I’m all about making easy, delicious food. While these aren’t authentic danish pastries, they definitely fit the definition of easy and delicious. Made with only three to four ingredients, you could make these for a quick breakfast any day of the week. All you need is puff pastry, Arla blueberry cream cheese, and vanilla. If you prefer a plain cheese danish (or, to quote my husband, a plainish) then you will need Arla original cream cheese, vanilla, and a little sugar.
Preparing the puff pastry dough
Another reason I love working with puff pastry is that it’s so easy! All you have to do is let it thaw for a half hour or so and you’re good to go. It’s folded in thirds so unfold the dough, cut it along the folds, then cut the thirds in half to make six rectangles. I like to use a pizza cutter, but a knife will work just as well.
Now that you have six rectangles of dough, transfer them to a baking sheet covered with parchment paper or a silicone mat. Once transferred, take a small sharp knife and cut a rectangle in the center of the dough. This is where you will put the filling and it will create an indent so your filling doesn’t go all over the place.
Simple so far, right? Yes, you can do this!
After you’ve cut out the puff pastry dough, prepare the filling. This is so easy, guys! These instructions are per sheet of puff pastry since I made two different flavors. If you are making both sheets of pastry with just one flavor, you would double the recipe.
In a bowl, combine four ounces of Arla cream cheese and a half teaspoon of vanilla in a bowl. The blueberry cream cheese is soft enough that you don’t need to pre-soften it and you can easily beat it together with a whisk. It is also sweet enough as-is, so there is no need for added sugar. Bonus!
The instructions are the same as above, but also add a quarter teaspoon of lemon extract (optional) and a tablespoon of white sugar. The Arla original cream cheese isn’t as soft as the blueberry so either leave it out to soften or you can put it in the microwave for a few seconds. It’s up to you.
Prepare the danish
Spread the filling over the cut-out area of the pastry with a spoon, brush some egg wash over the edges of the danish if you’d like, then place in a 400-degree oven for 14 minutes or so. I like to turn them after 11 minutes so they brown evenly. Let them cool, drizzle with glaze and that’s it! So, so easy! And so, so good!
Why Arla cream cheese?
So, what makes Arla cream cheese special? That’s easy! With Arla you aren’t getting a lot of the added hormones*, artificial flavors, and preservatives as you do in conventional dairy products. *While no significant difference has been shown between milk derived from rBST treated and non-rBST treated cows, I like to play by the rule that less is more.
Arla asked us to have our kids draw their interpretation of either Xanthan, Sorbic Acid, or rBST, which are commonly found in dairy products. We weren’t allowed to give them any cues beyond things like, “what do you think its mouth looks like?” or “does it have any hair?” That kind of thing. My six-year-old, Dub chose Xanthan and this is his interpretation. He has blue eyes like him, a brain for a nose, lots of legs, and vacuum cleaner hands. Ha! I don’t know where he comes up with this stuff, but he’s so funny.
This cutie patoot was so excited that I was making cheese danishes. He just had his first one on our trip to South Dakota last month and he’s a big fan. He couldn’t wait to go with me to King Soopers, our local Kroger banner store, to pick up our ingredients. You can find Arla cream cheese in the cheese section with the other cream cheeses.
Check their website to see where you can find Arla cream cheese and sliced cheeses at a store near you.