Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Easy Cinnamon Danish

Laminated dough. I'm ambitious, but not that ambitious. Someday however, you'll come here and find that I've not only made my own laminated dough, I've managed to make it whole grain as well. (Insert "dream on Mags, dream on.")

Frozen puff pastry is like right up there with the wheel, microwaves and stretch pants in the "greatest invention ever" category. I'm not even going to talk about sliced bread here because I think whoever coined the expression "greatest thing since sliced bread" must have meant "greatest thing since a knife." I mean really, how hard is it to slice bread? Anyway, gotta pick your battles, yes?

I place the puff pastry in the fridge overnight to thaw and I even set the cream cheese on the counter to soften before I go to bed. (does this mean I live dangerously?) Then, the next morning I can have this danish on the table in about 45 minutes.

Quick And Easy Cinnamon Danish

2 sheets (one box) frozen puff pastry dough, defrosted
6 oz cream cheese, softened
3 tbsp sugar
1 egg yolk
1 2/3 cups cinnamon chips, divided
1 egg beaten with 1 TBSP of water (for egg wash)

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper.

In a small mixing bowl, beat cream cheese, sugar, and egg yolk until well blended. Set aside three tablespoons of the cinnamon chips for garnish. Stir the remaining cinnamon chips into the cream cheese mixture. Set aside.

Unfold each piece of dough and place each on a parchment lined baking sheet. With rolling pin, gently roll each piece of dough into a 10"x10" square. Spread the cream cheese mixture lengthwise down the center third of the dough rectangle. Cut 1-inch wide strips from the edges of the dough almost to the filling. Brush the dough edges with the beaten egg wash.

Begin the braid by folding the top row toward the filling. Alternately fold the strips at an angle from each side across the filling toward the opposite side. Fold bottom row toward the filling and finish by stretching last strip and tucking under to seal. (Sorry for the lack of photo for this part.) Brush entire loaf with the rest of the beaten egg wash. Bake in preheated oven for 25-30 minutes or until pastry is browned and puffed. Remove from oven and garnish with reserved cinnamon chips.


Barbara Bakes said...

What a gorgeous treat to serve for breakfast or dessert!

Carrie @ Cottage Cozy said...

Thanks for sharing such a wonderful recipe! It looks sooo good!

Stay Cozy, Carrie

Alyssa said...

This looks yummy! What a wonderful special breakfast treat.

June said...

Wow - what a great idea for Thanksgiving morning! Ya' sure got the old salivary glands workin' overtime on this one LOL

stephchows said...

copious amounts of cinnamon chips!! MMMMMMMMMMMMMM!!!!

Sherylyn said...

What the heck are cinnamon chips and how come I have never heard of them?! YUM!

Federica said...

wow è splendido! bravissima!

Mags said...

Barbara: And it's quick and easy too!

Carrie: You're welcome. And thank you for commenting.

Alyssa: Thanks!

June: I'm going to make it again this weekend when the kids are here.

Steph: LOTS of cinnamon chips!

Sherylyn: They're like chocolate chips only they're made of cinnamon. I got mine from King Arthur but I think Hershey's makes them too and they're available around the holidays.

Federica: Thanks!

Jen @ My Kitchen Addiction said...

I made homemade puff pastry for a Daring Bakers challenge... once. I haven't done it since, though. It's a lot of work! This looks absolutely amazing, though... I might have to pick up some frozen puff pastry at the store to give it a try!

Mags said...

Jen: I watched you Daring Bakers attempt that puffed pastry project and I knew immediately that I wasn't ready for

Chocolate Shavings said...

That looks so yummy!

susan in columbus said...

how pretty is that! question: the ingredient list says "3T butter". The instructions tell me to mix the sugar with the cream cheese and egg yolk but I don't see how much sugar or what to do with the butter. Is this a typo?

GO BUCKS!!! Beat that team up north.


Mags said...

Chocolate: Thanks!

Susan: Thank you for finding that error. It's been corrected and the recipe is as written.

Anonymous said...

Made this for my family this morning for breakfast (but I didn't find the frozen puff pastry in my small town of Ottawa, so I used pastry from a tube) and they all declared it a "keeper"!! I can't wait to get out of town and use the right pastry!

Mags said...

Deb, is that you? I'm so glad you commented and really happy to hear you liked the recipe!

Anonymous said...

Hello! LOVE your blog!!! Now. I live in Norway, and we have no such thing as cinnamon chips! Any ideas how to substitute? maybe mix butter and cinnamon + powdered sugar (I am thinking cinnamon buns type of ingredients)... or am I 1way off? It looks just sooo good!


Mags said...

Irene: I think you could use your basic cinnamon roll filling but it's the cream cheese here that makes it more of a filled danish. Maybe cream cheese, cinnamon and egg yolk?

Peggy said...

this looks so easy and great! thanks for sharing!

ep said...

this looks great! i can't find cinnamon chips anywhere -- how much ground cinnamon would you recommend putting into the cream cheese mixture?

Mags said...

ep: I'm not really sure how much cinnamon you'd add but I'd probably start out with a teaspon, maybe 1 1/2 tsps.