Strawberry Cardamom Cream Cheese Danish

per Danish

1 4″x4″ square of puff pastry, defrosted (I cut mine out of a larger sheet)
1 tablespoon cream cheese, room temperature
a couple drops of lemon juice
a couple drops of vanilla paste or extract
strawberry jam – strawberry cardamom if you have it or want to make it – just add cardamom to taste.
1 small strawberry

Preheat oven to 400.

Add vanilla and lemon juice to cream cheese.

Mix until smooth.

Cut puff pastry like so:

Fold the edges towards the center

Sorry, don’t know why this shot is blurry. You get the idea.

Don’t press the edges down too hard or the center won’t cook.

Add a dollop of jam in the center.

Add the cream cheese directly onto the jam.

Put the strawberry on top.

Transfer to a parchment-lined sheet pan (in retrospect you could do all of this on a sheet pan) and brush with half and half.  Or milk.  Or egg wash.  Butter, if you’re feeling really naughty.  I happened to have half and half around.

Bake for 15 minutes.

Meanwhile, thin a teaspoon of jam with a little hot water.

When the danish comes out of the oven, brush it with the strawberry glaze.

You could do this with any fruit.


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