Brioche Danish With Goat Cheese and Pistachios

Brioche Danish with Goat Cheese and Pistachios | Bread in 5

If you have whole wheat brioche dough or other enriched dough (see below) in the fridge; and you want something sweet that isn’t a lot of work, this is the recipe for you. See below for links to other enriched dough recipes here on the website that also work beautifully, but this one gives some whole grains. You’ll also need almond paste, goat cheese, and pistachios. If you’re not a goat cheese fan, swap in cream cheese, lemon curd, or orange curd.

Brioche Danish with Goat Cheese and Pistachios | Bread in 5
Brioche Danish with Goat Cheese and Pistachios | Bread in 5
Brioche Danish with Goat Cheese and Pistachios | Bread in 5

Brioche Danish with Goat Cheese and Pistachios

1 pound whole wheat brioche from Healthy Bread in Five Minutes A Day –The Challah recipe from Artisan Bread in Five (page 296), Healthy Bread in Five (page 258), or Artisan Pizza and Flatbread in Five (page 251) can also be used.  So can the white brioche recipe.  

Preheat the oven to 350. Divide the dough into 8 equal pieces. Shape each piece into a small ball, and place on baking sheets lined with parchment paper or a silicone mat (4 to 6 on each sheet, any more and they will bake too close together). Let rise, loosely covered, for 40 minutes. Use the back of a measuring cup or a small drinking glass to press a small circle into each ball. Fill each circle with the almond-goat cheese filling (recipe follows) and then use a pastry brush to apply egg wash to each Danish (recipe follows) avoiding the filling. Bake until light golden brown, 22-25 minutes. Remove from the oven and allow to cool slightly. Drizzle each Danish with icing (recipe follows) and then sprinkle with chopped pistachios.

Note: the filling does spill out a bit, but ends up covering a lot of the bread, and makes a lovely pocket for the pistachios to fit in. You could cut back on the filling if you want your danish to look a little ‘neater’, but I didn’t mind the leaking.

Almond-Goat Cheese Filling

7 ounces almond paste

1/2 cup powdered sugar

5 ounces goat cheese, soft [cream cheese can replace all or some of the goat cheese, if desired. Lemon curd also works (see recipe)

1/2 teaspoon vanilla

pinch of salt

In a stand mixer, mix the almond paste, goat cheese, powdered sugar and vanilla until smooth.

Egg Wash

Whisk 1 egg, 1 tablespoon water, and a  pinch of salt together.


1 cup powdered sugar

1/2 teaspoon vanilla

3-4 tablespoons whole milk

1/2 cup pistachios, chopped

Put powdered sugar in a bowl. Starting with 1 tablespoon at a time, mix in milk until icing is desired consistency. Add vanilla and combine.

Brioche Danish with Goat Cheese and Pistachios

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4 thoughts to “Brioche Danish With Goat Cheese and Pistachios”

  1. Hello, I have all your books, and yet nothing like this recipe in them?? Do you think you will be having a special book on sweet bread/quick bread??
    I would love to know since I am a big fan of your work.
    ty mm

    1. Yes, but it’s hard to find at the moment: Holiday and Celebration Bread in Five Minutes a Day, on Amazon at Used copies are around, and I may be able to put some new copies up on eBay, if enough people are interested. There’s also the Kindle (also on Amazon), but I’m not crazy about Kindle cookbooks.

  2. Excellent recipe! A fun bake- Flour the cup you use for your indentation. And I used the food processor for the filling! Thanks !
    Love all of your books! But I’m a bread person- so lots of books

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