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Tuesday
Oct142014

Prunes Are Not Just for Old People: Paczki With Prune Butter

Paczki - ovenly book

Prunes have a bit of a reputation for being a food beloved by cranky old people. I say this lovingly, because my grandma is one of those cranky old people. 

But here's the thing: I like prunes. And I think you will, too, especially when they're accompanied by deliciously fried paczki, a sort of Polish doughnut which is famous especially around Lent. This recipe is excerpted from Ovenly: Sweet and Salty Recipes from New York's Most Creative Bakery. Enjoy!

PS: If prunes aren't your bag, there's a blueberry jam recipe at the bottom, too. 

Ovenly book

PĄCZKI WITH PRUNE BUTTER

Yield: approximately 20 pączki

I kinda hate doughnuts. An unfortunate mishap involving a cruller at a gas station in rural Wisconsin when I was ten years old scarred me for life. But then came pączki. Pączki (pronounced ponch-ky) are served in Poland on Easter, and the first year we met, incredulous that I hated doughnuts, Agatha bought one for me from a local Greenpoint bakery. Hot, crispy, tender and sweet, she proved to me that doughnuts could be awesome (though I’m still cruller averse). For our cookbook, Agatha’s dad, Zdzislaw, sent us a recipe from Agatha’s great aunt, with a serious note reminding us that pączki are good to make no matter the time of year. In homage to Eastern Europe, we’ve stuffed our version with prune butter, but any fruit spread will do.

Ingredients

 

  • 1½ cups whole milk + more for thinning the dough
  • 3 tablespoons + 2¼ teaspoons (1¼ ounces) active dry yeast
  • 1 tablespoon + 4 tablespoons + ½ teaspoon sugar
  • ½ cup + 5¾ cups all-purpose flour, sifted + more for kneading
  • 1½ tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 4 egg yolks
  • ¼ cup rum or spirytus (neutral spirits)
  • 3 cups safflower or peanut oil, for frying + more for oiling the bowl
  • Prune butter or homemade jam, for filling
  • Confectioners’ sugar, for dusting

 

Procedure

1. Heat the whole milk in a small saucepan over medium-low heat, to 110⁰F to 115⁰F.

2. Dissolve the yeast in the warm milk in a medium bowl. Add 1 tablespoon of the sugar and a ½ cup of the flour, whisk together thoroughly and set aside.

3. In a small saucepan or in a small, microwave-safe bowl in a microwave oven, melt the butter and set aside to cool.

4. In a separate small bowl, vigorously whisk together the remaining 4 tablespoons and ½ teaspoon sugar, egg yolks and rum until frothy.

5. Place the remaining 5¾ cups flour in a large bowl. Whisk the yeast mixture again, and pour it over the flour. Add the egg mixture, and mix with a wooden spoon or a spatula until the dough just starts to come together. Add the melted butter, and combine until smooth.

6. Liberally flour a work surface, and turn the dough out onto it. Knead the dough until it comes together and no longer sticks to your hands when worked. If the dough seems dry, add a little more milk and knead. If the dough seems too wet, add a bit more flour.

7. Lightly oil a large bowl and place the dough in it. Cover with a towel or plastic wrap, and let rise in a warm area until it doubles in size (about 1 hour).

8. Punch the dough down and separate it into 2 balls. Flour your work surface again, and roll the first ball into a disk about ½-inch thick.

9. Using a 3-inch cookie cutter or an inverted drinking glass, cut rounds out of the dough. Set the scraps of dough aside.

10. Place 1 tablespoon prune butter in the center of 1 of the rounds. Top it with another round, and pinch the seams with your fingers to seal the edges. Then bring together the edges of the dough on 1 side to create a sphere (see process below), and pinch to make a new seam. Reshape each ball with your hands to re-form it into a fluffy round shape. Repeat this process for the remaining rounds. Set each filled pączki on a floured surface.

