This dessert pastry will amaze! It is so light and airy. It will melt in your mouth with the delicious flavor of toasted almonds and sweet cream cheese. Our Low Carb Almond Cheese Danish tastes just like a “Bear Claw.” With a low-carb lifestyle you rarely get to enjoy a tasty dessert – this one will quickly become a favorite. Enjoy it with coffee after a delicious low-carb dinner or even as a “breakfast” pastry.
Danish pastries actually originated in Austria and were brought to Denmark in the mid-nineteenth century. It is generally known for being a light puffed pastry made of yeast-leavened dough, milk, eggs, and sugar. Layered with butter, the Danish from the bakery is found with icing, slivered nuts, jams, and marzipan and/or custard.
Our Danish replicates the original without using wheat flour, sugar, or high-carb jams. Even more amazing – there is no butter in the recipe. Yet, it is just as light, just as tasty, and all with 3 carbs per Danish. Although a bit of work and care is needed in preparation, we love these! We consider this one of our best recipes!
The main ingredient is cream cheese. It is used in the dough, filling, and even the icing. It will need to be softened, but make sure you use regular fat “original” cream cheese. The other main ingredient is almond extract. Again, it is used in all three parts of the recipe and it is “carb free” and it is the main flavor of our Danish. Mixed in the filling, it has a Marzipan taste!
Sweetness is added with the liquid Stevia drops. It may seem like a lot of sweetener, but the 15 drops in the dough is the equivalent of only 1 tablespoon of sugar. The filling has drops equivalent to 1 tablespoon plus 2 teaspoons of sugar. You can adjust the sweetness to your taste. The liquid Stevia we use is not expensive since a bottle contains approximately 800 drops. We use a powdered sugar substitute called Sukrin Melis for our icing since it mixes like baker’s confectionary sugar. Any powdered sugar substitute will work.
The key preparation step in our Low Carb Almond Cheese Danish recipe is in separating the eggs. The yolks form a creamy base for the dough. Whipping the egg whites to form stiff peaks is also essential to yield a light and airy pastry. A stand mixer works best. We do caution you not to fold the two together vigorously! You will remove the air pockets from the beaten egg whites and end up with a flat pastry.
If you have ever made “cloud bread” this is a similar process. With a little practice it will be easy to make a perfect low-carb Danish – Joanie has mastered this step. You can also use a variation of the dough recipe for a delicious dinner roll. Joanie has even formed an elongated shape and made “hot dog buns.”
Finally, we recommend using a baker’s piping tool to spread the icing. It is a handy kitchen tool for any baking project and adds that “pastry shop” look to your Danish pastries.
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Low Carb Almond Cheese Danish – A Light Dessert That Tastes Better than a Bakery!
Low Carb Almond Cheese Danish is a delight that tastes like it’s from a bakery! We finished making this Danish yesterday. They will keep well in the refrigerator for at least three days, probably longer (ours never stay around that long to find out). Pour yourself a cup of your favorite coffee or tea and enjoy this delicious Danish for dessert or breakfast. It is definitely Tasty Low Carb and one of our best recipes.
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