Pineapple Danish with Cream Cheese Glaze

sleepy butters
Posted on 06/17/2009 by spracker
This was my first time making a danish.. the end result came out really delicious, but I'll probably try a few more pastry recipes before settling on a favorite. Nonetheless, I'm not complaining about this one! I cut the ingredients down to 1/4 of the recipe since the original made a lot and there's only two of us. From that, it made 6 pretty good sized danishes. I also only cut the pineapple portion in half, because we had fresh pineapple and I wanted a lot of it on the danish! It seemed like just the right amount. I also made a quick cream cheese glaze to finish it off. Yum! :)

Found the recipe from this blog:

Pineapple Danish
This is a moderately difficult recipe best saved for a day when one feels ambitious. The filling may be prepared ahead.

For the dough:

1 3/4 cup milk
2 packages dry yeast (4 1/2 teaspoons)
1/4 cup warm water
1/3 cup sugar
1 1/4 cup unsalted butter
3 beaten eggs
1 teaspoon ground cardamom
1 teaspoon salt
6 cups sifted all purpose flour

Heat milk to lukewarm. Do the same with water. Add yeast to water. Let stand a few minutes and then stir to dissolve. Add yeast to milk with sugar, 1/4 cup of the butter (melted) eggs, salt and cardamom and 2 cups of the flour. Beat well. Add remaininmg flour and knead until smooth adding more if too sticky. Place in a buttered bowl and cover. Let rise until doubled in bulk (about 1 hour). Punch down and roll into a rectangle. Knead remaining cup of butter until smooth. Form into a flat square and place atop the dough, folding each side over it. Press edges to seal. Give dough a half-turn and repeat. Wrap dough in plastic and chill 15 minutes. Roll, fold and chill three more times being careful not to over-chill the butter as it will get hard and break through the dough.

Roll the dough out 1/8 inch thick and cut as desired (I did crescents as they are simple to manage). Fill and place on a greased cookie sheet. Chill at least two hours. Pre-heat oven to 425 degrees F. (reducing it to 350 as soon as the tray is in oven). Brush pastry with a beaten egg and bake 15 minutes or until browned. Cool on racks.

Makes 2-3 dozen rolls depending on size

For the pineapple filling:

1/2 cup sugar
3 tablespoons cornstarch
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup crushed pineapple, well drained
3/4 cup pineapple juice
1 tablespoon butter [*I did not add this for mine.. it seemed unnecessary and it still tasted good in the end!]
1 teaspoon lemon juice

Bring to a boil and cook one minute longer, stirring constantly. Chill before using.
leana106 18th-Jun-2009 12:22 pm (UTC)
That looks incredibly delicious.
spracker 18th-Jun-2009 05:53 pm (UTC)
It was! I could easily eat just the topping alone and be happy. :)
ms_insecure 18th-Jun-2009 03:35 pm (UTC)
what was your quick cream cheese glaze? i need a quick tasty one!
spracker 18th-Jun-2009 05:56 pm (UTC)
I don't have a very detailed recipe for it, cause I just kinda mix it as I go.. but what I did was soften some cream cheese in a bowl, then mixed in some confectioners sugar (I used a fork, you could use a mixer if you want, or if you're making a larger batch) until it was thick.. then mixed in a little bit of milk.. then a bit more confectioners sugar, stirred some more, and.. done! :) You can go by taste on that one.. more cream cheese, less, more sugar, less sugar.. up to you, depending on what kind of consistency you want. Mine was slightly thicker but it held up nicely and still looked/tasted good the next day. It was essentially spreadable (but not as thick as a frosting.) Add a little more milk if you want it more on the "runny" side!
ms_insecure 18th-Jun-2009 06:03 pm (UTC)
Thanks! =) I was thinking that, but I wasn't sure, people on here surprise me with their amazing tricks and recipes, so I had to ask to be sure!
autumn_leavess 18th-Jun-2009 04:47 pm (UTC)
this looks really tasty and super sweet!
spracker 18th-Jun-2009 05:57 pm (UTC)
Thank you, it was both! :) The dough wasn't too sweet, so it was a nice contrast to the pineapple and cream cheese toppings.
disgruntal_goat 19th-Jun-2009 12:22 am (UTC)
That looks soooooo good!
luel_exana 19th-Jun-2009 05:52 am (UTC)
That sounds delicious! I want to try making that. Thank you for sharing the recipe!
rachelpage 1st-Jul-2015 07:54 am (UTC)
Looks tasty!
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