Orange Cheese Danish Pastry

Orange Cheese Danish Pastry

Usually, I just have some cereal and fruit for breakfast, but on mornings when I want something warm and sweet, I’ll bake up a batch of cinnamon rolls, muffins, or a danish pastry like this one. It’s fluffy, super flavorful with a mixture of ricotta and orange zest, and a cinch to whip up for a delicious morning meal… especially if you’re feeding a crowd!

The recipe for this decadent and yummy cheese danish is originally from Sargento, but I have also included it below.

Whisk
After whisking together a combination of egg, sugar, butter, flour, vanilla and  Sargento Part-Skim Ricotta Cheese, the filling was ready in no time. Plus, with some shiny new, commercial-grade kitchen tools provided to me by Smart & Final, the process of putting the pastry together was easier than I imagined. Who knew that their First Street line carried such nice kitchen equipment?

The heavy, sturdy whisk was really quick at combining all of the ingredients, and I found a good use for the sharp, sturdy pastry scraper…

Cheese Danish Pastry
… Cutting the puff pastry dough!

Exciting stuff. Are you on the edge of your seat?

Mini Sieve

I had also been needing a mini sieve like this one, which is nice for little jobs like sifting powdered sugar. I could easily rest this sieve over a small bowl and sift the sugar into orange juice to create an orange glaze for the top of the pastry.

Cheese Danish Recipe

After baking for 25 minutes, the danish was puffed up and gorgeous golden brown. Topped with the orange glaze and a sprinkle of chopped walnuts, it was a little slice of heaven to start the day right! When I have family and friends visit this summer, I will definitely want to make this for them, and I know your family and friends would enjoy it, too.

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Orange Cheese Danish Pastry

Yield: Makes 2 danish pastries; Serves 10

Ingredients:

1 cup (8 oz.) Sargento® Part-Skim Ricotta Cheese
1/3 cup sugar
1 egg
2 Tbsp. butter, softened
1 Tbsp. all-purpose flour
2 tsp. grated orange rind
1/2 tsp. vanilla
2 sheets (1 lb.) frozen puff pastry dough, thawed
1/2 cup confectioners sugar
1 Tbsp. orange juice
2 Tbsp. chopped walnuts or sliced almonds, optional

Directions:

Combine cheese, sugar, egg, butter, flour, orange rind and vanilla in large bowl. Beat with a whisk, or an electric mixer on medium speed, until well blended.

Unfold pastry into rectangle; place on baking sheet. With a sharp knife or pastry scraper, make 2-inch-deep cuts at 1-inch intervals on long sides of pastry. Spread cheese mixture down center 3 inches of pastry. Crisscross strips over filling, alternating sides and bringing strips all the way across filling.

Bake in preheated 400°F oven 25 minutes or until bottom is golden brown.

Cool on wire rack. With a sieve, sift confectioners sugar over a bowl of orange juice and mix until smooth. Drizzle mixture over pastry; sprinkle with almonds or walnuts (optional).

Enjoy!

Adapted from Sargento

      

63 Responses to “Orange Cheese Danish Pastry”

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    Maria — May 10, 2011 @ 9:13 am

    It looks fabulous! I adore orange in sweet treats and walnuts are my weakness so this sounds just perfect!

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    Bo — May 10, 2011 @ 11:29 am

    Um…I just had oatmeal for breakfast…This would have been so much better!

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    cookingwithchrissy — May 10, 2011 @ 11:30 am

    What a gorgeous danish!!

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    thecompletecookbook — May 10, 2011 @ 11:49 am

    Genius and beautiful.
    :-) Mandy

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    sandra — May 10, 2011 @ 12:50 pm

    It looks perfect Georgia and no dobut those nifty tools made the process easier. I always buy ricotta and never know what to do with it. Now I know.

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    Jenn — May 10, 2011 @ 1:13 pm

    Georgia, whenever you feel like baking cinnamon rolls or muffins or even orange cheese danish pastries for breakfast…you can always come to my house to make them. I’ll even be your sous chef!!! These look so incredible…and here I sit with a cup of coffee and piece of toast!

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    savoringeverybite — May 10, 2011 @ 1:39 pm

    Could it be too perfect and pretty to eat?? I could really impress my guests with this one!

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    brandi — May 10, 2011 @ 1:52 pm

    That is gorgeous!

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    Nicole@HeatOvenTo350 — May 10, 2011 @ 2:03 pm

    It’s just beautiful! And so simple, too. I love this.

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    meeshiesmom — May 10, 2011 @ 2:28 pm

    This is so beautiful!

