Ricotta Cinnamon & Sugar Danish


Wednesday’s here and totally in motion. And I have some serious mid-week thoughts!!

1st – Why isn’t Seinfeld on Netflix’s instant watch? WHY! Pretty sure Netflix has done extensive research and figured out every single show/movie/comedy special I could possibly want to watch and decided not to stream those things.

2. Venus is apparently in retrograde, did you know this? And (some) of my friends tell me this is why I’ve been feeling like I’m in a crazy slump. This is true…I’m in a slump–it happens. Luckily, for me, it’s supposed to be lifted (or whatever) next week! I don’t believe in astrology really, but whatevs, I’ll take it.

3. I really don’t want to be one of those people that looks like their animals. You know what I’m talking about? That’s my biggest fear in getting this new dog that I’ve been talking about non-stop. I don’t want us to be twinsies! That’s always weird and awkward and people will always look at us and under their breath go, Oh weird, those two look alike. Just like the opening credit sequence in 101 Dalmations.

This danish is kind of evidence that I’m in a slump. Just being totally honest. I made something totally similar last fall. But a few days ago, I wasn’t in the mood for risk; I wanted something tried and true, something I knew would definitely work out.

I knew that if I rolled out puff pastry, filled with ricotta, cinnamon and sugar and braided it all pretty, that it would turn out to be the most delicious breakfast ever.

I wanted a promise…in the form of butter and sugar. I got it!

This danish looks complicated and maybe its assembly is a little bit, but I promise it couldn’t be easier. It starts with a sheet of puff pastry. You want to start by rolling it out. Cut off the top corners and make triangular notches in the bottom part of the triangle.

Next, you want to take your knife and make slits down both sides. Those are gonna be the pretty braids.

Then you’re going to fold the strips inward, alternating sides. Trim up any stranglers. Brush with egg wash and boom! in the oven!

This glaze is super good. Instead of milk, I actually used some of my morning coffee. I mixed it up with a good amount of powdered sugar and poured it all over the danish right when it came out of the oven. Heaven isn’t the word! SO GOOD!

In other news, are you an astrology believer? I’m not into it really at all, but it doesn’t mean I don’t check Susan Miller every month!! (I just like to see what might happen. I like to view the possibilities.)

I’m mainly interested in people who’s astrological sign says they’re supposed to be one way but they’re the total opposite.

Ricotta Cinnamon & Sugar Danish

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1/4 cup ground cinnamon
1/4 cup white granulated sugar
1/8 teaspoon Kosher salt
3 teaspoons orange zest
5 tablespoon ricotta
1 box of frozen puff pastry (mine contained two circular sheets of puff pastry), barely defrosted
1 egg (for egg wash)

1 1/2 cup confectioner’s sugar
2 tablespoons coffee, room temperature

1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.

2. In a medium bowl, place cinnamon, sugar, salt and orange zest; mix until combined. Add the ricotta and using an electric mixer, mix until mixture is smooth. Alternatively, in case you don’t own one, you can use a fork to combine everything together–might take a little longer but will definitely work. Set aside.

3. Carefully unfold 1 sheet of puff pastry and roll slightly with a floured rolling pin until it’s about 1/8-inch in thickness. Since mine was a circle, I cut it into an 11″ x 8″ rectangle.

4. At an angle, slice off the top corners and cut two notches in the bottom. Slice 1-inch strips diagonally down both sides of the puff pastry, leaving the center uncut. Try to cut the same amount of strips on both sides. I had about 8 strips per side.

5. Add three tablespoons of ricotta filling, spreading it evenly down the center of the puff pastry. Fold in the bottom and top flaps. Braid the puff pastry, by folding the strips over the filing, alternating sides, until you’ve worked your way down the puff pastry. Using your knife, trim off any leftover strips or extra dough.

6. Transfer the danish to a parchment lined baking sheet, and brush top with egg wash. Refrigerate for 15 minutes. Transfer baking sheet to oven and bake for about 20 minutes, or until puffed up and golden brown. Repeat with the second sheet of puff pastry.

7. While baking, mix confectioner’s sugar with coffee. When the danish comes out of the oven, drizzle top with icing and serve warm.

Yields 2 Medium Danishes

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  • Reply Bex June 20, 2012 at 1:29 am

    This looks sooo good, I have to try it!

    I’m new to wordpress though and cannot for the life of me work out how to “follow” you!!

    • Reply Adrianna June 20, 2012 at 9:24 am

      Hmmm…I follow people in Google readers so I’m not really sure. :/

      • Reply Denise June 27, 2012 at 7:25 am

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  • Reply Adina June 20, 2012 at 4:18 am

    Oh, I feel ya on the Netflix. The other night I was teary and mid-Ben and Jerry’s and all I wanted was “How to Lose A Guy in Ten Days” … no such luck on Netflix instant. Something has to be done about this travesty.

