Pastry with the word 'baking' written into flour dust
Puff pastry was allegedly created by apprentice cook, Claude Gelee in 1645 by accident. Credit: Unplash, Nik

Laminated dough, buttery flakes of heavenly pastry and your favourite toppings. Why on earth does it matter if it’s upside down?

Achieving viral status on TikTok, the #upsidedownpastry has received 34.8m views. The creativity and originality of this ‘recipe’ comes into question.

The creations look delicious but then again so do normal pastries, what makes these any different?

TikTok creators have simplified the recipe by using store brought puff pastry. This ready to roll product was created by baker, Tom Forsyth in 1950 targeting busy housewives. A breakthrough product at the time, the food tok community is using this as a selling point to promote their recipe.

You need a baking tray lined with baking paper. The first step is to layer your toppings aesthetically in rectangles, a step you wouldn’t necessarily follow unless you have a compulsion for symmetry, are creating a video or posting it on Instagram.

The puff pastry sheet is carefully placed over the ‘toppings’ and then the tray goes into the oven to bake for twenty minutes.

A twenty-minute bake sounds appealing for dinner, but for a quick snack plus prep time it seems an awful lot of work. Not to mention the mess.

Is it a Paul Hollywood handshake worthy bake or a social media fad?

You can add your favourite toppings, oil, balsamic, onion and cheese are some of the popular ones on TikTok. Sweet or savoury, the choice is entirely yours (as it is with regular pastries).

It’s called an upside-down pastry, but it’s eaten upright like a pizza slice, a contradictory fact that TikToker’s have failed to address. Probably because they don’t want cheese and onion to fall over them after slaving away in the kitchen.

Does this angle debunk the existence of an ‘upside down’ pastry? It’s not that serious, but why can’t they just put it in the oven the right way up?