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Blueberry Cheese Danish Recipe

Blueberry Cheese Danish Recipe

A layer of blueberries is the sweet surprise hidden inside this pretty pastry. The recipe comes from our Test Kitchen staff.
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. + chilling Bake: 20 min. YIELD:10 servings

Ingredients

  • 3/4 cup 1% cottage cheese
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 1/3 cup 1% milk
  • 1/4 cup canola oil
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • FILLING:
  • 4 ounces reduced-fat cream cheese
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1 egg, separated
  • 1 teaspoon grated lemon peel
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup fresh or frozen blueberries
  • 1 tablespoon water
  • GLAZE:
  • 1/2 cup confectioners' sugar
  • 2 teaspoons lemon juice

Directions

  • 1. In a blender, cover and process cottage cheese until smooth. Add the sugar, milk, oil and vanilla; process until smooth. Combine the flour, baking powder and salt; add to cheese mixture. Process just until dough forms a ball (dough will be sticky). Turn onto a floured surface; knead 4-5 times. Place in a large bowl; cover and refrigerate for 30 minutes.
  • 2. In a large bowl, beat cream cheese and sugar until smooth. Beat in the egg yolk, lemon peel and vanilla. Turn dough onto a 17-in. x 13-in. piece of parchment paper. Roll into a 16-in. x 12-in. rectangle. Transfer with paper to a baking sheet.
  • 3. Spread cream cheese mixture lengthwise in a 3-1/2-in.-wide strip down center of dough; sprinkle with blueberries. On each long side, cut 1-in.-wide strips about 3-3/4 in. into center. Fold alternating strips at an angle across berries. Pinch ends to seal and tuck under. Beat egg white and water; brush over dough.
  • 4. Bake at 400° for 20-22 minutes or until golden brown. Remove to a wire rack. Combine glaze ingredients; drizzle over warm pastry. Refrigerate leftovers. Yield: 10 servings.
Editor's Note: If using frozen blueberries, use without thawing to avoid discoloring the batter.

Nutritional Facts

One serving (1 slice) equals 260 calories, 8 g fat (1 g saturated fat), 30 mg cholesterol, 339 mg sodium, 41 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, 7 g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 2 starch, 1 fruit, 1 fat.