I love making sweet treats at home, especially the kind that can be breakfast or dessert. I experimented with these quite a bit, so I love the details in this recipe. I came up with the following recipe called – Fruit and Cream Cheese Danishes.
The hint of lemon zest adds a little tang to the cheesy filling. Have you seen that recipe of Barefoot Contessa where Ina Garten makes dishes 2 ways and has her friends taste test? She does that with a cream cheese filling, one with lemon zest and one without, and of course the one with lemon zest wins, hands down. That’s where I got the idea to add lemon zest, but I kept the recipe for the cheese filling simpler than her recipe, and it turned out sooo good! I’m sorry, I just can’t imagine making it in multiple steps when you can just throw everything in a bowl and mix it together all at once.
Have you tried the Pillsbury Crescent Recipe Creations dough?? It’s so convenient! It’s just crescent dough without the seams, so you can take it sweet or take it savory and it works either way. Yes, it is simple enough (and much cheaper) to make your own dough, and I’ll share my favorite recipe for homemade pastry dough in a future foodventure post 🙂 But these come together so quickly and of course the refrigerated dough lasts a while in the fridge, so this is one of those things (like their pizza dough) that I like to have on hand for a quick throw-together recipe.
That was a pretty sweet product plug that Pillsbury just got, huh? Ok, enough about that.
I wanted to get 8 danishes out of the dough, so I stretched it quite a bit to get it about 16 inches x 8 inches. I knew I was also going to fold it up into some weird shape, and there would be parts where the pastry was essentially double in thickness, so I didn’t want the sheet to be really thick to start with. Does that make sense? I hope so.
I tried a few different jelly options on recipe experiment day: peach amaretto (from our visit to Schnepf Farms), hot mango chili jam, and cherry.
The cherry and peach amaretto ones were definitely the best! The spicy jam wasn’t bad, but it was a better idea in my head than it was on a plate. When it came down to it, I really wanted a sweet compliment to the creaminess of the cheese filling. Maybe next time, pepper jelly. Maybe next time.
I like the pretty square package, so once I topped the square(ish) pieces with 1 tablespoon each jelly and cream cheese, I folded all 4 corners into the center and pressed the seams together slightly. They’ll separate again as they bake, but it’ll make a nice pretty shape 🙂 Note: the more square you can get the pastry pieces, the easier the folding will be.
I promise the recipe made 8 danishes… there are 2 already on the baking sheet when I took these pictures, and I didn’t want to move them two more times just for the pictures. Lazy? Maybe. Oh, and in the “finished product” picture at the top of the post, they aren’t all shown because Adrien and I each ate one fresh out of the oven to make sure they weren’t poisonous. And then 2 more before this next picture. We’re sorry. Kind of.
I basically collect jellies and jams, and this was a fun way to experiment with the different flavors we have in our fridge. We also love to use them in salad dressings and to glaze meats! Do you have any creative recipe ideas for using jellies and jams? Share in the comments section! 🙂
If you make my Fruit and Cream Cheese Danishes Recipe, be sure to take a photo and tag me @onlinefoodblog on Instagram or Twitter. I would love nothing more than to see your creations!
I’ve used peach amaretto and cherry preserves in this recipe, but you can use any flavor you love! 4 oz Neufchatel or cream cheese, at room temperature 1 tsp lemon zest 1/2 tsp vanilla 1 egg, separated (yolk with sugar, white for brushing) 1 tbsp sugar Pinch of salt 1/2 cup fruit preserves 1 can (8 oz) Pillsbury recipe creations seamless dough 1/4 cup flour, for dusting the counter Try out our Fruit and Cream Cheese Danishes Recipe and post your results below in the comments…
How to make Fruit and Cream Cheese Danishes
I’ve used peach amaretto and cherry preserves in this recipe, but you can use any flavor you love!
4 oz Neufchatel or cream cheese, at room temperature
1 tsp lemon zest
1/2 tsp vanilla
1 egg, separated (yolk with sugar, white for brushing)
1 tbsp sugar
Pinch of salt
1/2 cup fruit preserves
1 can (8 oz) Pillsbury recipe creations seamless dough
1/4 cup flour, for dusting the counter
Try out our Fruit and Cream Cheese Danishes Recipe and post your results below in the comments…