Carrot Cake Cheese Danish Pastry

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Carrot Cake Cheese Danish by WickedGoodKitchen.com ~ Simply, an irresistible twist on classic Cheese Danish incorporating the flavors of Carrot Cake! Semi-homemade, quick and easy made with frozen puff pastry. #easy #breakfast #brunch #recipeFor holidays and special occasions, something special is in order for breakfast or brunch – like Cheese Danish. This delightful twist on the classic, Carrot Cake Cheese Danish, incorporating the flavors of carrot cake by way of Carrot Cake Jam, truly takes the cake!

A Delightful Twist on the Classic:
Carrot Cake Cheese Danish

Let’s face it. When it comes to holidays and special occasions, impure thoughts of sheer deliciousness tends to take over and we dream of lavish menus incorporating a little bit of badness to enjoy with our coffee as a topper to breakfast or brunch. This is when we start having visions of classics like Cheese Danish.

Carrot Cake Cheese Danish by WickedGoodKitchen.com ~ Simply, an irresistible twist on classic Cheese Danish incorporating the flavors of Carrot Cake! Semi-homemade, quick and easy made with frozen puff pastry. #easy #breakfast #brunch #recipe

When it comes to Danish pastries, I prefer making my pastry from scratch – especially after I learned the “quick method” from Beatrice Ojakangas, in her fabulous cookbook, The Great Scandinavian Baking Book. However, when time does not allow, I reach in the freezer and grab the ever reliable frozen puff pastry from Pepperidge Farm®. Their puff pastry never disappoints.

Carrot Cake Cheese Danish by WickedGoodKitchen.com ~ Simply, an irresistible twist on classic Cheese Danish incorporating the flavors of Carrot Cake! Semi-homemade, quick and easy made with frozen puff pastry. #easy #breakfast #brunch #recipe

Thawing prepared frozen puff pastry is easy as can be. Fortunately, so is filling it with goodness like simple cream cheese filling and luscious homemade or prepared jam to make an exceptional semi-homemade Danish pastry. Ice it with a beautiful glaze and your guests will think you are a rock star pastry chef!

Carrot Cake Cheese Danish by WickedGoodKitchen.com ~ Simply, an irresistible twist on classic Cheese Danish incorporating the flavors of Carrot Cake! Semi-homemade, quick and easy made with frozen puff pastry. #easy #breakfast #brunch #recipe

This recipe for Carrot Cake Cheese Danish was to be published here on the blog for Easter. However, The Big Lug had been out-of-town on business and surprised me by returning home early last week. All blog work ceased in order to make room for spending time together and preparing for our holiday celebration. Although this recipe was meant as an Easter post, it is timely and ideal for Mother’s Day. What mom wouldn’t want to wake up and enjoy a slice of Carrot Cake Cheese Danish with her coffee after breakfast in bed?

Carrot Cake Cheese Danish by WickedGoodKitchen.com ~ Simply, an irresistible twist on classic Cheese Danish incorporating the flavors of Carrot Cake! Semi-homemade, quick and easy made with frozen puff pastry. #easy #breakfast #brunch #recipe

Do you like my animated gif of “the pour”? I found a fun gif generator website and couldn’t resist sharing this with you…just for kicks. I snapped so many shots of “the pour” it made sense to string them together in animated gif format. Can you guess how many shots it took for this? Although it only looks like 5 or 6, the answer is 14!

Carrot Cake Cheese Danish by WickedGoodKitchen.com ~ Simply, an irresistible twist on classic Cheese Danish incorporating the flavors of Carrot Cake! Semi-homemade, quick and easy made with frozen puff pastry. #easy #breakfast #brunch #recipe

What makes our Carrot Cake Cheese Danish wicked good? The scrumptious classic Cheese Danish undergoes the ultimate twist marrying easy to prepare frozen puff pastry with the flavors of carrot cake by way of Carrot Cake Jam. Together they make an extraordinary semi-homemade pastry ideal for holidays and special occasions. The creamy and tangy cheesecake-like filling marries perfectly with the tart yet sweet carrot cake jam, made with fresh carrots, pineapple, and coconut, and pleasantly contrasts with layers of crispy yet tender flaky pastry. The pastry is easy to prepare and bakes in about a half hour. The Vanilla-Almond Glaze pulls it all together. Simply divine. Perfect for breakfast or brunch, a new classic is born! That’s wicked good.

