Canadians celebrated Thanksgiving this past weekend and I celebrated by taking the time to make this week’s Tuesdays with Dorie recipe (Danish Braid, p 205) for a special Sunday breakfast. Sometimes on Sunday I might whip up some bacon and eggs but I rarely (if ever!) have the time to make a Danish pastry. I relished having the extra day and loved being able to serve this to Neil for a classy, leisurely breakfast on the porch.
I’ve never actually made a Danish before so I was surprised with how easy the dough was to make – it literally came together in 10 minutes then rested in the fridge overnight. I got up early on Sunday to roll out the dough, fill it and shape it before letting it rest for 30 minutes then baking it until golden brown.
The recipe calls for two from-scratch fillings (a fruit filling and a confectioner’s cream or almond filling) which I didn’t make. I had some gorgeous blueberry/ cranberry jam on hand and a little cream cheese so that’s what I filled our Danish with. Call me lazy!
No, mine does not look so much like a “braid” (I could not make much sense of the instructions in the book and wished I had seen Cher’s photos (before and after) of how she did it so beautifully before I had shaped mine. Oh well, next time! In any case, I was very surprised (as I always am with things involving pastry or yeast) that this turned out so well and that it tasted, well, like it is supposed to. I’ll definitely be making this again – the possibilities for different fillings and for making smaller individual portions are endless!
Get the recipe for the Danish Pastry Braid here.
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