"Eat an apple on going to bed, and you'll keep the doctor from earning his bread." Nearly 150 years later, variations of this proverb are still quoted. It's unlikely that the saying would have maintained such popularity if there weren't some truth to it?
If all fruits are nutritional powerhouses, why are apples the only one to be included in the folklore? At the time the saying emerged, apples were easy to grow (and still are). Once harvested, they could remain in storage for nearly a year. Recent studies have shown that unlike many fruits and vegetables, the nutritional benefits of apples remain relatively stable, as long as 200 days after harvest.
I can't guarantee keeping the doctor away but I can guarantee that you will love how easy this recipe comes together and how delicious it will taste warm from the oven.
Apple Cheese Danish
8 ounces cream cheese room temperature
3 tablespoons ricotta cheese
1 lemon zest and juice used
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/8 teaspoon kosher salt
5 tablespoons sugar divided
2 gala apples
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1 box of puff pastry with 2 sheets defrosted
3/4 cups confectioner sugar
1 tablespoon whole milk
Preheat the oven to 400 degrees
In a medium bowl, place the cream cheese, ricotta, lemon zest, vanilla, salt, 4 tablespoons of sugar and mix until smooth, using an electric mixer fitted with a paddle attachment. Set aside. Peel and slice the apples into 1/4 inch slices. In a small bowl toss the apples with 1 tablespoon of sugar, cinnamon, and the juice from the lemon. Carefully unfold 1 sheet of puff pastry and roll slightly on a floured cutting board until its about 1/4 inch in thickness.
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. See photo below.
Spread half of the filling down the center of the puff pastry. Top with the apple slices. Fold in the bottom and top flaps. Braid the puff pastry, by folding the strips over the filling alternating sides, until you have worked your way down the puff pastry. Using your knife, trim off any leftover dough at the bottom. Repeat with the second sheet of puff pastry.
Transfer the danish unto a parchment lined baking sheet and brush the top with egg wash. Transfer baking sheet to oven and bake for 20 minutes until puffed up and golden brown. While baking mix up the icing. When the danish comes out of the oven drizzle it with icing and serve warm.