Try this delicious Cherry Cheese Danish recipe for a pleasant pastry experience. Imagine a rich layer of creamy, vanilla-infused cheese nestled on a flaky, golden crescent roll base. This delicious cake’s vivid cherry pie filling tops every piece with the ideal amount of tart sweetness. This dish, which is straightforward but elegant, blends the creamy texture of cream cheese with the juicy appeal of cherries to create a delicious treat that’s ideal for brunch, breakfast, or a late afternoon snack.
As soon as the aroma of freshly made pastries fills your kitchen, get ready to dazzle both your guests and your taste buds. You just need a few ingredients and a little work to create a pastry masterpiece that looks as good as it tastes. Enjoy the delights of baking from scratch and the delicious combination of flavors in each delicious Cherry Cheese Danish bite.
Overview: How to make Cherry Cheese Danish?
This recipe for Cherry Cheese Danish creates a delicious pastry with the ideal balance of flavors and textures. A layer of creamy, velvety sweetened cream cheese is sandwiched between a golden, crispy crescent roll dough, which is buttery and flaky. The vivid burst of cherry pie filling complements this rich filling, offering a delicious tanginess that delightfully balances the richness of the cheese. Almond slices are optional, but they add a nice crunch and nutty taste that elevates the dish.
This dessert, unlike Apple Pie, is really easy to prepare; simply pour the cream cheese mixture onto the dough, then generously top with the cherry filling and fold the edges to create the traditional Danish pastry look. A quick bake produces a gorgeous golden-brown crust and releases a delicious aroma that announces the production of a handcrafted treat. A last flourish of powdered sugar, added after it has cooled, invites you to savor a slice of this delectable, flaky delicacy that will satisfy any palate.
Sneak Peek into the Past
The name “Danish” for this pastry doesn’t necessarily point to a direct association with Denmark, though the Danish pastry has its roots in Denmark. The term “Danish” was popularized in the United States due to its association with Danish bakers who immigrated to the US in the early 20th century and brought their traditional pastry-making techniques.
The pastry itself, characterized by its flaky and buttery layers, likely originated in Denmark, just like the King Cake. However, the specific name “Danish” might have been applied to these pastries in the US to distinguish them and honor the Danish bakers who introduced and popularized this delightful treat in American bakeries. Over time, variations like the Cherry Cheese Danish have emerged, incorporating different fillings and flavors while retaining the classic pastry base, continuing the tradition of the Danish pastry while adding delightful twists.
Easy Cherry Cheese Danish
- Mixing Bowl
- Whisk or Electric Hand Mixer
- Measuring Spoons and Cups
- Baking Sheet and Tray
- Rolling Pin if using homemade dough
- Sharp Knife or Pizza Cutter
- Pastry Brush optional
- Cooling Rack optional
For the Danish:
- 1 sheet puff pastry thawed according to package instructions
- 8 ounces cream cheese softened
- ¼ cup granulated sugar
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- ½ cup cherry pie filling
- ¼ cup sliced almonds optional
For the Danish Glaze:
- 1 cup powdered sugar
- 2 tablespoons milk or cream
- ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
- Preheat your oven to 400°F (200°C).
- Roll out the thawed puff pastry sheet on a lightly floured surface to create a larger square or rectangle (if needed).
- In a mixing bowl, beat the softened cream cheese, sugar, and vanilla extract until smooth and creamy.
- Spread the cream cheese mixture evenly over the puff pastry, leaving a border around the edges.
- Spoon the cherry pie filling over the cream cheese layer.
- If desired, sprinkle sliced almonds on top of the cherry filling.
- Gently fold the edges of the puff pastry inward to create a border, pressing lightly to secure the folds.
- Transfer the assembled pastry onto a parchment-lined baking sheet.
- Bake in the preheated oven for 15-18 minutes or until the pastry turns golden brown and puffs up.
For the Danish Glaze:
- While the Danish is baking, prepare the glaze. In a small bowl, whisk together the powdered sugar, milk or cream, and vanilla extract until smooth.
- Once the Danish is baked and has cooled for a few minutes, drizzle the glaze over the top.
- Allow the glaze to set for a couple of minutes before slicing and serving.
- I used a can of cherries for convenience, but fresh cherries work just as well, especially in the cherry season.
Almond extract is an additional substitute for vanilla extract.
Use real, fresh lemon juice whenever feasible, as packaged lemon juice frequently contains preservatives and additives.
- Allow the pastry to cool before applying the glaze to avoid melting it.
NUTRITIONAL FACTS (PER SERVING)
|Amount per Serving
|Around 300-350 calories
|– Saturated Fat
|– Dietary Fiber
There are various delightful variations for Cherry Cheese Danish:
- Fruit Variations: Instead of cherries, you can use other fruits like blueberries, strawberries, raspberries, or a combination of different berries. This variation provides a different fruity flavor profile to the Danish.
- Nutty Additions: Along with or instead of almonds, you can incorporate other nuts such as chopped pecans, walnuts, or hazelnuts for added crunch and flavor.
- Citrus Zest: Add a hint of citrus by including lemon or orange zest to the cream cheese mixture for a refreshing twist.
- Spiced Fillings: Experiment with adding a dash of cinnamon or nutmeg to the cream cheese mixture to infuse warm, cozy flavors into your Danish.
- Chocolate Twist: For a decadent option, swap the cherry filling for chocolate chips or a chocolate spread, combining the creamy cheese with rich chocolate flavors.
- Glaze Varieties: Instead of a vanilla glaze, consider using a lemon glaze for a tangy kick or a maple glaze for a different sweetness.
- Shape Variations: Instead of the traditional rectangular Danish, create individual mini Danishes by cutting the puff pastry into smaller squares and making smaller, bite-sized treats.
These variations allow you to customize the Cherry Cheese Danish to suit different tastes and preferences, offering a range of flavors and textures while still maintaining the delightful essence of this pastry.
Storage and Leftovers
- Storage: Keep in an airtight container in the fridge for 2-3 days or freeze for 1-2 months.
- Reheating: Microwave or warm in the oven before serving.
- Labeling: Date any leftovers stored in the freezer for easy tracking.
- Avoid Moisture: Prevent sogginess by wrapping tightly with plastic or foil before storing.