These may become pricy at my neighborhood bakery, but I love eating them. You can't beat the flavor of our homemade version!

- Sugar in powder form (for dusting)
What to do
1. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and set your oven to 375°F, which is 190°C.
2. Shape the thawed puff pastry into a 12-inch square by rolling it out on a lightly floured surface. This will prevent the dough from sticking.
3. With a small bowl, combine the granulated sugar and softened cream cheese until a homogeneous mixture is achieved.
4. Leaving about a three-inch border on both sides, spread the cream cheese mixture along the middle of the puff pastry square.
5. Spread cherry pie filling on top of the cream cheese, being sure to cover the whole layer of smooth cheese.
6. Cut the cherry and cream cheese layers diagonally, leaving approximately an inch of space between each cut, on both the left and right sides.
7. To create a braided appearance, fold the strips over the filling in a clockwise and counterclockwise pattern.
8. Prepare an egg wash by whisking the egg and water together; then, brush it over the pastry.
9. Once the oven is hot, bake the crust for 20 to 25 minutes, or until it becomes golden and puffs up nicely.
10. After it has cooled a little, get that gorgeous finish by dusting it with powdered sugar. Then slice it and serve.
Tips and Variations: After the Danish has cooled, cover it with a simple frosting that is composed of powdered sugar and milk if you're really craving something sweet.
- A Make a change with the fillings! To add some diversity, you may use apple or blueberry pie filling instead.
- A Attempting to limit that sugar? Find a pie filling that doesn't include any added sugar, and we'll keep it a secret.
- A Also, keep an eye on your Danish as it bakes since every oven is a little bit different. This is particularly true if this is your first time making the dish. You should take it out as soon as you see a golden hue.
The braiding stage can be a real hoot if the kids are involved, so gather the whole family and go to the kitchen for this one. What a home is really about, however, is gathering over a warm, handmade dessert with a mug of coffee or glass of cold milk, surrounded by the love of family. Have fun baking!