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Danish Pastry Recipe

Danish Pastry Recipe

Ingredients: Makes 450 g / 1 lb

450 g/1 lb/4 cups plain (all-purpose) flour
5 ml/1 tsp salt
25 g/1 oz/2 tbsp caster (superfine) sugar
5 ml/1 tsp ground cardamom
50 g/2 oz fresh yeast or 75 ml/5 tbsp dried yeast
250 ml/8 fl oz/1 cup milk
1 egg, beaten
300g/10 oz butter, sliced


Sift together the flour, salt, sugar and cardamom into a bowl. Cream the yeast with a little of the milk and stir into the flour with the remaining milk and the egg. Mix to a dough and knead until smooth and shiny.

Roll out the pastry (paste) on a lightly floured surface to a 56 x 30 cm/ 22 x 12 in rectangle about 1 cm or 1/2 in thick. Arrange the butter slices over the centre third of the dough, leaving a gap around the edges. Fold over a third of the dough to cover the butter, then fold over the remaining third. Press the ends together with your fingertips, then chill for 15 minutes. Roll out to the same size again, fold into thirds and chill for 15 minutes. Repeat the process once more. Place the dough in a floured plastic bag and leave to rest for 15 minutes before using.

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