Skip the coffee shop danish and make your own fresh and crispy pastries at home! These are filled with a sweetbmascarpone cream and strawberry jam!
This post has been sitting in my drafts folder since fall of last year! I had planned to post it closer to Christmas because the inspiration grew from Starbucks sugar plum cheese danish. I think it’s actually perfect for anytime of the year along with your favorite latte!
What kind of pastry is used for this recipe?
Original Danish style pastry is made up of thin laminated layers of buttery pastry and can be tedious to make from scratch. That’s why using good quality store bought puff pastry makes a great substitute. They’re both very similar and the end results are a flaky buttery pastry with a gooey jelly and cheese filling, who doesn’t want that for breakfast?
Making the filling for cheese danish
Usually cream cheese is used for a cheese danish recipe like this but I was looking for something even more decadent. I used mascarpone cheese because the butterfat content is higher which results in a creamier texture. Cream cheese has 55% butterfat and mascarpone tops out about 75-80% butterfat.
The mascarpone is mixed with powdered sugar and vanilla, and a square of pastry is placed into a spot on a regular muffin pan. Drop some of the cheese mixture onto the pastry, top with your favorite strawberry jelly and bake in a hot oven until the pastry rises and puffs the way it wants to, creating those chewy, sweet edges.
Tips for making this easy cheese danish recipe
- Your puff pastry should be defrosted but still cold. I like to leave mine in the fridge overnight and it’s perfect for working with the next day. Try not to handle it too much as you’re working.
- If you can’t find mascarpone cheese, try creme fraiche or as a last resort, cream cheese could be substituted. Look for mascarpone in the cheese department of your grocery store.
- Grease the muffin pan really well. I like to use melted butter but a non stick spray would also work.
- Once the pastries are baked, gently run a sharp knife around the edge to loosen them from the pan. Let them sit for 10 minutes, the filling will become thicker as it cools.
- If you feel like being extra fancy, dust with powdered sugar before serving or glaze with warm apricot jelly on top.
more great pastry recipes
Strawberry Cheese Danish Pastries
- 1 pack frozen puff pastry, thawed
- ½ cup melted butter
- 8 ounces mascarpone cheese
- 1 cup powdered sugar
- 2 tsp vanilla
- 1 cup strawberry jam
- Preheat the oven to 375°
- Generously brush a muffin pan with the melted butter
- Unfold the puff pastry and divide each square into 3×3 individual squares
- Place each individual pastry square into the muffin pan, some of the pastry will hang over the top and that's okay. Press down a little to create a flat bottom
- Mix the mascarpone, powdered sugar and vanilla until creamy and has no lumps
- Add about 1 tbsp of the cheese mixture into the bottom of the pastry and then top with 1 tbsp of strawberry jam
- Place the pan into the oven and bake for 30-35 minutes and the pastry has risen and is golden brown
- Once the pastries are done, let them cool for 5-10 minutes before enjoying