31 December, 2009

Danish Puff Pastry

This is our traditional Christmas Day breakfast treat.
My kids could not go down to the beach this Christmas day because they were worried about opening their presents and missing their Danish pastry.
We went down to the beach the next day so we could have Danish Pastry a second time with the family!
The recipe is in the Betty Crocker Cookbook.
My mom made this, my sisters make this recipe and I have made it more years than I can count.
It's easy and bakes while we unwrap gifts. I've rarely seen leftovers.

1 cup all-purpose Flour
1 cube Butter (1/2 cup, softened)
1 - 2 Tbsp water
1 cube Butter (1/2 cup)
1 cup Water
1 Cup Flour
1 tsp. Almond Extract
3 Eggs

Cut 1 cup Flour into 1/2 butter until it crumbs - like making pie dough
Sprinkle water until mixture forms a ball. Add extract if you want.
Divide in half and spread onto cookie sheet --each smooshed out with the heel of your hand to about 12" x 3".
Set aside.  

In a saucepan, heat butter and water to a boil. Take off heat and add flour and extract. Stir until ball forms. Add eggs and stir until glossy.

Spread on to bases. Cover to edges.

Bake in a 350' oven for one hour (60 minutes). Go ahead and unwrap presents, grab another cup of tea/coffee. You'll know it's done when the smell starts wafting from the kitchen.

Meanwhile, mix the white 'frosting'.    2 Tbsps soft Butter, 1.5 cups Powdered Sugar, 1 tsp Almond Extract and 1 -2 Tbsps Milk/water. Mix to drip consistency.

Use all of your white 'frosting'. Sprinkle almonds on top.

Serve it up with a napkin.

They will thank you.


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