I often start my day with savory breakfast food but there’s something about the holiday season that makes me want to indulge in something sweet like breakfast pastries in the morning. These raspberry pastry twists are a crafty compromise — they’re definitely sweet, but the airiness of the puffed pastry makes them feel like a lighter option.
While I do like to indulge in these myself, I also love making them for a crowd. Not only are they tasty, but they also make for a beautiful presentation on the table whether it’s for breakfast or dessert.
In this recipe I use raspberry jam because the colors and flavors seem so right for the holiday season. But I also like to use other fruit fillings throughout the year.
Also, if fruity jam isn’t, well, your jam (see what we did there?) you can also easily turn this into a savory dish by using cheese or other savory spreads. Regardless, your guests will be asking you to make them for every event you host!
Common Questions about Raspberry Pastry Twists
If I make my own puff pastry how long does it last?
You can store your homemade puff pastry in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. Just be sure to wrap it very tightly with plastic wrap.
How do you know when puff pastry is finished cooking?
Puff pastry is done cooking when it is no longer wet or soggy. It puffs up and takes on a light golden brown color.
Why should pastry be kept cold?
Pastry should be kept cold prior to baking to ensure that it retains its intended shape when cooking.
Making Raspberry Pastry Twists Ahead of Time
Since the filled, twisted pastry needs to chill before baking, you can make the twists up to a few hours ahead of time.
Pastry twists can be stored in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 3 days.
Refrigerator: It is not necessary to refrigerate raspberry twists after baking.
Freezing: It is not recommended to freeze pastry twists — they will not retain their texture after thawing.
Tips For The Best Raspberry Pastry Twists
While this recipe is pretty straightforward, there are a few ways to up your pastry-making game to get the best results.
- Allow jam to come to room temperature — this will make it easier to spread. If it’s still a struggle to spread the jam, try heating it briefly in the microwave.
- To make shorter twists that are the perfect size for garnishes, cut the strips into thirds instead of halves.
- Resist the urge to make these look perfect before baking — any raspberry filling that reaches just beyond the edges or even squeezes out a bit will be unnoticeable once the twists have been baked.
Who says pastry needs to be complicated? It only takes a few simple ingredients to put these tasty twists together.
- Puff pastry (store-bought and thawed)
- Raspberry jam or raspberry preserves (or any flavor)
- Flour (for rolling)
- Confectioner’s sugar (for dusting)
Kitchen Supplies You’ll Need
You only need a few simple supplies to make these easy twists.
- Baking tray
- Parchment paper or silicone mat
- Rolling pin
- Serrated knife or pizza cutter
How to Make Raspberry Pastry Twists
You can make these in mere minutes so make sure to have your oven pre-heated.
- Dust your work surface (ideally a flat surface like the kitchen counter or a large cutting board) with flour so that the pastry doesn’t stick. Be sure to not use too much flour.
- Place the puff pastry sheet on the lightly floured surface.
- Roll the sheet into a thin layer and arrange it so that it is the desired rectangular shape.
- Then, cut it in half.
- Using a spoon, spread jam onto one rectangle of puff pastry. Be sure the spread the jam evenly.
- Top the jam with the second sheet of puff pastry. Gently press down so that the pastry sticks to the jam.
- Using a sharp knife, slice the jam-filled pastry into thin slices. They should be about a thumb width.
- Then, cut each of the pastry strips again so that they are half the length.
- Using your thumb and forefinger, pinch each end of a strip and twist.
- Place slices that have been twisted on the prepared baking sheet (with parchment paper or a silicone mat). Ensure to place them equal distances from each other for even baking.
- Chill tray briefly in the refrigerator.
- When ready to bake, place the baking sheet on the middle rack in the oven.
- Bake the twists until they are crispy and a light golden brown color.
- Remove the twists from the oven and place them on a wire rack to cool.
- Once the twists have reached room temperature, dust them with confectioners’ sugar if desired.
What to Serve With Raspberry Pastry Twists
These sweet, delicate pastries go well with all sorts of desserts and drinks.
