Family and friends will be amazed at how impressive these treats look and taste. (How easy they are to make can be your secret.) Look for pressed cottage cheese in the dairy case of the grocery store. Use 10% cheese for its rich and creamy taste. This is not the place for low-fat cheese – you won't get the desired creamy texture.
- Portion size 8 servings
- Credits : Canadian Living Magazine: November 2012
- 2 cups Granny Smith apples diced and peeled
- 1/4 cup granulated sugar
- 2 teaspoons lemon juice
- 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
- 2 teaspoons cornstarch
- 1 pkg pressed cottage cheese
- 1 egg yolk
- 1/4 teaspoon vanilla
- 1 egg
- 1 pkg frozen puff pastry thawed
- 1/3 cup icing sugar
- 2 teaspoons milk
MethodIn saucepan over medium heat, cook apples, 2 tbsp of the sugar, the lemon juice, cinnamon and 1/3 cup water until apples are tender yet still retain their shape, 8 to 10 minutes.
Whisk cornstarch with 2 tbsp water; stir into apple mixture. Cook, stirring, until thickened, about 1 minute. Let cool.
Meanwhile, stir together cottage cheese, egg yolk, vanilla and remaining sugar; set aside.
In small bowl, beat egg with 2 tsp water for egg wash; set aside.
On lightly floured surface and working with 1 sheet at a time, cut pastry into four squares.
Spoon rounded 1 tbsp of cheese mixture onto centre of each square; using back of spoon, spread diagonally almost but not all the way to opposing corners. Repeat with apple mixture.
Brush edges of pastry lightly with egg wash. Fold uncovered corners inward over filling, overlapping at centre. Transfer to parchment paper–lined baking sheets; brush with egg wash. Refrigerate for 30 minutes or for up to 4 hours. (Make-ahead: Freeze on baking sheets. Layer between waxed paper in airtight container and freeze for up to 2 weeks; bake frozen, adding 6 to 8 minutes to cooking time.)
Bake, 1 sheet at a time, in centre of 425F (220C) oven until puffed and golden, 15 to 18 minutes. Let cool for 5 minutes.
Glaze: Meanwhile, whisk icing sugar with milk until smooth; drizzle over danishes. Serve warm or at room temperature.
Nutritional facts per serving: about
- Fibre 2 g
- Sodium 197 mg
- Sugars 16 g
- Protein 9 g
- Calories 345.0
- Total fat 18 g
- Potassium 42 mg
- Cholesterol 80 mg
- Saturated fat 9 g
- Total carbohydrate 40 g
- Iron 14.0
- Folate 3.0
- Calcium 5.0
- Vitamin A 13.0
- Vitamin C 2.0