DANISH PUFF

 

  • Cooking Time: 75
  • Servings:
  • Preparation Time: 15

Ingredients

  • Bottom Layer:
  • 1 Cup AP Flour
  • Pinch of Kosher Salt
  • 4 oz Butter, unsalted
  • 2 TB Ice Water
  • Puff Topping:
  • 4 oz Butter, unsalted
  • 1 cup Water
  • pinch of Kosher salt
  • 1/4 tsp Vanilla Extract
  • 1 tsp Almond Extract
  • 1 cup AP Flour
  • 3 Eggs, Large

Directions

  • Prepare Bottom Crust:
  • Cut butter into the flour as for Pate Brisee. When butter is pea sized, add ice water and mix with a fork.
  • Draw dough into a ball and divide in 1/2.
  • On a large baking sheet, press each 1/2 into 1 12 x 3 strip.
  • Refrigerate to let it rest while you prepare the topping.
  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees
  • Prepare Topping (Choux Paste):
  • In a medium saucepan bring water and butter to a boil over medium heat.
  • Add Vanilla & Almond extracts, then add the Flour and stir constantly, cooking until dough mass pulls away from the sides of the saucepan.
  • Remove from heat, and add eggs 1 at a time, stirring after each until completely incorporated before adding the next.
  • Assemble Pastry by removing the bottom Pate Brisee from the refrigerator.
  • Spread the warm Pate a choux over the 2 crusts.
  • Bake for 60 minutes.
  • Remove from oven and cool 15 minutes before icing with standard Milk/Confectioners sugar glaze.

Notes

This is not REALLY a Danish Pastry, it is more of a pie crust with Pate a choux spread over the top. Still tasty and delicous for breakfast though.

I don't really have a recipe for the glaze I drizzle over the top, I just take 2 cups of confectioners' sugar, 1/2 tsp of Almond extract and add enough milk, a little at a time, until it looks right.

You may sprinkle sliced almond over the pastry before applying the glaze, or you can sprinkle sliced almonds on the bottom crust before spreading the Pate a choux over it.

To make this into more of a bear claw, you can spread date filling over the bottom crust before spreading the choux paste and then top with almonds and glaze. Be sure to leave at least 1/2 inch of crust on every side of the filling so the Pate a choux can "seal" the edges or you will have a date filling mess alover the place..

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