These Easy Cherry Cream Cheese Danish are simple enough to make for a weekend but special enough to command center stage at your next brunch!
Sure, I like to bake, and I can hold my own, but there are soooo many other crazy talented bakers out there that put my efforts to shame. That said, I can knock these Easy Cherry Cream Cheese Danish out of the park! My secret? Frozen puff pastry dough. Cut the dough into quarters, fill with cream cheese and cherry jam, and you have a breakfast or brunch star that makes you look like a professional.
Don’t be intimidated by the puff pastry called for in this recipe; it’s simple to work with here. “Real” bakers probably make their own puff pastry, but you can buy a darn good product in the freezer section at the store. Simply defrost a bit until you can unfold it and place it on parchment or a silpat. Crack the seam a bit? Run your fingers under a bit of water and smooth the break until it comes back together. The dough really is as forgiving as that.
These Easy Cherry Cream Cheese Danish can be easily made in stages if you’re short on time or don’t really want to get up at the crack of dawn to make the magic happen. Make the filling and the icing a couple of days in advance. You can even roll out and cut the puff pastry pieces the night before and keep them tightly covered in the fridge so all you have to do is assemble and bake the next day.
This danish recipe is super versatile, too. Not a cherry fan? Use any number of different jam flavors to make it yours. (Pie fillings work great, too.) Whatever flavor you choose, your guests are going to be super impressed by your baking skills.