Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Easy Almond and Chocolate Danish Pastries




Good morning! How was your weekend? Did you watch  Super Bowl 50 or  attend a party? We stayed home this year and did have the game on, not really rooting for the Panthers or the Broncos but watched the commercials. I loved the Heinz Weenie Dog Commercial the Helen Mirren Budweiser and the Avacados of Mexico commercial. What about you? Did your team win? What was your favorite commercial? Did you have some tasty treats?




I made two kinds of incredibly easy but fancy looking danish for breakfast yesterday and they were delicious. Almond Danish and Chocolate Danish Pastries were the two that we made but you could basically put anything into the middle of the puff pastry, fruit, cream cheese, jelly and more and end up with a beautiful and scrumptious treat.




Almond Danish Pastry 

Dough

1 (17 oz) package frozen puff pastry, thawed


Filling Ingredients for Almond Pastry

8 tablespoons butter, softened
1/3 cup sugar
dash of salt
1/2 teaspoon almond extract
1 egg
7 ounces almond paste, frozen until firm and then grated with hand grater
1 cup sliced almonds, divided

For Chocolate Pastry

1 65% dark chocolate candy bar

Icing Ingredients
½ cup powdered sugar
1 tablespoon milk
1 tablespoon softened butter
⅛ teaspoon almond extract

sliced almonds for garnish




Directions

Unfold thawed puff pastry sheet onto greased or silphat lined baking sheet. Spread half of the filling(almond) down the center third of the puff pastry. On each side of the filling cut 8 strips about 31/2 inches into the center of the pastry dough. Starting at one end of the pastry alternately fold a strip from each side onto the center filling to make a "braid" design. Pinch the ends to seal the pastry. Repeat with remaining pastry. 
Bake at 375 for 25-35 minutes or until golden brown. Let pastry cool and then drizzle with icing and garnish with almonds. 

For chocolate pastry unfold puff pastry, lay chocolate bar in the center and fold the dough strips over the center chocolate alternating strips until you reach the end and then seal the ends. 

Alternative: Chocolate and Almond pastry, down center of dough spread almond mixture, then lay chocolate bar onto and braid the dough. Bake until golden brown. 

Icing Directions
Combine all icing ingredients in a bowl and mix until smooth. If icing is too thick add a little more milk until it is the consistency you like. 




What do you think? Is this a breakfast that you might try? Or do you have your own versions of this danish?


If you have more time and would like to make something a little more challenging and fancy than you could try this Buttery Almond Braid. It is sweet, buttery, and delicious. 




Or you could try this Swedish Pastry a treat that has been made in my family for over 40 years. 



Enjoy and have a great day!


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5 comments:

  1. Good morning dearest Elizabeth! These look so PROFESSIONAL! They truly look beautiful! And we are not sports fans, and Ruben had to work but I enjoyed a gorgeous day of rest after having some work to finish as well. It was a lazy, beautiful Sunday.

    But now? OFF TO WORK!

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  2. Now I'm hungry! They do look delicious.

    Since I dislike football, I didn't watch the game. We're in the midst of a winter festival here called Winterlude, so I was busy taking photos.

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  3. Wow does this ever look good! If it was in my kitchen I would eat the whole thing before the Mister got home. Have a good week.

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  4. Your photos and recipes always look SO good!! I thought of you and your pups when I saw the Heinz ad on Sunday week. :) I hope you are having a wonderful week!! xoxo

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  5. oh so yummy I can remember having such delightful goodies with my dad when I was a kid. This will for sure put many smiles on faces as those did way back when
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