How come when you search for a Cream Cheese Danish recipe online all it comes up with is basically a cream cheese mixture folded into a container of crescent rolls? Not my cup of tea. So I set forth to create a Cream Cheese Danish recipe from scratch that was still super yummy.
What you need:
- 1/4 c. warm water
- 1 T. yeast
- 1/2 t. sugar
- 1/2 c. sour cream
- 1/4 c. butter
- 1/4 c. sugar
- 1/2 t. salt
- 1 egg
- 2 c. flour
- 1 8oz pk cream cheese
- 1/4 c. sugar
- 1/2 t. vanilla extract
Mix together the warm water, 1/2 t. sugar, and yeast. Let it sit in a separate bowl for 5 or so minutes.
In a saucepan, mix together the sour cream and the butter. Stir together until the butter melts. Make sure you are continually stirring so it doesn't burn.
Add the sugar and the salt into the sour cream/butter mixture. Stir on a low heat until the sugar is melted. Remove from heat and let it cool for a bit before adding the yeast.
Add the egg to the sour cream mixture and then mix in the yeast.
Add in the flour and mix well.(Mine is not mixed well in this picture, lol.:) )
Cover and let it chill in the fridge for at least 2 hours, you can leave it overnight if you want and finish it the next morning.
Mix together the 1/4 c. sugar, cream cheese, and vanilla extract. It helps if the cream cheese is softened.
Roll out the dough like you are rolling out pizza dough.
Cut slits on either side of the dough about 2 inches long.
Spread the cream cheese mixture in the center of the dough.
Fold the flaps of dough back over the center to make it look like a braid. Bake at 350F for 15-18 minutes. *You may need to bake it longer than this!
Yum! If you want you could create a sweet glaze with powdered sugar and milk. I'm going to make a glaze with mashed up strawberries and a little sugar.
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