A danish pastry is a Viennese origin, which has become a delicacy of Denmark and Scandinavian countries. Danish pastry is made of laminated yeast-leavened dough, making layered texture similar to croissants. I am going to share one of the best recipe for making authentic Danish pastry.
Ingredients for making easy and best Danish Pastry :
- 2 tsp (1 sachet/7g) dried yeast
- 1 tbs caster sugar
- 1/2 cup (125ml) warm milk
- 1 1/2 cups (225g) plain flour
- Pinch of salt
- 1 egg, lightly whisked
- 100g butter, chopped, softened slightly
- 1 granny smith apple, peeled, cored, finely chopped
- 1/2 cup (90g) sultanas
- 2 tsp ground cinnamon
- 50g butter, softened, extra
- 1/2 cup (100g) brown sugar
- 1 cup (150g) icing sugar mixture
- 1 tbs milk, extra
Directions to make best Danish Pastry :
- Combine yeast, caster sugar and milk in a bowl. Set aside in a warm draught-free place for 5 minutes or until foaming.
- Place the flour and salt in a large bowl and make a well in the centre. Add the milk mixture and egg and use a round-bladed knife to stir until combined. Turn onto a lightly floured surface and gently knead for 2-3 minutes or until smooth.
- Roll dough out to form a 20 x 30cm rectangle. Dot the butter over two-thirds of the dough. Fold dough into thirds to enclose the butter. Turn dough clockwise 90 degrees. Roll dough into a 20 x 30cm rectangle. Repeat folding, turning and rolling. Fold into thirds. Cover with plastic wrap and place in the fridge for 15 minutes to rest.
- Continue this rolling and folding process 2 more times. Cover and rest in fridge for 15 minutes. Continue process one more time. Cover with plastic wrap and place in fridge for 30 minutes to rest.
- Preheat oven to 200°C. Line an oven tray with baking paper. Combine the apple, sultanas and cinnamon in a bowl. Combine the extra butter and brown sugar in a bowl. Roll the dough into a 25 x 35cm rectangle. Spread the butter mixture evenly over the dough. Sprinkle with the apple mixture. Starting at a long end, roll dough Swiss-roll style to form a log. Use a small, sharp knife to cut log widthways at 2.5cm intervals into 12 discs. Place discs, cut-side down, on the lined tray, leaving room for spreading. Set aside in a warm draught-free place for 15 minutes to rise. Bake in preheated oven for 15 minutes or until golden brown and cooked through. Remove from oven and set aside on the tray to cool.
- Combine the icing sugar and milk in a small bowl to make a smooth paste. Place in a plastic bag. Snip the end and drizzle evenly over the Danish pastries. Set aside for 15 minutes to set. Serve.