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Danish Pastry recipe

Danish Pastry recipe

Danish Pastry recipe. This Danish pastry is a sinful delight made with rich, buttery, flaky dough. It’s worth the effort and extra work involved. Make sure the dough is well-chilled before rolling, folding, and shaping.

Prep Time: 1 hrs
Cook Time: 10 mins
Additional Time: 2 hrs
Total Time: 3 hrs 10 mins
Servings: 36


  • 2 cups unsalted butter, softened
  • ⅔ cup all-purpose flour
  • 8 cups all-purpose flour, divided
  • 4 ½ teaspoons active dry yeast
  • 2 ½ cups milk
  • ½ cup white sugar
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon lemon extract
  • 1 teaspoon almond extract
  • 2 cups fruit preserves, any flavor
  • 1 large egg white, beaten


Step 1

Cream butter and 2/3 cup flour in a medium bowl until well combined. Divide into 2 equal parts, then roll each half between 2 pieces waxed paper into a 6×12-inch sheet. Chill butter sheets in the refrigerator.

Step 2

Mix 3 cups flour with active dry yeast in a mixing bowl; set aside.

Step 3

Stir together milk, sugar, and salt in a small saucepan over medium heat. Heat until warm, but not hot to the touch, about 115 degrees F (43 degrees C).

Step 4

Pour warm milk mixture over flour mixture. Add eggs, lemon extract, and almond extract. Stir for 3 minutes. Knead in remaining flour, 1/2 cup at a time, until dough is firm and pliable. Cover and let rise at room temperature until doubled in size, 30 minutes to 1 hour.

Step 5

Cut dough in half. Roll each half out to a 14-inch square. Place one cold butter sheet over half of each dough square, off to one side, then fold dough over butter sheet like the cover of a book. Pinch the edges of dough together with your fingers.

Step 6

Roll each piece out to a 20×12-inch rectangle. Fold into thirds like a letter. Repeat rolling and folding one more time. Wrap in plastic and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes.

Step 7

Roll and fold each piece of dough two more times. Wrap in plastic and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes.

Step 8

Roll dough out to 1/4-inch thickness. Cut dough into squares. Place a dollop of fruit preserves in the center. Fold 2 opposite corners over the center to form a filled diamond shape. Place danishes on an ungreased baking sheet. Allow to rise at room temperature until doubled in size, about 30 minutes.

Step 9

Preheat the oven to 450 degrees F (220 degrees C).

Step 10

Brush beaten egg white over pastries.

Step 11

Bake in the preheated oven until the bottoms are golden brown, 8 to 10 minutes.

source – AllRecipes

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