- 2 packages (1/4 ounce each) active dry yeast
- 1/2 cup warm 2% milk (110° to 115°)
- 6 cups all-purpose flour
- 1/3 cup sugar
- 2 teaspoons salt
- 1 cup cold butter, cubed
- 1-1/2 cups warm half-and-half cream (70° to 80°)
- 6 egg yolks
- 1 can (21 ounces) cherry pie filling
- 3 cups confectioners' sugar
- 2 tablespoons butter, softened
- 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
- Dash salt
- 4 to 5 tablespoons half-and-half cream
- In a small bowl, dissolve yeast in warm milk. In a large bowl, combine flour, sugar and salt. Cut in butter until crumbly. Add yeast mixture, cream and egg yolks; stir until mixture forms a soft dough (dough will be sticky). Refrigerate, covered, overnight.
- Punch down dough. Turn onto a lightly floured surface; divide into four portions. Roll each portion into an 18x4-in. rectangle; cut into 4x1-in. strips.
- Place two strips side by side; twist together. Shape into a ring and pinch ends together. Place 2 in. apart on greased baking sheets. Repeat with remaining strips. Cover with kitchen towels; let rise in a warm place until doubled, about 45 minutes.
- Preheat oven to 350°. Using the end of a wooden spoon handle, make a 1/2-in.-deep indentation in the center of each Danish. Fill each with about 1 tablespoon pie filling. Bake 14-16 minutes or until lightly browned. Remove from pans to wire racks to cool.
- For icing, in a bowl, beat confectioners' sugar, butter, vanilla, salt and enough cream to reach desired consistency. Drizzle over Danish. Yield: 3 dozen.
Reviews for Overnight Cherry Danish(12)
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This was an amazing little treat. They were perfect for my husbands lunch box. I put a drop of almond extract in the frosting recipe to really bring out the taste of the cherry filling.
these danishes are wonderful, I really don't understand what the complaints were about. Flaky, soft, richand easy to make (even cutting in strips then twisting..no biggie!) After making dough , only takes about an hour to do the rest! Wonderful recipe Leann. Only thing I changed was added a little extra vanilla to the icing (makes it like a cherry/vanilla Danish) I made these in blueberry too! awesome!
Very tender and the dough is not overly sweet. Made the dough late on a Thursday and it held in refrigerator until Saturday morning. It has been added as a new birthday tradition for my grand daughter.
I too cut this recipe in half and they turned out very delicious. I wanted to thank you very much for sharing the recipe itself and the cream cheese addition.
EXCELLENT. Wouldn't change a thing. I used blueberry perserves for the filling because I didn't have cherry filling on hand. Will do AGAIN!!!!!!