Easy Strawberry-Cheese Danish

Breakfast

I’ve loved breakfast pastries for years, and especially cheese Danish.  Although I don’t remember ever eating the cream-cheese variety until an adult, they fascinated me immediately.  I enjoy the sweet, rich cream inside flaky, buttery dough, and I’ve always wanted to try to bake it.

I didn’t, though.  It seemed quite intimidating, and while I’ve pinned lots of recipes, I never went ahead and tried it.

Until this week.  I had some extra strawberry filling on hand and decided to throw some stuff together and see what happened. 

The result?   This is the best picture you’re going to get, because we fought over every piece until it was gone.  That didn’t take long.

Of course, the rich creaminess is my favorite, but in this Danish, it’s complemented by the sweet, full flavor of the strawberry sauce.  We’ll definitely be making these again – and soon!

Easy Strawberry-Cheese Danish

Ingredients

  • 1 tube crescent rolls
  • 1 8-oz block of cream cheese
  • 1/4 c. powdered sugar
  • 1 c. strawberries, washed, capped, and mashed
  • 1 T. cornstarch
  • 3 T. water

Instructions

  1. Butter the bottom of a 8" baking dish.
  2. Spread 1/2 of the crescent rolls across the bottom.
  3. Soften the cream cheese. Mix in the powdered sugar.
  4. Spread the cream cheese mixture on top of the crescent roll layer.
  5. In a small saucepan, stir together the strawberries, cornstarch, and water.
  6. Bring to a boil, stirring constantly. Boil for two minutes, then chill.
  7. Spread the strawberry mixture on top of the cream cheese layer.
  8. Spread the last crescent rolls on top of the strawberry layer.
  9. Bake at 375 for about 20 minutes.
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Easter Devotions and Activities for Your Whole Family

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Easter is right around the corner! It’s an exciting time of year for families, churches, and Christians everywhere as we remember the greatest story ever told: how God loved us so much He sacrificed His Son so we could spend eternity with Him. Take advantage of the Easter season to spend more time with your family investing in your kids’ faith.

To get you started, you can download a fun cutout to have a craft night with your family and to prepare them for Palm Sunday. Plus stop by this page for a slew of crafts, recipes, and stories to share with your family during this special time of year!

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  • Access to exclusive content and first looks at books and select Radio Theatre dramas.
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Bunny Cake

Bunny Cake

Every Easter, for as long as I can remember, we’ve made a bunny cake.  When I was little, Mom made it with my sister and me.  One year we even had four generations working on it.  Now, my oldest remembers and asks for it each Easter.

The tradition isn’t in the flavor of the cake or a traditional recipe; rather, it’s all in the shape and the decorating.  This year I used one of my favorite cake and icing recipes (chocolate Goofy Cake and peanut butter icing) to make it, though, and we’ll definitely be making it this way again.

After baking and cooling the cake in two round pans (recipes to follow), place one on the center of your board and ice.  Pretend that the other is a baseball and cut where the seams would be.  The outside pieces become the ears, and the center is the bunny’s bowtie.

Then, let the decorating begin!  We like to choose the bunny’s fur color – usually white or brown – and then ice the center of his ears pink.  We choose a color for the tie, and after all of the icing is finished, it’s time to decorate.

Like making a candy house, the best part is being creative with the candy that you have on hand.  This year, we sliced a marshmallow in half and used that for the base of the eyes.  A brown M&M became the pupils, a pink jellybean egg the nose, and a large, bent Tootsie Roll his mouth.

Our favorite part, though, his making the bowtie.  We always make a polka-dotted tie with M&Ms.  (My Little Man usually finds it necessary to push each candy into the icing with his finger, so that then he must lick it off after each and every one.)  You could do it another way, I suppose, but this is just fun!

After Easter lunch, there’s always a fierce debate about who gets to eat the ever-popular bowtie, who gets the eyeballs, etc.  But really – with a chocolate and peanut butter cake, there’s never a bad piece!

 
What’s your favorite holiday foodie tradition?