11. Repeat this process with the remaining ball of dough. Reroll all the scraps of dough, and repeat this process again.

12. Let the filled pączki rise for 20 minutes, or until fluffy.

13. After the pączki have risen for 15 minutes, heat the oil in a heavy-bottomed steel or cast-iron skillet to 350ºF on a candy thermometer, and line a large plate or a cooling rack with paper towels.

14. Once the oil is ready, use a slotted spoon to carefully place 3 or 4 pączki in the hot oil. Fry for 45 seconds, or until golden brown on 1 side. Flip the pączki and fry on the other side until golden brown, about 25 to 35 seconds.

15. Remove the pączki from the oil immediately and transfer to the prepared plate or cooling rack.

16. Let the pączki cool completely. Using a fine-mesh sieve, sprinkle them with confectioners’ sugar. Serve immediately.

Pączki Process:

  1. Once the prepared dough is rolled out, use a 3-inch cookie cutter or an inverted drinking glass to cut rounds out of the dough.

  2. Place the filling in the center of 1 of the rounds.

  3. Top it with another round.

  4. Repeat this process with the remaining rounds.

  5. Pinch just the ends with your fingers to seal the edges securely.

  6. Reshape the pączki so that they are fluffy and round, and set them aside to rise for 20 minutes.

  7. Heat the oil in a skillet to 350ºF. Fry the pączki until they are golden brown on each side.

  8. Remove the pączki from the oil and transfer them to a plate or a cooling rack lined with paper towels to drain.

  9. Using a fine-mesh sieve, sprinkle the cooled pączki with confectioners’ sugar.

Note:  To ensure your pączki are perfectly fried but not greasy, heat your oil to 350⁰F before frying and reheat it to 350⁰F between batches.

QUICK & EASY BLUEBERRY JAM

Yield: approximately 1½ cups

What better accompaniment to a scone than butter and jam? Since we sell a lot of scones at Ovenly, we go through a lot of fixin’s, as well. With all the fruit we have on hand, it was a no-brainer for us to start making our own jam. Don’t be intimidated: all you have to do is throw everything into a large pot, heat and…wait.

 

  • 2 pounds fresh or frozen blueberries
  • ¼ cup honey

 

1. Place the blueberries and honey in a medium saucepan. Heat over medium-high heat, stirring constantly to prevent burning, for 4 minutes.

2. After about 4 minutes, the blueberries will start to sweat. Turn the heat up to high, and stir until the liquid comes to a boil. Then reduce the heat to medium-low and allow the mixture to simmer for about 18 to 20 minutes, stirring every 3 to 4 minutes. The mixture thickens as it reduces.

3. For a juicier jam, reduce the cooking time by a few minutes. For a thicker consistency, cook the jam for the full 20 minutes. The longer you cook the jam, the thicker it will be.

4. Set the jam aside to cool and thicken fully. Store it in the refrigerator for up to 1 week.

Credit: “Excerpted from Ovenly by Agatha Kulaga & Erin Patinkin (Harlequin Nonfiction). Copyright © 2014. Photographs by Winona Barton-Ballentine.”

 

Sunday
Oct052014

Pillsbury Bake-Off Countdown: Grizzly Bear Claws

CakeSpy Note: OMG! It's getting to be that time of year again. The Pillsbury Bake-Off is coming in November! Since I so deeply loved attending the 45th Bake-Off as well as the 46th Bake-Off, I thought I would get you excited the 47th one early by sharing all of the sweet recipes in the running. I will focus on sweets! You can follow them by clicking the bakeoff tag below to see the recipes posted so far (as well as recipes from previous Bake-Off events).
 

Gerald Martinez of Westminster, Colorado deserves an award: for the cutest pastry name in the running at this year's Bake-Off! Not that it's that different from "bear claw", but somehow the "grizzly" referring to a flaky coating of coconut makes me coo. That's cute! Plus, the pastries are a fine way to start the morning, made from biscuit dough reconfigured and filled with a date-nut mixture. Good luck at the Bake-Off!

