Monday, April 6, 2015

Braided Blueberry and Cheese Danish


Happy Easter! We had a very interesting Easter dinner this year. It was an amalgam of the different cultures and food that make up our family. We had roasted pork, baked sweet potatoes, mango rice, sautéed mushrooms, spinach salad, samosas (veg & non-veg), eggplant parmesan, and then dessert.
This year instead of making Tsoureki, I decided to make a sweet danish bread filled with homemade cheese and homemade blueberry jam from last year's garden. I also made one with some pineapple curd from last summer.
 I would suggest when making this opt for a fruit curd or whole fruit jam instead of a jelly, because jelly will bubble right out of the bread!

This lightly sweet soft bread lattice encases a tasty, tangy, sweet mixture of soft cream cheese and whole fruit blueberry jam.

Here is my recipe for Braided Fruit and Cheese Danish:


Makes 2 Medium Sized Braided Loaves, Serves 20

Ingredients:
Dough:
5 cups Unbleached Flour
1 cup Warm Milk
1/2 cup Yogurt
1/4 cup Softened Butter
1/3 cup Sugar
1 1/2 TBLSP Yeast
2 tsp Vanilla Extract
1/2 tsp Salt
2 Eggs

Filling:
1/4 cup Sugar
1/4 cup Sour Cream
1/4 cup Cream Cheese
1/4 cup Fruit Curd or Jam
1 tsp Lemon Juice

Glaze:
1 Egg Yolk
Sugar Sprinkles Optional

Other Items: Parchment Paper, Baker's sheet

Directions:
1. Proof the yeast by mixing the warmed milk with the sugar and add the yeast. Let it sit for 5 minutes if a sponge is formed it's ready to use. If not retry with new yeast.

2. Sift the flour and add the sugar, salt, butter, yogurt, eggs, vanilla extract, and the yeast mixtures into the flour.


3. Turn out the dough onto a floured surface and knead until smooth. Place dough in a lightly oiled bowl, cover with a towel and place in a warm place till doubled in size. Approximately 1-1.5hrs.


4. While the dough is rising make the cream filling. Mix the cream cheese, sour cream, sugar, and lemon juice until smooth. Place in the fridge until ready for use.


5. Turn out the dough onto a floured surface and knead until smooth and divide the dough into 2 equal balls. Take one and roll it out on parchment paper into a rectangle about 14" long by 8" wide


5. Make 14 cuts about 2" long, along the top and bottom, and make 4 cut about 1" long on the sides. Refer to picture below. You should have an uncut portion of dough approximately 14" by 4"


6. Spread the cheese mixture on the uncut portion of dough leaving 1" uncovered on either side, then spread the jam or curd on top.


7. To close: first fold over both ends, then like a braid gently place alternating pieces down making sure they are in contact with each other in the middle. Cover and let rise 15 minutes.

*If you pull the sides too tight or too loose they will open completely during baking.*




8. Preheat oven to 375F. Brush egg yolk over the loaf. Optional: Sprinkle with Sugar sprinkles. Bake for 20-30 minutes. Transfer to a wire rack and cool.


Serve with coffee or tea and Enjoy!

I have entered this post in the April Bready, Steady, Go hosted by Jen’s Food and Utterly Scrummy Food For Families

2 comments:

  1. Beautiful! Sounds like it was a good choice for an Easter celebration. Thanks for joining in with Bready Steady Go :)

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    1. Thanks Jen and thanks for hosting! :)

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