Danish pastry is in the same family of doughs as croissants and puff pastry. A lightly sweetened yeast dough has butter folded in, creating a rich morning treat.
On a lightly floured surface, roll out the Danish dough into a 12-inch (30 cm) square. Brush the dough with melted butter and sprinkle generously with cinnamon sugar and then sprinkle the raisins overtop. Roll up the dough and cut it into 12 pieces. Place the Danishes onto a parchment-lined baking tray, tucking each end of the spiral underneath. Cover the Danishes with a tea towel and leave to rise on the counter for 90 minutes – they will almost double in size.
Preheat the oven to 375 ?F (190 ?C). Brush the risen Danishes with eggwash and bake for 25 to 30 minutes, until a rich golden brown. Allow the Danishes to cool for 20 minutes on the baking tray.
To glaze the Danishes, melt the apricot jam or jelly in a small saucepot over medium-low heat (if using apricot jam, strain out the fruit pieces before using). Brush the jam or jelly over each Danish, let set for a minute and then serve.
The Danishes should be enjoyed the day they are baked.
Danish Pastry Dough:
For the sponge, mix the water, yeast and flour together by hand in a large mixing bowl, or in the bowl of a stand mixer (fit it with the dough hook for the next step). Let this stand for 5 minutes.
For the dough, add the all-purpose and cake & pastry flours to the sponge, along with the sugar, salt and ¼ cup (60 g) of the butter. Mix this using electric beaters (with the hook attachments) or in the stand mixer on low speed until the flour is blended in, then increase the speed by one level and mix, adding the remaining 1 cup of butter pieces, a little at a time, until the dough feels elastic but most of the butter pieces are still visible, about 2 minutes. Cover the bowl and allow this dough to rise for 30 minutes, then chill for at least 2 hours.
On a lightly floured surface, turn the dough out and dust with a little flour. Roll the dough out to a rectangle about 18-inches (45 cm) long and 10-inches (25 cm) wide. Bring the two short ends of the dough to meet in the centre, then fold the dough in half at the point where they meet (this is called the book fold). Chill the dough, covered, for just an hour.
After the first hour, bring the dough out and roll it again into a rectangle 18-x-10-inches (45-x-25-cm), turn the dough over and fold it into thirds. Cover and chill for an hour. Repeat this step again one more time, then cover and chill at least 4 hours or overnight.
Nutritional analysis per serving (12 servings)
Note: The information shown is Edamam's estimate based on available ingredients and preparation. It should not be considered a substitute for a professional nutritionist's advice.
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