Oh. My. God. I heard that phrase from no less than seven people – including myself – over these Lemon Syrup Cheese Danishes. They are something of beauty, that’s for sure.
I have decided that the danishes in the store are just blah. I guess I never tried making them before because sometimes the concept of making “pastry” can be very daunting. Well, never fear I have a super ridiculously easy solution for you….. buy a box of puff pastry! Told you it was easy.
Basically cut the pastry into pieces and fill with a slightly sweetened cream cheese mixture. Bake for a bit and the edges get nice and golden and crispy, while the middle stays creamy and gets hot and bubbly. Drizzle the whole deal with lemon syrup. Yep. Syrup.
Originally it was going to be a marmalade, but when I was simmering the mixture I let it go a bit too long unattended and it got a little burned. Not pretty. So round number two, I actually watched it. It was more syrupy than thick and jammy so I switched up my initial idea. It actually worked for the better though, I think the marmalade would have been too thick. The syrup allows maximum dipping after each bite.
So about a year ago, I put on a huge garage sale just to divest myself of some random stuff that had accumulated in my house. It was a success I have to say. Or neighborhood is putting on one this weekend and I am so happy to get rid of some other stuff I have accumulated over time. Anyone want a dining room table? I have four of them…
I think the most frustrating part of a garage sale is pricing everything. I mean, I want to make a little cash but also offer a good deal. How do you price stuff that opens up the negotiations? I am willing to haggle, but I hate when people walk away because I never know if a slightly lower price would have worked. Thank goodness I don’t negotiate multi million dollar deals everyday.
Anyways, I think garage sales should start with a large cup of coffee and a doughnut. Well forget the doughnuts, these danishes work way better. My only concern? I am going to eat way too many of them.
- 2 sheets puff pastry dough, thawed
- 16 ounces cream cheese, softened
- 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
- 5 tablespoons sugar
- 1 egg + 2 tablespoons water, whisked
- 1 cup fresh lemon juice
- 3 cups sugar
- Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or a silicone baking sheet.
- On a lightly floured surface cut the thawed puff pastry into three strips on the creases. Cut each strip into four rectangles.
- With a knife, score ½" border around the edge of each piece of puff pastry. Use a fork to make five or six pricks into the dough within the border of each piece. This will help keep the middle of each piece from rising.
- In a bowl, stir together softened cream cheese, sugar and vanilla. Spoon about 2-3 teaspoons of mixture into the middle of each piece of dough and spread around evenly, ensuring the mix stays within the borders.
- Bake for 15-20 minutes until edges are golden and cheese is lightly browned in spots. Remove from baking sheet and cool on a wire rack.
- Mix the lemon juice and 3 cups sugar in a medium saucepan over medium heat. Heat, stirring often, until temperature reaches 240 degrees. Remove from heat and let cool. Drizzle over danishes. Store leftovers in the refrigerator.