Grizzly Bear Claws

  • Prep Time: 25 Min Total
  • Time: 50 Min
  • Makes: 5 bear claws

Ingredients

  • 5 tablespoons powdered sugar
  • 1 large orange (1 tablespoon grated peel and 1 tablespoon plus 1 1/2 teaspoons juice)
  • 1/3 cup coconut
  • 1/4 cup sliced almonds, coarsely chopped
  • 2/3
  • cup finely chopped pitted dates
  • 1/4 cup Jif® Creamy Almond Butter 1can Pillsbury Grands Homestyle refrigerated buttermilk biscuits (5 biscuits)

Procedure

  1. Heat oven to 375°F. Line large cookie sheet with Reynolds® Parchment Paper. In small bowl, mix 2 tablespoons of the powdered sugar and 1 1/2 teaspoons of the orange juice with whisk until smooth; set aside. In another small bowl, mix coconut and almonds; set aside. 
  2. In medium bowl, mix dates and 1 tablespoon of the orange juice. Stir in almond butter, orange peel and remaining 3 tablespoons powdered sugar. Set aside. 
  3. Separate dough into 5 biscuits; press each biscuit to form 7x3 1/2-inch oval. Spoon about 2 tablespoons date filling on one half of each biscuit oval. Spread filling to center, 1 inch from short end and 1/4 inch from sides. Fold dough in half over filling; bringing top edge of dough even with bottom edge. Press edges firmly to seal. 
  4. Place biscuits 2 inches apart on cookie sheet. Using sharp knife or kitchen scissors, make four 1-inch cuts, 1 inch apart on sealed end of biscuit. Gently stretch each section between cuts to form claw shape. Brush tops of biscuits with reserved orange glaze; sprinkle evenly with reserved coconut mixture. 
  5. Bake 10 to 20 minutes or until golden brown and coconut is toasted. Cool 2 minutes; remove from pan to cooling rack. Cool completely, about 15 minutes.
Thursday
Sep252014

Pillsbury Bake-Off Countdown: Cherry-Orange Pull-Apart Breakfast Bread

CakeSpy Note: OMG! It's getting to be that time of year again. The Pillsbury Bake-Off is coming in November! Since I so deeply loved attending the 45th Bake-Off as well as the 46th Bake-Off, I thought I would get you excited the 47th one early by sharing all of the sweet recipes in the running. I will focus on sweets! You can follow them by clicking the bakeoff tag below to see the recipes posted so far (as well as recipes from previous Bake-Off events). 

I'll tell you what including cherries and orange in your breakfast bread means. That means it is health food. 

 But the best kind of health food ever, because it's accompanied by a generous amount of sugar and almond extract to make a dreamy carbohydratey treat! This feat of breakfast brilliance was dreamed up by Maria Rokas of San Francisco, California. Good luck at the Bake-Off!

Cherry-Orange Pull-Apart Breakfast Bread

  • Prep Time: 30 Min
  • Total Time: 1 Hr 40 Min
  • Makes: 8 servings

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1/3 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup chopped dried cherries
  • 2 tablespoons grated orange peel (from 2 oranges)
  • 2 cans Pillsbury refrigerated thin pizza crust
  • 1/4 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 teaspoon Almond Extract

Procedure

  1. Heat oven to 350°F. In small microwavable bowl, microwave 1/4 cup of the butter uncovered on High 30 to 50 seconds or until melted. Line bottom of 9x5-inch loaf pan with parchment paper. Lightly brush bottom and sides with small amount of the melted butter.
  2. In small bowl, mix granulated sugar, cherries and orange peel; set aside. Unroll 1 can of dough on work surface; press to form 16x12-inch rectangle. With pizza cutter or sharp knife, cut crosswise into 4 rows to make 4 (12x4-inch) rectangles. Brush rectangles with some of the remaining melted butter. Working quickly, sprinkle 1 rectangle with 1 rounded tablespoon sugar mixture.
  3. Top with another dough rectangle, butter side down. Brush top of rectangle with some of the butter, and sprinkle with 1 rounded tablespoon sugar mixture. Repeat with remaining 2 rectangles.
  4. With sharp knife, cut stack crosswise into 5 (4x2 1/2-inch) stacks. Carefully place small stacks, cut side down, in loaf pan. Repeat with remaining can of dough, sugar mixture and melted butter. Brush any remaining butter over top of loaf.
  5. Bake 45 to 55 minutes or until deep golden brown, covering with foil, if necessary, to prevent excess browning.
  6. Cool 15 minutes in pan on cooling rack. Run knife around sides of pan to loosen bread. Remove from pan to cooling rack set over a sheet of parchment paper or foil. Meanwhile, in medium microwavable bowl, microwave remaining 1/4 cup butter uncovered on High 30 to 50 seconds or until melted.
  7. Add the powdered sugar and almond extract; mix until smooth. Brush icing over breakfast bread. Serve warm.
Monday
Sep222014

