pistachio danish ring with almond goat cheese filling

Today I made Danish rings; one for today, and one unbaked, tucked away in the freezer for Christmas morning. They are laced with almond paste and goat cheese, topped with sweet sugar icing and salty pistachios. They are decadent yet comforting, simple but complex. A perfect treat for all the possible faces of this holiday season.
For I am warm, I am calling you close to my table
Where I have made us a feast
For the year of troubles, they have gone
The winter brings a Christmas song
And all the trust we put in things
In dictionaries, in engineering
In calendars, and television
And father’s friends, and consequences 
And by the time there’s nothing left
An empty tree, a winter vest
A winter vest, a winter vest
-The Child with the Star on His Head, Sufjan Stevens

Pistachio Danish Ring with Almond Goat Cheese Filling
adapted from Cooks Country

I didn’t change very much from the original recipe, so I’m just going to link to it; you can find it here. [It has how-to pictures and everything.] I substituted goat cheese for the cream cheese in the dough, and also in the icing. I switched out almonds for pistachios. I didn’t bake the danish with pistachios – I sprinkled them on afterward, after I had drizzled on the icing. The dough is lovely – soft and smooth and easy to work with. I did have a little trouble getting the sliced rings to lay nice, but it still turned out fairly pretty. It was so delicious, and maybe a new Christmas tradition.
This recipe makes two rings, and one [or both] can be frozen after shaping. So there is one for now, and one for Christmas. Perfect.
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    Sunday, December 30, 2012 at 4:46 pm

    thank you
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    Megan {Country Cleaver}
    Friday, December 28, 2012 at 3:21 am

    Oh my word, this is just beautiful!! I hope you had a lovely Christmas, love 🙂

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    Friday, December 28, 2012 at 12:28 am

    Beautiful! I bet it tastes amazing too.

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    Suzanne Perazzini
    Tuesday, December 25, 2012 at 7:43 am

    Just beautiful. Merry Christmas to you and your family.

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    london bakes
    Monday, December 24, 2012 at 12:54 pm

    Beautiful pictures and a beautiful recipe. Happy Christmas to you and your gorgeous family, I love that little hand creeping in to steal a pistachio 😉

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    Cookie and Kate
    Monday, December 24, 2012 at 3:21 am

    Every single aspect of this post is so lovely, Sarah. Your Danish ring looks like an amazing treat. Merry Christmas to you and your family.

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    Emma Galloway
    Monday, December 24, 2012 at 1:17 am

    Oh yum! Such beautiful images too. Happy Holidays to you and your beautiful family xx

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    la domestique
    Sunday, December 23, 2012 at 5:50 pm

    So beautiful! I must try the danish ring. Merry Christmas!

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    Sunday, December 23, 2012 at 4:10 pm

    what a gorgeous first photo.
    I think the goat cheese is a nice savory addition.
    I love when you change up recipes

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    Sunday, December 23, 2012 at 3:59 pm

    Wow, this looks absolutely gorgeous! I hope you and your family have a wonderful Christmas! xo

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    Sunday, December 23, 2012 at 3:31 pm

    I love this recipe, and I love your changes. Very wreath-like, no?

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      vanilla bean blog
      Sunday, December 23, 2012 at 3:47 pm

      Yes, very wreath-like! It’s so Christmas-y it’s wonderful. 🙂

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    Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar
    Sunday, December 23, 2012 at 1:56 pm

    Oh my! This looks so lovely!

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    Sunday, December 23, 2012 at 10:16 am

    delicious for Christmas:)

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