Prep 48 hrs
Cook 20 mins
This recipe is very special to me. I made this several years ago as one of my first pastry-making attempts. If you follow the directions this recipe is foolproof. Patience is a must. From Baking with Julia.
- 1⁄4 cup water, 110 degrees
- 2 1⁄2 teaspoons dry yeast
- 1⁄2 cup milk, room temperature
- 1 large egg, room temperature
- 1⁄4 cup sugar
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 2 1⁄2 cups unbleached flour
- 8 ounces unsalted butter, cold, cut into 1/4 inch thick slices
- 1 cup blanched almond
- 1⁄2 cup powdered sugar
- 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, room temperature
- 1⁄2 teaspoon almond extract
- 1 large egg white, lightly beaten
Danish-Berry Jam Filling
- 2 cups fresh berries, crushed
- 1 cup sugar
- 1 tablespoon lemon juice (up to 2 tbl depending on sweetness)
- 1 large egg white
- raw sugar or crushed sugar cube
- sliced almonds, garnish
- 4 -6 tablespoons strong coffee
- 1 cup powdered sugar
- Danish Dough: Pour water into a large bowl, sprinkle over.
- yeast and let soften for a minute.
- Add milk, egg, sugar and salt.
- Whisk to mix. Set aside.
- Put flour into food processor, add butter and pulse (8-10 times) until butter is cut into pieces 1/2 inch diameter- no smaller.
- Empty contents of food processor into the bowl with the yeast mixture.
- Very gently turn the mixture over with a rubber spatula until the dry ingredients are moistened.
- Butter must remain in discrete pieces.
- Cover bowl and refrigerate overnight (or up to 4 days).
- Lightly flour work surface, turn the dough out and lightly flour the dough.
- Pat into a rough square.
- Note: If at anytime the dough becomes too soft, cover with plastic and chill.
- Roll out to 16" x 16".
- Fold in thirds like a business letter and turn so that the closed fold is on your left.
- Roll again to 10" x 24".
- Fold in thirds again, turn so the closed fold is on your left.
- Roll into a 20" x 20" square.
- Fold the square in thirds and turn so that the closed fold is on your left.
- Roll into a 10" x 20' rectangle, fold in thirds again.
- Wrap dough in plastic and chill at least 30 minutes (up to 2 days).
- Dough can be frozen for 1 month.
- Thaw in refrigerator overnight.
- Danish-almond filling: Put almonds, sugar and butter into food processor.
- Process until almonds are finely ground, scraping bowl as necessary.
- Add almond extract and 2 Tbsp of the beaten egg white.
- Process until mixed.
- Store in airtight container in the refrigerator until needed (up to 1 week).
- Bring to room temperature before using.
- Danish-Berry Jam Filling: Stir berries and sugar together in saucepan.
- Cook on low, stirring until most of the liquid is absorbed and filling is glossy.
- (Can be done in microwave) Stir in lemon juice.
- Scrape filling into a small container and cool to room temperature.
- Seal container and chill.
- Will keep refrigerated for 1 week.
- Danish Braid assembly: Divide Danish dough in half.
- Roll each chilled danish dough half on lightly floured surface to a 10" x 16" rectangle.
- Lift on to a parchment lined half sheet pan.
- Spread some of the fruit filling down the middle third of the dough.
- Top with some of the cream or almond filling.
- Note:you may not need the entire amount of either filling Using a pizza cutter or sharp knife, cut 12- 14 slanting lines down each side angling cuts from the center to the edge and cutting strips about 3/4 inch wide.
- Fold strips of pastry into the center, crisscrossing the filling by alternating strips from each side.
- Lightly press ends to seal and run your hands along the sides of the pastry to straighten.
- Brush with egg white, sprinkle with sugar and almonds.
- Cover with a kitchen towel and let rise at room temperature until it looks and feels puffy.
- About 30 minutes.
- Preheat oven to 400°F.
- Bake in center of oven for 15-20 minutes until golden.
- Cool slightly Stir coffee and powdered sugar together to produce a smooth shiny glaze.
- Spoon glaze into a zip-loc bag, seal top and snip corner with scissors to create a pastry bag.
- Squeeze squiggles of glaze over pastry and allow to set.
- Notes: you can use other Danish fillings as well.
- Such as:.
- Danish- Cream Cheese Filling (recipe #54153).
- Danish-Prune Filling (recipe #54152).
- Danish-Confectioners Cream filling (recipe #54151).
- Danish-Apricot Filling (recipe #54150).
A helpful note for those who try this in the future. Blueberries have very little natural pectin in them, so you may need to add 1 tablespoon of cornstarch to thicken the filling if you use blueberries!
Filling Can I put Cream Cheese in this recipe .
I just made this today after reading the recipe in the book and I cannot believe I have made it. I didnt have butter so used shortening instead and the resulting pastry is so flaky and just melts in your mouth. I used the cream cheese filling mentioned by a reviewer and fresh berry jam mentioned in the book. I will definetly be making this again with different fillings.