
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The pastry world is a complicated one that fans of the hit television show “The Great British Bake Off” know all too well. Pastry has been a facet of societies long before baking shows, though; the Egyptians were the first society to record mixing fat into dough and wrapping around it meats before cooking (via the Macmillan Dictionary Blog). After Northern Europeans invaded the Mediterranean during the Crusades, pastry making was adopted by the Italians and the Europeans. After the 1700s, pastry making became more of an artisan craft and inspired culinary art renditions through figures like Marie-Antoine Carême, per Pure History.
Nowadays, you don’t have to travel far to find fine pastry. We should also note the difference between the pastry we’re talking about. It’s the technique and style of incorporating fat into flour that will become, with the addition of flavorings and artistic infusion, a delectable baked good (which are called pastries). Patisserie, per Le Cordon Bleu, refers to French, Italian, or Belgian adaptations of pastry and the shops in which pastries are sold. Confusing, we know.
Here’s a breakdown of pastry 101: the types, methods, and creations you can whip up by (not so simply) mixing flour and fat.
Shortcrust pastry is a basic, widely-used form of pastry made by combining chunks of butter with flour. Once the butter begins to form small chunks with the flour, cold water is added to make the dough come together in a ball. As noted by The Guardian, the butter prevents the water from soaking the flour and making a goopy mess. The goal of a shortcrust pastry is to keep the dough soft and crumbly while avoiding gluten development. The baker should also be sure to add the water slowly to the dough to prevent over-saturating and causing the dough to harden and become too dense.
After the pastry comes together, it is chilled before being rolled out on a floured surface. Chilling the dough for at least 30 minutes is vital to allow the gluten to slack and the fat to firm up. The resulting texture of the dough is soft, crumbly, and full of tiny pockets of fat resulting in a super flavorful crust. Shortcrust pastry is most commonly used for baking pie crusts. You can flavor the dough with cheese for a savory quiche Lorraine or add chocolate for a chocolate-crusted cream pie.
Hot water crust pastry
Hot water crust pastry is often used for pies because of its durability. According to the King Arthur Baking Company, you’ll commonly see hot water crust pastry used for meat pies and roasted root vegetable pies because it can withstand the weight of the fillings. To make hot water crust pastry, the cook heats water and fat (usually animal lard or vegetable shortening) until it comes to a boil. Then, the fat is poured into a well of flour and stirred until equally moist. Unlike other types of pastry, hot water crust pastry needs to be kneaded to ensure the dough is amply hydrated.
As you might imagine, hot water crust pastry differs greatly from regular pie crust. Per its name, hot water is a key component in pre-gelatinizing the starches in the flour, similar to tangzhong, a Japanese bread-making technique. The resulting texture of the dough is much more pliable, thick, and sturdy. You should consider using cold water for a shortcrust pastry method if you desire a flaky, melt-in-your-mouth feel. The texture of the hot water crust pastry is much more ideal if you plan to take the pie out of the pan and for the crust to maintain its shape. If you are an amateur baker with a tendency to rip holes in your crust, you should also note that hot water crust is easier to repair with chunks of leftover dough.
The key to perfecting a puff pastry is to make sure the dough stays cold. If you use butter as your source of fat, you will notice that a warm dough will result in the butter seeping out of the dough while it’s baking and not producing the correct puff shape of the dough. You should also keep your oven hot, because an oven that is too cold will not cause the butter to steam — rather it will just seep out of the dough. Most puff pastry recipes call for baking at 400 degrees Fahrenheit to produce both a brown color and the perfect puff.
If making puff pastry is not your forte, you can make your life easier by purchasing frozen puff pastry and leaving it in the freezer for when you need it. Use puff pastry to wrap a beef wellington or delicately craft a chicken pot pie.
Le Cordon Bleu describes viennoiserie as a hybrid of pâtisserie and French bread. Unlike other types of pastry, viennoiserie usually includes an active yeast culture and white flour, along with the help of enriching agents like butter, eggs, or milk. According to French Forever, is believed that this hybridized pastry is rooted in Austria and eventually made its way to French life by the end of the 1830s.
The ingredients of the viennoiserie set the dessert apart from others in a French storefront. You’ll notice that viennoiseries are much more golden brown in color because of the enriching agents. The texture, French Forever notes, is a flaky, crunchy exterior with an interior like of either soft thin layers or soft doughy bread. Unlike other kinds of pastry you’d find in Europe, viennoiseries are usually eaten for breakfast rather than as an after-dinner treat.
Some of the most popular viennoiseries you may find in a French shop include the le pain au chocolat, le pavé suisse (Swiss brioche), and chouquettes.
Rough puff pastry
Rough puff pastry is similar to its non-rough namesake, but its ingredients come together faster and less arduously than a traditional puff pastry. This dough requires significantly fewer folds and less time between folding, thus making it the perfect dough if puff pastry feels much too difficult to make by yourself. Bakerpedia notes one of the major downsides of using rough puff pastry over other pastry types is that the dough won’t produce the same rise as a puff pastry, so it is best to stick to recipes like beef wellington and Napoleon cake.
To make a rough puff pastry, a baker must incorporate golf-ball-sized chunks of fat into the dough (rather than the entire slabs used in puff pastry). Then, the dough is quickly rolled, sheeted, and folded with no resting time in between. The resulting dough has deliciously (but less consistently placed) airy fat layers. Some bakers, as noted by Bakerpedia, will add lemon juice to the dough to it tender during the folding process.
Filo dough (also spelt as phyllo dough) is a thin type of pastry dough that differs from puff pastry. Per Bakerpedia, filo dough originated in the Mediterranean region and eventually spread to other regions in the Eurasian subcontinent. Bakers include flour, water, fat, salt, and vinegar together to form very, very thin sheets of dough. Once the sheets are formed, the dough can be stacked, shaped, and formed into baked goods like baklava and spanakopita.
Filo dough is very fragile, so once it is formed into sheets, the dough is frozen until it is ready to be used. If you mistakenly use filo before it is thawed, however, the dough will crack, split, and become useless. The dough also tends to dry very quickly because it is thin, so if you work with filo dough, you should complete all other preparation steps before removing the dough from your refrigerator.
If you plan on working with filo at home, you should know to keep melted butter handy. Traditionally, sheets of filo are stacked with butter in between and baked until golden brown and flaky. The result is a texture similar to puff pastry, but rarely will bakers substitute filo dough and puff pastry interchangeably. Puff pastry is much thicker and will not offer the same mouth-feel as thin filo pastry, per Martha Stewart.
A pâte à choux is used to make many french pastries like éclairs, cream puffs, and gougères. To make a choux, a baker will bring water, milk, butter, sugar, and salt to a boil before adding flour and stirring until the mixture comes off the sides of the pot. It is important for the baker to cook the dough for long enough to evaporate most of the moisture from the dough; this allows eggs to be more easily incorporated in a stand mixer. Next, the baker pipes the choux dough into the desired shape and bakes until golden brown. Once the pastry has finished baking, it can be filled and served. The resulting choux pastry is light, fluffy, and hollow in the center.