raspberry danish

Raspberry Danish

Starting with a package of puff pastry makes this Raspberry Danish quick & easy! The creamy filling is surrounded by flaky pastry and drizzled with a simple icing. Beautiful & delicious!

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raspberry danish with a drizzle of icing on top

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 got a simple cream cheese filling, raspberry jam and is all bundled up in a layer of puff pastry.

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! 😉

ingredients needed to make a raspberry danish with puff pastry

Raspberry Danish Ingredients

  • Puff Pastry – You can find puff pastry in the freezer section of the grocery store 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 1/3 less fat cream cheese.
  • Powdered Sugar – You’ll need powdered sugar for the filling AND for the icing.
  • Vanilla Extract
  • Jam or Pie Filling – I love using raspberry for this recipe, but you can use other fruit-flavors as well, such as blackberry, strawberry or blueberry.
  • Egg
  • Milk

How to Make a Raspberry Danish with Puff Pastry

This recipe comes together super quickly for a tasty breakfast or brunch option, thanks to a box of puff pastry. The pictures above will help visualize how the danish is made – it’s not difficult, but much easier to explain with photos than with words! 🙂

  1. Unfold each sheet of puff pastry 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 knife, too.
  2. Divide the cream cheese filling over the center of the puff pastries and spread.
  3. Divide the jam (or pie filling) over the cream cheese filling and spread to an even layer.
  4. Fold cut pieces of puff pastry over the filling, alternating sides, to create a braid look.
  5. Finish the folding and use a pizza cutter to remove the excess dough at the end of the braid, if desired.
  6. Brush with the egg wash and chill in the freezer for 15 minutes. Next, you’ll bake, drizzle with icing, cut into strips and enjoy!!
raspberry danish on a white plate ready to 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 pre-made 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.

icing being drizzled over a raspberry danish braid

Other Quick & Easy Breakfast Ideas

If you’re looking for something you can prepare ahead of time (like the night before), this Overnight French Toast Casserole is so tasty!

Looking for a savory breakfast option? This Breakfast Braid has the same concept and look as the Raspberry Danish, but has a savory filling with sausage, eggs and cheese!

Maybe you just need a classic breakfast staple such as Homemade Blueberry Muffins. It’s one of my go-to breakfast pastries, because it’s just simply so delicious!

raspberry danish cut into strips on a cutting board

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raspberry danish

Raspberry Danish

Kelsey
Starting with a package of puff pastry makes this Raspberry Danish quick & easy! The creamy filling is surrounded by flaky pastry and drizzled with a simple icing.
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 15 mins
Chill Time 15 mins
Total Time 45 mins
Course bread, Breakfast, brunch
Cuisine American
Servings 12

Ingredients
  

  • One 17.3 oz box puff pastry includes 2 sheets
  • 4 oz cream cheese softened
  • 1/4 c powdered sugar
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla
  • 1/4 c raspberry jam or pie filling
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 1 tbsp water

Icing

  • 1 c powdered sugar
  • 1 1/2 tbsp milk

Instructions
 

  • Preheat oven to 400°F and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  • Remove puff pastry from the freezer and let set on the counter for 5-10 minutes.
  • While the puff pastry is thawing a bit, combine the cream cheese, powdered sugar and vanilla in a small bowl; set aside.
  • In a separate small bowl, combine the egg yolk and water; set aside.
  • Unfold each of the puff pastry sheets on a lightly floured surface. (Use your warm fingers to press the folds back together if they break when opened.)
  • Use a pizza cutter to cut the outer folds of the pastry into 10-12 strips. (See photos above for a better visual).
  • Divide the cream cheese mixture in the center fold of each of the puff pastries.
  • Spread the raspberry jam (or pie filling) over the cream cheese.
  • Fold the strips over the filling alternately to create a "braid."
  • Transfer the braids to the prepared baking sheet and brush with the egg wash.
  • Place the pan of braids into the freezer for 15-20 minutes (this will help it really puff up in the oven!).
  • Bake for 15-17 minutes, or until golden brown.
  • Combine icing ingredients and drizzle over the warm pastry.
  • Cut into slices and enjoy!

Notes

This recipe can easily be halved to create just one braid.  Simply halve each of the ingredients and bake the same amount of time.
Other flavors of jam can be used as well – try strawberry, blueberry, blackberry or keep it simple with just the cream cheese filling.
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