More Evacuation Orders, Puff Pastry Cheese Danish, & A Few of My Favorite Things… [RECIPE]

Happy Saturday Beautiful People! ❤

How are you today? I hope wherever you are, you’re having a wonderful day. If you’re new to my blog, hi and welcome! Here, I ramble about life, minimalism, and everything in between all while cooking up tasty dishes that anyone can do! Today I want to talk about a few of my favorite things. But first let’s get our daily scoop on those pesky wildfires. I heard it again this morning. I was making my morning cup of tea when the alarm sounded. It had been nearly 4 days since the last alarm blared. I didn’t miss it. But sure enough, winds topped 40 mph last night and the wildfire spread westward towards more homes so the evacuations were blasting all morning. We pulled up the fire map and took a look. For now, we’re fine. Whew!

Our N-95 masks arrived yesterday. They are becoming a new fashion trend around here, and yes, I do say that with a bit of humor. It’s either laugh or cry, right? And I choose to laugh. The county has become a mixture of people savoring time… doing last minute holiday shopping… and others anxious and packed up ready to leave in a moments notice. It’s a weird place to be in for sure. Personally, we are doing a little bit of both which brings me to my next topic, and one that is far more cheery… my current favorite things!

So I’ve been battling this seasonal cold which is no fun. Now I don’t know about you, but when it comes to cough medicine I get a wee bit stubborn and refuse to take any unless I’m absolutely dying. If I know that medicine will only alleviate symptoms, and I have to let the cold run its course anyway, I prefer more natural methods. That said, I also love keeping my mind positive and bright while feeling crummy. It’s not the easiest thing to do, mind you, but this new mug makes me smile every time I look at it….

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And then there is my current favorite Christmas song… “Jesu Joy of Man’s Desiring” by Bach. It’s so relaxing…

So I’m all snuggled up with my tea… listening to relaxing Christmas tunes… which means I need a small nibble, right? Right! Hubby made this “Jagi cookies”, as I so affectionately call them, for me the other night. Jagi is short for Jagiya which means “baby/sweetheart” in Korean. 🙂 We’ve actually shared them with you before, here on the blog, so if you’re curious how to make these chocolate-gingerbread cookies with garam masala, ground ginger, cinnamon, and cardamom…. check out the recipe here!

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And now let’s talk about today’s recipe!

Today I woke up and knew I wanted to make a special Saturday morning breakfast. Some people go for eggs, but I love a cup of tea and light nibbles. These cheese danish remind me of the puff pastry egg tarts I made a while back because they look complicated… but I’m about to show you how easy they really are! But first, why cheese danish? Well, for starters… it’s the holidays which means it’s the season for baking. But… I’ll share a secret with you. Are you ready? I can’t bake well. I know! Crazy, right? I have a daily food blog and I am terrible at baking! I get impatient. I long to just “wing it” and in baking you really can’t do that. Trust me.

So this cheese danish is foolproof for all of you out there, who like me, just wants to “whip something up” that is delicious and pretty on the plate. With pre-made puff pastry sheets you can make these danish in 25 minutes from start to finish and keep your dishes minimal too. Now let’s dive into this recipe together! 🙂

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Easy Peasy Puff Pastry Cheese Danish

Courtesy of: love pomegranate house

Makes: 8 danish

Ingredients: 

  • 2 sheets puff pastry, thawed but cool
  • 1 (8 ounce) block cream cheese, at room temperature
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 2 eggs, divided
  • A bit of flour for rolling out the puff pastry

Instructions: 

First preheat your oven to 400 degrees F/ 204 C. Then in two small bowls separate your egg yolks and whites. Set aside.

Next, make your danish filling! In a stand mixer cream together the cream cheese, sugar, vanilla extract, and 2 egg yolks. Mmmm creamy! 🙂

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Meanwhile roll out your puff pastry sheets on a floured area to about 10 x 10 and divide into 4 squares.

Take a tablespoon of filling (go generous here!) and place in the center of each square.

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Brush the edges of each danish with egg white and then crimp up the sides and corners of each danish until they are just touching the cheese filling.

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Bake in a pre-heated oven at 400 degrees F/ 204 degrees C for 10 minutes. Then rotate your pan and bake for another 10 minutes until it’s golden brown. Serve hot and enjoy!

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That it’s from me, folks! Keep smiling, have a wonderful day, and as always… keep on cooking! ❤ 😉

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