How to Make Danish Pastry

How to make Danish Pastry – useful for all sorts of treats!


350g strong white flour

40g caster sugar

1 1/2  tsp dried fast action yeast

250g butter, cold

1 large egg

125ml milk

50ml cold water

Okay so this is the cheats way to Danish Pastry – quite frankly the thought of pounding and wrestling a whole block of butter into pastry is not my idea of fun.  Trust me this way will give you fantastic Danish Pastries.

Place the flour, sugar and dried yeast into the bowl of a food processor and give it a quick blitz to mix evenly.

Take the cold butter and chop the whole lot into long thin sticks.

Into the bowl of the processor and blitz again, just until the butter is broken up into pebbly chunks.

Now tip this into a large mixing bowl.

Measure the milk and water into a jug and add the egg.

Beat it together well.

Make a well in the centre of dry mixture and pour it in.

Using a table knife work the dough together.  It will be pebbled with chunks of butter and fairly sticky at this stage too – worry not!

Gather it into a ball, wrap in clingfilm and now it needs to go into the fridge for 4 hours, or overnight.

Now for the rolling and folding!  Unwrap the pastry and flour your worksurface.

Roll out the dough into a long thin rectangle (approx 50cm x 20cm)

Fold the bottom third up and then the top third down like a bit of an envelope.

Turn the pastry around so that the folds are now left and right, and roll it out again.

Keep patting flour on the top surface if any pebbles of butter are sticking to the rolling pin.  It can get quite tough going, if you’re struggling to roll it pop it back in the fridge for 10 minutes to rest before commencing the rolling again.

You need to roll out and fold a total of 4 times, each time turning the folded pastry so that the folds sit left and right before rolling again.

That’s it Danish Pastry done – you can  use it right away, keep it in the fridge for 3 days or whizz it straight in the freezer for using another time.

When it comes to using, split the block of pastry in half and roll out on a lightly floured surface and you’re good to go!

 How to Make Danish Pastry

Ruth Clemens, Baker Extraordinaire

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70 Responses to How to Make Danish Pastry

  1. Pingback: Day 7 – Chocolate Mincemeat Bear Claws | Baking, Recipes and Tutorials - The Pink Whisk

  2. Maxine says:

    I might try this

  3. Karen Mottram says:

    I saw the GBBO Masterclass of how to make all the Danish shapes….I feel a Pink Whisk challenge coming on. Thanks again Ruth, I love your website.

  4. Heather Walsh says:

    What a useful recipe. Thankyou.

  5. Elaine Davies says:

    Thanks for posting such good instructions Ruth x

  6. Kelsey Harkness-Jones says:

    Danishes are my favourite breakfast treat, so I will definitely be trying this xxx

  7. Great – I used one of your recipes today to make Christmas cookies.
    Thank you
    Eileen xx

  8. Anne Marigold says:

    Ooh lovely – vouchers for your shop. I must try your “rough” Danish too!!!

  9. Ali says:

    Will run out of time to try all of these!

  10. nicola says:

    wow the hamper is amazing now!!!!!! x

  11. I am gonna make these. Chocolate increment sounds great. And I love the cheats danish!! Thanks x

  12. Jules H says:

    This is a little different to normal Christmas fare, but sounds ever so yummy!!!! think my hubby’s work mates might appreciate these! (anything edible is highly appreciated!)

  13. Cookie K says:

    Will be trying this over the weekend never made danish pastry before.xx

  14. Jen Turner says:

    I wonder if I can make this gluten free!!!

  15. Becky Heath says:

    These look yummy. Think I might try these x

  16. liz wilson says:

    Love that you can do most of it in a machine

  17. Claire Carter says:

    Oh my!

  18. Judy says:

    You are too clever Ruth, I keep wanting to make everything!

  19. Suzy C says:

    Must give this a whirl.

  20. Glynis Rowntree says:

    I must, must, must try this. Never made Danish pastry before but will definitely give it a go.

  21. Sarah Gosling says:

    Not a combination that I would have thought of, but will defo give it a try.

  22. Louise Laggan says:

    what a fab idea. bear claws. yummy

  23. tracy says:

    This is one that I am definately going to try.

