Strawberry Cream Cheese Danishes – Delicious 6 ingredient homemade danishes filled with cream cheese filling and fresh strawberries.
Strawberry Cream Cheese Danishes
I love danishes! They can be any flavor and I will just eat them up! When I went to the bakery and they were out the other day, I knew that I had to just figure out how to make them at home. I decided to use some local strawberries along with a simple cream cheese filling on crispy puff pastry. These danishes are so easy to make and will be a hit for any brunch or breakfast!
Common Questions About Making Homemade Danishes
What are danishes?
Danishes are a multi-layered sweet pastry with a puff pastry base and sweet filling.
What kind of fruit can I use?
Any berry would be great! I’ve tried blackberries, blueberries, and raspberries and they were all delicious!
Can I use jam instead?
Sure, you can use jam in the danishes instead of the fresh fruit or along with the fresh fruit. I tried it with 2 tablespoons of homemade strawberry jam and it was great.
Can I use homemade puff pastry?
Yes! Feel free to use homemade puff pastry.
- I like to garnish the danishes with fresh minced strawberries – I add them while they’re hot and they soften slightly but add a nice freshness to the danishes.
- If you have any remaining cream cheese filling, you can thin it to your desired consistency with milk and use it as an icing.
- Puff pastry is a really flaky dough that will puff up and give a great crunchy exterior.
- You can find it in almost every grocery store in the freezer section – just make sure to get puff pastry sheets (not cups).
- The cream cheese adds a great tang and richness to the Danish.
- The granulated sugar helps sweeten the Danish.
- The vanilla enhances the sweetness and flavor of the strawberries.
- The lemon juice helps brighten the filling and provide a bit of acid. It really makes the strawberries pop.
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- 1 package (2 sheets) puff pastry (thawed)
- 8 ounces cream cheese (softened)
- 1/4 cup plus 1 tablespoon granulated sugar (divided)
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 2 cups finely chopped fresh strawberries
- 1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice (optional)
- Preheat oven to 400 degrees F and line two large baking sheets with parchment paper or sil-pat mats.
- Unroll the puff pastry onto a lightly floured surface and slice in half, lengthwise. Then, cut each strip in quarters so you have eight large rectangles. Repeat with the second sheet of pastry.
- Using a small paring knife, create a 1/2" border around the edge of each piece of puff pastry, but make sure not to cut all the way through.
- Poke the center square of the puff pastry a few times with a fork - this will ensure the edges rise, but not the center. This will help hold the filling in the danish.
- In a small bowl, stir together the softened cream cheese, 1/4 cup sugar, and vanilla.
- In another bowl, stir together the remaining 1 tablespoon sugar, chopped strawberries, and lemon juice.
- Divide the cream cheese mixture between the pieces of puff pastry, making sure to only fill within the border.
- Spoon the strawberry mixture over the cream cheese.
- Bake for 15-18 minutes, or until the edges are golden brown.
- Enjoy warm or at room temperature. Store any leftover danishes in an airtight container in the fridge for up to three days.
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