This month’s Barefoot Bloggers Bonus recipe was chosen by Val of More Than Burnt Toast and it gave me another opportunity to use the puff pastry that I had purchased from Trader Joe’s. This recipe makes preparing Danish a snap – why would you even consider buying it anymore when this is so easy and you can make whatever flavor combination you choose?
I made one small change in the basic recipe, substituting cottage cheese for the ricotta. I just couldn’t justify buying a carton of ricotta for one tablespoon of ingredient, when I figured cottage cheese, which I had on hand, was an acceptable substitute. While the filling was a bit on the runny side, it did firm up nicely when baked. I suspect this was due to the fact that I used one whole egg. One of the things about Ina’s recipes that puzzles me is her consistent use of extra large eggs. They aren’t easy to find here, and I always have several cartons of large eggs available anyway. It just seems crazy to me when large eggs are the standard.
In the end the Danishes turned out deliciously, and since they are so quick to prepare, I’ll make sure I have puff pastry dough in the freezer at all times. Visit the Barefoot Bloggers site to see what the other bakers did and what the upcoming recipes are going to be.
The recipe for Easy Cheese Danish can be found in Barefoot Contessa at Home.