  24. Bev says:

    Chocolate mincemeat…..yummy!

  25. Kim chapman says:

    Looks lush 🙂

  26. Linda thompson says:

    I made Danish pastry last weekend, it took two days! I will be trying your version it looks a much simpler method, thank you

  27. Stephanie Carr says:

    I love this pastry

  28. Joan says:

    They sound scrummy delicious certainly like the twist of chocolate mincemeat.

  29. Melanie Hughes-Arron says:

    Oh boy,just by reading these lovely recipes I feel like I’ve put on weight & it’s not even Christmas yet!!!

  30. joanne says:

    looks yummy!!!

  31. Maria Prosser says:

    Not sure of the combination with chocolate, but amgoing to try danihsh pastry sometime!

  32. Lynne says:

    I honestly thought making this pastry would be so much more difficult than this! Adding it to my list of things to try.

  33. Clare Wright says:

    Sounds interesting a chocolate version!

  34. Leila Pilkington says:

    This would be a winner in my office

  35. Raelene Jones says:

    These could be UNBEARABLY good. Thank you for such fab inspiration at this magical time of year.

  36. Adam says:

    Danish pastry is next on my list of things to try baking

  37. rachel says:

    never tried to make this-but really tempted

  38. Kirsty Domakin says:

    Can’t wait to try this. x

  39. Sara Harrison says:

    your recipe looks way simpler than some, nom nom

  40. Stella Bailey says:

    Brilliant recipe

  41. Helen says:

    Pastry is always an epic fail for me, whenever I try to make it. Your step by step photos are realy encouraging and might just inspire me to have another bash

  42. Emma says:

    Not my thing but tempted to give it a try!!

  43. Janet Powell says:

    really good recipe. so simple

  44. Amy says:

    Thank you o much for the way you set up your recipes! I love all the little piks
    Amy x

  45. Jennie says:

    I vaguely remember the folding and rolling technique from something we did at school and found it very therapeutic. You make it all look so easy xx

  46. Glenda says:

    Would be interisting to have a few recipes where we can use danish pastry.

  47. spleenyone says:

    again you make something that sounds so tricky look so easy!

  48. Jasmine says:

    Have to try this one after Christmas

  49. Louise Brown says:

    Your instructions and pictures are always so clear. Thank you.

  50. Linda Illingworth says:

    just going to make sure i have some cooking butter…. yes! now to go and play with all my favourite toys. Ruth, do you think you could do an exercise dvd? (to be utilised while baking of course!)

  51. Sez says:

    Always wondered about how they make them

  52. Kristina Perry says:

    Love this recipe will definitely be trying it

  53. Lee says:

    fantastic – and I hoping I have now entered in the correct place as I will be so upset if I’m not in with a chance to win this amazing prize



  54. Becky Lewis says:

    Ruth again you have simplified something that I have never tried because I’m too afraid – not anymore, thank you!! x

  55. Kate Cook says:

    so great to see step by step pictures – really useful when you’re trying something new – thanks!

  56. Aly Makin says:

    Is it foolproof? :0)

  57. Claire Humphreys says:

    Thanks Ruth!

  58. Joanna says:

    Very clever 🙂 thanks for the recipe.

  59. Lucy says:

    Bear Claws are definately next on ‘to make ‘ list

  60. Cenders says:

    I will have to try this recipe…:-)

  61. Anna Marie says:

    I’ve never made this type of pastry. I’m excited to see how it turns out…

  62. Amanda Whitmarsh says:

    Mincemeat…yummy add chocolate = big smilely face!

  63. Rachel F says:

    Really appreciate the step-by-step guidance with each recipe. Takes much of the “fear factor” way. Great post Ruth.x

  64. sue p says:

    This is definitely on my to do list x

  65. Elspeth Woods says:

    Definitely to be done when hubby is off work to look after the kids and I can be let loose in the kitchen. 🙂

  66. Jill Ridley says:

    OK – need to stop looking at all these recipes otherwise 1) will never have time for anything else or 2) am going to get very fat!!!

  67. Claire says:

    That sounds great – thanks for the recipe!

  68. I can’t even tell you how much I love danish pastry. I made it years ago and it was so wonderful. I need to make it again. Thanks for the inspiration.

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