- Tea – Whether it’s a hearty black breakfast tea or a light and fruity herbal tea, these twists are a perfect pairing.
- Coffee – A robust cup of coffee complements these pastries well.
- Ice cream, sorbet, or gelato – Use these pastry twists as a pretty garnish for frozen desserts.
- Hot chocolate – Try a traditional cup of hot chocolate to go with these or experiment with a steamy mug of white hot chocolate.
- Cocktails – Pair with fancy drinks like an espresso martini, a cosmo, or a French 75 or go with a seasonal one like eggnog.
- Yogurt – Try dipping pastry twists in a sweet or fruity yogurt or Greek yogurt.
- Fruit – Garnish a bowl of fresh raspberries with these twists.
- Warm milk – These are a great late evening treat to have while winding down with some warm milk.
Why You Should Make This Recipe
You’re sure to get tons of compliments on these pastry twists, but there are lots of other reasons to make them.
- Easy – It’s not often you come across a recipe using puff pastry that’s quite this easy to make.
- Pretty – These twists are gorgeous with the jam spiraling through the golden puff pastry.
- Affordable – With only three ingredients you can make a super simple yet delicious dessert or breakfast treat.
- Quick – There’s only a few minutes of hands-on prep time and the cooking time is fast as well.
Variations and Add-ins
You can leave these super simple or you can dress them up with all sorts of add-ins.
- Jam – Use different flavors like strawberry, apricot, or even fig.
- Marmalade – Instead of jam, experiment with your favorite flavors of marmalade.
- Savory – Try using a savory spread or cream cheese instead. Sprinkle with herbs after baking.
- Chocolate – Melt white, milk, or dark chocolate over these pastries and allow to set before serving.
- Crushed nuts – Add very finely chopped or crushed nuts over the jam before topping with the second pastry.
- Spices – For a sweet cinnamony taste try using cinnamon sugar instead of confectioner’s sugar. You can also experiment with plain cinnamon, nutmeg, or other seasonal spices.
- Lemon juice – You can stir some lemon juice into the jam before spreading to add some bright citrus flavor.
- Egg wash – For a shiny finish on the pastry try brushing on an egg wash before baking.
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Raspberry Pastry Twists
- 2 sheets puff pastry thawed (1 package – 17.3 oz)
- ½ cup raspberry seedless jam or any flavor
- ¼ cup flour for rolling
- 2 tbsp confectioner’s sugar for dusting
- Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or a silicone mat. Set aside.
- Light cover the work surface with flour.
- Roll out the pastry into a 12×16 inch rectangle and cut it in half making 2 rectangles.
- Spoon ¼ cup of the jam onto one half and spread it evenly over the entire rectangle **see notes
- Place the second rectangle on top and press down lightly.
- Cut the pastry into ½ inch width strips and then cut each strip in half so they are half the length.
- Pinch the ends and twist each strip.
- Place the prepared twists on the baking sheet.
- Chill for 15-20 minutes in the refrigerator.
- Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.
- Remove the twists from the refrigerator and bake them for 10-12 minutes or until golden brown.
- Let them cool on a wire rack.
- Transfer them to a work surface and dust with confectioner’s sugar if desired before serving.
- Store them in an airtight container for up to 3 days.
- If the jam is not spreading easily, heat it in the microwave for 15-20 seconds and stir, then spread.
- These are messy to make but don’t worry about any jam getting on the outside of the puff pastry, it will be fine after they bake.
- You can use just 1 sheet of the puff pastry to make about 24 twists. Use ¼ cup jam.
- You can also cut them in thirds if you like.
Nutritional information for the recipe is provided as a courtesy and is approximate. Please double-check with your own dietary calculator for the best accuracy. We at Taste of the Frontier cannot guarantee the accuracy of the nutritional information given for any recipe on this site. Erythritol carbs are not included in carb counts as it has been shown not to impact blood sugar. Net carbs are the total carbs minus fiber.
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