Simple and easy Strawberry Danish Pastry recipe with step-wise pictures. Make easy eggless Danish pastry from scratch at home!
Just like that, we bid adieu to 2018 and stepped into another new year. So how did you guys usher in the new year? We had a quiet dinner at home, played cards with friends until midnight laughing and screaming, wished each other at the strike of 12 and it just felt right. Simple but nice 🙂 Lets just hope 2019 is kind on all of us! Anyway, I digress.
As is the norm for the first recipe of the year, I am posting something sweet and something baked, that is not cake. I made Eggless Strawberry Danish Pastry using the Strawberry Jam that I made. Making Danish Pastry at home from scratch has been one of my long time wishes and I finally got around making it. One of the reasons why I took so long to try this recipe from scratch is, I had to wrap my head around the idea that I need to use almost 100gms of butter to make Danish pastry. It surely is a lot, considering we finish it off between us. But then, holiday season is for indulgence and I decided to try it anyway.
I had tried my hands at making Eggless Danish Pastry one of the first things after I got my Kitchen-Aid stand mixer while I was visiting my sister. Although it was very cold, I had difficulty keeping the butter from melting too quickly while working the pastry dough. I used orange marmalade and the texture was like puff pastry, but the end result was delicious nevertheless. So when I tried it again a couple of days back, I altered the recipe slightly. Strawberry Danish Pastry turned out crispy yet soft, with beautiful layers.
Although it is easier and simpler to get puff pastry sheets, there is a joy in making them at home from scratch. There are many ways to shape up these eggless danish pastries but I chose a couple that were easier comparatively. I made Strawberry Danish Pastry Pinwheels and Envelops. These are not overly sweet and are perfect with a hot cup of coffee or tea. One of the best things is that the pastry dough freezes well and could be made ahead too. I would just suggest to start working on the pastry dough on a day that is relatively cooler, it is just easier to handle the butter. I bake two batches, one with strawberry jam and one without, I can safely say that both the versions are now long gone! If you love buttery, flaky pastry this recipe is definitely for you.
How to make Strawberry Danish Pastry | Eggless Danish Pastry –
Detailed step-wise picture recipe of making Strawberry Danish Pastry | Eggless Danish Pastry –
1. Place the butter on a plastic sheet or butter paper, sprinkle 1 tbsp all-purpose flour. Place another sheet on top.
2. Now beat the butter with the roller and roll it into a rectangle of size 10×8 cm. Place the rolled butter in the fridge until the dough is ready.
3. Meanwhile, slightly warm the milk and dissolve sugar.
4. Add active instant dry yeast and mix it well.
5. Let it rest for 5 mins until it the mixture is frothy.
6. In a mixing bowl add all purpose flour, salt, yogurt and mix it well.
7. Slowly add the milk yeast mixture and knead it into a smooth dough. If using stand-mixer, use the dough hook and run it on low speed for 5 mins.
8. Place the dough in a greased bowl. Let it rest in a warm place for 30-40 mins until it is doubled up.
9. Gently punch down the dough and roll it into a circle of thickness 1 cm.
10. Place the prepared butter at the center.
11. Now fold the longer ends towards the center.
12. Next fold the top and bottom ends towards the center too.
13. Turn the folded side down and roll it into a rectangle.
14. Now fold both the long ends towards the center.
15. And fold again at the center so that the dough looks like this.
16. Place this dough in the fridge for 20-30 mins until it is firm. Repeat the rolling and folding another 2-3 times. Rest the dough in the fridge before every fold. Danish Pastry usually has only three folds. Now take the folded dough and roll it into a rectangle of thickness of half cm.
18. Cut it into squares of 4×4 cm and trim the edges.
19. Preheat the oven at 180° C for 10 mins. To shape the danish pastry into a pinwheel, make cuts on all four corners as shown below. For envelop shape, make a diamond shaped cut the center.
20. To make the pinwheel, take one edge of the cut and press it towards the center. Repeat it on all sides to resemble a pinwheel. Gently press the center.
21. To make an envelope, take both the sides, cross over tucking one end into another.
22. Prepare all the squares and place them on a lined baking tray at 2” distance.
23. Place a dollop of strawberry jam at the center of the danish pastry.
24. Bake in a pre-heated oven for 10 mins at 180°C, brush some milk on top and put it on toast mode to get even golden color on top.
25. Dust with icing sugar and serve warm. For longer shelf, store them in airtight container in the fridge.
- Here is the Strawberry Jam recipe.
- If the dough is too soft at any point of time, place it in the fridge until it firms up.
- Easiest shapes to make is to just pressing all four corners of the square towards the center.
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