Blueberry pull-apart flower on brown parchment paper, garnished with blueberries and lemon slices.

Blueberry Cinnamon Roll Pull-Apart Flower

3.3 from 6 votes

The Inspiration

I couldn’t resist combining my Viral Cinnamon Roll Snowflake with my Blueberry Cinnamon Roll Pull-Apart Loaf. The fresh blueberry compote really brings summer flavor to cinnamon rolls and these twisted shapes are perfect for sharing. If you have a summer brunch or a special summer birthday coming up, this recipe is going to be perfect for you!

Blueberry pull-apart flower on brown parchment paper, garnished with blueberries and lemon slices.

To Make Ahead

There are a couple different ways that you could make this ahead. One would be to make the dough the day before. If you plan to do that, allow it to rise for 2-3 hours before refrigerating it. Then you can refrigerate it overnight and bring it to room temperature the next day before you plan to use it. You can also easily make the blueberry compote and store that in the fridge overnight. The butter comes together really quickly. You could leave the 3 tbsp of butter out overnight to soften so that it’s ready for you in the morning.

For another make-ahead option, you could bake the pastry, allow it to cool, store in an airtight container on the counter overnight and then reheat it for 5-7 mins in the oven at 350 degrees F, then glaze and serve! This dough is really soft and fluffy and keeps really well after baking.

Other Fruit Options

If blueberries aren’t your favorite, you could use any berry or peeled fruit and follow the same basic recipe to make a compote. You could also substitute store bought jam if you want to take a shortcut. Check out my fruit pizza for my strawberry compote recipe.

A Few More Things

I used Whipzi naturally flavored vanilla powdered sugar for the glaze. You can shop their site and save 15% with SARAH15 if you want to try their powdered sugar! Or you can use plain powdered sugar and add a little bit of vanilla extract for flavor.

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If you love blueberries, you may want to check out my donuts and my blueberry cheese Danish!

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Blueberry Cinnamon Roll Pull-Apart Flower

Recipe by Sarah
3.3 from 6 votes
Course: Breakfast, Brunch, DessertCuisine: AmericanDifficulty: Medium
Servings

14

servings
Prep time

1

hour 
Cooking time

25

minutes
Calories

266

kcal
First rise

2

hours 
Second rise

45

minutes
Total time

3

hours 

25

minutes

Soft and sweet cinnamon roll dough, stuffed with fresh blueberry compote and cinnamon compound butter, twisted into a flower shape that’s perfect for sharing!

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Ingredients

  • Dough:
  • 3/4 c warm whole milk (110-115 degrees F)

  • 2 1/2 tsp instant yeast

  • 1/3 c granulated sugar

  • 2 eggs room temperature

  • 1/4 c salted butter (melted)

