This week I had to make my favorite shabbat treat, Cheese Danishes. Every Shabbat my dad buys them from the store for breakfast over coffee. This recipe is an homage to that tradition.
Crafting these Cheese Danishes begins with a rich Danish dough. The dough is then refrigerated overnight for enhanced flavor and texture. The cream cheese filling is velvety sweet and tangy, making each bite irresistibly delicious.
Why You'll Love These Cheese Danishes:
- Versatile : These Cheese Danishes are versatile, serving as an elegant breakfast pastry, a sweet brunch option, or a delightful dessert for any occasion.
- Make-Ahead Convenience: Prepare the dough and filling in advance, allowing you to assemble and bake fresh pastries whenever you crave them..
Cream cheese, Granulated sugar, Vanilla extract, Egg yolk, Milk, Dry yeast, All-purpose flour, Salt, Unsalted butter
- Yeast: Ensure the milk is lukewarm, as it helps activate the yeast for proper rising.
- Butter: The cold, cubed butter contributes to the flaky texture of the dough.
How to make Cheese Danishes step by step:
First make the dough: Combine lukewarm milk and sugar; sprinkle yeast over the mixture and let it sit until frothy.
In a large bowl, mix flour and salt; cut in cold butter until it resembles coarse crumbs.
Pour the yeast mixture into the flour mixture, stir until combined, then knead the shaggy dough.
Wrap in plastic wrap, and chill in the refrigerator overnight.
Next make the cheese filling: Beat softened cream cheese until smooth.
Add sugar, vanilla extract, and egg yolk; mix until well combined.
The Next Day:
Preheat the oven to 375°F (190°C) and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
Roll out the chilled danish dough, cut into squares, and spoon the cream cheese filling in the center.
Fold the corners diagonally and place on the prepared baking sheet.
Bake for 20-25 minutes until golden brown and puffed.
Cheese Danish Tips and Tricks:
- The overnight chill allows the dough to develop its flavors and results in a tender, flaky pastry.
- When folding the pastry, press the edges firmly to seal the filling inside. This prevents any leakage during baking and helps the pastries maintain their shape.
- Bring the cream cheese to room temperature before preparing the filling. This ensures a smoother and lump-free consistency.
Frequently Asked Questions
A: Yes, you can freeze the danishes either unbaked or baked.
A: Yes! You can experiment with various fillings including chocolate and fruit spread.
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Perfect Cheese Danishes
- 1 cup whole milk lukewarm
- ¼ cup granulated sugar
- 2 teaspoons active dry yeast
- 3 ½ cups all-purpose flour teaspoon salt
- 1 cup unsalted butter cold and cut into small cubes
- 1 ½ cup cream cheese softened
- ½ cup granulated sugar
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 egg yolk
- For the Danish Dough:
- In a bowl, combine lukewarm milk and sugar. Sprinkle yeast over the mixture and let it sit for 10 minutes until it becomes frothy.
- In a large mixing bowl, combine flour and salt. Cut in the cold butter until the mixture resembles coarse crumbs.
- Pour the yeast mixture into the flour mixture and stir until just combined. The dough will be shaggy.
- Turn the dough out onto a floured surface and knead gently until it comes together.
- Shape the dough into a rectangle and wrap it in plastic wrap. Chill in the refrigerator overnight.
- For the Cheese Filling:
- In a medium bowl, beat the softened cream cheese until smooth. Add sugar, vanilla extract, and egg yolk. Mix until well combined. Refrigerate until ready to use.
- Preheat your oven to 375°F (190°C) and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
- Roll out the chilled danish dough on a floured surface to a large rectangle.
- Cut the rolled-out dough into squares of your desired size.
- Spoon a generous dollop of the cream cheese filling into the center of each square.
- Fold each of the corners of the squares diagonally, pinching the ends
- Place the filled pastries on the prepared baking sheet, leaving some space between each.
- Bake in the preheated oven for 20-25 minutes or until golden brown and puffed up.
- Serve and enjoy your homemade cheese danishes with a cup of coffee or tea!