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    Faith — May 10, 2011 @ 2:30 pm

    Georgia,
    Next time you do something like this, please count me in. I love this type of pastry. You’ve done a great job making these. They look very delicious.

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    Roxan — May 10, 2011 @ 2:39 pm

    Beautiful beautiful bread, Georgia. You did a great job with the braiding! I think that would be too much work for me… I’m not so much into the little details ;P I think I just don’t have the patience for it… something I need to work on though.

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    amy grace — May 10, 2011 @ 2:57 pm

    this looks delicious! you did an amazing job folding your pastry. i need to practice more, i think!

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    Pam — May 10, 2011 @ 3:02 pm

    It looks beautiful! My kids would love for me to make this for them.

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    Lydia S. — May 10, 2011 @ 3:24 pm

    Georgia, this looks amazing and I can’t wait to try it!

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    Nami @ Just One Cookbook — May 10, 2011 @ 4:00 pm

    Hi Georgia! WOW this is beautiful! Even though I try to make a cut and fold the pastry sheet like how you did it, I know I can’t be as neat as you! Such a detail work… I’m going to “try” that next time. I just bookmarked this recipe!

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    SavoringTime in the Kitchen — May 10, 2011 @ 4:22 pm

    What a beautiful breakfast treat! I’d love to try the pastry. I’m sure this could be adapted to many different types of delicious fillings.

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    Amy @ Dealusional — May 10, 2011 @ 4:29 pm

    Oh, that looks so delicious. I wish I had motivation in the morning to make something like that.

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    birdie to be — May 10, 2011 @ 5:13 pm

    This looks so good. Orange flavored things are so refreshing!

    http://www.birdietobe.blogspot.com

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    Rachel @ Rachel's Recipe Reviews — May 10, 2011 @ 5:48 pm

    Wow–what a beautiful pastry, and you make it look so easy! I’m going to save this for the next brunch I go to.

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    Marnely Rodriguez — May 10, 2011 @ 5:56 pm

    Georgia, this is just so beautiful. I LOVE the perfection of the cuts and how you photographed them. Thanks for stopping by my blog, can’t wait to talk food with you!

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    Alison @ Ingredients, Inc. — May 10, 2011 @ 6:01 pm

    wow this is lovely

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    Lynda @ TasteFood — May 10, 2011 @ 6:09 pm

    How delicious with the orange! And beautiful, too!

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    jennaseverythingblog — May 10, 2011 @ 6:26 pm

    This looks perfectly delicious as well as gorgeous. I would love to bite into this on a decadent Saturday morning . . .

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    Cake Duchess — May 10, 2011 @ 6:51 pm

    Georgia, this danish lovely and must be delicious. I love orange and ricotta together. This is my kind of a breakfast:)

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    Audra — May 10, 2011 @ 7:12 pm

    Looks gorgeous Georgia! Your photo is also stunning!

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    DessertForTwo — May 10, 2011 @ 7:25 pm

    Ooh yum! Since it has protein-rich ricotta and fruit, I deem it as a healthy breakfast :)

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    Sense of Home Kitchen — May 10, 2011 @ 7:34 pm

    Beautiful cuts in that dough!

    ~Brenda

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    Leslie — May 10, 2011 @ 7:46 pm

    MMM. I love cheese danish! I have not made it in forever!

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    Now Serving — May 10, 2011 @ 8:21 pm

    I always drool over such posts and I so badly want to try them out myself – but am still a novice in the dessert/sweet department and I shy away from it – but your pictures are superb and I am totally tempted to try this

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    Jennifurla — May 10, 2011 @ 9:08 pm

    dear lord woman, this is pretty much a work of art. I love it

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    Snooky doodle — May 10, 2011 @ 9:19 pm

    this looks delicious :)

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    Lizzy — May 10, 2011 @ 11:26 pm

    Oh, my! What a gorgeous AND delectable danish. My hubby loves when I make orange rolls for breakfast…so I know he’d approve of this! I do, too :)

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    Reeni — May 11, 2011 @ 12:38 am

    What a beautiful sight! This would be a treat for us for breakfast! I love the ricotta and orange filling. Delectable.

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    Dana — May 11, 2011 @ 12:50 am

    You always make everything look so easy! Love it. Simple and looks like it would taste like a dream!

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    Dishes of Mrs. Fish — May 11, 2011 @ 2:22 am

    This looks great, Georgia! :)

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    Natasha @ Saved by the Egg Timer — May 11, 2011 @ 2:48 am

    Thanks for stopping by the other day Georgia! Your blog is wonderful and this danish looks amazing, my son would love this and I beleive I have everything for it :)

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    lesley lifting life — May 11, 2011 @ 2:50 am

    Thanks for stopping by my blog, I’m very happy to have found yours now as well! Your photos are amazing, and this looks delicious! :)

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    warmvanillasugar — May 11, 2011 @ 3:57 am

    This is so elegant looking! Love this.

