Everyone needs a few quick (and easy) brunch recipes. When a lot of family is over, I like to pull out a few of these recipes to get us all fed with a minimal amount of work and time in the kitchen. After all, I want to spend my time visiting with them and not in front of the stove. Something like this, I would serve on Christmas morning when we are spending time together and relaxing. Knowing a big dinner is coming later that day (not to mention a lot of time in the kitchen), I try to make something small but still feels special and that will hold us over until the appetizers start in the early afternoon.
This recipe for Easy Cheese Danish really fits the bill and is both quick and easy and starts with a can (or two) of crescent rolls or crescent rounds. The cheese filling is quick and simple to make and you can leave them as plain cheese or top them with a pie filling, here we’ve used cherry. Cinnamon apples and fresh berries are other family favorites as well.
These do double duty in my house as a dessert and we had them this week after our Sunday family dinner. My daughter just loves them fresh-baked from the oven. I do, too and the funny thing is that on any brunch menu anywhere I never get danish because I just don’t care for the flavor but this quick and simple version made from crescent rolls does top my list of favorite breakfast pastries.
- 1 can crescent rolls or crescent rounds
- 4 oz (1/2 cup) cream cheese, softened
- ¼ cup (4 tbsp) powdered sugar
- ½ teaspoon vanilla or almond extract
- fresh berries, cherry pie filling or cinnamon apples (optional) to top pastries
For the Icing
- ¼ cup powdered sugar
- 1-2 tbsp water
- In a bowl, mix together the cream cheese, powdered sugar and vanilla and set aside.
- Remove crescent dough from packaging. If using individual rolls, do not unroll them. Leave the dough in a log and the with a sharp knife, cut the dough into 8 equal sections. Each will be about ¾ inch thick. To do this easily, make the first cut in the center of the log. Then make a second cut in the half of the piece of the left. Do the same for the piece on the right. Now cut each of those halves again in half and you will end up with 8 relatively equal pieces of dough. Place dough sections on a parchment lined or lightly greased baking sheet. Flatten each round out a bit with your fingers making a well in the center into which you will place the cream cheese mix.
- Place 1 rounded tablespoon of cream cheese onto each dough section. You will have just enough to cover all 8 with little to none left over. Next, add your berry topping, if desired.
- Bake in a preheated 375°F oven for 14-17 minutes, or until dough is golden brown.
- Meanwhile, as the danishes bake, prepare the icing by combining the powdered sugar and water until completely smooth. I like mine a little thicker than runny. Either put into a baggie to pipe the icing or drizzle with a spoon over the tops of the danishes.