Sunday Morning Cheesecake Danish

I’m a sucker for any type of pastry or danish, but they look so complicated to make right? Wrong! I have a super simple recipe that uses pre-made puff pastry. These pretty braided danishes are great for sunday morning breakfast or an dessert with coffee.

Added bonus they make you look fancy!

Ingredients:

  • Pepperidge Farm Puff Pastry Sheets (you can find these by the frozen pie shells in your grocery store.)
  • 1 Egg
  • 1/3 Cup of Sugar
  • 1 tsp Vanilla Extract
  • 1/4 tsp Salt
  • 8oz Cream Cheese
  • Hershey’s Hot Fudge Ice Cream Topping
  • Raspberry Pie Filling
  • 1/4 cup Butter
  • 2 Tbsp Honey
  • Directions:
  • Preheat oven to 375. Cut cream cheese into small cubes and allow to soften to room temperature. Set out your puff pastry to thaw- this can take up to 40 minuets.
  • Mix egg, sugar, salt and vanilla in a bowl until mixture is light yellow and thick.
  • Begin to add a few cream cheese cubes at a time, once they are incorporated add more.
  • Blend together until your cheesecake mixture is smooth and fluffy.
  • Using a pizza cutter or knife cut the outside edges of your puff pastry to prepare for your braid. Be sure to cut an even amount of strips on either side.
  • Begin filling your pastry- you can do just cheesecake or cheesecake with a combination of fillings. I choose hot fudge and raspberry filling to accompany my cheesecake mixture.
  • Next, begin your braid. Though the ending product looks super fancy, the braid is deceptively simple- just fold the sections toward the middle one after another.
  • Next, melt your butter and whisk in your honey. Brush over your danishes and place them in the oven for 20-25 minuets or until golden brown and cooked throughout.
  • Once they are done cooking allow five minutes for them to cook and set up before cutting. You can serve these warm or cold and they do pretty well being made a day ahead. This recipe is so easy, but looks like you slaves over it. I love taking these to the office when we have holiday breakfasts or bring them to brunch. Plus, it’s a great recipe for the kids to join you in the kitchen and have some fun!
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