Orange Cheese Danish Pastry

Makes 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



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.


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.


Bake in preheated 400°F oven 25 minutes or until bottom is golden brown.


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).





Adapted from Sargento