Danish Puff

You can serve this double-textured pastry as a bread or dessert. What an elegant addition to a brunch buffet table!

  • Prep Time 20 min
  • Total Time 1 hr 20 min
  • Servings 10

Ingredients

Pastry

1
cup Gold Medal™ all-purpose flour
1/2
cup butter or margarine, softened
2
tablespoons water

Topping

1/2
cup butter or margarine
1
cup water
1
teaspoon almond extract
1
cup Gold Medal™ all-purpose flour
3
eggs

Creamy Vanilla Glaze

1 1/2
cups powdered sugar
2
tablespoons butter or margarine, softened
1/2
teaspoon vanilla
1
to 2 tablespoons warm water or milk
Chopped nuts
  • 1 Heat oven to 350°F. Place 1 cup flour in medium bowl. Cut in 1/2 cup softened butter, using pastry blender (or pulling 2 table knives through ingredients in opposite directions), until particles are size of coarse crumbs. Sprinkle 2 tablespoons water over mixture; toss with fork.
  • 2 Gather pastry into a ball; divide in half. Pat each half into 12x3-inch rectangle, about 3 inches apart on ungreased cookie sheet.
  • 3 In 2-quart saucepan, heat 1/2 cup butter and 1 cup water to rolling boil; remove from heat. Quickly stir in almond extract and 1 cup flour. Stir vigorously over low heat about 1 minute or until mixture forms a ball; remove from heat. Add eggs; beat until smooth. Spread half of the topping over each rectangle.
  • 4 Bake about 1 hour or until topping is crisp and brown; remove from pan to cooling rack. Cool completely.
  • 5 In medium bowl, mix all glaze ingredients except nuts until smooth and spreadable. Spread over top of pastry; sprinkle with nuts.

Expert Tips

Danish pastry originated when the Danes added sweet fillings to Austrian pastry. The result--a crispy, golden puff with a luscious, surprise filling--earned praise even from the Austrians!

Balance the sweet almond flavor by serving with a small bowl of lemon curd garnished with mint.

Nutrition Information

NUTRITION INFORMATION PER SERVING

Serving Size: 1 Serving
Calories
380
(
Calories from Fat
210),
% Daily Value
Total Fat
23g
23%
(Saturated Fat
14g,
14%
Trans Fat
1g
1%
),
Cholesterol
120mg
120%;
Sodium
170mg
170%;
Total Carbohydrate
38g
38%
(Dietary Fiber
0g
0%
  Sugars
18g
18%
),
Protein
5g
5%
;
% Daily Value*:
Vitamin A
15%;
Vitamin C
0%;
Calcium
2%;
Iron
8%;
Exchanges:
1 1/2 Starch; 0 Fruit; 1 Other Carbohydrate; 0 Skim Milk; 0 Low-Fat Milk; 0 Milk; 0 Vegetable; 0 Very Lean Meat; 0 Lean Meat; 0 High-Fat Meat; 4 1/2 Fat;
Carbohydrate Choices:
2 1/2
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.