Cream Cheese Pastry

This recipe for cream cheese pastry is one of the easiest pastries I have ever made.

Baking a cake does not a baker make! I have had this saying going through my head for a while now. It started when I mentioned to a friend that anyone can write a blog but that not everyone is a writer. When I started my blog I was a recipe provider. I wrote my own recipes down to share. I did not even take photo’s of my food! I then attended a writing workshop and I feel that it set the inner scribe in me free. I set myself a task of writing 150 words before I even started on my recipe. Sometimes it is easy, and other times I have to work on it. But I do grab my inspiration where it finds me. And so, I have taken these words out of my head and put them down here. I read a lot of blogs and the one thing I note is that I don’t think it is right to call yourself a food blogger if all you do is copy other people’s recipes, or open boxes / tins / jars and cook the ready made dish. I am not pointing fingers at anyone, but I am saying that I would like to see more inspired recipes out there. I know that the brownie is a common recipe and does not vary much, but take something simple and make it special or share a technique or take part in a challenge. Basically use your food blog to expand your horizons.

That said, every now and then I am inspired by a recipe that is not my own. The other evening Dave and I went to Erica to celebrate the recent purchase of new dishes and champagne flutes. I took along some Vergenoegd Little Flower MCC and Erica made a lamb shank pot pie. I am not a pastry fan and would rather leave it off a dish, or even set it aside. The only way I really like to eat pastry is when I bake a tart tatin. However, this cream cheese pastry really impressed me and I did not even wait 48 hours before making it myself. The original recipe can be found in the 2012 Eat In Magazine page 25.

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Cream Cheese Pastry

Recipe Category: Baking
All Rights Reserved: An original recipe from Lavender and Lime


  • 125 g butter, cubed
  • 125 g flour
  • 125 g cream cheese
  • 1 lemon, zest only
  • 5 mls poppy seeds


  • Using a food processor, combine the butter and the flour until it resembles breadcrumbs
  • Place into a large bowl and mix in the cream cheese, lemon zest and poppy seeds until just combined
  • Flatten and wrap in cling film and refrigerate for 30 minutes
  • Preheat the oven to 180° Celsius
  • Roll out to the shape of your pie dish and cover the pie
  • Bake for 25 minutes

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I am in Port Elizabeth and will return to Gordons Bay on the 18th of September – I will reply to blog comments then. This post has been scheduled in advance.

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34 thoughts on “Cream Cheese Pastry

  1. This recipe sounds wounderful, & what a bonus it does not have egg. I am going to try it over a vegetable & lentil curry//

  2. Hi Tandy, interesting to hear how you write, I’ve been thinking about trying to find a course here, just to get some tips and ideas, I must get onto it!
    and I love pastry…… and I’m loving the idea of cream cheese pastry !

  3. Nice one T, would love to taste with the zest and poppy seed. I propose a supper; I will use the tagine and you can bring the pastry 🙂 What do you think?
    I found an excellent rolling mat in Strand of all places yesterday, at the Bakers Friend shop. Silicone and non-slip, absolutely legendary!

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