  • 4 c bread flour

  • 1 tsp fine pink Himalayan sea salt

  • Blueberry Compote:
  • 1 c fresh blueberries

  • 1/2 tsp lemon zest

  • 1 1/2 tsp freshly squeezed lemon juice

  • 1 1/2 tsp granulated sugar

  • Compound Butter:
  • 3 tbsp unsalted butter, softened

  • 1 tbsp light brown sugar

  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon

  • Vanilla Glaze:
  • 3/4 c Whipzi vanilla flavored powdered sugar

  • 1 tbsp + 1 tsp whole milk

  • Other:
  • 1/4 tsp Whipzi vanilla flavored powdered sugar for dusting

Directions

  • Start by making the sweet dough. In the bowl of a stand mixer, add warm milk and yeast. Whisk to combine.Warm milk and yeast in a silver mixing bowl.
  • Add in sugar, eggs and melted butter. Mix until well combined.Milk, yeast, sugar, eggs, and melted butter, whisked, in a large silver mixing bowl.
  • Next, stir in flour and salt until a dough begins to form.Sweet dough ingredients mixed, before mixing in the stand mixer.
  • Mix in the stand mixer on low speed with a dough hook for 5 minutes. The dough should not be sticking to the sides of the bowl. If the dough starts to stick to the bottom of the bowl, add more bread flour, one tbsp at a time, until it no longer is sticking to the bottom. Your dough should not stick to your finger when you touch it. After 5 mins, I like to pinch off a piece of dough and hold it up to a window and stretch it until I can see the light come through. If you can do this without the dough tearing apart, it’s done kneading.Sweet dough, after kneading, before the first rise.
  • Push dough to the side, add in a little olive oil, roll the dough in the oil, cover and let it rise for 2 hours, until it’s doubled in size. It can really rise for 2-3 hours, or overnight. If you want it to sit overnight, first allow it to rise for 2-3 hours, then wrap it tightly and store it in the fridge. Let it come to room temp on the counter for about an hour before you plan to use it the next day. Here is how my dough looks after rising.Soft cinnamon roll dough after rising for 2-3 hours in a silver stand mixer bowl.
  • To make the blueberry compote, add the blueberries, lemon zest, lemon juice, and sugar to a small pot and bring to a simmer over medium heat. Once the pot is simmering, reduce the heat to medium low and allow it to continue to simmer until the mixture thickens up and becomes jammy. Be sure to stir the pot occasionally so that the compote doesn’t stick or burn to the sides or bottom of the pot. The compote takes about 20 mins from the time that you put it onto the stove until it’s done. Set it aside and allow it to cool. It will continue to thicken as it cools. I wasn’t sure how much compote I would need, so the photo below shows a double batch made with 2 c of blueberries.
  • To make the compound butter, combine the softened butter, cinnamon and brown sugar in a small bowl. Mix until smooth.Glass Pyrex mixing bowl with softened butter, cinnamon and brown sugar. There is a green floral tea towel in the background.
  • Once the dough has risen, split it into two equal pieces on a lightly floured pastry board. Mine were 18 oz each. You will work with one half of the dough at a time, so be sure to keep the dough that you’re not working with covered so that it doesn’t dry out.
  • One at a time, on a lightly floured surface, roll out each section of dough into a circle of about 13-14 inches in diameter.Soft cinnamon roll dough rolled out into a 14 inch diameter circle on a wooden pastry board.
  • Place a piece of parchment paper down on a surface that you can cut on (I use a wooden pastry board) and lay one of the dough circles down on the parchment. The parchment paper will make it easier to transfer the pastry from the board to your rimmed baking sheet once you’re done cutting and twisting it. I always grab the top and bottom of the parchment paper, or opposite corners, and move the pastry that way.Soft cinnamon roll dough rolled out into a 14 inch diameter circle on a brown piece of parchment paper.
  • Spread the compound butter evenly over the dough.Soft cinnamon roll dough rolled out into a 14 inch diameter circle on a brown piece of parchment paper, with compound butter spread evenly over the dough.
  • Spread the blueberry compote over the compound butter. Soft cinnamon roll dough rolled out into a 14 inch diameter circle on a brown piece of parchment paper, with compound butter and then blueberry compote spread evenly over the dough.
  • Next, carefully place the other circle of dough on top and do your best to match up the edges so that they are all lined up.Two layers of sweet dough  with compound butter and blueberry compound in between.
  • Use a small cookie cutter to mark the center of the dough, This will help to guide your cuts. I used a small flower cutter.Two circles of dough with blueberry compote and compound butter in between, with a small silver flower-shaped cookie cutter in the center.
  • Now it’s time to make the cuts. I always start with the top and bottom first (12:00 and 6:00). You want an even number of cuts so that you have an even number of strips of dough. You want to be able to pair up two strips of dough to make each petal. I made a total of 14 cuts. I like to use my knife to very faintly mark off where I will make my cuts so that I can make sure they are all fairly equal in size.Blueberry pull-apart flower with 14 cuts made in it.
  • To twist the dough you will work with two strips of dough at a time. For each set of dough strips, you will twist the dough strip on the right clockwise and the dough strip on the left counterclockwise. I twisted each strip two full turns and then brought them together and pinched the ends to keep them from pulling apart. The video down at the bottom is probably the most helpful to demonstrate the twisting process. This is how it looks all twisted up:Blueberry pull-apart flower, after twisting, before the second rise.
  • This is when I usually move the pastry to a rimmed full size baking sheet. The full sheet gives the pastry plenty of room to rise and to expand while baking. I move it using the parchment paper, then cover the pastry and allow it to rise a second time. I like to let it rise for about 45 minutes for this rise.
  • While the dough is rising, preheat the oven to 350 degrees F and place a rack in the center.
  • Once the dough is done rising, you will notice that it has puffed up a bit. Blueberry pull-apart flower after rising for a second time.
  • You can now place it into the preheated oven to bake. Ovens will vary, but what worked for me was to bake it for 20 mins and then to cover it with foil and bake it for 5 more minutes. The foil will help it to not get too brown. I also turned my baking sheet 1/2 turn at around 15 minutes. Once the pastry is done, it will be golden brown.Blueberry pull apart flower, golden brown after baking.
  • While the pastry is cooling, make your glaze. You don’t want to add it right to the pastry while it’s hot, or it will melt right off. This is a really simple glaze, I used Whipzi vanilla flavored powdered sugar and milk. If you are using plain powdered sugar, add about 1/4-1/2 tsp of vanilla extract. The glaze just needs to be whisked until smooth.Glass mixing bowl with vanilla glaze and a metal whisk. There is a green floral tea towel in the background.
  • Once the pastry has cooled a bit, add the glaze. I like to use a whisk and drizzle it all over.Blueberry pull apart flower with vanilla glaze drizzled on.
  • To finish it off, I like to dust just a little bit of powdered sugar over the top! Blueberry pull-apart flower with vanilla glaze and a dusting of powdered sugar.
  • Serve warm and enjoy! Leftovers can be stored in an airtight container on the counter.Blueberry pull-apart flower on brown parchment paper, garnished with blueberries and lemon slices.

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Notes

  • I prefer to use fine pink Himalayan sea salt for baking, but you can use any fine salt that you have on hand.
  • I like to use Whipzi vanilla flavored powdered sugar for this simple glaze. If you want to try their all natural powdered sugars, you can shop their site and save 15% with SARAH15. If you want to use regular powdered sugar, I would add about 1/2 tsp of vanilla extract.
  • If you’re looking for a shortcut on this one, you could use blueberry jam instead of making a blueberry compote!
  • The blueberry compote is delicious and great to be used over ice cream. It makes a great snack when added to yogurt of cottage cheese. It can also be eaten on toast! Do yourself a favor and double the batch of blueberry compote so that you can save half to use later.

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