These danish are quick and easy made in the air fryer, but you can make them conventionally too.
Easy Peasy Pastry
I’ve seen lots of recipes for danish pastry using crescent roll dough and they all look fantastic!
Since I’ve been into my air fryer lately and many readers have requested more recipes for that appliance, I am very happy to oblige.
As mentioned, these use store-bought crescent roll dough as a base. I noticed the last time I was in the store that they are now selling a solid sheet of dough in addition to the regular kind that’s already cut. This is a boon to those that wish to use crescent roll dough for other things than rolls. It eliminates having to pinch and seal the seams.
For this recipe, I used the one you have to pinch and seal. The seam doesn’t really matter with this.
Shaping Is Easy
Lots of times I’m at a loss trying to describe a technique to someone else and even to understand it myself. All I can say is I’m glad there’s video!
I’ll have a video of these coming pretty soon, but I took photos of the steps involved and they’re pretty easy to follow. The only thing I couldn’t capture in the still photos was twisting the rope you make. All you have to do is grab the rope of dough at opposite ends and twist it a few times in opposing directions. Even if you didn’t do this, I don’t think it’d matter all that much but it does make them look better.
Conventional baking instructions are in the recipe notes.
Fillings To Suit You
I’ve pretty much only seen these with the cheese filling. The cheese is very good!
However, you can use any flavor that suits your fancy or even combine cheese with fruit. I did that with half of this batch I made. I combine cheese and raspberry and they were delicious!!
You can use regular jam or pastry filling (that’s different from pie filling. The brand I see is Solo and it’s sold in the baking aisle).
Instead of the white confectioner’s icing, I dusted these with confectioner’s sugar straight. If you want the icing, use a cup of confectioner’s sugar, 2-3 tbs milk or cream and a few drops of vanilla.
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Air Fryer Mini Danish
- 2 cans crescent roll dough
- confectioner’s sugar for dusting
- seedless raspberry jam optional
- sanding sugar optional
- 3 oz cream cheese at room temperature
- 1 tsp sour cream
- 2 tbs confectioner’s sugar
- 1/8 tsp vanilla extract
- 1 tsp lemon juice
- Mix all filling ingredients in a small bowl; set aside.
- Separate crescent roll dough into 4 rectangles for each can for a total of 8 rectangles.
- Pinch the diagonal seam together so it doesn’t separate. Cut each rectangle in half lengthwise. Sprinkle with sanding sugar if using.
- Roll up each strip and pinch seam. Roll to make a rope about 8-to 10-inches. Twist each end in opposite directions about 3-4 times. Roll up in a spiral shape and pinch the end of the rope underneath to seal. Press a depression in the center for the filling.
- If you want raspberry ONLY, place about one teaspoon in each depression.
- For raspberry cheese, place about 1/2 teaspoon in each depression then about 2 teaspoons of the cheese mixture on top.
- If you want cheese ONLY then place about 1 1/2-2 tbs of the cheese mixture in the depression.
- Place a parchment sheet in the bottom of an air fryer basket; spray lightly with oil.
- You will have to cook these in shifts—so lay half the danish on the prepared basket, leaving about an inch in between.
- Air fry at 350 degrees F for 8-10 minutes. Repeat with second batch.
- Cool completely then dust with confectioner’s sugar.
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