Shortcut Jam Danish

2 1/4 to 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1/4 cup granulated sugar
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 cube fresh yeast (see notes)
2/3 cup milk
1/4 cup (1/8 lb.) butter, at room temperature, cut into chunks
2 ounces cream cheese, at room temperature, cut into chunks
1/2 cup berry jam
1 large egg yolk
Powdered sugar

1. In a food processor or a standing mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, whirl or mix 2 cups flour and the sugar, salt, yeast, and milk until a sticky dough forms.
2. Add butter and cream cheese and pulse or mix on low speed until just blended. Pulse or increase speed and beat until thoroughly incorporated, about 1 minute. Pulse or beat in 1/4 to 1/2 cup more flour as needed, 2 tablespoons at a time, until the dough begins to pull away from the sides of the bowl (dough will look sticky). If using food processor, scrape dough into a large bowl. Cover dough and chill at least 12 hours or up to 1 day.
3. Scrape dough onto a lightly floured surface. Divide in half. With a lightly floured rolling pin, roll each piece into an oval about 12 inches long and 6 inches wide. Spoon jam down center of each. Fold one long side of each oval over jam. Fold other side over, as if folding a letter. Place rolls about 3 inches apart on a buttered or cooking parchment-lined 12- by 15-inch baking sheet. Cover with plastic wrap; let stand 30 minutes.
4. In a small bowl, mix egg yolk and 2 tablespoons water. Brush rolls lightly with egg mixture.
5. Bake in a 350° regular or convection oven until golden brown, 20 to 25 minutes. With a wide spatula, transfer to a rack and cool completely. With a serrated knife, cut roll diagonally into 2-inch-wide slices. Sprinkle slices with powdered sugar.

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