Pillsbury Bake-Off Countdown: Peanut Butter-Chocolate Chip Waffles

CakeSpy Note: OMG! It's getting to be that time of year again. The Pillsbury Bake-Off is coming in November! Since I so deeply loved attending the 45th Bake-Off as well as the 46th Bake-Off, I thought I would get you excited the 47th one early by sharing all of the sweet recipes in the running. I will focus on sweets! You can follow them by clicking the bakeoff tag below to see the recipes posted so far (as well as recipes from previous Bake-Off events). 

Using chocolate chip cookie dough to make waffles? It simply baffles the mind!

These clever waffles come together from a base of (gluten-free) cookie dough with just a few ingredients added to give it a more waffle-batter like consistency. The resulting treats? Well, let's say brunch is gonna rule at your house this weekend, or any weekend you make them. This recipe is courtesy of Julee Shapiro of Los Angeles. Good luck at the Bake-Off!

Peanut Butter-Chocolate Chip Waffles

  • Prep Time: 30 Min
  • Total Time: 30 Min
  • Makes: 6 servings; 2 (4-inch) waffles each

Ingredients

  • 1 container Pillsbury Gluten Free refrigerated chocolate chip cookie dough
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1/4 cup creamy peanut butter
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup heavy whipping cream, whipped
  • 3 tablespoons honey

Procedure

  1. Heat waffle maker. (Waffle maker without a nonstick coating may need to be brushed with vegetable oil or non-stick spray before batter for each waffle is added.) Let cookie dough stand at room temperature 10 minutes to soften.
  2. In large bowl, break up cookie dough. Add milk, peanut butter, oil and eggs. Beat with electric mixer on medium speed 2 to 3 minutes, scraping sides as needed, until well blended.
  3. To make waffles, pour 1/4 cup batter onto each waffle section. (Check manufacturer’s directions for recommended amount of batter.) Close lid of waffle maker.
  4. Bake about 5 minutes or until steaming stops. Carefully remove waffle. Serve waffles topped with whipped cream and drizzled with honey.
Sunday
Mar232014

Bali Diary: Black Rice Pudding is a Thing Here

Black rice pudding

I'll be straight up with you: I'm not really a cereal person. On a restaurant menu, I totally glaze over the cereal or grain section in favor of more exciting choices such as pancakes or eggs or French toast. Or a vanilla kreme filled donut. You know.

But I have discovered a treat in Bali that really revs my engine in the morning (yes, I just said that), and its name is Black Rice Pudding. It's wonderful, sweet, and provides me with ample energy for doing tons of yoga. This is actually me:

Yoga in bali

 

I know, I totally rule, right??

But back to the rice pudding. Actually, it doesn’t have to be a beginning of the day treat. The pudding can be eaten as a porridge-like morning food, or as a more rice pudding-y dessert. Black rice sweetened with palm sugar and wrapped in banana leaves can also be found at the markets for a traditional treat.

But to keep things fairly simple, I'm going to stick with the breakfast version, because it's my favorite time to enjoy this sweet treat. Plus, if it's technically breakfast, then it's ok to order dessert, too.

Black rice pudding

So what should you expect when you order black rice pudding?

