Super Simple Cherry Cheese Danish Braid

Friday, October 10, 2008

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Are you getting sick of my Pillsbury products recipes yet? I hope not, because I have one more to share with you. Yesterday morning, I made this super simple and incredibly delicious Cherry Cheese Danish Braid, and let me tell you – you have got to try it!

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This recipe is so easy, I’m almost embarrassed to give it to you. But, it just isn’t fair for me to keep it to myself. To make it, I used Pillsbury’s Crescent Recipe Creations. You may recall that last week I made a killer Creamy Gorgonzola, Fennel & Pear Tart with this product. This time, I wanted to make something sweet. I put on my thinking cap and came up with this pastry. The whole process took about forty-five minutes from refrigerator to table, and oh, was it good!

The next time you want to impress your family on a Saturday morning with fresh, hot, cheesy, fruity pastry, try this. They’ll think you went to a lot of time and trouble, but we’ll know better!

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Cherry Cheese Danish Braid (Printable Recipe)

Ingredients:

1 8 ounce package cream cheese, softened

3 tablespoons granulated sugar

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1 cup cherry pie filling

1 tube Pillsbury Crescent Recipe Creations

3 tablespoons turbinado sugar

Method:

Heat oven to 375°F. Spray a baking sheet with a little non-stick cooking spray.

In small bowl, beat cream cheese and granulated sugar with an electric mixer on medium speed until light and fluffy. Stir in vanilla extract and set aside.

Unroll dough onto baking sheet and press into 13×7-inch rectangle.

Spoon cream cheese mixture lengthwise down center third of the dough. Then, carefully spoon pie filling on top of the cream cheese.

On each long side of dough rectangle, make cuts about 1 inch apart from the outer edge up to the edge of the filling. Fold opposite strips of dough over filling and cross in center to form a braided appearance. Seal the ends so that the filling doesn’t leak out. Sprinkle turbinado sugar over the top.

Bake 22-24 minutes or until golden brown. Remove from cookie sheet to cooling rack. Cool for about 15-20 minutes and dive in!

46 responses to Super Simple Cherry Cheese Danish Braid

  1. On October 10, 2008 at 1:07pm, Anonymous said...

    oh my….

    I am so glad I am not the only one that uses the pillsbury shortcuts. Thanks so much for the recipe…I’m printing it NOW!–Jennifer

  2. On October 10, 2008 at 2:17pm, the italian dish said...

    Wow, did your post send me back in time. When my husband and I were first married (20 some years ago) I used to make this exact recipe. We called them “walkaways”. You’ve inspired me to make them again! They are incredibly delicious. Thanks!

  3. On October 10, 2008 at 2:27pm, Karen said...

    Mmm, sounds delicious! I’ll have to look for that product at the grocery store.

  4. On October 10, 2008 at 3:09pm, Sara said...

    This looks beautiful, I keep meaning to try to make danish but haven’t gotten around to it yet.

  5. On October 10, 2008 at 5:55pm, squawmama said...

    WOW… I Loved that one… YUMO!!! Bet it would be great with raspsberries too… I also subscribe to the Pillsbury site and LOVE IT!!! Do you also go the Kraft Foods site? They have a recipe book that is really great & they send out for free 4 times a year.. I think you would like it… Food & Family… it had wonderful recipes in it…

    Love to cook and scope up all that I can… Thanks alot for all your yummy posts…

    Hugs,
    Donna

  6. On October 10, 2008 at 6:16pm, Nikki said...

    Of course we’re not tired of Pilsbury posts! I am living vicariously through you because I think if I made something with a Pilsbury product, my grandma would come back from the grave and get me.

  7. On October 10, 2008 at 8:00pm, Patsyk said...

    I have a package of that waiting for a perfect way to use it (I bought it after I saw your tart)… now, my mouth is watering for this one! So many great ways to use it!

  8. On October 10, 2008 at 8:08pm, Jodie said...

    I’m not sick of these posts! Especially seeing this one! I love cherry cheese anything!

  9. On October 10, 2008 at 9:24pm, Ingrid said...

    I really like Pillsbury’s dough products. They are easy to use and taste great! I have used them to make both savory and sweet treats for my children and their friends. Needless to say because of that my house is quite popular at meal times! Thanks for another great recipe!

    As usual your photos came out terrific!
    ~ingrid

  10. On October 10, 2008 at 9:41pm, Proud Italian Cook said...

    I bet pillsbury’s dough products went up 50% after seeing the last few posts from you!

  11. On October 10, 2008 at 9:43pm, Nina Timm said...

    Cherry and cheese????Well I must say it is a first for me, but it is so tempting…I can imagine the taste, must be sublime!!!!

  12. On October 10, 2008 at 10:25pm, noble pig said...

    I love cherry in pastry…keep these recipes coming, I love their simplicity!

  13. On October 11, 2008 at 12:22am, Rachel said...

    Ooooh that one looks good! Now that I’ve made bread I just want more more more!

  14. On October 11, 2008 at 3:36am, Peter M said...

    Pillsbury should put you on the payroll…this could be one of their signature recipes!

    • On September 27, 2010 at 1:14pm, cheesey sheesey said...

      your stuff stinks!!:PPPP

      • On September 27, 2010 at 2:27pm, Susan said...

        So do you! :PPPP

  15. On October 11, 2008 at 4:30am, The Short (dis)Order Cook said...

    It looks beautiful. They certainly kept you well supplied.

  16. On October 11, 2008 at 7:33am, alexandra's kitchen said...

    this Pillsbury crescent product is so versatile! I think you’ve sold me. It might replace puffpastry in my freezer!

  17. On October 11, 2008 at 9:03am, CookiePie said...

    Who wouldn’t love to wake up to that?? YUM!

