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.

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.

Orange Cheese Danish Pastry

Orange Cheese Danish Pastry

Yield: 2 danish pastries; Serves 10


  • 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


  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. Bake in preheated 400°F oven 25 minutes or until bottom is golden brown.
  4. 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).
  5. Enjoy!

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

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

  3. What a gorgeous danish!!

  4. Genius and beautiful.
    :-) Mandy

  5. 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.

  6. 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!

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

  8. That is gorgeous!

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

  10. This is so beautiful!

  11. 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.

  12. 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.

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

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

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

  16. 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!

  17. 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.

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

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

  20. 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.

  21. 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!

  22. How delicious with the orange! And beautiful, too!

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

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

  25. Looks gorgeous Georgia! Your photo is also stunning!

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

  27. Beautiful cuts in that dough!


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

  29. 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

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

  31. this looks delicious :)

  32. 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 :)

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

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

  35. This looks great, Georgia! :)

  36. 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 :)

  37. 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! :)

  38. This is so elegant looking! Love this.

  39. 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!

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

  41. OMG! This is perfect! Love love love!

    Mary xo
    Delightful Bitefuls

  42. 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!!


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

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

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

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

  47. Anonymous says:

    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)

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

  49. Congratulations on Top 9. Beautifully done!

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

    Congrats on top 9!

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

  52. 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

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

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

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

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

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

  58. 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!

  59. 5 stars
    This looks perfect! I could eat this whole thing myself.

  60. 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.

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

  62. The pastry should be unfolded completely, not layered.

  63. 5 stars
    Made this for Easter brunch today. Huge hit!
    I messed up and used the whole (15-oz) ricotta tub, so darn, had to make a double batch. Sharing the rest at the office tomorrow.

  64. Can you make this the night before, refrigerate and bake in the morning? Thanks!

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