Puff pastry is one of the most under-rated recipe shortcuts out there. It's so easy to work with and creates the most flaky, buttery pastries imaginable in a short amount of time.
This Raspberry Danish made with puff pastry is no exception. It's filled with a simple cream cheese and raspberry filling for a mouth-watering combination that's sure to impress your family and guests.
This recipe reminds me of the butterbraids we did as fundraisers growing up - anyone remember those?! And for those of you in the Midwest who are lucky enough to live near a Casey's General Store, it also reminds me of a raspberry flip. Never had one? Do yourself a favor and try one! Or just make this recipe - basically the same thing! 😉
Why I LOVE this Raspberry Danish
- I love any recipe that looks WAY fancier than it is! And this is one of them!
- It's great for breakfast, brunch, snack-time or even a delicious dessert!
- It's easy to customize with different fruits - try blackberry, strawberry or blueberry!
Raspberry Danish Ingredients
- Puff Pastry - You can find deliciously flaky puff pastry in the freezer section of grocery stores near the frozen desserts and whipped topping. The only brand I typically see available is Pepperidge Farm and it comes in a package with two sheets.
- Cream Cheese - You can use regular or the ⅓ less fat cream cheese. You'll want to be sure bring it to room temperature before using.
- Powdered Sugar - You'll need powdered sugar for the filling AND for the icing.
- Vanilla Extract
- Raspberry Pie Filling or Jam - I typically use raspberry pie filling, but regular or seedless raspberry jam works great too.
- Milk or Heavy Cream
How to Make a Raspberry Danish with Puff Pastry
This raspberry danish recipe comes together super quickly.
Remove the puff pastry dough from the freezer and let it thaw for 5-10 minutes.
While you're waiting for the pastry to soften a bit, use a electric mixer to combine the tangy cream cheese filling ingredients.
Unfold each puff pastry sheet and cut the outer two folds into 10-12 strips. I find it easiest to use a pizza cutter, but you could certainly use a sharp knife, too.
Divide the cream cheese filling over the center of the puff pastries and spread.
Divide the fruit filling over the cream cheese filling and spread to an even layer.
Fold cut pieces of puff pastry over the filling, alternating sides, to create a braid look.
Finish the folding and use a pizza cutter to remove the excess dough at the end of the braid, if desired.
Use a pastry brush to coat the braid with egg wash and chill in the freezer for 15 minutes.
Once the oven is pre-heated, pop the pastry into the hot oven and bake until golden brown.
Finally, you'll whisk together the icing, adding just enough milk or heavy cream to make it the perfect thickness for drizzling!
Drizzle the pastry with icing, cut into strips and enjoy!!
What is considered a "Danish pastry?"
Danish pastries are made with a sweet, flaky laminated dough, similar to puff pastry. Though this Raspberry Danish is made with a store-bought puff pastry (which isn't sweetened), it's the same concept and the filling & icing makes up for the "lack" of sweetness in the dough.
Danishes come in various shapes and sizes, with a wide range of fillings and toppings, making them a beloved treat for breakfast, brunch, or dessert in Denmark. Danishes can be filled with a variety of sweet or savory fillings.
How to Store Leftover Raspberry Danish
Let it cool completely then store in an airtight container or wrap gently in plastic wrap. Refrigerate for up to 5 days.
Other Popular Breakfast Pastries
If you're looking for something you can prepare ahead of time even the night before, this Overnight French Toast Casserole (click for make-ahead instructions) is so tasty!
Next time you're signed up to make a delicious pastry for an event, make some Raspberry Danishes!! They can be enjoyed as a quick breakfast treat, a brunch item, a dessert, or even as a snack with coffee or tea.
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