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    Jessica — May 11, 2011 @ 5:46 am

    I just love a braided danish! They always look so beautiful! I have a brunch next month and I think this will definitely be on my menu!

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    Parsley Sage — May 11, 2011 @ 12:14 pm

    Oooh! So pretty! It looks absolutely delicious :) Thanks for sharing and for swinging by Deep Dish!

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    Mary @Delightful Bitefuls — May 11, 2011 @ 3:40 pm

    OMG! This is perfect! Love love love!

    Mary xo
    Delightful Bitefuls

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    sweetlife — May 11, 2011 @ 5:07 pm

    I love something warm on sunday mornings, oh and this danish would hit the spot !! stunning pics, glad to meet you. Austin ins two weeks? wow..your gonna love Ausitn, so much to do, fab people and foodies galore!!

    sweetlife

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    danasfoodforthought — May 11, 2011 @ 6:23 pm

    This looks so pretty, and I bet it was super tasty! What a fun breakfast treat!

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    Sylvia — May 11, 2011 @ 9:18 pm

    Love the combination of ricotta and orange. Your breakfast must be a hit, very nice !!!

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    Christy — May 11, 2011 @ 9:22 pm

    What a lovely treat for breakfast!!:D Unique flavor combinations like these are bound to be appetizing for the first meal of the day;)

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    Peggy — May 11, 2011 @ 9:37 pm

    This looks so gorgeous! I could definitely see myself a very happy girl if I were to wake up to this for breakfast!

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    Anonymous — May 12, 2011 @ 10:46 am

    Georgia – I want to be sitting at your kitchen table with a cup of coffee and a slice of this gorgeous danish. I’ll bring the coffee, okay? :) Congrats on your Top 9. I made it ove here yesterday but Blogger was being wacky and I couldn’t leave a comment. It’s still not recognizing me and making me post annonymously. Oh well! I was so happy to see you on Top 9 today! ♥- Katrina (In Katrina’s Kitchen)

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    Sylvie @ Gourmande in the Kitchen — May 12, 2011 @ 11:25 am

    I love how elegant cheese danishes look and that ricotta filling sounds so light and wonderful.

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    Sandra — May 12, 2011 @ 11:53 am

    Congratulations on Top 9. Beautifully done!

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    Kate@Diethood — May 12, 2011 @ 2:39 pm

    Georgia, this is gorgeous! Wish I could braid like that… beautiful job!

    Congrats on top 9!

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    Rachel @ The Avid Appetite — May 12, 2011 @ 2:47 pm

    This is so beautiful! I love the addition of the orange flavor – perfect for spring/summer.

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    Jay — May 12, 2011 @ 4:46 pm

    wow…sounds gorgeous..
    first time here…amazing space you have…love your presentation with excellent clicks..
    Am your happy follower now..:)
    do stop by mine sometime..
    Tasty Appetite

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    Magic of Spice — May 13, 2011 @ 7:06 pm

    Georgia that is just gorgeous! This is what I want for breakfast :)

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    Sweet And Crumby — May 13, 2011 @ 9:18 pm

    Yummmmm. I love orange flavored pastries and glazes…especially with walnuts. Gorgeous pastry and photo as usual Georgia!

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    Elizabeth — May 13, 2011 @ 9:41 pm

    This looks amazing. Like, so amazing. I’ll definitely be making this danish over the weekend!

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    Pacheco Patty — May 15, 2011 @ 3:00 pm

    This is so beautiful! I want to make one for myself, thanks so much for sharing your photos and recipe;-)

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    Stephanie — May 17, 2011 @ 9:50 pm

    It’s times like these that I REALLY wish the hubby liked ricotta cheese. This danish sounds just delicious!

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    Lauren's Latest — May 18, 2011 @ 2:27 pm

    This looks perfect! I could eat this whole thing myself.

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    Ali — May 18, 2011 @ 3:32 pm

    oooh my. that is decadent. I love a good cheese danish.

    Thanks so much for dropping by my site. I Hope you have a great week!

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    Roxana GreenGirl — May 20, 2011 @ 1:30 am

    Oh boy, I have some ricotta in the fridge and planned of making some ricotta cakes these days. I’m having doubts now : cakes or your danish. Looks and sounds amazing.

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    Jessica — April 3, 2014 @ 7:59 pm

    I am confused about the pastry part. Are the two sheets one on top of each other?

    • Georgia — April 4th, 2014 @ 8:40 am

      The pastry should be unfolded completely, not layered.

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