    In other news, this danish looks perfect. Great call about the coffee in the glaze (maple syrup might be good, too). And this recipe is not lazy at all, oh please. You just had to put up with the heartbreak of Netflix failing you and still managed to come up with this. You’re pretty much my hero.

    • Reply Adrianna June 20, 2012 at 9:25 am

      We understand each other completely.

  • Reply Sophie June 20, 2012 at 4:38 am

    My God this looks amazing. I can never get enough cinnamon. It’s the best spice. and I’m always all over a danish. thank you for putting this awesome-ness out there!

  • Reply Margherita June 20, 2012 at 4:45 am

    Five words: un-be-lie-va-ble!!!!!
    This is the kind of recipe that just makes ma happy. Whilst Netflix makes me angry more and more often…so many disappointments from that end!

  • Reply DessertForTwo June 20, 2012 at 6:00 am

    This looks so delicious! 🙂

  • Reply Lyndsey June 20, 2012 at 6:09 am

    This looks delicious, and easy enough that I might be able to pull it off.

    Seinfeld is on Roku, Crackle channel, for free.

    The only thing that would make it more delicious is if you say “ricotta” like Giada would.

    • Reply Abbie June 20, 2012 at 8:58 am

      hahaha. Rih-goh-tah. My dad says it like that too.

      • Reply Adrianna June 20, 2012 at 11:38 pm

        OH GAWD. Don’t get me started on the way she says ricotta. 😉

  • Reply Bev @ Bev Cooks June 20, 2012 at 6:54 am

    I’m in a slump too and I had NO IDEA about the venus thing. I need it to be fixed and for this to be in my face.

  • Reply charlotte au chocolat June 20, 2012 at 7:53 am

    this looks amazing! and i’m totally in a slump too. Here’s hoping next week is much, much better!

  • Reply Margarita June 20, 2012 at 7:54 am

    ah, i agree with you on the Netflix thing. i don’t have cable and rely on Netflix for all my fave shows: 30 Rock, Portlandia, Futurama, The Office, and Downton Abbey. i really couldn’t care less about the others, but DA! i want to watch season 2 so bad.

    this danish looks awesome… the combination of cinnamon, sugar, orange zest, and ricotta seem sooooo wonderful!

    • Reply Adrianna June 20, 2012 at 11:39 pm

      Downton Abbey season 2 is sooo good! I bit the bullet and paid for it on iTunes. It was worth it!

  • Reply Liz @ Tip Top Shape June 20, 2012 at 7:58 am

    I feel like even though Netflix Instant added a bunch of shows recently (and good ones, too!) they never have that one show that I’m looking for. Thankfully, I can just vent my anger through binging on Dawson’s Creek and then everything’s okay. lol

  • Reply Chelsea @ Chelsea's Culinary Indulgence June 20, 2012 at 8:16 am

    This looks so delicious! All of those warm spices and ricotta folded into a pastry. Heaven!

  • Reply Villy @ For the love of Feeding June 20, 2012 at 8:45 am

    I want the baking paper with the poured icing ALSO in my plate. Thank you. 🙂

  • Reply Abbie June 20, 2012 at 8:57 am

    Amazing. I was literally just wondering what to do with the delicious ricotta in my fridge that will inevitably go bad because my husband doesn’t like cheese (I know.) Now I can make a treat for Sunday brunch!!! Sorry about the slump 🙁 The incessant June gloom doesn’t help either, I’m sure.

  • Reply Living The Sweet Life June 20, 2012 at 9:21 am

    Mmm.. this looks like perfection. I’ve feeling “blah-ish” lately too … I’m hoping its this whole astrology thing .. I’d love for there to be a reason, and hope that it will end soon.

    If I didn’t see the recipe for this danish, I would have thought it took you hours. I love recipes like this.

  • Reply Anna @ Crunchy Creamy Sweet June 20, 2012 at 9:34 am

    Totally my kind of breakfast. And lunch. And dinner.

  • Reply Natasha June 20, 2012 at 9:42 am

    I just so happen to have made puff pastry last week, and it’s sitting in the freezer waiting for a reason to use it. Luckily, I just found one! Thanks for sharing!

  • Reply Jessica@AKitchenAddiction June 20, 2012 at 9:55 am

    This danish looks perfect! Totally could have used this for breakfast this morning!!

  • Reply Free Range June 20, 2012 at 10:32 am

    Wow! I’m such a sucker for cinnamon AND ricotta!!

  • Reply Sara/Matchbox Kitchen June 20, 2012 at 10:45 am

    I’m pretty sure I’d never get off the computer if Seinfeld was on Netflix. Also, this danish looks absolutely delicious. Puff pastry is an amazing thing.

    • Reply Adrianna June 20, 2012 at 11:39 pm

      I know. It’d be the worst black hole ever.

