Make afternoon tea and delicious treat with this gorgeous Danish recipe.
On a lightly floured surface, roll out the dough into a 12-inch (30 cm) square and trim the edges. Cut the dough into 12 1-inch (25 mm) strips. Twist each strip without stretching it too much and then shape the twist into a spiral. Place each Danish on a parchment-lined baking tray and tuck the end of the spiral underneath each pastry. Cover the tray with a tea towel and leave the pastry to rise for 90 minutes.
Preheat the oven to 375 ?F (190 ?C). Stir the cherry jam and well-drained cherries together. Brush each pastry with the eggwash and then drop a tablespoonful of the cherry filling into the centre of each Danish, using the back of your spoon to gently press down the dough in the centre, to hold the filling in place. Bake the Danishes for about 30 minutes, until they are 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)
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