Raspberry Cream Cheese Danish

The first rule of making French pastry at home:

Get the most out of your dough and make 2 different recipes!

After hours of rolling and waiting, I knew I couldn’t only make croissants when I had this beautiful dough ready and waiting for me.

If you’ve spent your entire weekend working on one type of dough, you deserve 2 desserts.

So first, I made croissants. They were perfect. I already want more.

And then a day later, I used the other half of the pastry dough to make an insane raspberry cream cheese danish.

Cream cheese is mixed with sugar, egg, vanilla, and orange zest and layered with ruby red raspberry sauce.

The danish dough is full of butter and it puffs into golden, flaky layers around the filling.

Maybe this isn’t an every day or every weekend treat, but maybe it should be on your to-do this weekend.

Looking for something special to make for Valentine’s Day? This will definitely get you some hugs + kisses.

Raspberry Cream Cheese Danish

Makes: 10 servings

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup fresh or  frozen raspberries
  • 1 Tbsp agave nectar
  • 1 Tbsp water
  • 6 oz. cream cheese, softened
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 2 tsp fresh orange zest
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  •  2 Tbsp milk, for brushing
  • 1/2 batch pastry dough recipe (I used this dough recipe – half went to make croissants, half used in this danish)

Directions:

In a small pot over medium heat, mix the raspberries, agave nectar, and water together. Bring the berry mixture to a simmer and cook, stirring occasionally for 5-10 minutes until the berries have broke down and the mixture is beginning to thicken. Remove from heat.

While the raspberries are simmering, mix the cream cheese with the sugar, egg, orange zest, vanilla, and salt. Set aside.

Once the raspberries have broken down and the mixture has thickened, pour the mixture through a strainer to remove the seeds.

Preheat oven to 400 degrees.

Roll out the pastry dough into a large rectangle, about 10×15, on a parchment-lined baking sheet.

Spread the cream cheese mixture down the center of the dough and top with the strained raspberry sauce.

Using a sharp knife, make slits into each side of the dough (see picture above) about 1/2 inch apart. Once both sides of the dough are cut, fold the sides of the dough over the cream cheese and raspberry filling, alternating sides so your dough crosses over the fillings.

Once the dough is completely wrapped around the filling, seal up the ends as much as you can.

Brush the dough with the milk, and bake at 400 degrees for 15-25 minutes until the dough is golden brown.

20 Responses to “Raspberry Cream Cheese Danish”

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    Kathryn — February 7, 2012 at 9:15 am

    I definitely think you deserve two desserts! This looks so absolutely amazingly delicious, I’ve had a chocolate version before but never one with raspberries. I can’t wait to try it!

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    Erica — February 7, 2012 at 10:57 am

    So pretty! Looks totally professional.

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    Lauren @ What Lauren Likes — February 7, 2012 at 11:47 am

    So pretty!! LOve it :)

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    Erika - The Teenage Taste — February 7, 2012 at 12:06 pm

    This looks great, Brandi! I agree with the other commenters – it looks so professional! Maybe you should start a bakery with all of your treats! :-P

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    Life's a Bowl — February 7, 2012 at 2:09 pm

    Oh my goodness, I want to wake up and enjoy one of these for bfast on VDay!!! Served up with a creamy cup of coffee, a great way to start the day :D

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    Becky — February 7, 2012 at 3:09 pm

    Reading this post was a great way to start the morning. Your recipe reminds me of my grandmother – she always had raspberry danish, her fav, for us to eat when we visited her. Can’t wait to give this one a try. Great styling too with the oranges!

    • admin replied: — February 8th, 2012 at 2:21 am

      thanks becky! what great memories

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    Shannon — February 7, 2012 at 3:30 pm

    heck yeah, i’ll take that for valentine’s day… don’t suppose you’ll be my valentine?

    • admin replied: — February 8th, 2012 at 2:20 am

      well…since you asked :) come visit and we’ll make pastry!

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    Erin — February 7, 2012 at 3:35 pm

    Gosh that filling looks like heaven

    • admin replied: — February 8th, 2012 at 2:20 am

      oh…it was :) i’m just sad I didn’t get more. i only had one slice!

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    Emily @ Glitz Glam Granola — February 7, 2012 at 5:24 pm

    After all the work you put into that dough, I completely agree that you deserve two desserts! This looks absolutely amazing too! Those flaky layers and raspberry… YUM!

    • admin replied: — February 8th, 2012 at 2:19 am

      thanks emily!

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    Mom — February 7, 2012 at 9:41 pm

    This is absolutely beautiful:) Great job. I would love a strawberry one…

    • admin replied: — February 8th, 2012 at 2:20 am

      strawberry would be good!

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    Megan — February 8, 2012 at 12:57 am

    This looks beautiful! It’s definitely perfect for v-day or any day!

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    Paige @ Running Around Normal — February 8, 2012 at 1:56 am

    It’s official. You need your own show!

    • admin replied: — February 8th, 2012 at 2:19 am

      ha! that would be….interesting. me, with messy hair, sloppy jeans, and my slippers on in the kitchen. maybe it could work :)

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    stephanie @cookinfanatic — February 8, 2012 at 2:52 pm

    these look incredible! they remind me of the danishes that my nanny and pop alwayyyyyys had at their house and that he would eat every morning with his a.m. coffee. – love how food can bring back good memories like that :)

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    Jacquie — February 14, 2013 at 10:31 am

    I tried this yesterday and it was amazing! I thought that making the croissant dough was going to be really difficult, but I didn’t have an issue with it. It was atime consuming process. Thanks for sharing!

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