Carrot Cake Cheese Danish by WickedGoodKitchen.com ~ Simply, an irresistible twist on classic Cheese Danish incorporating the flavors of Carrot Cake! Semi-homemade, quick and easy made with frozen puff pastry. #easy #breakfast #brunch #recipe

For the lovers of Danish pastry, carrot cake and cheesecake, bake up some Carrot Cake Cheese Danish to serve up as a treat for your next special occasion breakfast or brunch!

Bon appétit!

xo,

stacysig

Carrot Cake Cheese Danish by WickedGoodKitchen.com ~ Simply an irresistible twist on classic cheese danish incorporating the flavors of carrot cake and cheesecake! Perfect for Easter and Mother's Day. | breakfast brunch recipe

 

 

Carrot Cake Cheese Danish Pastry

Prep Time: 30 minutes

Cook Time: 35 minutes

Total Time: 1 hour, 5 minutes

Yield: Makes 2 Danish pastries; serves 10.

Carrot Cake Cheese Danish Pastry

For holidays and special occasions, something special is in order for breakfast or brunch – like Cheese Danish. This delightful twist on the classic, Carrot Cake Cheese Danish, incorporating the flavors of carrot cake by way of Carrot Cake Jam, truly takes the cake!

Ingredients

  • For Carrot Cake Jam Filling
  • ½ cup Carrot Cake Jam, by Wicked Good Kitchen™
  • or
  • ½ cup Quick & Easy Carrot Cake Jam for Baking, by Wicked Good Kitchen™
  • For Cream Cheese Filling
  • 1 (8-ounce/226-gram) package cream cheese, such as Philadelphia®, softened slightly
  • ¾ cup (about 93 grams) confectioners’ sugar, sifted
  • 2 teaspoons (10 ml) pure vanilla extract, such as Nielsen-Massey®
  • For Danish Pastry
  • 2 sheets (1 pound) frozen puff pastry dough, such as Pepperidge Farm®, thawed
  • For Vanilla-Almond Glaze
  • 1 cup (125 grams) confectioners’ sugar, sifted
  • 1½ (about 22 ml) tablespoons whole milk
  • ¼ teaspoon pure vanilla extract, such as Nielsen-Massey®
  • 1 to 2 drops pure almond extract, such as Nielsen-Massey®
  • For Optional Garnish
  • Freshly grated orange zest, coconut flakes or nuts
  • Special Equipment & Supplies
  • Parchment paper for lining baking pan, such as Beyond Gourmet™

Preparation

Arrange oven rack in middle of oven and preheat oven to 400ºF. Line two baking sheets with baking parchment.

Prepare the Cream Cheese Filling: Using an electric stand mixer fitted with paddle attachment, or handheld mixer and large bowl, beat cream cheese until creamy. Add confectioners’ sugar and vanilla and beat until well blended and smooth, scraping down sides of bowl as necessary with rubber spatula. At this point, the filling can be covered tightly and kept refrigerated for up to two days.

Unfold pastry onto prepared baking sheet into rectangle with long sides parallel to long sides of pan. (This will allow room, length-wise, to work and form the “braid”.) Using a sharp paring knife, make 1½-inch-deep cuts about 1 inch apart along the long sides of the pastry.

Spread half of the jam (4 tablespoons) down the center 3 inches of pastry. Next, spread half of the cream cheese filling on top smoothing with a spatula but staying within center 3 inches of pastry. In crisscross fashion, bring each strip over the filling, starting at the top and working down, alternating from each side. Repeat this process with the remaining sheet of puff pastry on second prepared baking sheet.

Bake each in preheated oven until golden brown and filling is set, about 30 to 35 minutes. While the pastries bake, prepare the glaze. Keep glaze covered to prevent the surface from drying out.

Prepare the Vanilla-Almond Glaze: In a small bowl, blend confectioners’ sugar, milk and extracts until smooth and creamy. The glaze should be nice and thick, not runny.

