Flaky Blueberry Cheese Danish for #TwelveLoaves

These homemade Flaky Blueberry Cheese Danish are super buttery, not overly sugary, and they’re loaded with fresh seasonal blueberries. How’s that for a great way to start your morning?

Blueberry Cheese Danish Recipe

The theme for June’s #TwelveLoaves bakers is sweet breads. No, not the ones from the innards of animals (sweetbreads). Sweet, as in sugary, and breads, as in doughs. Thank Goodness!!! LOLBlueberry Cheese Danish Recipe

These Blueberry Cheese Danish are a complete labor of love. I don’t want to fool you into thinking they’re super simple to make, but I don’t want to scare you away either thinking that they’re too advanced for you if you’re not all that comfortable in the baking/yeast department.

Blueberry Cheese Danish Recipe

What I urge you to do is read through the recipe at least once, maybe twice, before you start. It’s the old “do as I say, not as I do” method of teaching. I’ve adapted this recipe (well, more the technique than the ingredients) from one I found on-line from epicurious.com. You see, I didn’t follow the directions properly. I jumped the gun (as I tend to do) and wound up improvising the steps in assembling and rolling out my Danish dough. The results are here in this post, and written in my recipe, but if you check out Epicurious’ recipe, you’ll find a whole other way to create Blueberry Cheese Danish. But this is my method and I’m sticking to it… 🙂

Blueberry Cheese Danish Recipe

BLUEBERRY CHEESE DANISH    {PRINT THIS RECIPE}
Makes: 9 Danish      Prep Time:  90 minutes       Bake Time:  35-40 minutes

For the dough:
¼ cup warm water
2 packages active dry yeast (4½ teaspoons)
2/3 cups granulated sugar
1 teaspoon salt
3 large egg yolks (at room temperature)
2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
2/3 cups milk
3½ cups all-purpose flour
3 sticks cold butter (I used salted but unsalted is fine)
1 large (1 gallon) zip top bag

For the filling:
8 ounces cream cheese, softened
¼ cup granulated sugar
1 large egg yolk (at room temperature)
2 tablespoons orange zest
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
fresh blueberries

For the icing:
1 cup confectioners sugar
1 tablespoon milk
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

-In a large bowl, dissolve the yeast in the warm water. Let sit 2-3 minutes. Stir in the 2/3 cups sugar, salt, 3 egg yolks, 2 teaspoons vanilla extract and 2/3 cups milk. Stir well to combine. Using a dough hook for the stand mixer (or a wooden spoon if mixing by hand), stir in the 3 and 3/4 cups all-purpose flour until the mixture forms a smooth, semi-stiff ball. Turn the dough out onto a sheet of plastic wrap and form the dough into a flattened rectangle shape. Refrigerate at least 30 minutes.

-Place the 3 sticks of butter into the zip top bag and use a rolling pin to gently pound and roll the butter into a flat sheet inside the plastic bag. Freeze until the dough had been chilled for 30 minutes.
When the dough is ready to roll, use a scissors to cut the butter bag open, remove the butter sheet and cut the butter sheet into two even, flat pieces.

-While the dough and butter are chilling, prepare the filling by blending all the ingredients (except the blueberries) in a large bowl until smooth and creamy. Set aside until ready to construct the Danish.

-Working quickly roll the chilled dough out onto a lightly floured surface to form an approximate
14″ x 9″ rectangle. Place one of the butter sheets in the center of the dough and fold each side of the dough in towards the center, overlapping the butter sheet. Use the rolling pin to firmly roll the dough out into another approximate 14″ x 9″ rectangle. Complete the same steps with the second butter sheet as done with the first, placing the butter sheet in the middle of the dough, and overlap the sides over the butter sheet. Roll again, using pressure to flatten the dough as much as possible. Turn the dough occasionally and roll firmly to form into another approximate 14″ x 9″ rectangle. Trim the edges with a pizza cutter to form straight, neat edges. Discard scraps.

*Note – The process of rolling the butter sheets into the dough is important to form a light and flaky pastry. It’s also helpful to brush any additional flour from the dough during the rolling process or problems with adhering the dough to itself may occur and rolling may be difficult.

