Cherry Danish Loaves

Cherry Danish Loaves

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I enjoy serving Cherry Danish Loaves on Christmas morning. I always make them the day before, and then give two of the loaves as gifts to both of our parents. Of course, I save two for ourselves, as our kids really love this Danish-style sweet bread.

The every so lightly sweet bread wraps around a delicious cream cheese and cherry pie filling. It’s so yummy and goes perfect with an egg casserole or quiche when you want something special for your family.

 

Ingredients Needed to Make Cherry Danish Loaves

  • sour cream
  • warm water
  • butter
  • granulated sugar
  • large eggs
  • instant yeast
  • all-purpose flour

For the Filling:

  • cream cheese, room temperature
  • granulated sugar
  • large egg
  • almond extract
  • cherry pie filling

For the Glaze:

  • powdered sugar
  • whole milk
  • almond extract

 

Instructions for Making This Recipe

 

Making the Dough:

Gather first seven ingredients so that you have everything close at hand on the counter or table.

In medium saucepan, heat sour cream, water, and butter to 110-115 degrees.

Place butter mixture in a large mixing bowl. Add granulated sugar and large eggs. Mix well. Gradually add yeast and all-purpose flour, mixing well. Do not knead.

Cover and refrigerate for 3-4 hours.

 

Prepare the Filling:

In a large mixing bowl, beat softened cream cheese, granulated sugar, large egg and vanilla extract until smooth. Set aside.

 

Assemble the Loaves:

Turn cooled dough onto lightly floured surface. Divide into four portions. Roll each into a 12″ x 8″ rectangle.

Spread a fourth of the cream cheese mixture down the center of each rectangle. Spoon a fourth of the pie filling over the cream cheese.

Fold dough lengthwise into thirds. Pinch side seam and ends to seal. Place seam down on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper or silicone baking mats. (You will use two baking sheets, with 2 loaves on each pan.)

With a pair of sharp kitchen shears, make several 1-in diagonal cuts near the center of each loaf. Cover and let rise in a warm place until doubled, about 1 hour.

Bake in preheated 375 degree oven for 20-25 minutes or until lightly browned. Remove from oven and cool on wire racks.

 

Make The Glaze:

Serving Cherry Cream Cheese Loaves

While the loaves are baking, prepare the glaze. In a small bowl, combine powdered sugar, whole milk, and almond extract. Whisk together until smooth and creamy.

Drizzle the glaze over warm loaves. Refrigerate until ready to serve.

This recipe will make 4 loaves.

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Recipe for Cherry Danish Loaves

Cherry Danish Loaves

This is a recipe we enjoy serving on Christmas morning. Since it makes four loaves, it also makes a wonderful treat for gift-giving.
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Course: Breads, Breakfast, Brunch
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Cherry Pie Filling, Danish-Style Bread, Holiday Baking, Sweet Breads, Yeast Breads
Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Cooling/Rising Time: 5 hours
Total Time: 5 hours 55 minutes
Servings: 4 loaves

Equipment

KitchenAid Mixer
Rolling Pin
Baking Sheet
Kitchen Shears

Ingredients

  • 1 cup 8 oz sour cream
  • 1/2 cup warm water
  • 1/2 cup butter cubed
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 tablespoons instant yeast
  • 4 cups all-purpose flour

Filling:

  • 8 oz cream cheese softened
  • 1/3 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 whole egg
  • 1 teaspoon almond extract
  • 21 oz cherry pie filling

Glaze:

Instructions

Making the Dough:

  • Gather first seven ingredients so that you have everything close at hand on the counter or table.
  • In medium saucepan, heat sour cream, water, and butter to 110-115 degrees.
  • Place butter mixture in a large mixing bowl. Add granulated sugar and large eggs. Mix well. Gradually add yeast and all-purpose flour, mixing well. Do not knead.
    Cover and refrigerate for 3-4 hours.

Prepare the Filling:

  • In a large mixing bowl, beat softened cream cheese, granulated sugar, large egg and vanilla extract until smooth. Set aside.

Assemble the Loaves:

  • Turn cooled dough onto lightly floured surface. Divide into four portions. Roll each into a 12" x 8" rectangle.
  • Spread a fourth of the cream cheese mixture down the center of each rectangle. Spoon a fourth of the pie filling over the cream cheese.
    Fold dough lengthwise into thirds. Pinch side seam and ends to seal. Place seam down on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper or silicone baking mats. (You will use two baking sheets, with 2 loaves on each pan.)
  • With a pair of sharp kitchen shears, make several 1-in diagonal cuts near the center of each loaf. Cover and let rise in a warm place until doubled, about 1 hour.
  • Bake in preheated 375 degree oven for 20-25 minutes or until lightly browned. Remove from oven and cool on wire racks.

Make The Glaze:

  • While the loaves are baking, prepare the glaze. In a small bowl, combine powdered sugar, whole milk, and almond extract. Whisk together until smooth and creamy.
  • Drizzle the glaze over warm loaves. Refrigerate until ready to serve. Makes 4 loaves.

Notes

*Unless otherwise indicated, all butter used on this recipe site is salted.
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