Once the pastry is done baking, transfer to wire rack. Cool for 10 minutes before drizzling with icing and sprinkling with garnish. Slice and serve warm or at room temperature.

Notes

Tips:

Thaw frozen puff pastry according to package directions.

The Cream Cheese Filling can be prepared in advance. Store airtight in refrigerator for up to 2 days.

After measuring confectioners’ sugar, sift to prevent lumps.

If making the glaze in advance, keep it covered with plastic food wrap. This will keep it smooth and prevent it from drying out.

If you like plenty of glaze, double the recipe.

Store leftovers covered in refrigerator.

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About Stacy

Stacy Bryce is a recipe developer and member of the IACP (International Association of Culinary Professionals). Her passion is developing original conventional baking recipes as well as special diet recipes to include dairy-free, gluten-free and grain-free. You can follow Stacy at Pinterest.

Comments

  1. oh whoa whoa whoa!! I’ve seen danishes before, but never one that’s carrot cake!! Please send me a bite!
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  2. Oh, wow this looks irresistible! I see this in my future! Pinned
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  3. I love the gif of “the pour”! This looks amazing, Stacy, and I can’t imagine a much better way to wake up than with a big slice of this danish! What a delicious flavor combination. Pinning, and have a wonderful week! 🙂
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    • Thank you, Marcie! “The pour” was fun to do. Thanks for stopping by and you have a wonderful week, too! 🙂

  4. Oh my, this looks glorious! I love cheese danish, and now with carrot cake too! This is a winner, for certain. I hope you had a lovely holiday. It sure looks like you ate well!

    • Thanks, Adri! If you love carrot cake, cheesecake and cheese danish, you will love this pastry. I hope you had a lovely holiday, too, my friend!

  5. Oh man, Stacy, does this cheese danish look amazing. Um, I’m loving that moving photo. How do you make that happen. I’m sure there’s some genius trick or program. I fear that if I keep puff pastry in stock, I won’t be able to stop making this awesome pastry. Love! Pinned.

    • Thanks, Jennie! You will love this pastry. As for the animated gif, you can easily create them (without registering) at GIFMaker.me. Thanks for the pin, too, my friend!

  6. Ohh wow, my mum would definitely love to wake up to this beauty! It looks plain delicious with the carrot jam and cream cheese icing. And that gif is so gorgeous! It is making my mouth water I tell you. What a treat!
    Have a lovely day 🙂
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  7. Oh the animated pour! I almost drooled on my keyboard {not cute!}

    This sounds amazing! Leave it to you to turn carrot cake into a Danish!!! Looks amazing! Mmm Danish. Do you know how long it’s been since I had a Danish? Like decades!
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    • Hahaha! Thank you, Lindsey! Glad you enjoyed the animated pour. 😉 Thanks for stopping by and for making me smile, my friend!

  8. Oh my gosh, this looks AMAZING!!! All your delicious carrot cake recipes have me so excited!! 🙂

    • Thank you, Terri! You are so kind. I’m glad you enjoy this recipe. It tasted so much better than it even looks! Thanks for stopping by and have a great rest of the week! 🙂

  9. What a fantastic twist on the classic cheese Danish, and a great use for your carrot cake jam! This looks absolutely lovey for any brunch celebration. Isn’t puff pastry wonderful? It’s so rich and flaky, yet so easy to work with. It’s a great option for elegant recipes like this one .
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    • Thank you, Jamie! Oh, I agree…puff pastry is fabulous. So many applications for savory and sweet treats. Thanks for stopping by and enjoy the rest of your week!

