Glazed Blackberry Cheese Danish. Juicy, homemade blackberry preserves over a bed of sweet cream cheese, all wrapped up in a buttery, flakey dough. De-freaken-licious if you ask me.
I think I have a new found love for blackberries. Honestly, before I made this danish braid I never even had a blackberry before. Weird, huh? As I was standing in the grocery isle, staring at the frozen fruit, I just decided I never used them before and everyone seems to like them, so I wung it. And I am so glad I did because they are SO good and am probably going to be adding them to many more recipes in the future! I cooked them down, added some sugar and cornstarch, and made some preserves so I wasn’t just adding plain old blackberries to my danish. I have some preserves left over that I really just want to put on everything, they’re so good! If you don’t like blackberries, feel free to substitute your favorite berry in it’s place. I have used strawberries and cherries (recipe coming soon!).
For the dough, I used the same recipe I used to make my strawberry danish braid (the recipe makes enough for two whole braids and this was the second half) and also used the same glaze. The only thing different here is the filling. While, strawberries are my all time favorite, I think I may have to push them to the side for a bit and start using more blackberries! The dough is so buttery and so super flakey, it practically melts in your mouth. This braid is about 15 inches long and about 12 inches of it was consumed by my grandmother and I alone during the course of just a couple of hours. That’s bad. But, so good. It was just too good to pass up! The smell of the dough baking, the blackberries’ juices bursting out of the dough and the cream cheese filling all together smelled like I died and went to heaven.
About the braiding. It really looks so much harder than it really is. Trust me, it’s so simple. It’s not actually braiding either, it’s really just overlapping each side back and forth. This dessert is a sure way to trick your friends and family into thinking you spent lots of time working on it! When in reality, it doesn’t take much time at all (minus the dough-making).
Mike’s parents came over the night I made this and were the lucky ones to get the last bit of it. His mother said that this is the best recipe I have made so far! I have to make one this weekend and bring it over. I think it will make her day.
This is perfect if you are going somewhere for brunch or just want a delicious breakfast for your family. If I haven’t convinced you enough to make this yet, you just really, really need to. Like now.
Dough recipe source Sally’s Baking Addiction