JAMAICAN CHEESE DANISH

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Jamaican cheese Danish was one of my favorite food item to have in high school. I always looked forward to them during lunchtime, hoping I would get them when they were fresh out of the oven. I would sometimes be disappointed when they weren’t fresh or when they lack an ample supply a cheese. In these cases, I would always buy extra cheese to enjoy with them.

Outside of high school, there weren’t too many bakeries that I knew that made these. I know that growing up, certain food items were made specific for schools, like Nutri bulla and Nutri milk, and this might have been one of them.

When I came to Canada and heard that they had cheese Danish, I was stoked. But you can imagine my surprise when it wasn’t the cheese Danish I was used to. I wasn’t aware of any other variation, but I guess that’s culture shock for you. It wasn’t only until recently that I finally tried one, and while it was decent, Jamaican cheese Danish holds a special place in my heart.

After that, I sought to make my own. But that proved to be even more difficult than it was to find them in bakeries. It was damn near impossible to find a recipe online. I scoured various sources on the internet before eventually stumbling across one. I adjusted the recipe and tested it based on what I remembered having. It took me two tries, but it is a near replica of what I had in high school.

If you liked this recipe, please let me know in the comment section and share with your family and friends. Enjoy!

WHAT MAKES JAMAICAN CHEESE DANISH DIFFERENT?

The cheese Danish that comes to most people’s mind is one that is made with a puff pastry and a cream cheese filling. Jamaican cheese Danish is made with a sweet bread stuffed with Tastee cheese and finished with a sweet glaze.

INGREDIENTS NEEDED FOR JAMAICAN CHEESE DANISH

1. Flour

2. Butter

3. Instant Yeast

4. Sugar

5. Pure Vanilla

6. Salt

7. Egg

8. Milk

9. Water

10. Tastee Cheese – If you have left over cheese after having Easter Bun, save it for this recipe. This is as authentic as this recipe gets, but you can also just use regular cheddar cheese if you cannot get Tastee cheese or if you don’t like it.

11. Oil

12. Powdered Sugar

HOW TO MAKE JAMAICAN CHEESE DANISH

1. Sift all your dry ingredients together and whisk to combine.

2. Add in all your wet ingredients and mix well.

3. Grease your bowl and allow your dough to rest for 10 minutes.

4. Add roughly 1/4 cup flour to knead your dough then roll it out into a thin square.

5. Use a dough cutter or butter knife and cut slits on one side of the dough, leaving enough space in between each slit. Repeat the process on the opposite side.

6. Add your grated cheese to the center of the dough, allowing roughly 1/2 in space from the sides.

7. Fold over the top and bottom of your dough. Take the flaps from both sides and overlap them over the center of your dough.

8. Cover and let rest for 30 minutes or until doubled in size.

9. You can add your egg wash right before baking or halfway through baking. I did mine halfway through baking.

10. Bake at 325°F for 16-18 minutes.

11. Let cool for at least 10 minutes, then add your glaze while it is still warm.

12. Enjoy them while they are warm.

STORAGE TIPS

You can store this in the fridge in a Ziploc bag for up to 5 days.

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JAMAICAN CHEESE DANISH

Jamaican cheese Danish is made with a sweet bread stuffed with Tastee cheese and finished with a sweet glaze.
Prep Time 1 hour
Cook Time 18 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 18 minutes
Course Dessert
Cuisine Jamaican
Servings 6

Ingredients
  

Dough

  • 2 cups Flour (250g) + (1/4 cup for kneading)
  • ¼ cup Sugar (60g)
  • 2 ¼ tsp Instant Yeast (8g or 1 packet)
  • 1 tsp Olive Oil (+ more for greasing the bowl)
  • ¼ cup Lukewarm Water (62ml)
  • ½ cup Lukewarm Milk (125ml)
  • ½ tsp Salt
  • 2 tbsp Melted Unsalted Butter (28g)
  • 1 cup Grated Tastee Cheese (100g)
  • 1 Room Temp Egg + 1 tbsp Milk for Egg Wash

Glaze

  • 1 tbsp Melted Unsalted Butter
  • ¼ tsp Vanilla
  • 2 tbsp Powdered Sugar
  • 1 tsp Milk

Instructions
 

  •  Sift all your dry ingredients together and whisk to combine.
  • Add in all your wet ingredients and mix well.
  • Grease your bowl and allow your dough to rest for 10 minutes.
  • Add roughly 1/4 cup flour to knead your dough then roll it out into a thin square.
  • Use a dough cutter or butter knife and cut slits on one side of the dough, leaving enough space in between each slit. Repeat the process on the opposite side.
  • Add your grated cheese to the center of the dough, allowing roughly 1/2 in space from the sides.
  • Fold over the top and bottom of your dough. Take the flaps from both sides and overlap them over the center of your dough.
  • Cover and let rest for 30 minutes or until doubled in size.
  • You can add your egg wash right before baking or half way through baking. I did mine half way through baking.
  • Bake at 325°F for 16-18 minutes.
  • Let cool for at least 10 minutes, then add your glaze while it is still warm.
  • Enjoy them while they are warm.
Keyword Jamaican Cheese Danish

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