Apple Cheese Danish

27 Sep

This is a recipe from A Cozy Kitchen blog with some minor adjustments made for our tastes and available ingredients. It’s impressive without being very difficult to put together.

Time: 20 min prep, 20 min cook                 Serves: 8

Ingredients


  • 4 oz. cream cheese, room temperature
  • 2 tbsp ricotta cheese
  • 1 tbsp lemon zest
  • 1 1/2 tsp lemon juice (about half of a lemon)
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 2 tbsp sugar, divided
  • 1 large apple, peeled and sliced into 1/4 inch pieces – I used Northern Spy
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 sheet puff pastry, defrosted
  • 1 egg beaten + a splash of water (egg wash)
  • 1/3 cup powdered sugar
  • splash of milk
  • flour to sprinkle

How to make it


  • Preheat oven to 400F.
  • Combine cream cheese, Ricotta, zest, vanilla, salt and 1 tbsp sugar and mix until smooth.
  • In a separate bowl combine apples, 1 tbsp sugar, cinnamon, and lemon juice and toss to coat.
  • If pastry is folded, carefully unfold. Sprinkle a piece of parchment with flour and carefully transfer pastry to paper. (If your puff pastry is a circle, cut into a rectangle. Mine was from Trader Joe’s and came as a square.)
  • Slice off the top corners of the pastry sheet. Slice 1-inch strips into either side of the dough, leaving the center uncut. Do your best to cut the same length into each side. I had about 7 strips per side.
  • Spread cheese mixture evenly down the center (uncut) part of the pastry. Top with apple slices.
  • Braid the pastry by folding the strips over the filling, alternating sides, until you’ve worked your way down. Trim off any leftover strips or extra dough with your knife.
  • Transfer parchment to baking sheet and top with egg wash. Bake for about 20 minutes or until puffed up and golden brown.
  • Meanwhile, combine powdered sugar and milk and mix until smooth. Add more milk or sugar to reach desired consistency, should coat the back of a spoon. Drizzle top of danish and let set before serving.
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