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Easy Danishes

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We just celebrated Pi Day yesterday. These are super easy and quick.

Easy Danishes

1 box (two sheets) puff pastry, thawed & cut into 9 even squares each sheet (total 18 sheets)
1 banana
1 pear

Cherry Topping
1 1/2 tbsp cornstarch
1 1/2 tbsp water
2 1/2 cups cherries, washed & pitted
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1 tsp fresh lemon juice
1/8 tsp salt
1 tsp vanilla

Mix cornstarch and water in a small bowl. Set aside.

In a sauce pan, add cherries, sugar, lemon juice and salt. Simmer for 5 minutes or until they start releasing their juices. Stir in cornstarch mixture and bring to a boil stirring often. Once it starts to thicken, remove from the heat and add the vanilla. Let this sit and cool.

Cream Cheese Topping

3 oz cream cheese
1/2 tsp vanilla
2 tbsp sugar

Stir ingredients together. Set aside.

Preheat oven to 375°F. Lay the puff pastry squares out on two baking sheets covered with a silpat each. Poke four times each square with a fork to prevent the middle of each danish from rising.

Now you can get creative. Cream cheese topping will cover around 11 danishes. You can choose how to flavor them. I used cream cheese and banana (tasted just like a banana cream pie) sprinkle with a little brown sugar. I made pear danishes with cream cheese and pears also sprinkled with a little brown sugar. The cherry danishes were made with just the cherry mixture on the top.

Bake in preheated oven for 20 minutes or until puff pastry to turned golden.

I would like to try apple danishes for sure. Also, any berry would probably work as well.

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