Hibiscus Strawberry Cheese Danishes + Big Bear Scenes

Adventures, Breakfast, Desserts, Spring, Winter


What did you end up doing for Valentine’s Day?! Josh and I ended up having a chill night in, made double-decker tacos, drank some beer and watched TABOO. He’s more into that show than I am; I usually fall asleep like 20 minutes in but I do think the time it takes place sort of fascinating.

I’ve had a crazy slow start to the week because on Monday I woke up with a pinch in my throat. It’s so annoying because I haven’t been doing anything that would bring on me getting sick. But I’m feeling better so woohoo!

This recipe and photos are from last month when we took a 3 day trip to Big Bear Lake. We got caught in a huge snow storm, which I sort of didn’t take that seriously until the snow just didn’t stop falling from the sky. I think we got 3 or 4 feet in a few hours.

Luckily it meant that we were holed up with no where to go for a full 2 days which meant plenty of baking and going on walks. Amelia was in heaven because for some reason she thinks snow is the most fun thing in the world.

So fluffy!! So fun!!

The little AIRBNB we rented was perfect for a few days because it had an old 80s oven and it came with the right amount of plastic sleds that were perfect for going down this hill that we found down the street from where we were staying.

Apparently this weekend is supposed to be another snow-heavy weekend and wish I was back there!

Every summer I used to go to Big Bear for summer camp. And there were a few winters where my family and I would head up there

Hibiscus Strawberry Cheese Danishes + Big Bear Scenes

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Hibiscus Strawberry Quick-Jam:

  • 1/2 cup boiling water
  • 1/3 cup dried hibiscus flowers
  • 1 pound strawberries, hulled (you can use frozen, too!)
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • Pinch of salt
  • Juice from 1/2 lime

Cheese Danishes:

  • 1 large egg
  • 8 ounces cream cheese, at room temperature
  • 2 tablespoon sugar
  • 1/4 cup of jam
  • Double batch of rough puff pastry

Glaze (optional):

  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • Pinch of salt
  • 1 to 2 tablespoons milk


To make the Hibiscus Strawberry Quick-Jam:

  • In a measuring cup, stir together the water and hibiscus flowers. Allow to steep for 10 minutes. Strain. In a blender, combine the hibiscus tea with the strawberries. Blend until smooth.
  • In a medium pot over medium-high heat, bring the strawberry mixture, sugar and salt to a simmer. Cook for 20 minutes, skimming off the foam every now and then.
  • Squeeze in the juice from the lime and transfer to a jar and cool on the counter. Store in the fridge.

To assemble the Cheese Danishes:

  • In a bowl, whisk together the egg, cream cheese, sugar and jam, until smooth. I found this to be easiest to do in a stand-up mixer with the paddle attachment BUT since I was in Big Bear (sans mixer), I did this by hand and it worked out just fine!
  • Transfer to a piping bag (I found I didn’t need to attach a tip).
  • Flour your work surface and rolling pin liberally with puff pastry. Roll to a 1/8-inch thickness. Cut out 4 by 4-inch squares. To make these diamond-shaped danishes, take one end of the square and fold it over until it meets the other end, creating a triangular-shape. Slice two slits in the, following the triangle-shape (see above at the photo for a better idea). Unfold the triangle and take one end and fold it over so it rests on itself. Fold the other side OVER until it reaches the opposite side of the square. Again see above for a better idea. I feel like I’m barely describing this correctly.
  • Fill it with the cream cheese filling in the center. Add a teeny dollop of extra jam right tin the center. Repeat until you’ve worked your way through all of the puff pastry.
  • Preheat your oven to 375 degrees F. Transfer the baking sheet of assembled cheese danishes to the freezer to chill for 15 minutes. Bake the cheese danishes for about 20 to 30 minutes, until golden brown and puffed.
  • While they’re cooling, whisk up the glaze ingredients until smooth. Drizzle on top, if desired, and serve with a nice cup of coffee!
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  • Reply Anastasia | Baking with Anastasia February 20, 2017 at 3:21 am

    Looks like you had a great time!
    P.S. Love these danishes! They look super delicious.

  • Reply Carlos At Spoonabilities February 18, 2017 at 2:43 am

    Lovely pictures! And these danishes looks so yummy and easy!

  • Reply Cassie Walker February 17, 2017 at 5:50 am

    Hey! At what point do you brush the dough with egg wash? Thanks!

  • Reply doublebatchblog February 16, 2017 at 3:46 pm

    So pretty! Love these!

  • Reply Libby February 16, 2017 at 1:45 pm

    Those photos look so dreamy! My husband and I ate dinner AT THE TABLE because it was Valentine’s Day and thus a special occasion. And then we watched Golden Girls till we fell asleep. Best VDay ever. 😀

  • Reply Celia Becker @ AfterOrangeCounty.com February 16, 2017 at 11:42 am

    Adrianna, of all the food blogs I follow yours inspires me to make your recipes more than all others. These morning treats looks so yummy that I will probably eat way too many of them when I make them, which I definitely plan to do. In fact, I’ve got house guests coming up to Lake Arrowhead this weekend to enjoy the next big storm so these may just have to be on the menu. Plus I love hibiscus and make my own hibiscus tea daily. It has a lot of great health benefits too. Thanks for another great recipe!

  • Reply Mary February 16, 2017 at 10:53 am

    Beautiful! Your family is adorable! And I love the different “twist” with the Danish! Love your energy and creativity!

  • Reply Kari February 16, 2017 at 9:50 am

    Those look so pretty! I love the use of hibiscus!

  • Reply Rachael February 16, 2017 at 6:40 am

    These sound so delicious, I’m drooling now 🙂

    Rachael xx.

  • Reply Abby @ Heart of a Baker February 16, 2017 at 6:02 am

    The snow looks SO much more fun when it’s not negative a billion degrees to go along with it (like in Wisconsin, buh)! Love those cute little danishes!

  • Reply Gabi Valladares | By Gabriella February 16, 2017 at 3:55 am

    These danishes look so good and that snowy day looks like such a blast! Hoping to cozy up this weekend, too 🙂