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Guava & Cheese Danish

Saura Madani
Quick puff pastry with homemade guava jam and cream cheese filling.
Servings 15

Ingredients
  

Quick Puff Pastry

  • 13.2 oz flour
  • 2.7 oz butter, soft
  • 0.25 oz salt
  • 5.6 oz ice water
  • 1/2 tsp white vinegar

Guava Jam

  • 14 oz. guava puree
  • 5 oz sugar
  • 1 oz lemon juice
  • 2 tsp pectin

Cream Cheese Filling

  • 8 oz. cream cheese
  • 2 oz powdered sugar
  • 1 yolk

Egg Wash

  • 1 egg
  • 2 Tbsp. water
  • sugar for sprinkling

Instructions
 

  • First prepare your quick puff dough. Flour, soft butter, and salt go in a mixer fitted with a paddle attachment. Cold water and vinegar go together in a separate cup.
  • Turn mixer on low and slowly pour water into flour mixture. Then add your cold cubed butter and mix for 10 seconds- it is important to finish this dough by hand.
  • Remove dough from mixer onto a work surface (you should have large chunks of butter and dough should appear dry but it is good! Don’t add any more water).
  • Form the dough by rolling into a log and kneading. Wrap and rest dough for 1 hour in the fridge.
  • Next, start your guava jam.
    Puree and lemon juice go in a small sauce pot on medium heat. Whisk sugar and pectin in a separate bowl. Add sugar/pectin mixture to puree and let it cook down to half volume and thick, about 15-20 minutes. Remove from heat and cool in a separate bowl. Once cooled, put into a piping bag and set aside.
  • Once dough has rested, roll out onto a floured surface into a long rectangle. You’ll need to roll into 4 book folds. I seriously hate reading a recipe that tries to explain how to laminate dough without pictures, I always just get confused. I found a really good video that fully demonstrates so you don't want to pull your hair out from reading confusing directions.
  • Remember to chill the dough between folds in order to keep the butter cold.
  • To make cream cheese filling, add cream cheese and sifted powdered sugar to a mixing bowl fitted with a paddle attachment. Mix to incorporate, then add yolk. Once mixed, put into piping bag and set aside.
  • Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.
  • Once dough is ready, roll into a large rectangle about 1/8” thickness. Using a ruler and pizza cutter, cut 3”x3” squares.
  • Fill each square with a little cream cheese and a little guava jam, in whichever design you’d like!
  • Place on a sheet tray 2 inches apart from eachother.
  • Make an egg wash by mixing 1 egg with a splash of water and brush over each danish. Sprinkle with a little sugar.
  • Chill dough in freezer for 10 minutes, then bake until golden and crispy, about 20-25 minutes. Cool, and enjoy!!