This Braided Blueberry Cheese Danish has a golden brown dough, a ton of cream cheese filling, and blueberries that pop with every bite. It is a home run. This easy recipe is low carb, keto, gluten-free, grain-free, sugar-free, and Trim Healthy Mama friendly.
If you didn’t know already brunch is my favorite meal. I’m not a big eater first thing in the morning so I love it when I can just sip coffee until 10 or 11 on the weekends and then sit down to a full spread. My cream cheese egg bake, bacon or Taylor ham, fresh fruit, and some kind of pastry is always on the brunch menu.
I’ve been craving another cheese danish since I made my Raspberry Cream Cheese Danishes back in March. I made a plain cheese danish while visiting family for Easter as well. But it can be time-consuming to make individual danishes. I thought it would be easier to make one big one and then just cut it into pieces.
Low Carb Mozzarella Dough
The dough is a mozzarella and cream cheese based dough the works equally well in sweet and savory applications. In my sweet uses of it, I add a little vanilla and sweetener.
You cannot taste the cheese. As long as you mix it into the dough thoroughly you absolutely cannot tell the dough is mostly mozzarella cheese. I promise.
How to Make a Braided Cheese Danish
How to Braid a large Danish
As the photos show simply form the dough into a large oval. Put the filling down the center and cut one-inch strips along the sides. Fold them over the filling. My braid opened up a bit while baking but I still think it looked pretty enough for company and it was definitely tasty enough.
Glaze for Blueberry Danish
This glaze is optional but is a nice touch to the finished Danish. All I did was mix a little melted butter with powdered sweetener and vanilla and drizzle it on top while the Danish was still warm.
Other Sweet Recipes using Mozzarella Dough:
- Preheat the oven to 350.
- Put cheese in a microwave-safe bowl. Microwave one minute. Stir. Microwave 30 seconds. Stir. At this point, all the cheese should be melted. Microwave 30 more seconds until uniform and gloopy (it should look like cheese fondue at this point). Add the rest of the dough ingredients and the cheese to a food processor. Mix using the dough blade until a uniform color. If you do not have a food processor you can mix in a medium bowl with a wooden spoon but you may need to dump it onto wax paper and knead it by hand to thoroughly incorporate the ingredients. Once it is a uniform color wet your hands and press it out into a 9×12 ish rectangle on a parchment-lined baking sheet.
- To make the cream cheese filling you can add the cream cheese, vanilla, egg, and sweetener to the food processor (no need to wash) or to the bowl you were using. Mix until smooth in the food processor or with an electric mixer.
- Put the filling down the center of the dough. Mine was spreading out a bit so I just pushed it back to the middle with a rubber spatula. Sprinkle the blueberries on top. Cut one-inch strips down the edges of the dough as shown in the photo. Crisscross one over the other, braiding as you go down. Bake for 40-45 min until the dough is golden and the cheese filling no longer jiggles.
- Optional glaze: Mix 1 tbsp of softened butter with 1 tbsp of finely ground sweetener and 1/4 tsp vanilla. Put in a piping bag and drizzle over the top of the warm pastry (or just spread on top). It will melt and make a shiny glaze. This only makes a small amount of icing. If you would like more you can double or triple it. If you don't want the icing to melt cool the danish to room temperature before adding the icing.
To sub in Swerve use 1.5 to 2 times the amount of sweetener called for.