easy cheese danish

prep time:  10 minutes
cook time:  20 minutes
servings: 8 danish

8 ounces cream cheese - at room temperature
1/3 cup sugar
2 large egg yolks - at room temperature
2 tablespoons ricotta cheese
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon grated lemon zest
2 sheets frozen puff pastry - defrosted
1 egg - beaten with 1 tablespoon water (for egg wash)

1.  preheat the oven to 400 degrees.  line a sheet pan with parchment paper.

2.  place the cream cheese and sugar in a bowl and cream together until smooth.  add egg yolks, ricotta, vanilla, salt and lemon zest and mix until just combined.  don't whip.

3.  unfold 1 sheet of puff pastry onto a lightly floured board and roll it slightly with a floured rolling pin until it's a 10 by 10-inch square.  cut the sheet into quarters with a sharp knife.  place a heaping tablespoon of cheese filling into the middle of each of the 4 squares.  brush the border of each pastry with egg wash and fold 2 opposite corners to the center, brushing and overlapping the corners of each pastry so they firmly stick together.  brush the top of the pastries with egg wash.  repeat with the second sheet of puff pastry and refrigerate the filled danish for 15 minutes.

4.  bake the pastries for about 20 minutes, rotating the pan once during the baking, until puffed and brown.  serve warm.

- food network

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