Then, last week, I was reading the daily Hungry Girl update and saw a recipe for an apple cinnamon danish. Do you guys know of Hungry Girl (ie, Lisa Lillian)? I have completely mixed feelings on her... The premise is that she seeks out low calorie/lowfat food "swaps" for common recipes and ingredients. So, she'll make a Hungry Girl version of stuff like fettuccine alfredo, Big Macs, pizza, sweet & sour chicken, etc. And then she also advertises new products that are low fat/cal (stuff like protein bars, reduced fat cheese products, low cal chips, low cal pasta substitutes, etc.). My mixed feelings are: 1) I like the idea of it - that one doesn't have to get super crazy if one is having a craving for something like macaroni and cheese; but 2) I dislike that she often uses "fake" food to achieve her recipes - stuff like artificial sweeteners and chemical dairy products (Laughing Cow, fat free half & half, non-dairy creamer, etc.); and 3) that she'll often choose low calorie over nutrient-dense (so she'd choose white Light Wonderbread over a slice of whole grain bread).
But that being said, I still read her blog everyday, ha. And while I haven't made a ton of her recipes, the ones I have made (generally the ones without fake food or chemicals) have been pretty good. So when I saw this apple danish and saw that it used real food for the most part, I was on board. Also - each slice only has 160 calories - faaaaaar less than one of those delicious, fatty danishes from the grocery store.
I made it last weekend on Saturday morning - and I have to say - it was pretty darn good! Also - it was eaaaaasy to make. I think this would be one of those great things to make if you were having overnight company (or if it's just a random Saturday and you & your significant other want a sweet treat breakfast).
Cinnamon Apple-Cranberry Danish
I followed her recipe pretty much to a T. I was worried the fat free cream cheese would be gross, but you can't really taste it - it just adds a creaminess to the filling. Also, that Pillsbury dough is durable! I was worried because I stretched mine pretty thin, but it's so sturdy, it didn't matter. One place I ventured away from the recipe was with the "frosting" (just powdered sugar and water) - I made more than she suggests, because the amount she suggests is minuscule.
Here's my finished product: