Enjoy a delicious family sized Berry Danish with all your loved ones! This Berry Danish takes just over an hour to prepare and will leave your mouth watering.
Berry Danish Recipe
We love making special treats in our house, on birthdays we make birthday funfetti pancakes, we love Christmas finger jello on Christmas and we love to make berry danishes for any reason to celebrate!
This is by far our favorite berry danish, and it is so easy to make! Give this recipe a try! You won’t be disappointed!
Berry Danish Recipe
Prep time: 30 minutes
Chill time: 30 minutes
Cook time: 20 minutes
Total time: 1 hour + 20 minutes
Ingredients for Berry Danish
¾ cup cottage cheese
⅓ cup granulated sugar
⅓ cup milk
¼ c vegetable oil
1 tsp vanilla extract
2 cups all purpose flour
2 tsp baking powder
½ tsp salt
8 oz cream cheese, softened
½ cup sugar
2 large eggs, separated
2 tsp lemon zest
2 tsp vanilla extract
1 cup raspberries, fresh
1 cup blueberries, fresh
3 tsp lemon juice
½ cup powdered sugar
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You’ll also want to have the following tools to make it easier:
- Large and Small Mixing Bowls
- Food Processor
- Hand Mixer
- Parchment Paper
- Rolling Pin
- Pastry Brush
- Baking Sheet
- Cooling Rack
How to Make this Berry Danish Recipe
The first step for this delicious Berry Danish is to get your pastry ready. Start by putting your cottage cheese in a food processor or a blender and process until it’s nice and smooth.
Transfer the cottage cheese to a large bowl and add the milk, oil, vanilla extract, and sugar. Use an electric mixer to mix the wet ingredients at medium speed for 1-2 minutes or until smooth.
In a separate smaller bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, and salt. Once thoroughly mixed, add the flour mixture slowly to the wet ingredients and mix with an electric mixer until a soft dough forms.
Turn the dough out of the bowl onto a floured surface and knead 5-6 times until a smooth ball is formed. Transfer the dough ball to a bowl with a lid or plastic over top and place it in the fridge to chill for 30 minutes.
While the pastry dough is chilling, you can start working on your filling! Around this time you will want to preheat your oven to 400 degrees so that it can be ready to go when your dough is finished chilling.
To make the filling, add cream cheese and sugar to a bowl and mix on medium speed until fluffy.
Add to your mixture the lemon zest, egg yolks, and vanilla extract. Mix again until smooth and creamy. Your filling is ready in just a couple of minutes!
Once the pastry dough is finished chilling, remove it from the fridge and place it on a piece of parchment paper that is cut to 13×17 inches. Roll the dough out to about 12×16 inches and transfer both the pastry and the parchment to a baking sheet.
Take your filling mixture and spread it longwise down the center of the pastry. The filling should be spread with about a 3 ½ inch width reach to ½ inch from each end of the pastry.
Sprinkle the raspberries and blueberries right over the filling. On the long edges, make 3 ½ inch long cuts that are about 1 inch apart, creating long strips on each side of the pastry.
Turn the pastry to a vertical position and at an upwards angle starting at the bottom of the pastry, start folding each strip inwards over the filling. Alternate from left to right so that the strips overlap until you reach the end of the pastry.
When you reach the end, press the end of the final strips together and fold under the top of the pastry.
Add 1 tbsp water to 1 egg white in a small bowl and mix with a fork until well combined. Using a pastry brush, brush the egg white mixture over the pastry dough.
Bake the pastry for about 20 minutes or until the pastry is golden brown. Cool the pastry on a wire rack.
While the pastry is cooling, whisk together the powdered sugar and lemon juice to make a simple glaze. When the pastry is cool, drizzle the glaze over the danish. Slice and enjoy with your family!
Tips and tricks for Berry Danish
- Sometimes I get a batch of berries that look perfect but end up being so tart! IF you have an especially sour batch of berries, you can macerate them by adding a few tablespoons of sugar to your berries and letting them sit for a half-hour or so. It’ll add a bit of sweetness to your berries. Although having tart berries with this sweet pastry is never a bad thing, so it’s up to you and your preference!
- If you have any extra pastry, make sure that you keep it in the fridge! This pastry will stay fresh much longer if you keep it chilled in an airtight container.
When should I serve this Berry Danish?
Traditionally, danishes are served as a breakfast item. I love having danishes as a special treat for celebrations, parties, or other special occasions.
If you want to avoid the extra sweetness in the morning, don’t be afraid to serve this any time! It’d be a great evening dessert or addition to your lunch spread. There’s no wrong time for a sweet treat.
How do I store this Berry Danish?
You will definitely want to keep this pastry in the fridge to keep it chilled. Because of the dairy and the berries, it will likely go bad on your counter in a day or two.
I’d suggest putting the pastry in a sealed container in your fridge to chill until you are ready to eat it again. Berry Danishes are great room temperature OR chilled so eat however you’d like!