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Easy Strawberry & Cream Cheese Danish

Easy Strawberry & Cream Cheese Danish

Spring strawberries and cream cheese bring a rich flavor to this puff pastry Danish.   Just a few simple ingredients create this no muss no fuss recipe.  Fresh out of the oven this easy to make tasty treat will satisfy your overnight guests, or enjoy it with a cup of fresh brewed coffee on a lazy weekend morning.   

 

Strawberry Cream Cheese Danish
Prep Time
20 mins
Cook Time
25 mins
Total Time
45 mins
 
Fresh spring strawberries and cream cheese bring a rich flavor to this puff pastry Danish. Fresh out of the oven this easy to make tasty treat will satisfy your overnight guests, or enjoy with a cup of fresh brewed coffee on a lazy weekend morning.
Course: Breakfast, Brunch
Cuisine: American, French
Servings: 8
Author: Christoph
Ingredients
Strawberries
  • 1 pint fresh strawberries hulled and sliced, or frozen berries thawed
  • ¼ cup sugar
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
Cream Cheese Filling
  • 8 ounces cream cheese softened
  • ½ cup powdered sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 egg yolk
Pastry
  • 1 sheet puff pastry thawed and slightly rolled
  • 1 egg
Icing
  • ½ cup powdered sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • Milk
  • Slivered almonds toasted
Method
Strawberries
  1. Slice strawberries and toss with sugar in mixing bowl. Allow to stand for 5 minutes.
  2. Add berries and juice to a small sauce pan over medium heat. Add sugar and lemon juice.
  3. Cook until thickened, stirring often.
  4. Allow to cool
Cream Cheese Filling
  1. Mix cream cheese with powdered sugar, vanilla, and egg until creamy.
Pastry
  1. Roll pastry on a lightly floured board.
  2. Spread cream cheese filling down the center third of the pastry, followed by the strawberries.
  3. Make cuts about 1” apart on both sides of the filling.
  4. Braid the pastry by alternately stretching the pastry strips from side to side over the filling.
  5. In a small bowl lightly beat the egg. Brush the pastry with egg wash before placing in the oven.
Bake
  1. Bake on the center rack in a 375 degree F oven for 25 – 30 minutes or until the top is golden browned.
  2. Place on a wire rack to cool. Use caution, filling will be extremely hot!
  3. Drizzle with icing and top with slivered almonds.
Cooks Notes

Form pastry directly on a piece of lightly floured parchment paper for easy transfer to baking pan.

 

Caution -  Fruit and cream cheese fillings are extremely hot.  Allow to cool before serving. 

 


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