The black rice is lightly boiled and then served in any number of slight variations on this basic method: with palm sugar-soaked coconut milk and bananas on top. I don't know how these fairly virtuous ingredients do it, but when they come together, they will make you want to keep eating until you burst open in some sort of carbohydratey explosion.

Black rice pudding

One of my favorites so far was from famed restaurant Casa Luna (home of a literary festival and a bakery--I felt very at home), where they serve it in a big bowl, made in the exact way detailed above. The rice itself is sort of al dente textured, but it softens as you eat it--almost like how Grape Nuts start out gravelly but then turn nice and soft in the milk. As the rice became soaked with the sweet coconut sugar mixture, each kernel became a vessel for transporting a mini burst of awesome in my mouth. There were just enough bananas to keep things interesting, but not too many so as to be distracting. This was a thoroughly happy food to eat. 

But you don't have to limit yourself to Casa Luna for consuming this delicious treat. It's a common item on menus, and can typically be made any time of day. 

Black rice pudding

I found a good-looking black rice pudding recipe in case you're intrigued. And I found another one that is like a tricked out version. It sounds about right to me, and I am going to give it a try when I am back home. Although more and more, Bali is starting to seem like home!

Love from Bali,

CakeSpy

Mentioned: Casa Luna, Jalan Raya Ubud, Bali. Online here.

Sunday
Nov102013

The Bake-Off is Coming: PB+J Breakfast Danish

PB+J Danish

CakeSpy Note: OMG! The 46th Annual Pillsbury Bake-Off is coming! Since I so deeply loved attending the 45th Bake-Off, I thought I would get you excited early by sharing some of the finalists' recipes. Do I need to tell you that the winner will receive one million dollars? My posting is on hyperdrive since the event is less than a week a day--check back often, because I will be posting recipes like crazy until the big event! 

I love peanut butter. I love jelly. But especially, I love danish. This pastry brings all three together in a perfect breakfastly matrimony. And it's dreamed up by a fellow Jersey girl: Julie Paolella of Galloway, New Jersey!

PB+J Breakfast Danish

Prep Time: 30 Min Total Time: 1 Hr 15 Min Makes: 8 servings

Ingredients

  • 1 package (8 oz) cream cheese, softened
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup Jif® Creamy Peanut Butter
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 egg, separated
  • 1 can Pillsbury® Grands! Flaky Layers refrigerated Butter Tastin' biscuits
  • 1/3 cup Smucker’s Seedless Strawberry Jam

Procedure

  1. Heat oven to 350°F. Line 15x10-inch pan with sides with parchment paper.
  2. In medium bowl, beat cream cheese, sugar, peanut butter, vanilla and egg yolk with electric mixer on medium speed 1 minute or until fluffy, scraping sides of bowl if necessary; set aside.
  3. Arrange biscuits in 2 rows of 4 biscuits in center of pan, with sides of biscuits just touching. Press or roll biscuits to 14x9-inch rectangle. Spread cream cheese mixture over dough to within 1/2 inch of edges. Using parchment paper, bring long sides of dough over filling, overlapping slightly in center. With fork, lightly beat egg white; brush over top and sides of dough.
  4. Bake 25 to 35 minutes or until golden brown. Cool 10 minutes. Spoon and spread jam down center of pastry. Carefully remove to serving plate. Serve warm.

 

Saturday
Nov092013

The Bake-Off is Coming: Blueberry Sour Cream Pancakes

Blueberry Sour Cream Pancakes

CakeSpy Note: OMG! The 46th Annual Pillsbury Bake-Off is coming! Since I so deeply loved attending the 45th Bake-Off, I thought I would get you excited early by sharing some of the finalists' recipes. Do I need to tell you that the winner will receive one million dollars? My posting is on hyperdrive since the event is less than a week a day--check back often, because I will be posting recipes like crazy until the big event! You can follow them by clicking the bakeoff tag below the post to see which ones have been posted so far. Enjoy! 

Breakfast is served! And since it has fruit, it's health food. Right? Of course, the sugar cookie dough in the batter doesn't hurt anything. This recipe comes from Michele Kusma of  Columbus, Ohio. #nom!

