This Braided Danish has a tasty ricotta cheese and jam filling.
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In a large bowl, combine ricotta cheese, sugar, egg, butter, flour, orange rind and vanilla. Beat with an electric mixer on medium speed, until well blended.
Unfold pastry into rectangle; place on baking sheet. With a sharp knife or pastry scraper, make 2-inch-deep cuts at 1-inch intervals on long sides of pastry.
Spread the ricotta cheese mixture down center 3 inches of pastry. Spread the jam down the center. Crisscross strips over filling, alternating sides and bringing strips all the way across filling.
Bake in preheated 400°F oven 25 minutes or until bottom is golden brown.
Cool on wire rack.