Summer is officially here, and with it – fresh, sweet treat recipes you can create in your kitchen.  Today, I’m partnering with Hood Cottage Cheese, to share with you the endless possibilities of Hood Cottage Cheese. 

To kick off the excitement, I’ve created these Fresh Berries & Cottage Cheese Danishes, also known as Red, White, & Blue Cheese Danishes!

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I can’t believe it’s summer already. Things are in full swing on Martha’s Vineyard: the tourists have arrived, the beaches are overflowing with people, and we are back to working full time at the restaurant. With one day off a week, we try to make sure to have quick and easy snacks to grab either as we run out the door to work, or for those late nights when we come back exhausted. I personally want a sweet treat at all times, and that’s how these cottage cheese danishes came to life.

Is there anything better than the combination of creamy cheese, fresh summer berries, and puff pastry? I think not! You’ll be astounded at how quick and simple this recipe is!

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Let’s talk a little about cottage cheese, specifically, the Hood Cottage Cheese. First of all, I love the variety. Hood Cottage Cheese delivers high-quality ingredients and continues to innovate with a variety of flavor options including (and more delicious flavors as well!):

  • Hood Country Style Cottage Cheese (original)
  • Hood Cottage Cheese with Chive
  • Hood Cottage Cheese with Pineapple
  • Hood Cottage Cheese with Blueberry
  • Hood Cottage Cheese with Strawberry
  • Hood Lowfat Cottage Cheese with Peach

The fact that these cottage cheese flavors are made with real fruit, herbs, and vegetables is perfect, making for the most delicious tasting cottage cheese in the dairy aisle. I personally love how the Hood Cottage Cheese is carefully blended to ensure a balanced flavor of sweet and creamy or savory and creamy. These danishes have a few ingredients and no added sugars,  making this the ideal treat for any time of the day – breakfast, lunch, or snacking. I love how the Hood Cottage Cheese adds the perfect protein boost to these danishes and a hint of sweetness from the strawberry and blueberry flavors.

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This recipe brings together three types of Hood Cottage Cheese:

  • Hood Country Style Cottage Cheese (original)
  • Hood Cottage Cheese with Blueberry
  • Hood Cottage Cheese with Strawberry

Each of these act as the “red, white, and blue” parts of these danishes, making them spectacular to serve at your 4th of July gatherings, whether you’re doing a family breakfast, a brunch with friends, or need a sweet treat to bring to your BBQ get-togethers. They are perfect when served warm right out of the oven, but also delicious at room temperature, and even cold the next day. Cheese danishes have that about them – they are just about perfect any way you serve them.

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For this recipe, you’ll need puff pastry sheets and fresh berries, alongside the cottage cheeses. Our local farms are growing the sweetest strawberries, so if you can get a fresh harvest of local berries, definitely use them.

Puff pastry is one of the easiest doughs to work with, granted that you buy it premade at your local supermarket. Found in the frozen aisle section, puff pastry has a variety of applications and today we are using it as the base for these cottage cheese danishes.

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Let’s talk a little more about this partnership because if you’ve been around long enough, you’ll know that I’ve worked with Hood on a variety of campaigns throughout the year, and I am so excited to be bringing more of them to you in the form of content like recipe blogs and social media posts.

Working with brands that support me means the world. In a world where there are brands that might not pay content creators, and brands that don’t value the work we do, I want to give Hood and their team a shoutout because they do both. These posts are in paid partnership with Hood, meaning I get to pitch them recipe ideas that they approve, I create, and get paid for. They value my culinary skills and it makes me excited to work with them more and more. As a writer, I thank you – my reader – for taking the time to support a brand that makes this blog happen.

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Every time I work with brands, I always strive to be better: with the recipe development, the photos, the composition. And that’s how Hood is too. Their legacy is a long-standing one of raising the bar.

AT HOOD, “GOOD ENOUGH” NEVER WAS. After two years of delivering milk for other farms, Harvey P. Hood decided that people deserved better, fresher, more reliable, premium-quality milk. So in 1846, he started his own business – and Hood® has been raising the bar in dairy ever since.

Living in New England, the Hood brand line of products has always been present in our homes, and today, I hope this recipe graces your kitchens this holiday week.

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Fresh Berries & Cottage Cheese Danishes

These Fresh Berries & Cottage Cheese Danishes are the perfect holiday-themed treat for the 4th of July!
Print Recipe
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Prep Time:15 mins
Cook Time:15 mins
Total Time:30 mins

Ingredients

  • 4 sheets puff pastry thawed
  • ½ cup Hood Country Style Cottage Cheese
  • ½ cup Hood Cottage Cheese with Blueberries
  • ½ cup Hood Cottage Cheese with Strawberries
  • 1 cup fresh strawberries sliced
  • 1 cup fresh blueberries whole

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 375F and prepare your baking trays with either parchment paper or silicone mats.
  • Cut puff pastry out into squares or rectangles, and place on baking trays.
  • Lightly score the inside of the puff pastry shapes with the same shape (square or rectangle) about 1/2 an inch all around. This will allow the pastry to puff around the cheese and fruit.
  • Dollop the pastry with a line of red (strawberry), white (original), and blue (blueberries) and top with coordinating berries.
  • Bake for 15-20 minutes, depending on the size, and until golden brown around the edges.
  • Finish by topping with extra original cottage cheese and serve.
Servings: 24 pastries
Author: Marnely Murray

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Disclaimer: This post was in partnership with Hood Cottage Cheese! Thank you for supporting brands that make it possible for me to bring you this delicious content.

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3 Comments

  1. This sounds yummy and I have never seen anything like it before. Blueberries are my favorite berry too so I can’t wait to try it!

  2. I’ve tried this. I followed your instructions, it’s easy to do and my kids like it!!

  3. Must try these. They seem so simple yet look great.