Mixed Berry Danishes

# Delicious Mixed Berry Danishes: A Perfect Blend of Flaky Pastry and Juicy Berries

Craving a delightful treat that is both easy to make and absolutely scrumptious? Look no further than our Mixed Berry Danishes. These delectable pastries combine a flaky, buttery crust with a sweet, tangy berry filling, making them the ideal choice for breakfast, an afternoon snack, or even a dessert. Bursting with the fresh flavors of strawberries, blueberries, and raspberries, these danishes are sure to become a family favorite.

## Ingredients

Here’s all you need to create these delightful Mixed Berry Danishes:

– Puff pastry sheets
– Mixed berries (strawberries, blueberries, raspberries)
– Cream cheese
– Granulated sugar
– Lemon juice
– Vanilla extract
– Egg wash (one egg beaten with a tablespoon of water)
– Powdered sugar (optional, for garnish)

## Instructions

### Step-by-Step Directions to Sweet Perfection

1. **Preheat the Oven**: Begin by preheating your oven to 400°F (200°C). This will ensure that your danishes bake evenly and reach that perfect golden brown color.

2. **Prepare the Puff Pastry**: Roll out the puff pastry sheets on a lightly floured surface to keep them from sticking. Once rolled out, cut the pastry into squares of your desired size.

3. **Make the Cream Cheese Filling**: In a mixing bowl, combine the cream cheese, granulated sugar, lemon juice, and vanilla extract. Mix thoroughly until smooth and creamy.

4. **Assemble the Danishes**: Take each pastry square and spread a spoonful of the cream cheese mixture onto the center. Make sure to leave the edges of the pastry clear.

5. **Add the Berries**: Generously top the cream cheese filling with mixed berries. Feel free to use a combination of strawberries, blueberries, and raspberries for a burst of flavor.

6. **Fold and Brush**: Fold the corners of each pastry square toward the center, slightly overlapping the edges. This creates a beautiful, enclosed shape. Brush the tops with egg wash to achieve a glossy, golden finish once baked.

7. **Bake**: Place the assembled danishes on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Bake in the preheated oven for 15-20 minutes or until the pastries are golden brown and puffed up.

8. **Cool and Garnish**: Once baked, allow the danishes to cool on a wire rack. If desired, sprinkle them with powdered sugar for an extra touch of sweetness and visual appeal.

## Notes

– **Pastry Handling**: Keep your puff pastry cold until you’re ready to use it to ensure it bakes up flaky and crisp.

– **Berry Variations**: You can use fresh or frozen berries. If using frozen berries, thaw them first and drain any excess juice to avoid a soggy filling.

– **Storage**: Store leftover danishes in an airtight container at room temperature for up to two days, or in the refrigerator for up to five days.

## Suggestions for Enjoyment

– **Pairing**: Enjoy your Mixed Berry Danishes with a cup of coffee or tea for a perfect morning treat. They also pair well with a dollop of whipped cream or a scoop of vanilla ice cream if you’re serving them for dessert.

– **Customization**: Feel free to get creative with your fillings. You can add chocolate chips, nuts, or even a different combination of fruits like peaches and blackberries for a unique twist.

– **Presentation**: To make your danishes look even more inviting, drizzle a simple icing (made from powdered sugar and milk) over the top before serving.

## Conclusion

Mixed Berry Danishes are a versatile and delicious pastry that bring a bit of indulgence to your daily routine. Simple to make yet impressive in appearance and flavor, they are sure to wow anyone who gets a taste. Whether you’re enjoying them as a breakfast delight or a graceful dessert, these danishes are the epitome of dessert perfection made simple.

## FAQ

**Q: Can I use store-bought puff pastry?**
A: Yes, store-bought puff pastry works perfectly for this recipe and saves time.

**Q: Do I need to thaw frozen berries before using them?**
A: Yes, it’s best to thaw frozen berries and drain any excess liquid to prevent the pastry from becoming soggy.

**Q: Can I substitute the cream cheese with another type of cheese?**
A: You could use ricotta or mascarpone cheese, but the flavor and texture will slightly differ from the traditional cream cheese filling.

Indulge in the rich, fresh flavors of summer with every bite of these delightful Mixed Berry Danishes. Happy baking!