Pumpkin versus apple goodies… ah, the infamous Autumn food debate! Do you have a favorite?
You may think that baking a cheese danish is complicated. You know because it looks all fancy dancy with its braid affect. This one is really easy though, I promise. I’ve even included step by step photos to prove it. My husband likes loads and loads of detailed steps so I’ve decided to take a page from his book here.
Hello gorgeous danish. I’ve even impressed myself, which is a rare thing.
This danish has the perfect ratio of dough to cheese filling to apples. The cheese filling is creamy and perfectly sweetened. It’s kind of like a cheesecake, but has a softer texture. This stuff is so delicious that a plain old Cheese Danish isn’t so plain at all. It’s even tasty by the spoonful straight from the bowl. Just saying.
I wanted to give an Autumnal twist to a standard cheese danish so adding apples seemed like a good idea. Of course, it doesn’t have to be Fall to enjoy this delicious delicacy, but apples do have to be in season.
I coated the apple slices with some sugar and warm spices. It’s almost like adding an apple pie to your cheese danish. 😉
I used store bought crescent rolls for the pastry. Sometimes short cuts are a good thing, especially when you’re dealing with a hungry crowd at breakfast time.
Guys, I’m in love with this apple danish. Four of us polished it off in a matter of a few hours. If I eat two servings over a period of time, it doesn’t really count as two, right? 😉
As for which is my favorite, apple or pumpkin… I simply cannot choose. They are both delicious. If I am presented with apple and pumpkin pies, then I have a piece of both! No really, I do. 🙂
Maybe I should try to come up with something that has both apple and pumpkin in it at the same time… hmm.
Apple Cheese Danish Recipe
(About 8 servings)
- 6 ounces of cream cheese, softened
- 6 tablespoons white sugar
- 3/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 2 tablespoons plus 1 teaspoon all-purpose flour
- 1 apple
- 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1/8 teaspoon nutmeg
- 1/2 tablespoon white sugar
- 1 tube of crescent rolls (original flavor)
- 1 egg
Ingredients for the Vanilla Icing:
- 1/4 cup powdered sugar
- 2 teaspoons milk
- 1/8 teaspoon vanilla extract
- Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F.
- Line a baking sheet with tin foil, grease it, and set it aside.
- In a small bowl, mix together the cream cheese, 6 tablespoons of sugar, vanilla extract, and flour. Set it aside.
- Peel the skin from the apple and slice it very thinly.
- In a small bowl, mix together the sliced apples, cinnamon, nutmeg, and 1/2 tablespoon of sugar. Set it aside.
- Unroll the crescent roll dough into one long rectangle on the greased baking sheet (don’t separate at the perforations).
- Press the dough near the perforations to even them out and seal any holes.
- Cut 1/2 inch wide diagonal strips on each side of the dough. (See pictures above.)
- Cut 2 small triangles at the top and bottom (4 total) to make narrower square tabs at the ends and discard that dough*.
- Spread the cream cheese filling down the center of the dough, leaving 2 to 3 inches on either side.
- Lay the apple slices on top of the cream cheese filling.
- Fold the end squares over the filling before starting with the diagonal strips.
- Fold the 1/2 inch wide dough strips up and over the filling, alternating sides so it looks like a braided pattern.
- In a small bowl, beat the egg to make an egg wash.
- Lightly brush the egg wash on top of the braid.
- Bake in the preheated oven for 15 to 20 minutes or until the filling is set and the dough is golden brown. (It took me 17 minutes.) Turn the baking sheet around 1/2 way through the baking process to cook both sides evenly.
- Let the danish cool on the baking sheet and then drizzle with the vanilla icing on top.
Directions for the Vanilla Icing:
- In a small bowl, mix together the powdered sugar, milk, and vanilla extract until it is smooth. The consistency should be thin enough that it will drizzle off of a fork easily.
* When I say discard, I only mean it’s not needed for this recipe. Toast up the leftover pieces for a tasty snack.
Source: Tina’s Chic Corner
Here are some other awesome apple goodies.