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Fruit & Cheese Danish Pastry

A delicious, simple recipe for a danish pastry. Tips to speed up the recipe as well as using your food processor!
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Prep Time3 hours
Cook Time25 minutes
Total Time3 hours 25 minutes


  • ¼ cup warm water
  • ½ cup room temperature milk
  • ½ teaspoon sugar
  • 1 room temperature egg beaten lightly
  • 2 ¼ cup flour
  • 1 tablespoon active dry yeast
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1 cup cold butter cut into cubes.
  • 1 package cream cheese softened
  • ¼ cup sugar
  • zest from 1 lemon
  • fruit jam (I recommend Tastefully Simple Rhubarb Strawberry Fruit Spread


  • In medium bowl mix milk, warm water, & the ½ teaspoon of sugar.
  • Sprinkle the yeast on top and lets stand for about 10 minutes to foam.
  • Add egg into the yeast mixture and stir just a couple of times.
  • In food processor place your cold butter and pulse for a couple of times.
  • Add the dry ingredients and pulse until the butter is in small chunks mixed into the flour mixture.
  • Pour the dry ingredients into a large bowl (if using a large food processor you can simply add to the food processor itself and pulse just until mixed.) and with a spatula or wooden spoon stir in the yeast mixture. Do NOT over mix (there will still be bits of butter in the batter)
  • Cover with plastic wrap and place in the fridge for at least 3 hours or overnight (you can put it in the freezer for 20 minutes at the beginning and then in the fridge for 1 hour to speed this up)
  • Roll out your dough and fill your pastries.
  • For Cream Cheese Filling: mix well the cream cheese, sugar, and lemon together.
  • Place on greased pan, cover with plastic wrap and let rise for 1 ½ hours (see tip in post for a faster option).
  • Bake at 350 degrees for about 25 minutes or until golden brown.
  • Cool and serve.