I hope everyone has a wonderful, safe, and happy holiday season.
I’m going to take a few days respite; perhaps even the whole week, well except for today (master of the obvious). I’m off to spend a few days with the family, catch up on my blog reading, and get through what will be some intense days at the office; the clock is ticking on 2012. I suspect you’ll all survive without me in your life on a regular basis, but I bet you’ll miss my potty mouth. Who else talks so sweet and dirty to you?
Prior to my disappearing act, I wanted to leave you with a recipe for my world-famous (or really known only to my family) Danish Puff Pastry. Growing up, my mother made this every year for Christmas brunch. With the holiday nearly upon us, I was craving this delightful and delectable dessert pastry. Now, before you get all excited (because you should get excited), you need to know, there is nothing healthy about this one, unless butter and powdered sugar (the white devil) have suddenly become nutritious and vitamin dense overnight. Who knows; it could be a Christmas miracle; stranger things have happened.
Now that I’m all jacked up on sugar and experiencing a mad rush (picture Chris Farley in Tommy Boy, singing Maniac while simultaneously being hosed down), I’m going to project myself onto my whole family for two straight days. It should be a great time…for me anyway.
This lovely little gem is the perfect breakfast pastry on Christmas morning (or really any morning). The Hubby and I made a double batch on Sunday and then gifted them to all of our neighbors; suddenly being my neighbor doesn’t seem so bad. We did manage to keep one for ourselves though; hence, my sugar induced haze. I’m twitching and cackling as I type this.
So if you’re feeling frisky or the need for speed (i.e. sugar), go make this. Just don’t beat yourself up afterwards. One day isn’t gonna kill you, although if you’ve been on the clean eating train, this one may intoxicate you. Consider yourself warned.
If you are truly interested in this next part (the recipe), yes, there are three separate steps to this bad boy (in a good way). They are all super easy and more than worth the end result, which is a buttery dense like crust, followed by a soft melt in your mouth pastry layer and then topped with buttercream frosting designed to make you swoon. The final icing on the cake (other than the actual icing) is some chopped walnuts for a special crunchy finish.
Danish Puff Pastry
1/2 cup butter, softened
1 cup flour
2 Tbsp water, lukewarm
- Cut 1/2 cup butter into 1 cup flour. Sprinkle 2 Tbsp water over mixture and mix entire thing. Round into a ball and then divide ball in half.
- On ungreased baking sheet, roll each half ball into strips (12 inches * 3 inches). Keep strips three inches apart.
You’ll end up with two of these unless you double the batch like I did, and I’m telling you now, you should double it.
Puff Pastry (Middle Layer) Ingredients
- 1/2 cup butter
- 1 cup water
- 1 1/2 tsp Almond Extract
- 1 cup flour
- 3 eggs
Puff Pastry (Middle Layer) Directions
- Heat oven to 350 degrees.
- Add butter and water to medium saucepan. Bring to a rolling boil and then reduce heat to low and quickly stir in almond extract and flour. Stir vigorously until mixture forms a ball, about 1 minute. Remove from heat and beat in eggs all at once until completely incorporated, and mixture is smooth and glossy.
- Divide in half and spread evenly over strips.
- Bake in 350 degree oven for 45 minute to 60 minutes until top is crisp and brown. Cool before frosting.
- 1 1/2 cups confectionary sugar (White Devil)
- 2 Tbsp butter, softened
- 11/2 tsp vanilla extract
- 1 to 2 Tbsp warm water
- Chopped Walnuts
- Mix confectionary sugar, butter and vanilla. Add in 1 to 2 Tbsp of water until frosting is smooth and of spreading consistency. Add more water if necessary.
- Frost pastry, and add chopped walnuts.
These pastries are absolutely magnificent, and with butter as a key ingredient in every single layer, how could they not be?
What’s your traditional holiday breakfast? Do you send bake goods to your neighbors? What’s your favorite dessert pastry?