Most days I would consider myself a lazy baker. Don't get me wrong, when I get in the mood and have time, I like to throwdown and go all out preparing dinner and dessert. But most nights, I want to just throw a few things together and call it done. Between work, errands, Alex's school and sports activities, doing laundry and dishes, and my husband's crazy work schedule, I just don't have all day to be working on an elaborate meal for dinner as well as a 6 layer cake for dessert. Who does these days? So take a deep breath and let me solve a very small problem for you...what to make for dessert. And a dessert that won't break the bank or take a lot of time to make but will make everyone swoon with glee. My hubby is not into a lot of fruit desserts. Apple is about all he can stomach so I went with apple for these danishes. But feel free to use whatever fruit filling your family prefers.
For the Danishes:
2 tubes crescent rolls
1 can apple pie filling
2 tbsp. butter, melted
1/2 cup powdered sugar
1 tsp. vanilla extract
3-4 tsp. milk
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Separate dough into eight rectangles (only 4 are pictured). Seal perforations.
Using a brush or spoon, spread melted butter all over crescent rolls. Sprinkle with cinnamon sugar mixture (2 tbsp. white sugar mixed with 1 teaspoon of cinnamon)
I reuse this little bottle. I add my cinnamon and sugar, sake it up and voila. I always have this cinnamon sugar on hand and it makes it so easy to sprinkle on the dough.
Roll up from long side; pinch edges to seal. Holding one end, loosely coil each.
Coil them up like snakes. Now, you want to get in there with your fingers and spread out the dough some to make room for the filling. Just pull and stretch and make a nice dent in the middle.
Open can of apple pie filling and using a knife, cut apple slices into smaller chunks. Just keep poking and slicing around until all your apples are cut into more manageable pieces. Place on cookie sheet that has been sprayed with nonstick spray. Top each coil with about 2-3 tablespoons of apple pie filling.
Sprinkle the tops with a bit more cinnamon sugar mixture. Bake at 350(F) for 15-18 minutes, or until golden brown. For the glaze, in a bowl, combine powdered sugar, vanilla and milk. Stir until smooth and drizzle over each warm danish. These taste best when served warm. Makes 8 danishes.
Cook's Note: This would be wonderful with any type of pie filling. Peaches, strawberry, lemon or cherry would all be amazing. You can just skip the cinnamon sugar part for the strawberry or cherry & lemon fillings. Also, if you don't need so many danishes, just use one tube of crescent rolls and save the leftover pie filling for another time. Just put it in a container with a lid and store in the fridge for up to a week.
Printable Recipe Here
Printable Recipe Here