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Strawberries & Cream Danish

Making homemade Danish pastries doesn't have to take all morning. This recipe has a shortcut by using frozen puff pastry so you can have fresh, homemade pastries in less than an hour!
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time15 mins
Total Time40 mins
Course: Breakfast
Cuisine: American
Servings: 18 pastries

Ingredients

  • 8 ounces cream cheese room temperature
  • 1/3 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 large egg yolks
  • 2 tablespoons ricotta cheese
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 sheets frozen puff pastry thawed
  • 1 large egg mixed with 1 teaspoon water (egg wash)
  • 9 medium strawberries washed, hulled, and halved
  • 1/2 cup apple jelly optional

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Line 2 sheet pans with parchment paper.
  • Place the cream cheese and sugar in the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with a paddle attachment and cream them together on low speed until smooth. With the mixer still on low, add the egg yolks, ricotta, vanilla, salt, and mix until just combined. Don’t whip!
  • Lightly flour a rolling pin and your working surface. Unfold one sheet of puff pastry and gently roll it out until it is a 10 x 10 inch square. Cut the sheet into 9 squares. Place squares on one sheet pan. Create an inner square on the inside of each square by lightly pressing a knife about 1/2 inch from the edge. Repeat with second sheet of puff pastry.
  • Place one heaping teaspoon of cream cheese into the center of each square. Put one strawberry half in the center of cream cheese within each pastry, cut side down. Note: if not putting strawberry, add 1/2 teaspoon of more cream cheese filling.
  • Brush the edges of each filled pastry with the egg wash. Place the sheet pans in the refrigerator for 15 minutes.
  • Bake the pastries for about 15 minutes until golden brown, rotating the pans half-way through.
  • Optional step: If you want to add an extra flair to the Danish, you can coat the filling with glaze. To do so, you must wait until the Danish is completely cool. Once they've cooled, place about 1/2 cup of apple jelly into a microwave-safe bowl and microwave in 30-second increments until liquefied. Brush the jelly over the strawberry and cream cheese filling until it's completely covered in a thin layer of jelly. Let it sit for a couple minutes and then serve.
  • Pastries are best served immediately or same day. May get soggy if stored past 24 hours.