Hello, my wonderful readers! Today, I’d like to take you on a culinary journey to the heart of Scandinavia with one of my all-time favorite treats – Danish pastries. These pastries are a true delight; flaky, buttery, and filled with sweet raspberry jam. In this entry, titled “Scandinavian Delight: My Love Affair with Raspberry Danish Pastries”, I’ll share my beloved recipe with you. So, tie on your apron and let’s get started!
For the Danish Dough:
- 1 cup milk, warmed to about 110 degrees F
- 2 1/4 teaspoons active dry yeast
- 1/4 cup sugar
- 1 egg, at room temperature
- 4 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 cup unsalted butter, cold and cut into small pieces
For the Filling:
- 1 cup raspberry jam
- 1 tablespoon cornstarch
- 1 tablespoon water
For the Glaze:
- 1 cup powdered sugar
- 2-3 tablespoons milk
- Prepare the dough: I start by combining the warm milk, yeast, and sugar in a large bowl and let it sit for about 5 minutes until it becomes frothy. Then, I add the egg, stirring until everything is well combined. Next, I add the flour and salt, mixing until a dough forms. I add the cold butter and knead the dough until the butter is well incorporated. I place the dough in a greased bowl, cover it, and let it rise in the refrigerator overnight.
- Prepare the filling: In a small bowl, I mix together the raspberry jam, cornstarch, and water until it’s well combined.
- Preheat my oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C) and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
- Assemble the pastries: On a floured surface, I roll out the dough into a large rectangle and cut it into squares. I place a dollop of raspberry filling in the center of each square and fold the corners of the dough towards the center, pressing them together lightly.
- Bake the pastries: I place the pastries on the prepared baking sheet and bake them for about 15 minutes, or until golden brown.
- Glaze the pastries: While the pastries are cooling, I whisk together the powdered sugar and milk to create the glaze. Once the pastries have cooled slightly, I drizzle the glaze over each one.
Voila! My “Scandinavian Delight: My Love Affair with Raspberry Danish Pastries” is ready for you to enjoy! These pastries are not just a treat for your palate but also a feast for your eyes. Their elegance makes them perfect for serving at brunch or with your afternoon coffee. I hope you enjoy making and tasting these as much as I do. Happy baking, everyone!