Lately I’ve been doing a lot of thinking about this blog and what makes me happy. I don’t want to share recipes you don’t like, or ones I don’t really like! You (and I) deserve better! There are several things that make me happy and that I love to write about: Great coffee in the morning, fresh, berry cream cheese danish, cookies, warm from the oven… and baking.
Can baking be a love language? When I want to feel better, I bake. When I want to make other people feel better, I bake. When I am happy, I bake. When I am stressed, I bake! Do you see a theme here? Recently, I quit teaching pre-school in order to focus on a new chapter, new beginnings, and new opportunities. We’ll see where it goes! Consequently, there has been plenty of baking going on in my house! You may see a LOT more baking posts in the future. Sure, I’ll throw in an occasional salad or dinner, my favorite side dishes and sandwiches, but mostly, this kitchen will be filled with love, four, sugar and plenty of butter!
Oh, and since I no longer have a job where I can share my baked goods, I’m open to suggestions for what to do with all these goodies! Any volunteers?
In tackling and honoring my love for baking, I decided to give puff pastry a shot again. The first time I tried puff pastry, it was a hit and miss opportunity. You can see the challenges I faced here: Braided Cheese Danish This time, I was nicer to myself. I found these squares of puff pastry in my local market and decided to give them a try.
When I think of a great cream cheese danish, the pastry is just as important, if not more so, than the filling! The pastry needs to be golden and flaky. It needs to have crisp, light layers and be full of buttery goodness. These pre-cut squares are 5″ by 5″ and they worked great! You’ll see I scored a smaller square in the center, leaving a border of about an inch on the sides, then I pricked the middle several times with a fork. That’s so the center doesn’t puff up when it’s baking and you have a nice area to place your filling!
These berry cream cheese danishes came out FABULOUS! I can’t wait to try a savory version for an easy brunch/light dinner option.
Which is your favorite? Blueberry or raspberry? I made both because those were the berries I had on hand. Plus, today is the 4th of July and I was feeling patriotic. Feel free to mix and match your own. Blackberries, strawberries and even peaches would be great too. Just have fun with it!
And, to keep it real, I’m including this last picture of the danishes, and my toes! I laughed when I saw this shot. It’s an imperfect kitchen after all. Toes happen in pictures occasionally! :-) Happy 4th of July everyone! Enjoy your own puffy, golden, flaky and buttery delicious cream cheese danish! We did!