  10. Love everything about this! The gif of the pour – makes me hungry! Pinned of course. 🙂
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    • Thank you, Anna! I’m glad you like this recipe. This danish tastes even better than it looks! Thanks for the pin, my friend! 🙂

  11. This danish looks out of this world Stacy!! Totally drooling over that gif and I love all the carrot cake action going on here. Oh boy, I can’t stop staring at the vanilla-almond glaze – it’s mesmerizing girl! Pinning 🙂

  12. Stacy, another amazing and beautiful recipe. My heart was palpitating looking at those photos. Pinning.
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  13. Stacy, I’m in love with that shot by shot drizzle action! I love using puff pastry… I actually have some sheets in the freezer for emergencies like this! Your creation is absolutely gorgeous, my friend!
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  14. Oh dear – Stacy, THIS carrot cake cheese danish pastry has so much scrumptiousness about it! The carrot cake jam filling – the cream cheese filling – the vanilla almond gaze with orange zest – sweet niblets! WOW!
    I do love the gif of the por – wish there was a gif of “the taste” in which you hold out a later as if us readers were to take a bite…and if we are good, you mail us said bite?! What do you say? 😉
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  15. This is such a neat, unique idea! It definitely sounds divine!
    Oh, and I LOVE the animated gif/picture!

  16. Stacy, you’ve come up with another winner. This sounds just wonderful!! I love frozen puff pastry – it has definitely come to the rescue many times!
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    • Thank you, Chris! So true…frozen puff pastry is like a good ol’ reliable friend you can always count on when the need arises in the kitchen. Thanks for stopping by!

  17. Oh, this is gorgeous Stacy! I’m a sucker for a good danish, and I absolutely love your gif! I’ve been wanting to give that a go! You’ve inspired me to give it a try.
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    • Thank you, Maria! I’m glad you enjoyed a little “production quality” around here with a fun but slightly grainy animated gif. 😉 Have a great rest of the week!

  18. Gorgeous Stacy! Love the gif – so fun! My mom used to make danish pastry from scratch and I remember what a process it was – so good, but a lot of work. Great shortcut using puff pastry.
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    • Thank you, Jeanette! I’m glad you enjoyed the little animated gif for kicks. Oh, goodness…homemade puff pastry is the best. I’m glad you have fond memories of your mom making it. Always quite the process homemade puff pastry is, but it has no equal! 🙂 Thanks for stopping by and enjoy the rest of your week, my friend!

  19. this glorious carrot cake cheese danish gives out the warmth of family celebrations, joy and laughter…looks so elegant and is sure to make a cloud of sweet memories in every foodie’s soul, thanks so much for the inspiration our friend…Have A Wonderful Weekend!!! 🙂
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  20. I love using frozen puff pastry too. I like cheese danish pastries as is but a carrot cake version sounds even better!
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  21. You made this look so professionally good, Stacy! Love it! Also, I love your explanation about how to do the cute little ‘gif’. I’ve been seeing these things around lately and wondering how to do one so thanks for the little ‘clues’! 🙂
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  22. This pastry is absolutely gorgeous, you’ve outdone yourself!
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  23. Stacy, my goodness, this Danish is absolutely TO DIE FOR. I never thought to combine the danish form with carrot cake flavor, but now that you’ve done it, I can’t believe that I’ve been living without this for so long! I definitely have to give this a try!

  24. Oh my goodness, Stacy! You’re killing me with all of these irresistible carrot cake-inspired recipes lately. Spring is within reach and your scrumptious posts have got me SO excited! This pastry looks perfect for weekend guests. Love it!
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    • Thank you, Georgia! Yes, this recipe is ideal for weekend guests and is especially easy if prepared with the Quick and Easy Carrot Cake Jam. I hope you are feeling well and doing fine, my friend. 🙂 Have a wonderful weekend!

  25. I love cheese danish and carrot cake cheese danish…. You’ve outdone yourself, my friend! It looks glorious with all that drippy glaze. Perfect for brunch or for dinner 🙂
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    • Thank you, Meghan! I love it…”or for dinner”. You crack me up! Thanks for stopping by, my friend. Have a fabulous weekend! 🙂

  26. Looks fantastic love the flavor combo! 🙂

  27. Ugh. I don’t see a note anywhere, but it is important to leave the cream cheese out at room temp for a bit before you start beating it. ANNOYING. Hopefully this recipe will work out anyway….

    • Ack! Thank you for writing, Heather. You are absolutely right and please forgive me for missing that important step when typing up the recipe to publish here on the blog. Thank you, thank you! The recipe has been updated to reflect the change to have the cream cheese softened slightly. Thanks again for writing and happy baking!

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