Apple Cheese Danish


I'm always in the mood for a cheese danish. They're so irresistible with the creamy center surrounded by flaky pastry. But with fall in the air, I'm also in the mood for a slice of apple pie. So I decided to combine the two and created Apple Cheese Danish. The vanilla and lemon-scented cheese filling draped in spicy apples are the perfect match. I've found a new favorite that is perfect at any time of year. They're great with a cup of coffee or a glass of milk.


Ingredients for Apple Cheese Danish:


1 package of frozen puff pastry

8 ounces cream cheese, room temperature

1 egg yolk

1 whole egg + 2 tablespoons of water, lightly beaten

1/4 cup confectioners sugar

2 tablespoons Greek yogurt

1 teaspoon lemon zest

1/2 teaspoon vanilla

1/2 teaspoon fresh lemon juice

pinch of fine sea salt


Apple Filling:

2 granny smith apples, peeled, seeded, and diced

1 tablespoon of butter

1/2 cup water

3 tablespoon sugar

2 teaspoons cornstarch

1 teaspoon apple pie spice

pinch of salt

You will need two sheet pans for this recipe.


Time-Saving Tip: Start making your coffee because these come together quickly!


Let's see what we need.


We're ready to make the danish.



Combine all of the filling ingredients in a small pot except for the apples. Bring to a boil and simmer for about 4 minutes; add the apples and simmer for a couple of minutes. Set aside and bring to room temperature.


Spread out the two pieces of puff pastry. With your finger gently press down on the creases. Cut each piece into four equal pieces so you will have a total of eight pieces. Using a pastry brush, paint the corners of each square with the egg wash. Then fold all of the corners in so they meet in the middle, gently press down in the center; set aside. If you can refrigerate the pastry at this point that would be good. If not, place it in a cool area of the kitchen.


Beat the cream cheese and the sugar together until well blended. Add in the egg yolk, yogurt, lemon juice, lemon zest, vanilla, and salt. Beat until just combined.


Top the center of each pastry with cheese filling. Please do your best to distribute the cheese mixture and leave it in a pile equally. Top each mound with a spoonful of apple filling. You will have some extra filling which you can mix into yogurt or your morning oatmeal. Bake in a preheated 425-degree oven until puffed and golden. The danish bakes in about 25 minutes. Start checking for doneness at 20 minutes.


They're ready! Apple Cheese Danish is scrumptious and perfect to make after a day of apple picking.


Enjoy!


Apple Cheese Danish:


  • 1 package of frozen puff pastry

  • 8 ounces cream cheese, room temperature

  • 1 egg yolk

  • 1 whole egg + 2 tablespoons of water, lightly beaten

  • 1/4 cup confectioners sugar

  • 2 tablespoons Greek yogurt

  • 1 teaspoon lemon zest

  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla

  • 1/2 teaspoon fresh lemon juice

  • pinch of fine sea salt


  • Apple Filling:

  • 2 granny smith apples, peeled, seeded, and diced

  • 1 tablespoon of butter

  • 1/2 cup water

  • 3 tablespoon sugar

  • 2 teaspoons cornstarch

  • 1 teaspoon apple pie spice

  • pinch of salt


  • You will need two sheet pans for this recipe.

  • Combine all of the filling ingredients in a small pot except for the apples. Bring to a boil and simmer for about 4 minutes; add the apples and simmer for a couple of minutes. Set aside and bring to room temperature.

  • Spread out the two pieces of puff pastry. With your finger gently press down on the creases. Cut each piece into four equal pieces so you will have a total of eight pieces. Using a pastry brush, paint the corners of each square with the egg wash. Then fold all of the corners in so they meet in the middle, gently press down in the center; set aside. If you can refrigerate the pastry at this point that would be good. If not, place it in a cool area of the kitchen.

  • Beat the cream cheese and the sugar together until well blended. Add in the egg yolk, yogurt, lemon juice, lemon zest, vanilla, and salt. Beat just until combined.

  • Top the center of each pastry with cheese filling. Please do your best to distribute the cheese mixture and leave it in a pile equally. Top each mound with a spoonful of apple filling. You will have some extra filling which you can mix into yogurt or your morning oatmeal. Bake in a preheated 425-degree oven until puffed and golden. The danish bakes in about 25 minutes. Start checking for doneness at 20 minutes.

  • Time-Saving Tip: Start making your coffee because these come together quickly!

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