Blueberry Sour Cream Pancakes

Prep Time: 25 Min Total Time: 25 Min Makes: 6 servings (2 pancakes each)

Ingredients

  • 1 roll Pillsbury refrigerated sugar cookie dough
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 1 cup fresh or frozen (thawed and drained) blueberries
  • 1 jar (12 oz) Blueberry Preserves

Procedure

  1. Let cookie dough stand at room temperature 10 minutes to soften. Spray nonstick electric griddle with Crisco® Original No-Stick Cooking Spray; heat to 350°F.
  2. In large bowl, break up cookie dough. Beat in eggs with electric mixer on low speed until well blended. Add sour cream; beat until smooth. Stir in blueberries.
  3. Spray nonstick pancake turner with cooking spray. For each pancake, pour 1/4 cup batter onto hot griddle. Cook pancakes 4 to 5 minutes or until bubbly and dry around edges. Carefully turn; cook other side 1 to 2 minutes or until deep golden brown. Keep warm.
  4. In medium microwavable bowl, microwave preserves and 1 tablespoon water on High 1 minute; stir until smooth. Serve over pancakes.
Saturday
Nov092013

The Bake-Off is Coming: Coconut Mocha Hazelnut Pastries

Coconut Mocha Hazelnut Pastries

CakeSpy Note: OMG! The 46th Annual Pillsbury Bake-Off is coming! Since I so deeply loved attending the 45th Bake-Off, I thought I would get you excited early by sharing some of the finalists' recipes. Do I need to tell you that the winner will receive one million dollars? My posting is on hyperdrive since the event is less than a week a day--check back often, because I will be posting three recipes a day until the big event! You can follow them by clicking the bakeoff tag below the post to see which ones have been posted so far. Enjoy! 

Donna Fogel Whitehall, Pennsylvania

Prep Time: 10 Min Total Time: 35 Min Makes: 6 servings

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup flaked coconut
  • 4 oz cream cheese (half of 8-oz package), softened
  • 1 teaspoon All Purpose Flour
  • 1 can Pillsbury® Crescent Recipe Creations® refrigerated seamless dough sheet
  • 1/2 cup Mocha Cappuccino Flavored Hazelnut Spread
  • 1/4 cup miniature semisweet chocolate chips 
  • 1 tablespoon powdered sugar

Heat oven to 375°F. Reserve 1 tablespoon of the coconut. In small bowl, beat cream cheese and remaining coconut with electric mixer on medium speed until well blended. Set aside.

Sprinkle flour on work surface; unroll dough over flour. Press into 12 x 7 1/2-inch rectangle. Cut into 6 squares. Spread each square with 1 rounded tablespoon mocha cappuccino hazelnut spread to within 1/2 inch of edges. Top each with 1 rounded tablespoon coconut mixture and 2 teaspoons chocolate chips. Bring corners of dough together over filling; pinch to seal. Sprinkle with reserved coconut; gently pressing onto top and sides. Place on nonstick cookie sheet.

Bake 11 to 15 minutes or until golden brown. Cool 10 minutes. Sprinkle with powdered sugar. Serve warm or cool.

Saturday
Nov092013

The Bake-Off is Coming: Boston Cream French Toast

Boston Cream French Toast

CakeSpy Note: OMG! The 46th Annual Pillsbury Bake-Off is coming! Since I so deeply loved attending the 45th Bake-Off, I thought I would get you excited early by sharing some of the finalists' recipes. Do I need to tell you that the winner will receive one million dollars? My posting is on hyperdrive since the event is less than a week a day--check back often, because I will be posting three recipes a day until the big event! You can follow them by clicking the bakeoff tag below the post to see which ones have been posted so far. Enjoy! 


It's possible that this is the most beautiful breakfast food I've ever in my life seen. Kristen Abbott of Paoli, Pennsylvania is to blame for the extreme pleasure that is Boston Cream French Toast. Perfect for brunch!

