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Danish Pastry. The easy way to make Fruit Danish & more.

Danish Pastry. Get the shortcut recipe for danish pastry dough that doesn’t even have to be kneaded. Use it for Fruit Danish, Pinwheels, Turnovers, Crescents and more.

Raspberry Pinwheel Danish Pastry

Raspberry Pinwheel Danish Pastry

This Danish Pastry recipe couldn’t be easier. It does need to be rested for several hours or overnight but doesn’t require kneading or a long term time commitment.  

If you love a good breakfast pastries, then this recipe is right up your street.

Danish Pastry Cinnamon Rolls

Danish Pastry Cinnamon Rolls

I turn this easy to make and versatile dough into several versions of a breakfast danish; from simple butter crescent rolls to pretty raspberry pinwheels.

Unlike many complex danish doughs, which are much akin to the intricacy of making croissants, this dough doesn’t even get kneaded. How easy is that?!

Fruit Danish and Danish Pastry Turnovers

Fruit Danish and Danish Pastry Turnovers

Use this versatile recipe with fresh fruit or seasonal jams, with custard filling or with cream cheese and fruit compotes too. Let your imagination and the seasons guide you to using this recipe year round.

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Danish Pastry Crescent Rolls

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Danish Pastry Pinwheels

Danish Pastry - the easy way to make Fruit Danish & more.

Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes

Danish Pastry - get the shortcut recipe for danish pastry dough that doesn't even have to be kneaded. Use it for Fruit Danish, Pinwheels, Turnovers, Crescents and more.

Ingredients

  • 1 envelope yeast, 2 1/4 tsp active dry yeast
  • 1 tsp sugar
  • ½ cup lukewarm water
  • 4 cups all purpose flour
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ¾ cup butter, very cold, cut into small cubes
  • 3 eggs
  • ½ cup whipping cream

Instructions

  1. Dissolve sugar into the warm water and sprinkle the yeast over the water. Let stand for 15 minutes.
  2. In a food processor mix together the flour, sugar and salt.
  3. Pulse in the cold butter cubes.
  4. Do not over incorporate the butter into the flour mixture. There should still be pea sized chunks of butter in the mix; the same as if you were making good pastry.
  5. Remove the mixture from the food processor and transfer to a large mixing bowl.
  6. Whisk together the eggs and whipping cream.
  7. Stir in the yeast mixture and pour over the flour mixture and toss together with a wooden spoon, just enough to make a dough form. It is not necessary to need this dough. Divide in two portions. Each portion makes about 8-10 pastries so if you don’t need it all right away, double wrap one portion in plastic wrap and freeze it for later.
  8. This dough needs to be rested in the fridge for several hours or overnight.
  9. After forming into the desired shapes, the pastries should be left to rise for at least a half hour in a warm kitchen.
  10. All danishes should be brushed with an egg wash made from whisking together 1 egg with 2 tbsp water before baking on a parchment lined baking sheet at 375 degrees F for 15-20 minutes or until golden brown. Timing depends upon size, larger pastries may take 25 minutes.

For Fruit Danish

  1. Roll the dough out into a 12x18 rectangle. Cut into strips on the long side of the rectangle, about just over a half inch wide. Twirl two of the strips together and form into a spiral circle on a parchment lined cookie sheet. Let rise, then dollop a tablespoon or so of fruit or berry jam into the centre before baking. You can brush these with warm apricot jam when they come out of the oven as well.

For Cinnamon Roll Danish

  1. Roll the dough out into a 12x18 rectangle. Sprinkle the entire surface with cinnamon sugar and about 1 cup of raisins. Starting at the short side of the rectangle of the rectangle, roll the dough up into a cylinder pinching the seam together to seal. Cut into ¾ inch thick slices.

For Danish Turnovers

  1. Roll out to about ¼ inch thick and cut into 4 inch squares. Spoon a tablespoon of raspberry compote in the center and fold over, pressing the edges together to seal.

For Pinwheel Danish

  1. Roll out to about ¼ inch thick and cut into 4 inch squares. Make a 1 inch slit at each corner of the dough, cutting toward the middle. Spoon a tablespoon of raspberry jam in the center then pull every second point of dough toward the center of the pastry.

For Plain Crescent Danish

  1. Roll out into a 12x18 rectangle, then cut into tall triangles, 12 inches long and roll those up from the widest end. These are delicious with seasonal jams.

Nutrition Information

Serving Size

1 grams

Amount Per Serving Unsaturated Fat 0g
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Maureen Isaac

Wednesday 3rd of February 2021

I will surely try it tomorrow thank you very much

Rob Watt

Monday 28th of September 2020

Just tried the recipe - just as promised. My son thought we had bought the pastries at a bakery. The recipe was as easy as promised with delicious results! Thank you

Karen

Sunday 26th of July 2020

If you need the dough to sit overnight/ for a few hours MAKE THAT CLEAR.

Krista

Saturday 20th of June 2020

I halved the wet ingredients, then made half the recipe with two cups of regular flour and the other half with two cups of gluten free cup4cup flour. My gf danish tasted fantastic and my family said the regular ones were good too.

The shaping did not work for me at all. I got the dough to roll out, but it was just too sticky to shape. I ended up just using my fingers to shape blobs of dough into danish forms, and once I added the filling (and later the icing), they looked good.

Gloria

Tuesday 5th of May 2020

The instructions for the egg/whip cream milk weren’t clear. So, after I read another commenters question about this, I had to just add it to the dough. I hope it turns out well.

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