Easy Berry and Cheese Danish

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These pastries look fancy but are relatively simple to make and are a fun treat for a special morning. I like to make them for my kids on Valentines Day.

What ingredients are in Berry and Cheese Danish?

There are three parts to the Berry and Cheese Danish.

  1. Frozen Puff Pastry
  2. Berry Mixture
  3. Cream Cheese Mixture

The berry mixture is made from frozen berries. I like to use strawberries or raspberries, but mixed berries or blueberries would work great. The berries are cooked with a little sugar and then thickened with a cornstarch and water slurry.

The cream cheese mixture is made with room-temperature cream cheese, powdered sugar, vanilla, and egg yolk.

Easy Berry and Cheese Danish

Easy Berry and Cheese Danish

Yield: 12
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes

Puff Pastry is filled with a berry and cream cheese filling. It makes a simple and delicious pastry.

Ingredients

Berry Mixture

  • 1/2 pound frozen berries (I like strawberries or raspberries but mixed berries and blueberries work too.)
  • 3 Tablespoons water (divided)
  • 2 Tablespoons Sugar
  • 1 Tablespoon Corn Starch

Cream Cheese Mixture

  • 4 ounces Cream Cheese at room temperature
  • 3 Tablespoons Powdered Sugar
  • 1 teaspoon Vanilla
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons egg yolk (from one egg, see note)

Egg Wash

  • 1 egg (less 1 1/2 teaspoons yolk, see note)
  • 1 Tablespoon Water
  • 1 teaspoon granulated sugar
  • 1 9 x 9 inch sheet frozen puff pastry, thawed

Instructions

    Preheat oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit.
      Prepare Berry Mixture
      In a medium saucepan, mix frozen berries with 2 tablespoons of water and 2 tablespoons of sugar. Bring to a boil (about 8 minutes,)
      If the berries are large, mash them with a fork or potato masher to break down into smaller pieces.
      Mix remaining tablespoon of water with cornstarch and add the the berry mixture. Cook for one minute then remove from heat.
      This can be made up to two days in advance.
        Prepare Cream Cheese Mixture
        In a medium bowl, mix cream cheese with powdered sugar, vanilla, and egg yolk. I like to use an electric mixer, but you can do this by hand,
          Prepare Puff Pastry and Shape Danish
          On a piece of parchment paper, roll the puff pastry sheet to a 10 x 14 inch rectangle.
          Cut into 12 pieces.
          Place heaping teaspoons of the cream cheese and berry mixture in the center of each piece of puff pastry.
          Take 2 diagonal corners of each pastry square and pinch them together over the filling in the center. (see video)
          Transfer to a parchment-lined baking sheet.
            Egg Wash and Garnish
            In a small bowl, mix the egg white and what is left of the yolk with 1 tablespoon of water.
            Use a pastry brush to paint the egg wash on the outside of each Danish.
            Sprinkle 1 teaspoon of granulated sugar over the egg-washed Danishes.
            Bake at 400 for 15 minutes until puffed and the edges are golden brown.
            Serve.

          Notes

          • To get 1 1/2 teaspoons of egg yolk, crack the egg into a small bowl. Use a measuring spoon to scoop out 1 1/2 teaspoons of yolk.
          • For the egg wash, just use the egg white and the part of the yolk not needed for the cream cheese mixture.
          • This recipe works well with almost any kind of frozen or fresh berry.

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          Nutrition Information:
          Yield: 12 Serving Size: 1
          Amount Per Serving: Calories: 188Total Fat: 12gSaturated Fat: 3gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 8gCholesterol: 32mgSodium: 90mgCarbohydrates: 17gFiber: 1gSugar: 6gProtein: 3g

          Nutrition information is provided as a courtesy and may not be completely accurate.

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          Marie Fiebach is a married mother of four active kids. She helps busy families plan and execute weeknight dinner so they can recapture a little calm in the crazy. You can see her every week on KAKE TV’s Good Morning Kakeland or listen to the Feed Your Family Tonight Podcast.

           

           

           

           

           

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