Boston Cream French Toast

Prep Time: 20 Min Total Time: 1 Hr 25 Min Makes: 10 servings

Ingredients

  • 1 can Pillsbury refrigerated crusty French loaf
  • 1 can (14 oz) Eagle Brand Sweetened Condensed Milk
  • 1 1/4 cups whipping cream
  • 2 egg yolks
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 3/4 cup Chocolate Flavored Hazelnut Spread

Procedure

  1. Heat oven to 350°F. Bake crusty French loaf as directed on can. Cool 10 minutes.
  2. Meanwhile, spray 13x9-inch pan (dark pan not recommended) with Crisco® Original No-Stick Cooking Spray. In large bowl, beat sweetened condensed milk, 1 cup of the cream, the egg yolks and vanilla with wire whisk until well blended. Pour half of mixture into pan.
  3. Trim ends of bread; cut into 20 (about 3/4-inch) slices. Place slices over egg mixture. Pour remaining egg mixture over bread slices. Bake 30 to 33 minutes or until light golden brown.
  4. In medium microwavable bowl, microwave remaining 1/4 cup cream on High 20 to 30 seconds or until hot. Stir in hazelnut spread until smooth.
  5. For each serving, with spatula, remove 1 piece French toast and place custard side up on serving plate. Top with another piece of French toast, custard side down, forming a sandwich with custard in the center. Drizzle each serving with 1 tablespoon chocolate hazelnut sauce.
Tuesday
Nov052013

Breakfast is Served: Easy Crescent Roll Danish

Crescent roll danish

Do you want a delicious cream cheese danish, but can't make yourself wait for yeasted dough to rise? Well, because I am a genius, I have figured out that you don't need to do all that--all you need to do is go to the grocery store and buy some crescent rolls. You know, the kind you buy in the tube, that makes that satisfying "pop!" sound when you open them.

All you need to do, really, is make the high-fat filling.

Coming together in minutes, you fold the crescent rolls around aforementioned high-fat and highly scrumptious cream cheese filling for a crowd-pleasing morning treat. It's a fantastic breakfast that feels like the weekend but is easy enough to make on a weekday. YES!

Crescent Roll Danish

Active time: 5 minutes Total time: 30 minutes Makes 8 pastries

Ingredients

  • 1 tube Crescent Rolls (don't waste your time using low-fat)
  • 1 package (8 ounces) cream cheese, softened (do not use low-fat)
  • ½ cup confectioners’ sugar
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice
  • 8 teaspoons strawberry jelly or preserves (or flavor of your choice)

Procedure

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. Unroll the Crescent Rolls dough. Separate the dough into four rectangles with triangle perforations. On each rectangle, gently use your fingers to incorporate the perforations into the dough. Now you have four un-perforated rectangles. Cut each rectangle in half, so that you have two squares. Now, cut each into 4 parts. You will end up with 8 squares. Danish 
  3. Transfer them to the baking sheet, evenly spaced, and aligned with a point toward you so that they look like diamonds.
  4. In a large bowl, by hand or with an electric mixer, combine the cream cheese, confectioners’ sugar, and lemon juice. Mix until thoroughly combined and light and fluffy. Cream cheese
  5. Spoon a heaping tablespoon of the filling on the center of each pastry. Lightly spread it so that it is slightly flatter, but leave about 1 inch on all sides. If desired, spoon a teaspoon of strawberry jelly on top of the cream cheese mixture. 
  6. Easy danish
  7. Gently fold the left hand side of the dough on top of the filling, and bring the right side of the dough on top of that, so that the two sides form a seal. Gently press to ensure that they adhere, as they could unravel in the oven if you don’t. So now, it looks like two little arms hugging the filling, with the top and bottom exposed. Or, fold up the sides so that each grasps the filling in a little "bowl". Be sure to pinch the sides to form a seal if you do this.
  8. Danish Danish
  9. Bake in the preheated oven for 15 to 18 minutes, or until the pastries are golden. Remove from oven and let cool until warm. Serve warm.
  10. Crescent roll danish
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