  18. On October 11, 2008 at 9:40am, Shari@Whisk: a food blog said...

    This sounds so much easier than the DB Danish Braid we all made recently!!

  19. On October 11, 2008 at 12:49pm, Lori Lynn said...

    I saw the cherry danish on Recipe Muncher and had to come over and see how you made it. You are my hero. I am a fan of Pillsbury because I do not have the patience to be a baker. I use the pie crusts for my quiche and am quite happy with them. I think I’ll make this danish for my house guests.

  20. On October 11, 2008 at 1:34pm, Elle said...

    The braid looks delish and easier than the Daring Bakers Danish braid, too. Love the cherry filling!

  21. On October 11, 2008 at 5:56pm, Cakelaw said...

    Nup, not sick of the Pillsbury goods when they look like this. Love the cherry and cheese danish (I have only tried Sara Lee’s version, which is good, but I betcha this rocks!).

  22. On October 11, 2008 at 6:23pm, Rachelle said...

    Yum, cherry danish is one of my weaknesses. Such s simple recipe too!

  23. On October 12, 2008 at 5:27am, Botacook said...

    This Danish braid looks gorgeous!

  24. On October 12, 2008 at 7:37am, Grace said...

    well hello there, cherry cheese ooze–how do you do? what a gorgeous money shot of what’s sure to be a luscious treat. your work is outstanding. :)

  25. On October 12, 2008 at 7:24pm, Pat said...

    Thanks for recommending this product — it sounds easy to use and this cherry cheese bradi looks delicious!

    Pat in NY

  26. On October 12, 2008 at 9:13pm, Megan said...

    YUM, cherry danishes are a real treat combined with a cup of hot coffee. hmm, i think i know what i’ll be having for breakfast tomorrow :)

  27. On October 13, 2008 at 12:08am, Heather said...

    WHOA. Those cherries and creamy cheese? Are you trying to kill me? I could eat cherry pis filling straight from the can. Love it.

  28. On October 13, 2008 at 12:36am, Manggy said...

    No, not at all! We don’t get refrigerated dough products here though, aside from puff pastry and roti prata– I will have to make my own crescent roll dough.
    By the way, cream cheese and juicy, syrupy cherries are a particular weakness of mine!!! Arrrrrh!!!!

  29. On October 13, 2008 at 1:27am, pea & pear said...

    You have got to be kidding me with how delicious that danish looks.. I just about licked the screen!!!! Now all I have to do is work out what Pillsbury creations is and I’m set!!!! ;)
    Ali

  30. On October 13, 2008 at 7:41am, Núria said...

    Mmmmm Susan, this looks so good!!! I’d have it for breakfast, as a dessert, at tea time…. delicious :D

  31. On October 13, 2008 at 8:34am, Little Ol' Liz said...

    Holy cow that looks amazing! I found you after being featured on Slashfood.com, but I’ve put you into my Reader so I don’t miss anything! Congrats on being featured.

  32. On October 13, 2008 at 12:28pm, Deborah said...

    What a brilliant recipe!

  33. On October 13, 2008 at 3:42pm, Susan from Food Blogga said...

    Oh, that first photo make my mouth water. Seriously. It’s sensational, Susan!

  34. On October 13, 2008 at 3:42pm, Cookie baker Lynn said...

    Something this delicious in 45 minutes? You’re amazing!

  35. On October 13, 2008 at 4:22pm, Nicole said...

    Oh wow! You just took my two weekest points in the breakfast pastry category. Cream cheese and cherries. Soooooo good! Do you just use store-bought cherry pie filling?

  36. On October 14, 2008 at 7:04am, Bellini Valli said...

    My sister always made a dessert similart to this that she called a coffee cake. Making it into a braid takes it one step further into perfection:D

  37. On October 14, 2008 at 7:07pm, Lisa magicsprinkles said...

    I just love this! The wrapping technique is just beautiful, although with Haloween in the air my first thought was “why does she have a mummy on her blog?” Then the realization set in – I’m impressed by your handiwork. Well done as always!

  38. On October 16, 2008 at 9:59am, Katrina said...

    Daring Bakers have nothing on Pillsbury, or so it looks! This look divine! Keep it up with all the Pillsbury stuff.

  39. On October 18, 2008 at 11:46am, Tami said...

    I’m drooling over this! Great pics!

  40. On November 06, 2008 at 4:17pm, Anonymous said...

    Great recipe. I tried it last night and my son loved it. Also, if you like cherries in your recipes, I found a company that is giving away a free tart cherry recipe ebook. You can download your free copy from Traverse Bay Farms. Here is the link if you are interested: http://www.traversebayfarms.com

  41. On December 21, 2008 at 10:30pm, Anonymous said...

    This is the kinds of recipes I love, not the ones that call for 10 different items and 15 different steps. I will be back to you cooking site again and again!

  42. On December 22, 2011 at 5:54pm, Baker Guy said...

    The Pillsbury shortcut isn’t worth it. Make real Danish dough, it’s worth the extra time.

  43. On February 14, 2012 at 9:41am, Sarah said...

    I am making this as a Valentine’s Day Dessert for my husband & 3 kids. My husband isn’t big on sweets, but he loves cherry pie. We tried something like this, without the cream cheese mixture several years ago at a pampered chef party. I can only imagine the cream cheese will make it better!

  44. On January 31, 2014 at 3:29pm, Debbie said...

    The recipe I use for this from your Pillsbury site also suggests to mix confectioners sugar with a little milk or water , and a little almond extract then drizzle it over the top. So good and tastes so much like the popular and expensive danish you can buy. Love the recipe as well as every Pillsbury roll recipe I have tried. Yummy!

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