Easy Honey Cream Danish

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Honey Cream Danish: A flaky pastry filled with a honey cream cheese mixture, topped with a honey glaze and chopped walnuts. Perfect for a weekend brunch!

Honey Cream Danish: A flaky pastry filled with a honey cream cheese mixture, topped with a honey glaze and chopped walnuts. Perfect for a weekend brunch!

Do you ever wake up in the morning wanting brunch, but having no desire to get out of your PJ’s or leave your house? Don’t want to be stuck in the kitchen for hours until your brunch has basically become lunch and your day is now going to have to be spent cleaning your kitchen and washing dishes? Yeah I’ve been there too. So I decided to recreate those delicious danishes that are a brunch staple. Sweet, with a creamy filling, and a flaky pastry these are perfect for satisfying your brunch cravings.

Honey Cream Danish: A flaky pastry filled with a honey cream cheese mixture, topped with a honey glaze and chopped walnuts. Perfect for a weekend brunch!

I didn’t want to make your typical cheese or fruit danish. When I went to my friend Katie’s wedding, the favor was a jar of honey. When I opened the cupboard and saw it in there, I knew that was what was going to make these danishes special. A little honey and some chopped walnuts add a sweetness, earthiness, and crunch factor to the traditional danish. Add in some cream cheese and you have the perfect honey cream danish. I used store bought puff pastry for these danishes, but if you’re feeling extra motivated you can definitely use homemade puff.

Honey Cream Danish: A flaky pastry filled with a honey cream cheese mixture, topped with a honey glaze and chopped walnuts. Perfect for a weekend brunch!

When you’re making the honey cream danishes, the prep is key. The cream cheese and the puff pastry have to come to room temperature. So set them out, make a cup of coffee and gather your other ingredients. When you roll out the puff pastry be very gentle, so it doesn’t rip. I used a pastry wheel to cut and score, but you can always use a knife. Make sure you use a fork to poke holes inside the score lines. Don’t poke holes on the outside edge, as you want to make sure that rises extra tall and flaky!

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Honey Cream Danish: A flaky pastry filled with a honey cream cheese mixture, topped with a honey glaze and chopped walnuts. Perfect for a weekend brunch!
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Honey Cream Danish
Prep Time
30 mins
Cook Time
15 mins
Total Time
1 hrs 15 mins
 

A fluffy, flaky pastry filled with a honey cream cheese mixture, topped with a honey glaze and some chopped walnuts for texture. Perfect for a weekend brunch! 

Course: brunch
Servings: 12
Author: Carolyn
Ingredients
  • 2 sheets puff pastry
Honey Cream Filling
  • 4 ounces cream cheese, room temperature
  • 1/4 cup (84 grams) honey
  • 1/2 cup (120 grams) ricotta
  • 1 large egg yolk
Egg Wash
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 Tablespoon water
  • Sugar for sprinkling
Honey Drizzle
  • 2 Tablespoons honey
  • 1 teaspoon water (you may need more depending on how thick or thin you want it)
  • 1/4 cup chopped walnuts
Instructions
  1. Follow the instructions on your puff pastry to prepare it for use. 

Honey Cream Filling
  1. In a medium mixing bowl, use an electric beater and whip the cream cheese until fluffy.

  2. Then add in the honey, ricotta, and egg yolk. Beat until combined and smooth.

Egg Wash
  1. In a small bowl, beat together the egg and water.

Assembly
  1. Preheat the oven to 400°

  2. Roll out the puff pastry so that it is a little thinner and forms a uniform rectangle.

  3. Use a pastry wheel or a knife to cut each sheet into 6 rectangles. 

  4. Within each rectangle, leave approximately a 1/2-inch border and cut (don't cut through, just make an indent) a smaller rectangle inside. This is called scoring. The filling will go inside the smaller rectangle and the outer rectangle will be left to puff up really high and flaky and hold in the filling.

  5. Use a fork to poke holes inside the smaller rectangle. Do not poke the exterior border.

  6. Using a pastry brush, brush the egg wash along the exterior border of the pastry. Sprinkle with sugar.

  7. Then fill each danish with 2 Tablespoons of filling. Spread it evenly within the smaller rectangle.

  8. Place the danishes on a sheet pan lined with a silpat. 

  9. Put the danishes in the oven and reduce the temperature to 375°.

  10. Bake the danishes at 375° for 14-16 minute or until golden brown and puffed up.

  11. Remove from the oven and place on a wire rack to cool completely.

Honey Drizzle
  1. Once the danishes have cooled, heat the honey and water over low heat until warm. Add more water or honey to adjust the consistency. 

  2. Drizzle the honey over the danishes. Top with chopped walnuts.

Honey Cream Danish: A flaky pastry filled with a honey cream cheese mixture, topped with a honey glaze and chopped walnuts. Perfect for a weekend brunch!
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