Cherry Danish

I love Danishes, but they always seemed so complicated to make…so our family just opted out to buy the ready made versions in our local stores.  That was soo in the past now, thanks for our fellow blogger Natasha from Natashaskitchen.com who recently has made a video recipe for a Peach Danish and has inspired me to also finally try making one at home.

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I did change few ingredients for my danish, and used absolutely delicious cherry preserves we had left over at home instead of canned peaches.  It turned out to be amazing.  Home made danish is very different from all the store bought versions, it is nice crunchy dough and absolutely delicious filling.  I can’t say enough good things about making your own danish, you just got to try it yourself.

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Ingredients:

6 oz of Whipped Cream Cheese
1/4 Cup of Sugar
1 large egg yolk, room temperature
1/2 tsp Vanilla Extract
1/8 tsp salt
1/2 tsp lemon juice
1/2 Cup of Cherry Preserves (or any other kind)
1 sheet of store-bought frozen puff pastry
Egg Wash: 1 large egg mixed with 1 Tbsp water
1 Table Spoon of Sugar to Sprinkle the Danish
Glaze: 1/3 cup Powdered sugar mixed with 1/2 Tbsp Milk
 

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1.  I doubled my recipe so on the pictures you will see double of everything:)  I really should have tripled it though, because it was gone after first breakast meal with no hope left for leftovers.  Start making your filling by taking our your cream cheese and adding it to your large mixing bowl.

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2.  Add 1/4 Cup of Sugar.

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3.  Mix everything well using your electric mixer.

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4.  Now add your egg yolk.

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5.  Add 1/8 teaspoons of salt.  I like to use Pink Salt in my recipes.

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6.  Squeeze 1/2 of your lemon juice into your mixture.  Make sure to prevent any seeds from falling in.  Then add 1/2 tsp Vanilla Extract.

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7.  Mix everything well again, make sure all ingredients are well incorporated and you have smooth and creamy texture.

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8.  Now you are ready to prepare your puff pastry.  Dust a sheet of parchment paper with flour and place your dough over it.  Then roll the dough out slightly to flatten the top. Cut off the top corners and cut out notches in the bottom of your pastry. Use kitchen scissors or a pizza cutter to cut an equal number of 1-inch wide strips diagonally down the sides of the pastry.

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9. Spread your prepared cream cheese in the middle of your puff pastry lengthwise, staying inside the the middle third of the pastry and leaving a 1″ border at the top and bottom of the pastry.

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10.  Spread your cherry preserves evenly over the cream cheese.

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11.  Now you are ready to braid the pastry strips by folding the cut pieces, alternating between sides. I have to say it does take some time to practice but you’ll get it eventually:)

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12.  Mine didn’t turn out to be perfect, but I’d say it was good enough for the first attempt.  It should look something like this when you finished with it.

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13.  Now you can make your egg wash by combining 1 egg with 1 tbsp of water.  Then use your pastry brush and generously brush the dough so it will have a nice golden color.  Finally sprinkle it generously with some sugar so it will caramelize a little bit on the top of your dough.

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14.  Preheat your oven to 400F.  Transfer your danish to oven proof baking dish and bake for 25-28 min or until top is golden brown.  While your danish is baking, make your glaze by combining 1/3 cup Powdered sugar mixed with 1/2 Tbsp Milk.

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15.  You are almost done!  Take the danish out of the oven and wait until it cools down to room temperature.  Then poor some glaze over your danish and sprinkle it with some fresh fruit of your choice or enjoy as is!:)

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Enjoy!  Thank you again to Natasha from Natashaskitchen.com for coming up with this wonderful recipe idea!

Natalie

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Cherry Danish
 
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Cherry Preserves Danish
Author:
Recipe type: Breakfast, Dessert
Cuisine: American
Serves: 4
Ingredients
  • 6 oz of Whipped Cream Cheese
  • ¼ Cup of Sugar
  • 1 large egg yolk, room temperature
  • ½ tsp Vanilla Extract
  • ⅛ tsp salt
  • ½ tsp lemon juice
  • ½ Cup of Cherry Preserves (or any other kind)
  • 1 sheet of store-bought frozen puff pastry
  • Egg Wash: 1 large egg mixed with 1 Tbsp water
  • 1 Table Spoon of Sugar to Sprinkle the Danish
  • Glaze: ⅓ cup Powdered sugar mixed with ½ Tbsp Milk
Instructions
  1. Start making your filling by taking our your cream cheese and adding it to your large mixing bowl
  2. Add ¼ Cup of Sugar.
  3. Mix everything well using your electric mixer.
  4. Now add your egg yolk.
  5. Add ⅛ teaspoons of salt.
  6. Squeeze ½ of your lemon juice into your mixture. Make sure to prevent any seeds from falling in. Then add ½ tsp Vanilla Extract.
  7. Mix everything well again, make sure all ingredients are well incorporated and you have smooth and creamy texture.
  8. Now you are ready to prepare your puff pastry. Dust a sheet of parchment paper with flour and place your dough over it. Then roll the dough out slightly to flatten the top. Cut off the top corners and cut out notches in the bottom of your pastry. Use kitchen scissors or a pizza cutter to cut an equal number of 1-inch wide strips diagonally down the sides of the pastry.
  9. Spread your prepared cream cheese in the middle of your puff pastry lengthwise, staying inside the the middle third of the pastry and leaving a 1″ border at the top and bottom of the pastry.
  10. Spread your cherry preserves evenly over the cream cheese.
  11. Now you are ready to braid the pastry strips by folding the cut pieces, alternating between sides.
  12. Now you can make your egg wash by combining 1 egg with 1 tbsp of water. Then use your pastry brush and generously brush the dough so it will have a nice golden color.
  13. Finally sprinkle it generously with some sugar so it will caramelize a little bit on the top of your dough.
  14. Preheat your oven to 400F. Transfer your danish to oven proof baking dish and bake for 25-28 min or until top is golden brown. While your danish is baking, make your glaze by combining ⅓ cup Powdered sugar mixed with ½ Tbsp Milk.
  15. You are almost done! Take the danish out of the oven and wait until it cools down to room temperature. Then poor some glaze over your danish.
  16. Enjoy!

 

 

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  1. Yum a cherry filled danish!!! Sounds heavenly! :)

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