Chia & Blueberry Cream Cheese Pastries
Havana & I are very into tea time right now (what mama doesn't love to sit down for a little caffeine break, right?) Orange Pekoe is my go-to and with tea you always need a little something sweet. I'm not a baker (the measurements are too specific for me, I like to freestyle my cooking) so I usually buy our baked goods but they always have so much sugar in them! So I wanted something we could both indulge in without the guilt that I'm giving her a bunch of sugar. So in comes the Chia & Blueberry Cream Cheese Pastries! These are actually super easy to whip together, here's what you'll need...
For the Chia Blueberry Compote:
2 large handfuls of blueberries
1 fresh squeezed lemon
1/2 tsp of brown sugar or coconut sugar
2 large tbsp of chia seeds
For the Pastries:
1 cup of plain cream cheese
1 1/2 tsp of cinnamon
a drizzle of honey
1 tsp of vanilla
1/2 pack of frozen phyllo pastry
1 tbsp of water
To start, you'll need to thaw the phyllo pastry overnight in your fridge or at room temperature for a couple of hours. I also like to make my blueberry compote the night before so it has time to thicken, so let's start there. All you need to do is combine the blueberries, lemon juice, sugar and chia seeds in a pot and simmer on med heat for about 10-15 minutes, squishing the blueberries down as they cook. Then transfer to a mason jar or bowl and place in the fridge overnight (or at least for 3 hours) to thicken.
Once the compote is good to go you can assemble! Roll out the phyllo pastry, I like to remove a few layers so it's not so thick and it bakes properly, cut into squares (I cut 1/2 a pack into 6 squares) but feel free to cut into any shape or size you'd like! Mix together the egg and water to create an egg wash and brush the top of the pastry.
In a separate bowl mix together the cream cheese, cinnamon, honey and vanilla. Use a spoon to scoop into the centre of each pastry and slightly spread out. Place a spoonful of the blueberry compote into the centre of the cream cheese, bake on med/low heat for about 15 minutes or until golden brown. Now you can sit down for your tea party and enjoy!
Now even though these seem indulgent there's still lots of goodness in there! Aunty Angie likes using cinnamon because it's rich in antioxidants and helps to regulate your blood sugar levels (try adding a pinch to your morning coffee!). Chia Seeds are rich in Omega-3's (healthy fat, yay!) It's also an excellent source of fibre which helps keep you regular. Did you know, despite their size, Chia Seeds are one of the most nutritious foods on the planet. Not only are they loaded with Omega-3's & fibre but also protein & various micro nutrients!