Easy Danish Recipe
This easy danish recipe is perfect for brunch or breakfast any time of the year! Try a variety of different fillings for a delicious assortment!
- Author: Mindee
- Prep Time: 3 hours (this includes rising time)
- Cook Time: 15 minutes
- Total Time: 3 hours 15 minutes
- Yield: 18-24 Danishes 1x
- Category: Breakfast
- Method: Baking
- Cuisine: American
- 1 package or 2 1/4 tsp Active Dry Yeast
- 1/2 Tbs. Sugar
- 1/4 Cup Warm Water
- 2 1/2 Cups Flour
- 1 1/2 Tbs. Sugar
- 1/2 tsp Salt
- 6 Tbs slightly softened Butter
- 2 Egg Yolks
- 1/2 Cup slightly warmed Milk
- 8 oz. Mascarpone Cheese, softened
- 1/4 Cup Sugar
- 2 tsp Almond Extract
- 1 Egg Yolk
- 4 Tbs. Flour
- 1 1/2 cups Almond Slices
Assorted Pie Fillings can be used also. See note at end.
- 1 Cup Powdered Sugar
- 1 tsp Almond extract
- about 2 Tbs. Milk
- In a small bowl, combine the yeast, 1/2 Tbs. Sugar, and the warm water. Allow the yeast to get foamy while you do the next step.
- In a mixing bowl, whisk together 2 cups of flour, 1 1/2 Tbs. Sugar, and the salt. Cut the butter in until the mixture is crumbly.
- Add the foamy yeast, egg yolks and slightly warmed milk.
- Add enough of the remaining half cup of flour to form a soft dough.
- Cover and allow to rise until doubled. (About 1 1/2 hours)
- Dump risen dough out onto a lightly floured surface and roll it out to a little more than 1/4 inch thick.
- Using a 2 1/2 inch biscuit cutter, cut the dough into 18-24 circles.
- Place the circles on a lightly greased baking sheet and allow to rise until doubled. (45 to 60 minutes)
- When just about doubled preheat the oven to 350 degrees and prepare the filling.
- For the mascarpone filling. Beat the mascarpone, sugar, almond extract, egg yolk and flour together until smooth.
- Press the centers of the doubled dough circles down using the back of a tablespoon or the back of an 1/8 cup.
- Fill the centers with a heaping 1/2 Tablespoon of filling. Press the sliced almond onto the top of the mascarpone filling.
- Bake the danishes at 350 degrees for 13-15 minutes. The bottoms will be golden brown.
- While the danish cools combine all the almond icing ingredients until smooth. Drizzle the icing over the cooled danishes.
- Serve or store in an airtight container.
The amount of filling needed for a single batch of these danish is one recipe of the mascarpone filling or one can of pie filling of your choice.
This recipe was inspired by Taste of Home’s Almond-Cheese Coffee Cake
Keywords: christmas, breakfast, danish, coffee cake