-Using the pizza cutter (or sharp knife), cut the dough into 9 equal pieces. Use your fingers to lightly press each dough square to increase its size slightly. Place about 1-2 tablespoons of the cream cheese filling in the center of each square. Gently fold the edges of the dough square up and slightly over the cream cheese filling and top with a handful of fresh blueberries, pressing them lightly into the filling.
Continue the same process with the remaining dough squares and the cream cheese filling. Place the formed Danish onto parchment lined baking sheets leaving 3″ of space in between each Danish. Allow the Danish to rest at room temperature for 1 hour before baking.

-Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Bake for 35-40 minutes in a preheated oven, or until they’re crisp and golden. Remove from the oven and cool completely before icing.

-In a small bowl, whisk together all the icing ingredients. *Note – If the icing is too thin, add a little more confectioners sugar. If it is too thick, add a drop more milk. Drizzle the icing over each Danish and serve at room temperature.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Blueberry Cheese Danish Recipe

 Blueberry Cheese Danish Recipe

Blueberry Cheese Danish Recipe

Check out all these other Sweet Breads from the talented group of #TwelveLoaves bakers. I just know you’re going to love them. Click on the links below and get ready to hear your stomach growl!

 

#TwelveLoaves is a monthly bread baking party created by Lora from Cake Duchess and runs smoothly with the help of Heather of girlichef, and the rest of our fabulous bakers.

Our theme this month is A LITTLE SOMETHING SWEET. For more bread recipes, visit the #TwelveLoaves Pinterest board, or check out last month’s mouthwatering selection of #TwelveLoaves Mexican Breads!

If you’d like to bake along with us this month, share your “A Little Something Sweet” Bread using hashtag #TwelveLoaves!

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Until we eat again, I hope you have a delicious day!

 

16 Comments

  1. Oh, my goodness, Renee! These look astounding. I will give it a try soon. With the boys out of school next week, I have more kitchen time for the next eight weeks. Woohoo.

  2. Oh my goodness … you are a baking angel! I do love baking so much, but I just don't think I'm patient enough to make these. I will however be using the term "butter sheets" — and dreaming about your GORGEOUS danishes — as much as I possibly can! KUDOS!

  3. What the heck, I'm up for a challenge! These look GORGEOUS and your process shots definitely help demystify the…process. I think I know what I'll be making this weekend. Or trying to make. If they come out looking half as good as yours I'll consider it a success. Thanks for sharing these!

  4. I can just imagine how flaky and irresistible this danish base is…and don't even get me started on the filling. I want one of these, they sound beyond amazing!

  5. Dear Renee, what a beautiful treat! Worth every bit of work…these are just heavenly! I wish I had one right now. xo, Catherine

  6. Wow, I am very guilty of starting a recipe without reading it through!! These look totally delicious!!

  7. I've been wanting to try danish for a long time. thanks for sharing

  8. Great step by step photos and they look fantastic!

  9. These are totally my weakness. Anything cream cheese is immediately a must. But, the blueberries take them over the top for me. Love!!!

  10. One of my all-time favorite breads is a Danish! I have so many memories going to a favorite bakery when I was little (with a Danish baker)and the pastries he made were amazing. Your step-by-step photos could get any one scared of baking a bread to give a recipe a try! Loving the aprons, Renee!

  11. When I use to work at starbucks I use to eat their cream cheese danishes almost every day that I worked! I miss them so much and the ones they make now are nowhere near as good as the old ones! I may just have to use this recipe to make my very own!

  12. These danishes look absolutely amazing!

  13. Mmmm danish!! After reading your post, I am craving me some cheese danish! They almost look store-bought (in a sense that they are perfect but I'm sure they taste a million times better!!) Awesome recipe!

  14. Oh my goodness you are a sweetbread making machine! While this recipe looks to have a lot of steps it also looks to be TOTALLY worth it!

  15. First recipe I came across to day to make me literally salivate…and in a big way! Good Heavens I want to eat these right this second! Beautiful!