15 October 2008

Easy Cheese Danish for the Barefoot Bloggers

Easy Cheese Danish

The Barefoot Bloggers are an industrious group of bloggers who "love all things Ina". We would like to share our admiration for Ina Garten with everyone. I joined this group only recently to share my love for the Barefoot Contessa herself and to challenge myself to prepare more of her delicious recipes. I have never come across an Ina recipe that is not perfection itself. We roll up our sleeves and test and retest. The group chooses two recipes per month to be posted...but there is also a bonus recipe. This month I was given the opportunity to choose the bonus challenge because I brought the most traffic to the Barefoot Bloggers. Yay me!!!!!!!!!!

The recipe I chose is one of my favourite "go to" recipes of Ina's. These Cheese Danish are perfect for company but easy enough to make for every day breakfasts as well. They come together so quickly it is just too easy. How can something so simple be so good!!!!!!! We were given leeway to use our imagination and make additions, but I think simple is best.
I am posting this a day early because tomorrow is WFD and there will be an inspired post coming your way with our conga line of dishes including our efforts to raise awareness for the worlds hungry.

TIDBIT:Along with her friend and business partner, Frank Newbold, Ina has launched an exciting line of products for breakfast, lunch, and dinner called Barefoot Contessa Pantry that is available for sale in stores throughout North America.

So far the Barefoot Bloggers have made 36,926 Friday night dinners for Jeffrey..........

**Easy Cheese Danish**

8 oz cream cheese at room temperature
1/3 cup sugar
2 extra large egg yolks, at room temperature
2 tablespoons ricotta cheese
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
1/2 - 1 tablespoons grated lemon zest (2 lemons)
2 sheets (1 box) frozen puff pastry, defrosted
1 egg beaten with 1 tablespoon water, for egg wash

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Line a sheet pan with parchment paper.

Place the cream cheese & sugar in bowl of an electric mixer fitted with paddle attachment and cream 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 one sheet of pastry onto a lightly floured board and roll it slightly with a floured rolling pin until it’s a 10×10 inch square. Cut the sheet into quarters. 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 two 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 puff pastries for about 20 minutes, rotating the pan once during baking, until puffed and brown. Serve warm.

Makes 8 Danish

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  1. Lovely! They look really good!



  2. These look delicious! I tried something similar a while ago, but they didn't turn out so well, but I also stink at using even prepared puff pastry.

  3. This would make a perfect snack with tea. btw what is kosher salt?where do we get them? pardon my ignorance.I am happy t hat I stumbled upon ur blog. I like many of ur recipes...will give them a try and let you know.

  4. Love this recipe Val. Anything that doesn't require me to make my own puff pastry is great in my book!

  5. Val, I am drooling. I have some leftover cream cheese and I wonder if I can make these with some leftover phyllo I have.

  6. I agree Val...they look really easy. Perfect in the morning with a cup of coffee.

  7. sounds simple enough to make but I'm sure it was good

  8. Thank does sound surprisingly easy, even for a non avide baker like myself.

  9. Oh these look so nice! That Ina she just makes everything I love, nice entry.

  10. This is perfect and the best party...Danish made easy! This is bookmarked to make, thank you!

  11. Looking at this it's pretty obvious why Jeffrey loves Ina ;)

  12. I was skeptical that this would be easy, but it does seeeeeemmm that way.

  13. Out of all the danishes (is that a word?) that are available for consumption on this planet, cheese danish is my absolute favorite. Gosh they look so pretty in your photo. YUM!

  14. Great recipe pick Val! I am glad I got to try it--they were easy and good. Love your blue plate too!

  15. I haven't had brekkie yet but this would hit the spot.

  16. Potato ChefOctober 16, 2008

    I love cheese danish. And this one looks just sooo goooood.

  17. You are so nice to promote all of these great events. Great choice you made.

  18. Thanks for such a wonderful pick.

    I didn't read the directions properly, so mine don't look like they are supposed to.

  19. Thanks for the great choice - yours look wonderful too!

  20. Thanks for picking this! They were really easy to do and delicious!

  21. Very pretty and a great choice :)

  22. i've said it before, and i know i'll say it again--frozen puff pastry is a gift from above. so many possibilities, and this is a great use for it. :)

  23. Loved it! Thanks for picking it!

  24. Cheese danish are a great way to start the day!

  25. i just got around to making these this morning, i loved them. great pick!


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