One of the main reasons I wanted to do a Sweets and Treats countdown was to share this yummy “Breakfast Cake” danish that my mom always brought out, every Christmas morning. But with the busy-ness of the month and yada yada yada, I got sucked into other recipes filled with chocolate and fruits. And I never made the danish.
enter Katy! (of No Big Dill). You know, that Katy. The one that just gave birth to her sweet boy Drummer, after having 5 cute girls ahead of him. The Katy that’s oozing with creative genius and snaps gorgeous photos of everything? Yes. That’s the one. I’m so happy I know her.
And today she’s sharing Danish Pastries!
Let’s hear from Katy…
What a fun series this has been! This was the first thing that came to mind when Dana said “holiday treats.” This is a tradition that goes back to my great-grandma, having Danish heritage. The rumor is she would keep this in the freezer and my dad, as a little boy, would sneak them and eat them straight from the freezer. I believe it.
I used Julia Child’s recipe this year, which simplifies the process.
Normally you make the dough and layer a slab of butter on top,
but with this method, you incorporate the butter slightly into the dough.
And just when I thought to myself, but isn’t that cheating? I read Julia’s words:
“Don’t think you’re cheating by taking the fast track–this is the way it’s done these days all over Denmark, where they know great Danish when they taste it.“
Thank you, Julia, for giving your stamp of approval.
You have simplified my life. Or at least my Christmas tradition.
I think another reason I love making Danish is you get to treat it like fabric ;), folding it over and over,
and then you get to play origami (another one of my loves)!
And until you’ve had a hot one out of the oven…
you haven’t been properly treated to a Danish pastry.
We’re also keeping it simple with just a glaze but you can always add fillings to your taste.
1/4 cup warm water
1/2 cup milk, room temp.
1/4 cup sugar
2 1/2 cups unbleached flour
Oh wow. Making danishes always sounded so tricky. But just like Julia, you made it seem so easy! Why don’t you live in Texas any more? I’d be on my way to your house for a fresh-out-of-the-oven sample.
Thank you Katy for sharing!
And come back later because today and tomorrow are GIVEAWAY DAYS!
Check out the Sweets and Treats archive page HERE.