Chocolate Cheese Danish

These past few weeks have been absolutely crazy, but there is ALWAYS time for dessert! Sometime between a family vacation, moving to a new apartment and getting engaged, I still managed to make time for a delicious and simple dessert. There is always time for a little something sweet. This recipe is courtesy of Giada De Laurentiis. Check it out.

Chocolate Cheese Danish
*NOTE: I only made half this recipe, so amounts in the photos are not the full recipe.*

2 ounces cream cheese, at room temperature
2 ounces mascarpone cheese, at room temperature*
1 egg yolk
1 tablespoon all-purpose flour
3 tablespoons sugar
1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1/8 teaspoon fine sea salt
1/2 cup mini chocolate chips
2 (9-inch-square) sheets frozen puff pastry, thawed
1 egg, beaten

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F. Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper. Set aside.

In a small bowl, mix together the cheeses, egg yolk, flour, sugar, vanilla and salt until smooth.

Fold in the chocolate chips. Set aside.

Cut each sheet of pastry into 4 equal-sized squares. Put 4 pastry squares on each prepared baking sheet. Spoon about 2 to 3 teaspoons of the filling into the center of each piece of pastry.

Fold 1 corner of the pastry diagonally over the filling to within 1-inch of the opposite corner. Brush the folded-over section lightly with the beaten egg. Fold the opposite corner over the egg-brushed pastry to form an open-ended Danish. Brush the pastry with beaten egg.

Bake until puffed and golden, about 15 minutes.

Enjoy!!

*If you don’t have mascarpone, you can mix 8 ounces cream cheese, 1/4 cup heavy whipping cream and 1/3 cup sour cream. Use 2 ounces of this mixture in the recipe.

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