Ingredients Jump to Instructions ↓

  1. 4 oz. cream cheese , room temperature

  2. 2 tbsp ricotta cheese

  3. 1 tbsp lemon zest

  4. 1 1/2 tsp lemon juice (about half of a lemon)

  5. 1/2 tsp vanilla extract

  6. 1/4 tsp salt

  7. 2 tbsp sugar , divided

  8. 1 large apple , peeled and sliced into 1/4 inch pieces - I used Northern Spy

  9. 1/2 tsp cinnamon

  10. 1 sheet puff pastry , defrosted

  11. 1 egg beaten

  12. 1/3 cup powdered sugar

  13. splash of milk

  14. flour to sprinkle

Instructions Jump to Ingredients ↑

  1. Preheat oven to 400F.

  2. Combine cream cheese, Ricotta, zest, vanilla, salt and 1 tbsp sugar and mix until smooth.

  3. In a separate bowl combine apples, 1 tbsp sugar, cinnamon, and lemon juice and toss to coat.

  4. If pastry is folded, carefully unfold. Sprinkle a piece of parchment with flour and carefully transfer pastry to paper. (If your puff pastry is a circle, cut into a rectangle. Mine was from Trader Joe's and came as a square.)

  5. Slice off the top corners of the pastry sheet. Slice 1-inch strips into either side of the dough, leaving the center uncut. Do your best to cut the same length into each side. I had about 7 strips per side.

  6. Spread cheese mixture evenly down the center (uncut) part of the pastry. Top with apple slices.

  7. Braid the pastry by folding the strips over the filling, alternating sides, until you've worked your way down. Trim off any leftover strips or extra dough with your knife.

  8. Transfer parchment to baking sheet and top with egg wash. Bake for about 20 minutes or until puffed up and golden brown.

  9. Meanwhile, combine powdered sugar and milk and mix until smooth. Add more milk or sugar to reach desired consistency, should coat the back of a spoon. Drizzle top of danish and let set before serving.


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