These 20-Minute Blueberry Cream Cheese Danishes are perfect for breakfast or dessert, and crisp up for a breakfast on the run or something to sip with coffee.Last night, as I was staying up way past my bed time, getting TV-romanced by Mansfield Park and sipping on a steaming cup of chamomile tea, Ben came out of the room and his hours long study binge, leaned on the wall and felt compelled to ask, “When is this British TV bubble going to burst?”. Uhh. WHAT? Bubble? I stared at him like a dog looking at a weird sound…
How about NEVER!
What is wrong with epic story telling, complicated and all consuming love, me and my yoga pants for hours on end and British accents?
I can’t say I wasn’t enthralled by Mansfield Park because the Lord Grantham is in it, too! A much younger, pudgier and more ditzy version of him though. And Notting Hill? You do know he was Bernie in that movie, too right?
The world’s worst stockbroker? Yup, that’s him! Millions down the drain.
And don’t worry – I’m all caught up on Mr. Selfridge, too. PBS Masterpiece theater – you just get me.
Then of course, Sherlock.
Okay, maybe Ben is right – it is a sickness or something. Is it reasonable to identify with each of these characters so profoundly? Or crush on them so hard? C’mon – who can’t get the teenage girl giggles at Benditct Cumberbatch and his curly mop on top hair? And that trench coat? C’mond.
Ben has been on a Breaking Bad bender lately, and there is only so much I can take of that show in one sitting. By the end of every episode I’m looking for a dark hole to crawl into, or rummaging in the fridge for a beer to drink. It’s too much.
And this is where our TV watching paths diverge. He’s into the intense and I’m into the intense love.
Give me British Drama or give me death.
Okay, maybe it is time for the Intervention Banner.
20-Minute Blueberry Cream Cheese Danishes
1 sheet puff pastry, unthawed
8 ounces Cream Cheese, softened
1/2 tsp Vanilla
1/2 tsp Almond Extract
2-3 Tbsp Sugar
1 1/2 cup Blueberries, fresh or frozen
1 Egg, whisked
3 Tbsp Water
Powdered Sugar - for dusting
Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or a silicone baking sheet.
On a lightly floured surface roll out thawed puff pastry into a 12x9" rectangle. Cut in half lengthwise, yielding 2 4-½" strips. Cut those two strips crosswise into thirds, to yield six 4x4 ½" pieces.
With a knife, score ½" border around the edge of each piece of puff pastry. Use a fork to make five or six pricks into the dough within the border of each piece. This will help keep the middle of each piece from rising.
In a bowl, stir together softened cream cheese, sugar, vanilla and almond extract. Spoon about 2-3 heaping tablespoons of mixture into the middle of each piece of dough and spread around evenly, ensuring the mix stays within the borders. Into the middle of the cream cheese, add blueberries and press down into the cream cheese lightly so they set in place.
In a small dish or cup, whisk together the egg and water. Using a pastry brush - brush the edges of the puff pastry with the mixture. This will help the edges turn golden brown and crispy.
Bake for 20 minutes, or until golden brown, on the middle rack and rotate the baking sheet half way through baking. Remove from baking sheet and cool on a wire rack. Serve warm or room temperature. Sprinkle with powdered sugar before serving.