Strawberry Danish the EASY Way!
The ultimate strawberry danish recipe! This scrumptious Strawberry Cream Cheese Danish is made with store-bought crescent dough and a few other simple ingredients, making it incredibly easy to make. Perfect for your next brunch or weekend breakfast!
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The spring and summer months bring copious amounts of fresh strawberries. As a kid, strawberries were my absolute favorite fruit. My mom had a small strawberry patch near the clothesline beside our small family home in rural South Dakota.
As an adult, strawberries are still one of my absolute favorites. I love turning these red, sweet berries into everything from my Strawberry Coffee Cake, Strawberry Shortcake Overnight Oats, to a delicious Strawberry Shortcake Martini! Because cream cheese is also a perfect compliment to fresh strawberries, making this delicious Strawberry Danish Breakfast Braid has been on my must-make list for quite a while.
An amazingly simple strawberry danish, this breakfast treat comes together in no time at all.
Here are the simple steps to making this delicious Strawberry Danish Breakfast Braid:
Step 1: Roll out crescent dough and spread cream cheese mixture
The secret ingredient that makes this delicious breakfast braid so simple is the store-bought crescent dough. This is a huge time-saving shortcut to making this breakfast pastry, and makes the prep come together quickly. I prefer using non-perforated crescent dough, but I realize not all stores carry this.
If you cannot find the non-perforated crescent dough, pick up a tube of the regular crescent dough. Press together the perforations with your fingers.
Next, cream together the cream cheese and 2 Tbsp. of the granulated sugar. Spread in the center of the dough, leaving about 4″ in each side, and about an inch or two at the bottom and top.
Step 2: Cut 1″ strips on the long sides of the dough
Using kitchen shears or a sharp knife, cut diagonal 1″ strips into the sides of the dough. This certainly does NOT have to be perfect. The dough will actually be stretched and folded, so if your strips are uneven (or even cut in the wrong direction – like what I did in the next photo), its not a big deal at all. 🙂
My less-than-perfectly cut dough strips.
Step 3: Top the cream cheese mixture with the berries
To the chopped strawberries, add the remaining 2 Tbsp. of granulated sugar and corn starch. Stir together to coat the berries. Then, pour the berries over the top of the cream cheese mixture that has been spread on top of the pastry dough.
Step 4: Fold the dough over the top of the berries to create the breakfast braid
Next, starting at the end, begin folding the dough strips on top of each other. Alternate each side to create a braid-like design. Continue until all of the strawberries are encased into the dough.
Step 5: Sprinkle the top of the dough with turbinado or raw sugar
This is a fantastic way to add some texture to this strawberry danish. Each bite will have a tender crunch from the sugar atop the pastry. Sprinkle the sugar over the top of the braid and the place into the oven to bake. Bake at 375 for 15-18 minutes. The pastry will bake to a beautiful golden brown – at this point you’ll know it’s done.
Step 6: Mix the glaze while the pastry is baking
While the pastry is in the oven, mix together the glaze. Once the breakfast braid comes out the oven, let cool for a few minutes. Then, drizzle the pastry with the glaze while still warm.
Slice and enjoy!
This strawberry cream cheese danish is amazing served while still warm. Enjoy with a Vanilla Bean Iced Coffee. It’s fantastic for your next brunch or weekend breakfast treat.
I hope this recipe inspires you to enjoy the amazing flavors of fresh strawberries this spring and summer. As soon as this pastry hits your lips, the sweet, creamy flavors will take you back to your childhood of eating berries fresh from the strawberry patch. Enjoy! ~Erin
If you loved this delicious strawberry danish breakfast braid, check out some of my other similar recipes:
Strawberries and Cream Poke Cake at Real Housemoms
Here’s the recipe for this deliciously simple Strawberry Danish Breakfast Braid:
- 1 (8 oz.) tube, crescent dough sheet
- 4 oz. cream cheese
- 1/4 c. granulated sugar, divided
- 2 c. fresh strawberries, chopped
- 1 Tbsp. corn starch
- 2 Tbsp. turbinado or raw sugar
- 1 c. powdered sugar
- 3 Tbsp. cream cheese
- 1-2 Tbsp. milk
- Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
- On parchment paper, roll out the crescent dough and pinch together any holes or perforations.
- In a bowl, cream together the 4 oz. cream cheese and 2 Tbsp. of granulated sugar. Spread into the center of the dough, leaving about 4" on each side. Using kitchen shears or a knife, cut diagonal 1" strips along the sides of the dough.
- Rinse and cut the strawberries. In a bowl, add the remaining 2 Tbsp of sugar and the cornstarch. Mix together to coat the berries. Pour the berries over the top of the cream cheese area of the dough.
- Gently fold over each end of the dough on to the berries. Continue with all the strips of the dough until all the strawberries are encased. Sprinkle the top of the dough with the turbinado or raw sugar granules. Bake at 375 for 15-18 minutes or until dough is golden brown.
- While pastry is baking, mix together the glaze by creaming together the powdered sugar, cream cheese and milk. Mix until smooth.
- When breakfast braid comes out of the oven, drizzle with glaze. Slice and serve.
Some stores carry non-perforated crescent sheets. I highly recommend using these instead of the perforated sheets.
If fresh strawberries are out of season, feel free to use frozen berries. Let them thaw prior to mixing with the sugar and corn starch.
Nutrition Information:Serving Size: 6 slices
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 269Total Fat: 10gSaturated Fat: 5gCholesterol: 27mgSodium: 110mgCarbohydrates: 46gSugar: 39gProtein: 2g