Updated: May 20
Do you have a sweet tooth when it comes to breakfast? Or maybe you enjoy sweet breakfast baked goods for dessert in the evening. Either way, you’re going to love this recipe as it’s lip smackin’ delicious and can be relished at anytime. Your family and friends will think you spent hours in the kitchen preparing this delectable danish, but later in this post I’ll show you how to significantly cut down the preparation time by using one easy shortcut. And yes, you can still have bragging rights in claiming that it’s semi-homemade.
Another exciting feature about this recipe is that it’s convertible in the sense that you can omit the section in preparing the apples and follow the remainder of the recipe, resulting in a rich and creamy danish. Or get creative and experiment with adding a different fruit, nut or flavored sugar based filling. The sky’s the limit in the variety of fillings you can use to bake up this classic pastry, so whether you choose to follow this recipe to the letter or combine it with your own twist, I hope your baking experience is a sweet one.
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To prepare the apple filling you’ll need:
Apples – 2 3/4 cups chopped (I used 3 medium sized Honeycrisp apples as they’re on the sweeter side. If you prefer some tartness you can combine Granny Smith apples. For additional options, check out this quick reference guide from Bon Appetit
Light Brown Sugar – 1/2 cups
All-Purpose Flour – 1 Tablespoon
Cinnamon – 1/2 Teaspoon (if you prefer a stronger, slightly spicier flavor, I recommend using Saigon cinnamon)
Nutmeg – 1/4 Teaspoon
Kosher Salt – 1/4 Teaspoon
Vanilla Extract – 1 Teaspoon
Unsalted Butter – 4 tablespoons
To prepare the cream cheese filling you’ll need:
Regular Cream Cheese – 2, 8-ounce bars – cut into approximately 16 pieces (use the markers on the outside of the wrapper as a guide).
Granulated Sugar – 1 cup
Eggs – 1 large
Vanilla Extract – 1 teaspoon
To prepare the dough for the danish you’ll need:
Refrigerated Crescent Dough Sheet – 2 cans (I used Pillsbury brand. If the full dough sheets are not available, you can substitute with 2 cans of crescent rolls).
Egg – 1 large egg white
To prepare the glaze you’ll need:
Confectioners (Powdered) Sugar - 1 1/2 cups
Heavy Cream – 1/2 cup
Vanilla Extract – 1 Teaspoon
The following items are common kitchen utensils you likely have on hand. If you've read some of my other posts, you'll notice most of these items rotate in appearance as they can be used in several cooking and baking recipes. With proper care, the items I list below will make your life easier in the kitchen and will last you many years --- and recipes --- to come.
Measuring cups - this set contains common measurements from 1/4 - 1 cup and can also measure liquids as it's designed with a spout, for easy, mess-free pouring.
1.5 quart mixing bowl
Apple corer/slicer - simplify the prepping step of removing apple cores and cutting even slices as this device does it easily for you.
Silicone spatula - stir and combine dry and wet ingredients and also use it in high heat up to 480°. You'll appreciate how versatile this spatula is for this recipe and many other recipes featured in our other blog posts.
Measuring spoons - no more randomly missing measuring spoons as this set is magnetized and dual sided to measure dry and wet ingredients from 1/8 teaspoon to 1 tablespoon.
Chef's knife - There's a reason why this tool has 5 stars and is also highly recommended for nearly 2 decades on America's Test Kitchen. It handles exceptionally well and unlike other high quality knives, the price won't slash your wallet.
Fruit peeler - to remove apple skin.
2 quart sauce pan - to cook apple filling.