Celebrating Valentine's Day with Pepperidge Farm Puff Pastry...Sweet or Savory, either way, you'll have a winner on your hands : )
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Adapted from Giada De-Laurentiis
Recipe for cheese mixture makes 8 danish, I only made 4 and used the remaining cheese for something else...
1/4 cup softened cream cheese1/4 cup mascarpone cheese
1 egg yolk
1 tbsp flour
3 tbsp sugar
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
1/8 tsp salt
1 oz grated semi sweet bakers chocolate (1 square)
1/2 cup slivered almonds, and two tsp for garnishing the tops of pastry
1 egg beaten (reserve for brushing on to the finished pastry before baking)
Mix all ingredients except chocolate and almonds (& beaten egg) together till smooth
Fold in 1 ounce grated semi sweet bakers chocolate and 1/2 cup slivered almonds
Pre-heat oven to 400 degrees
Roll out puff pastry sheet, be careful not to roll over the edge to avoid sealing the layers together
Cut into four equal size squares, place a few teaspoons of the cheese mixture into the center. Fold one side over in a diagonal fashion, just over the top of the filling. Brush the top of the folded over pastry with the beaten egg wash. Fold the opposite corner over diagonally reaching towards the opposite side. Brush top and sides with the egg wash, don't use the egg wash on the edges of the pastry to avoid sealing the layers together.
Place on parchment paper on a sheet pan ( I ran out and couldn't use any but they were just fine), sprinkle a few almonds on top of danish and place in oven to bake for 15 minutes or until golden brown and puffed and flaky looking.
A great tip is to use a spray bottle with water to spritz the danishes and the inside of the oven before closing the door to create steam.
|I could have overlapped the top over a bit more...don't worry about the ends, they'll puff up and fill in beautifully.|
I had some chocolate cheese leftover...check back here in the next couple of days to see what delicious and creative way I used it!
Thanks for reading, see you soon : )