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Best Authentic Homemade Danish Pastry

Crispy, buttery, flaky, and filled with cream or fruit, Danish pastries are a delight to both the eyes and the taste buds. These pastries, which originated in Denmark (hence the name), are a wonderful amalgamation of puff pastry and sweet bread. Indulge in the divine blend of light pastry dough with its buttery layers and the delectable fillings to make your morning breakfast or tea-time splendid.

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Ingredients

number of servings
12

For the Dough:

  • 12 Cup warm water Added to
  • 12 Cup lukewarm milk Added to
  • 14 Cup white sugar Added to
  • 12 teaspoon salt Added to
  • 12 Cup unsalted butter, softened Added to
  • 1 egg Added to

For the Butter Layers:

  • 1 Cup unsalted butter, cold Added to

For the Filling:

  • 1 Cup fruit preserves or custard Added to

For the Decoration:

  • 14 Cup icing sugar Added to
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Directions

150 min.
1. Step

Dissolve yeast in the warm water using a small bowl. Let it sit for 5 minutes until it gets frothy.

2. Step

In a large bowl, mix together the milk, sugar, salt, softened butter, and egg. Add the yeast mixture and stir to combine.

3. Step

Gradually add 2 cups of flour to the liquid yeast mixture and stir until a soft dough forms.

4. Step

Turn out the dough onto a floured surface and knead until smooth and elastic, about 5-10 minutes.

5. Step

Roll out the dough to a 1/2 inch thick rectangle, spread 1/3 of the cold butter on 2/3 of the dough. Fold the dough as you would fold a letter. Repeat the rolling and folding process two more times.

6. Step

Cover the dough with a damp cloth and let it rise in a warm place until doubled in size, about an hour.

7. Step

Preheat the oven to 400°F (200°C).

8. Step

Roll out the dough again and cut it into squares. Add a spoonful of your filling of choice in the middle of each square. Fold the corners to the center over the filling and press to seal.

9. Step

Place the pastries on a pre-greased baking sheet, cover with a tea towel, and let rest for 15 minutes.

10. Step

Bake pastries in a preheated oven for 15-20 minutes, or until golden brown.

11. Step

Remove from the oven and while still warm, dust with icing sugar.

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