I have fallen in love with this Lemon Ricotta Danish. I swear I could devour the entire thing. It is simply ricotta mixed with some sugar, vanilla, lemon zest and a splash of lemon juice and wrapped in a puff pastry. How easy is that? It only takes a few minutes to put this together, and about 25 minutes to bake. Before you know it, you have a delicious danish ready to serve. Once you try this, you will be amazed how tasty it is.
  • 1 sheet of puff pastry, thawed
  • 1½ cups whole ricotta cheese
  • ⅓ cup confectioners sugar
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Zest from one lemon
  • ½ teaspoon lemon juice
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tablespoon water
  • Glaze
  • ½ cup confectioners sugar
  • 1-2 tablespoons lemon juice
  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper and set aside.
  2. Unroll and lay puff pastry flat on baking sheet. Using a sharp knife, cut 1½ inch slits 1 inch apart. Do the same on opposite side.
  3. In a medium bowl mix ricotta cheese, sugar, vanilla extract, lemon zest and juice.
  4. Spread in the center of pasty leaving about 2 inch border.
  5. Cross strips over filling, alternating from each side making sure ends overlap.
  6. In a small bowl mix egg and water. Brush over the top of pastry.
  7. Bake on the center rack for about 25 minutes until golden brown.
  8. Allow to cool slightly before adding glaze.
  9. Glaze
  10. In a small bowl mix confectioners sugar and 1 tablespoon lemon juice. Slowly add a little more lemon juice until mixture is creamy but not runny.
  11. Drizzle on top of pastry.
  12. Store in the refrigerator until ready to serve.