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Danish Puff Pastry

This rustic pastry is a nice little addition to a holiday spread – perfect for an Easter Brunch! It looks and tastes like it requires a lot of work to create, but it’s actually fairly simple. Experienced bakers will recognize the filling as very similar to cream puffs.

It’s a recipe from my cousin Deb Gretsinger sent to me for inclusion in my book Heart and Hearth – Christmas on the Farm. Because it makes two pastries, it really lends itself to sharing with family, friends, and neighbors.

Ingredients:

Pastry:
1 cup flour
½ cup cold butter
2 tablespoons water

Filling:
1 cup water
1 cup flour
½ cup butter
1 teaspoon almond extract
3 eggs

Frosting:
¼ cup butter
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 cup powdered sugar
Milk (I use half & half)

Topping:

  1. Chopped pecans or walnuts (For this batch I lightly toasted about 3/4 cup sliced almonds in a small, heavy skillet over low heat while the pastry was baking)

Directions:

Preheat oven to 350°F.
For pastry: place flour into a mixing bowl and cut in cold butter. Sprinkle with water and mix with a fork. Roll dough into a ball and divide in half. On an ungreased baking sheet, Pat balls of dough in 2½ x 10-inch rectangles. Set aside.

For filling: in a medium to large saucepan, combine butter and water and bring to a boil. Add almond extract and remove from heat. Immediately stir in flour until it is smooth and thick. Add eggs, one at a time, beating until smooth after adding each one. Divide mixture in half and spread on the pastry rectangles.
Bake for 60 minutes. Cool pastry on pan, on rack.

Frosting: mix together until smooth, powdered sugar, butter, and vanilla, adding enough milk for easy spreading over baked pastry. Sprinkle with chopped nuts.

 Pat the dough into rectangles.

Pat the dough into rectangles.

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 Loving my new All-Clad saucepan! 

Loving my new All-Clad saucepan! 

 Nice and smooth, almost silky in texture. 

Nice and smooth, almost silky in texture. 

 i was adjusting hen-laid and storebought eggs and it made a little more filling that usual. I used it anyway - waste not . . . 

i was adjusting hen-laid and storebought eggs and it made a little more filling that usual. I used it anyway - waste not . . . 

 I may have been a little overly generous with the almonds, but no one complained. 

I may have been a little overly generous with the almonds, but no one complained. 

 Package a Danish Puff Pastry for someone you love. 

Package a Danish Puff Pastry for someone you love. 

 Don't forget a note . . . and the napkins! 

Don't forget a note . . . and the napkins! 

 

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