Danish Pastry Dough

Recipe by UnknownChef86
READY IN: 1hr 5mins
YIELD: 2 lbs




  • Warm milk to 110 degrees.
  • Sprinkle yeast over milk, let sit for 5 minutes then whisk inches.
  • Add eggs and vanilla, whisk until just mixed.
  • Put dry ingredients in food processor and pulse to mix.
  • Add 3 Tbl of the butter, pulse until butter is well incorporated.
  • Put dry ingredients in mixing bowl with dough hook, add wet ingredients and knead until just smooth and no dry spots remain.
  • Don't overknead.
  • Dough should be slightly wet.
  • Place dough on lightly floured sheet pan, shape into rough rectangle, dust top with flour, cover with plastic and refrigerate for 1 hour.
  • Roll dough on lightly floured work surface into a 26x13 inch rectangle.
  • Position so that short side is closest to you.
  • Butter should be soft enough to spread, but not so soft that it is melting.
  • Spread butter by hand over lower 2/3 of dough, leaving a 1/2 inch border around side and bottom edges.
  • Fold upper 1/3 of dough toward the centerof the rectangle, then fold the lower 2/3 over that.
  • Crimp short edges and seam with your fingers to seal in butter.
  • Turn dough so that crimped edge is to your right.
  • Roll dough to a 21x13 inch rectangle, using only enough flour to keep the dough from sticking.
  • Brush off excess flour.
  • Fold top 1/3 of dough toward the middle, then lower 2/3 up over that.
  • Place on sheetpan, cover and refrigerate for 45 minutes.
  • Repeat this process 3 more times refrigerating for 30 minutes between each turn.
  • when all turns are complete, place on sheetpan, cover well with plastic and let dough rest overnight in the refrigerator.
  • At this point dough can be refrigerated for 2 days or frozen for 2 weeks.