  • Reply Katie @ Blonde Ambition June 20, 2012 at 10:49 am

    This looks ah-maaaazing. I’ve never been a fan of danishes with fruit in them… But ricotta and cinnamon sugar? I can get down with that.

  • Reply Monique June 20, 2012 at 11:29 am

    Can we please be best friends? The type of friends that have multiple dinner parties in one night? We could grow fat together and we never leave the house because we’d be too busy eating? Okay? Okay.

    • Reply Adrianna June 20, 2012 at 11:40 pm

      Yes. Obvi.

  • Reply LouAnn June 20, 2012 at 11:44 am

    good conversation over a great delicacy – what more could one ask for
    I check my “stars” but only out of interest

  • Reply Le Man and Wife June 20, 2012 at 12:11 pm

    Ok I am seriously salivating! That looks unreal–I think I would eat the whole thing if I were you. 🙂

  • Reply dervla @ The Curator June 20, 2012 at 1:04 pm

    I’m sorry you’re in a slump, hope the sugar in this sweet pastry brought you right out!!

  • Reply Lisa @ The Cooking Bride June 20, 2012 at 1:53 pm

    Okay, well apparently I missed the one you did last fall, so I’m glad you posted again!

  • Reply Suzanne Perazzini June 20, 2012 at 2:11 pm

    No Netflix problems here in New Zealand. I don’t even know what it is. But I know what that dessert is and it looks good in any country.

  • Reply Heidi @ Food Doodles June 20, 2012 at 3:59 pm

    I don’t do the astrology thing either(even though my in-laws do) but I’ve been in a crazy slump for a few days now. How weird that you should mention that. Anyhoo… I’ve always wanted to make something like this, it looks so fancy withe the dough and that glaze… Ah! Put this on my to-try list 😀

  • Reply Chuck June 20, 2012 at 4:05 pm

    OMG, this looks amazing. Please send me a slice or two and i bet it’s extra good when it’s still a little warm. Yummy!

  • Reply Valerie @ Sex, Food, and Rock & Roll June 20, 2012 at 7:01 pm

    This looks soooooo delicious! I can’t wait to try it with homemade ricotta.

    To be honest, I have never met anyone who was the opposite of their sign in personality. EVERYONE I know fits their sign really well or perfectly. The only person who is slightly off is my husband, who is technically a Pices, but he’s also an Aquarius cusp (born the first day of Pices), and he has a classic Aquarius personality with a hint of Pices emotional-ness.

    So I can’t help but believe it to an extent!

  • Reply PJS June 21, 2012 at 12:01 am

    Wow looks amazing….. Brilliantly done… 🙂

  • Reply Stacey June 21, 2012 at 10:37 am

    I’ve been birddogging this recipe since I saw your gorgeous Instagram pictures! I can’t wait to make it! So fancy.

  • Reply Megan June 21, 2012 at 12:45 pm

    This looks absolutely perfect! And I totes want to make fall-like things in the summer sometimes. I’ve never braided pastry before! I better get with it.

  • Reply Amy June 21, 2012 at 5:54 pm

    this looks dreamy. and i also appreciate a good solid layer of parchment paper.

  • Reply The Cozy Herbivore June 21, 2012 at 6:58 pm

    Hooooooooly crap, this looks amazing. And beautiful. And I’m loving how simple it is! Can’t wait to give it a try, thanks for the recipe.

  • Reply Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar June 22, 2012 at 4:03 am

    Oh boy…this is heaven.

  • Reply The Wimpy Vegetarian June 24, 2012 at 9:36 am

    This looks just fabulous. I love the addition of the coffee to the glazing – genius. I just found your site through Food52 and am so glad I did!

    • Reply Adrianna June 24, 2012 at 9:40 pm

      Oh yay! So glad you found me!

  • Reply Danielle June 24, 2012 at 10:03 pm

    Oh my gosh. YUM! Making this. I know some people who will be very happy to chow down on this deliciousness.

  • Reply The Culinistas June 25, 2012 at 11:38 am

    Love the idea of putting coffee in the glaze!

  • Reply Mich June 25, 2012 at 2:13 pm

    I read your post on Friday and had to try this recipe! Of course it helped that I had all the ingredients at home already! I must confess that I doubted the amount of cinnamon, but I was so glad to be wrong. YUM! I added a little homemade vanilla/orange extract to the filling as well as the glaze, and omitted the coffee. So easy and pretty. Thanks!

    • Reply Adrianna June 25, 2012 at 3:09 pm

      Love the added vanilla and orange extract. YUM.

  • Reply Olivia June 27, 2012 at 6:24 pm

    I’m with you on the Netflix thing! Can you believe they don’t have Friends on there either! Aren’t Friends and Seinfeld must haves?!

  • Reply dana October 20, 2012 at 10:33 am

    Gorgeous! Consider it pinned (and on my official bookmarked “to make” list).

  • Reply Stalyn October 21, 2012 at 12:55 pm

    Oh my I’m so hungry right now!!!

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