I have one of those husbands who seemingly can eat whatever he wants without gaining an ounce. Seriously. He actually has a problem keeping weight on. I, on the other hand, only have to sniff at something tasty and I put on ten pounds. It makes you sick. The problem is I do a lot more than sniff. Good food. It's my only weakness.
I had a packet of all butter puff pastry (ONLY use the all butter kind) that was getting near it's sell by date at the weekend and so I decided to make a treat for my honey. I made him these delicious Glazed Cherry Danish Turnovers.
Sigh . . . I do love a good cherry or strawberry danish. The Tim Horton's back home has lovely ones. I could just gobble them up. It's a good thing there is no Tim Horton's over here in the UK because I would be sorely tempted to pick one up far too often to do my hips any good!!
As you know I can be rather lazy at times, so you know also that this recipe is quick and easy as well as being delicious. All you need really is a packet of cream cheese, some cherry jam, a packet of puff pastry (All Butter natch!) an egg for glazing, some sugar for sprinkling, and some Icing sugar (Confectioner's sugar.)
In not much more than half an hour you can be feasting on these delicious little treats. I kid you not! Don't be tempted to overfill them . . . you will experience blow out if you do. They still taste really good, but they are not as pretty. Or are they??? I suppose it is all a matter of taste and perception. I had some blow out and they still looked mighty tasty to me. Hard to resist . . . far too hard to resist.
*Glazed Cherry Danish Turnovers*
Flaky, buttery puff pastry turnovers, filled with cream cheese and sour cherry preserves. Topped with some crunchy demerara sugar and a cream cheese and vanilla glaze when done for even more scrum.
1 sheet of ready roll puff pastry, chilled
3 TBS of full fat cream cheese
6 TBS sour cherry preserves
1 large egg yolk, beaten with 1 tsp water
demerara sugar to sprinkle (turbinado)
For the Glaze:
2 TBS cream cheese
130g of icing sugar, sifted (1 cup)
few drops of vanilla extract
milk to thin
Preheat the oven to 200*C/400*F/ gas mark 6. Line a baking tray with baking parchment. Set aside.
Cut the puff pastry into 6 equal sized squares with a sharp knife. Place 1/2 TBS of cream cheese in the centre of each, spreading it out a bit. Top each with 1 TBS of sour cherry preserves. (Don't be tempted
to use more or you will have a blow out!) Fold the pastry in half diagonally to cover the jam and cheese. Press the edges firmly together with the tines of a fork. Place onto the baking tray, leaving
plenty of space in between for rising. Brush with the beaten egg yolk. Sprinkle with the demerara sugar.
Bake for 15 to 20 minutes, until puffed and golden brown. Allow to cool on the baking sheet for 5 to 10 minutes before lifting off onto a wire rack to finish cooling.
Whisk together the glaze ingredients, adding only enough milk to give you a smooth drizzle glaze. Drizzle this decoratively over the cooled turnovers. Enjoy!
Note: You can use other flavours of jam if you wish. Apricot and strawberry are also both very nice!