I have finally been able to go into the kitchen and cook!! It has been a good two months since anything homemade has come out of the kitchen (thanks to the wedding!). Imagine my excitement with I found this simple, easy recipe from Barefoot Contessa. I was so excited to be in the kitchen that I forgot to chill the danish for 15 minutes before I baked it. Even though I forgot this part of the recipe the danishs came out great, but a little flat!
This recipe comes from Ina’s cookbook “Barefoot Contessa at Home”. The danishs can be prepared the night before and bake them in the morning to be eaten warm. Perfect with a cup of coffee or a cup of tea.
Hope you enjoy!
Easy Cheese Danish
8 ounces cream cheese (room temperture)
1/3 cup sugar
2 egg yolks (room temperture)
2 tablespoons ricotta cheese
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon grated lemon zest (2 lemons)
2 sheets puff pastry (used store bought)
1 egg beaten with1 tablespoon water (for egg wash)
Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F. Line a sheet pan with parchment paper.
Place the cream cheese and sugar in the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with a paddle attachment and cream them together on low speed until smooth. With the mixer still on low, add the egg yolks, ricotta, vanilla, salt, and lemon zest and mix until just combined. Don’t whip!
Unfold 1 sheet of puff pastry onto a lightly floured board and roll it slightly with a floured rolling pin until it’s a 10 by 10-inch square. Cut the sheet into quarters with a sharp knife. Place a heaping tablespoon of cheese filling into the middle of each of the 4 squares. Brush the border of each pastry with egg wash and fold 2 opposite corners to the center, brushing and overlapping the corners of each pastry so they firmly stick together. Brush the top of the pastries with egg wash. Place the pastries on the prepared sheet pan. Repeat with the second sheet of puff pastry and refrigerate the filled Danish for 15 minutes.
Bake the pastries for about 20 minutes, rotating the pan once during baking, until puffed and brown. Serve warm.