This week blows...
Actually I take that back... the past 2 weeks have blown.
My husband worked 65 hrs week 1... then this week... he has worked 80 hrs. In 14 days he had 1 day off. The hours don't include his commute time. In total he has been away from the house a staggering 87 hrs this week and 72 the week before.
We are one of those couples that does everything together... in 12 yrs we really only spend the daytime apart during working hours. We don't travel without one another or do nights apart for anything really.
When he gets his first day off... This Sunday... I have to pack up and leave for VT.
As if my anxiety about leaving the kids isn't enough, Mads has never had a night away from me in her 9 months... in fact the longest I have ever been away from her is 3 hrs while I was volunteering at my oldest son's school.
So on top of that guilt... I miss my husband like crazy and also feel SO bad that his first day off I'm jumping ship and leaving him with the kids for 3 days.
When I want to really impress him or make him something special... I make him a strawberry cheese danish. My husband LOVES Strawberry Cheese Danishes! LOVES them!
I used to use store bought pastry which I always had on hand... but now I know how to make my own puff pastry!! Thanks to my friend Jeni =)
He knows the work that goes into that flaky pastry to make his special danishes, so I know he would appreciate his breakfast when he woke up.
I also made enough for him to take to his employees that day... because he was pressed for time running out of the house without breakfast... he took the whole box to his work and was going to eat one when he got there.
Well.... a swarm of hungry sales people snached every last one up and he didn't get ANY!
I wish I had the time to do another batch of pastry before I leave for Blog and Bake... though I don't think I can pull it off! I'll have to make him something else special to eat when I'm away.... that and stock up on beer.... he's going to need it at the end of each day with these 3 rugrats all day!
Atleast I took pictures so he can get the idea that it was a knock your socks of danish.....
Strawberry Rhubarb Cheese Danish
1 sheet of puff pastry homemade or store bought (for how to make pastry CLICK HERE)
1 1/2 cups of rhubarb sliced thin
1 1/2 cups straberries sliced thin
1/4 cup sugar
1/4 cup King Arthur Flour Pie Filling Enhancer ( for best results I highly recommend using it... CLICK HERE to see what it is)
For the Cheese Filling:
1 8 oz pakage room temp cream cheese
1/3 a cup of sugar
2 egg yolks
the zest of 1 lime
pinch of salt
Egg white for brushing
Raw Sugar for sprinkling
In a medium mixing bowl toss all of your fruit filling ingredients together. Set aside.
In an electric mixer beat your cheese filling ingredients together. Set aside.
Roll you pastry out so it was 1/4 - 1/8 of an inch thick. Lightly score the dough into 3rds (this is just for a guid)
In the center section of pastry, spread your cheese filling. Top with your fruit filling.
On the two outer sections using a pastry cutter or sharp knife carefully cut diagonal sections about a 1/2 inch thick.
I got 14 pastry sections on each side.
Alternately fold the sections over the filling creating a braid like appearance.
Brush lightly with your egg white and sprinkle with raw sugar.
Bake on a parchment paper lined cookie sheet at 400 for about 25 minutes or until it is golden.
Allow danish to cool for about 30 minutes and then slice into 1 1/2- 2 inch pieces. Mine made 12 servings.
Now.... this can be as easy or as hard as you want it to be... using store bought pastry would save you a tremendous amount of time for a quick breakfast treat.... Though nothing tastes better than buttery homemade pastry! Either way... you will wow who every you are sharing this with. It's so pretty and seriously yummy!
With that my friends I hope you all have an amazing weekend! I'm packing and getting things ready for my trip to VT for the King Arthur Flour Blog and Bake. EEEEEKKKKK So excited despite my guilt and anxiety!
PS I made the exact filling for some small pies this week as well... he did get one of those and flipped over it.... didn't even know I had put rhubarb in it! So I think I have switched my rhubarb hater over to my side!!!!