Easy Gluten-Free Cheese Danish Recipe

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Nothing beats a freshly baked pastry! This Gluten-Free Cheese Danish recipe will show you how easy it is to make delicious gluten-free danish pastries from scratch. In this danish recipe, the flaky pastry is filled with creamy cheese and topped with jam, the same as the classic cheese danish.

 

gluten free danish cheese pastry

 

Easiest gluten-free Danish recipe.

Before I started to create this gluten-free cheese danish recipe, I knew it had to be easy enough for anyone to make. There is nothing worst than when the recipe is too complicated because often, we read the recipe and decide not to make it. I promise you this is the easiest gluten-free cheese danish recipe. There is no rolling of the dough, no complicated ingredients and the hands-on time only 20 minutes. Sooo simple…you will love this gluten-free pastry recipe!

Typically the traditional pastry dough is rolled with chunks of butter to give the pastry layers of butter pockets. I wanted to simplify this step, so I kept the dough relatively wet and folded the butter chunks in the dough with a spatula. Then, instead of creating little squares with the edges folded upwards, I used a cookie scoop and scooped the dough on to a baking tray, just like you would do with cookies. Using my fingers, I created a well in the middle, which I filled with creamy cheese filling and jam—nothing to it. The gluten-free cheese danishes turned out spectacular!

 

gluten free cheese danish

 

What makes gluten-free pastry flaky?

To make the gluten-free pastry soft, the dough should be fairly wet. To add flakiness to the pastry, it is all about super cold butter. I place the butter in the freezer while the dough is rising. Then, I fold small chunks of butter into the dough. The butter will create lots of pockets and will give the gluten-free cheese danish the flakiness.

 

gluten free cheese danish

 

Why is this pastry named Danish?

The flaky pastry named danish originates from Denmark. Danish pastries are similar to croissants made with puff pastry, except the dough is made with yeast and more butter or some other fat. It is the butter that makes the pastry flaky, and it is the yeast that gives the pastry a more airy structure.

 

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Variations of fillings for danishes.

Once you mastered the dough for the danish pastry, you can choose the fillings. My favourite is the classic cheese danish that I used in this gluten-free danish recipe. However, there are many variations, such as flaked almonds, jam, apples, dried apricots, berries etc…The choices are limitless. I have even made savoury danishes using my samosa filling. The savoury filling is outstanding in the danish pastry.

So, why not give this gluten-free cheese danish recipe a try and leave a comment? As with all pastries they are best when eaten the same day. For any leftovers, pop them in a microwave for a few seconds or in a hot oven for about five minutes. For our latest updates, check out our Instagram or follow our Facebook page. 

Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup arrowroot starch
  • 1/3 cup coconut sugar or sweetener of choice
  • 1 tsp. GF baking powder
  • 2 large eggs at room temperature, whisked
  • 1/2 cup warm milk (120 F)
  • 10 Tbsp. salted butter, divided
  • 1 tsp. Fresh lemon juice
  • FILLING
  • 4 oz. cream cheese, at room temperature
  • 1 large egg, separated
  • 1 Tbsp. Coconut sugar or sweetener of choice
  • 1/4 cup jam (apricot, plum, cherry, strawberry or raspberry)
  • ICING (optional)
  • 1 1/2 Tbsp. Fresh lemon juice (or as needed to reach desired consistency)
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • Note: to measure flour do not dip the measuring cup into the flour, using a scoop fill the measuring cup and level with a knife
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    Instructions

  • In a large bowl whisk flour, arrowroot starch, sugar, yeast and baking powder
  • Melt 4 tablespoons of butter and place the remaining butter in the freezer
  • Add eggs, milk, melted butter and lemon juice to dry ingredients and mix. The dough should be fairly wet. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and set aside for 1 hour allowing the dough to rise.
  • Once the dough has risen, cut the frozen butter into small cubes and fold into the dough
  • Preheat the oven to 350 F and line a large baking tray with parchment paper
  • Using a large cookie scoop, scoop out 10 mounds of dough and place on the baking tray 2 inches apart. Dip your fingers in some oil and create a well in each mound of dough
  • For the filling, cream together cheese, egg yolk and sugar. Add one spoon of cheese mixture to each well and top with one spoon of jam. Whisk the remaining egg white and brush over the exposed dough. Bake for 18 - 20 minutes until golden
  • For the icing, whisk the lemon juice with the powdered sugar and drizzle over the pastries


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    8 Responses to Easy Gluten-Free Cheese Danish Recipe

    • Kathy August 18, 2020

      omg I love pastries, this recipe looks super easy! I will try to make it and let you know how it turns out. Thank you Kathy

      • Kristina August 18, 2020

        yes, please let me know how they turn out. Kristina

    • Melissa August 18, 2020

      How small do you cut the cubes of frozen butter?

      • Kristina August 18, 2020

        about 1/4 – 1/2 inch

    • Sonja August 21, 2020

      Just made these danishes, I am very happy with how they turned out, I have tried other gluten free cheese danishes and they did not make the cut. Thank you thank you!!!

      • Kristina August 22, 2020

        Thank you for letting me know Sonja! I always love feedback

    • kiki August 23, 2020

      can I make the danishes without dairy?

      • Kristina August 23, 2020

        yes absolutely, you can use dairy-free milk and dairy-free cheese or use just jam.

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