Easy Berry and Cheese Danish
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.
- Frozen Puff Pastry
- Berry Mixture
- 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.
- 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)
- 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
- 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.
- 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.
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.