I have been following Joe Pastry
for about a year now. He has some great tips and history on baking.
With reading a blog like Joe Pastry it was inevitable that I would need to make pastry. So Danish pastry it was. It had to be at least 10 years since the last time I made it so it was time.
I decided I would use the same recipe that I had used before from Baking with Julia
|Danish Pastry Dough |
For this recipe I used:
1/4 Cup Warm Water - 110˚ - 115˚ F
2 1/2 Teaspoons of Dry Yeast
1/2 Cup of Milk - room temperature
1 Large Egg - room temperature
1/4 Cup of Sugar
1 Teaspoon of Salt
2 1/2 Cups of All Purpose Flour
1 Cup of Unsalted Butter (2 Sticks) - Cold, cut into pieces
|Danish Pastry Dough - The Ingredients|
In a large measuring cup
I added the yeast to the warm water and let the mixture soften for a minute.
|Danish Pastry Dough - Softening the Yeast|
I then added the milk, egg, sugar, and salt and whisked everything together. Then I set the mixture aside.
|Danish Pastry Dough - Yeast Mixture with the Milk and Egg|
In a mixing bowl I added the flour and chilled butter.
|Danish Pastry Dough -Adding the Chilled Butter to the Flour|
I worked in the butter with a pastry blender
until the pieces of butter were about 1 cm in size (1/2 inch).
|Danish Pastry Dough - After the Pastry Blender|
I added the yeast mixture to the flour mixture and worked it together into a nice dough with a rubber spatula.
|Danish Pastry Dough - Adding the Yeast Mixture|
|Danish Pastry Dough - After a good Stir|
Once mixed, I covered the bowl and put it in the fridge overnight (at least 4 hours).
|Danish Pastry Dough - Ready for the Fridge|
The next morning I removed the risen dough from the fridge.
|Danish Pastry Dough - After Overnight in the Fridge|
I put the dough onto a floured counted and brought it together into a square.
|Danish Pastry Dough - Forming a Square|
I next rolled
the dough out into a 16" square.
|Danish Pastry Dough - First Roll|
|Danish Pastry Dough - First Fold|
Now it was time for a fold into 1/3's.
|Danish Pastry Dough - Finished First Fold|
Then I rolled out the dough again into a 10" x 24" rectangle.
|Danish Pastry Dough - Second Roll|
And then I folded the rectangle into 1/3's.
|Danish Pastry Dough - Second Fold|
Then I rolled out a second 16" square and folded it into 1/3's again.
|Danish Pastry Dough - Third Roll|
Then for the last time I rolled out the dough into a 16" x 10" rectangle.
|Danish Pastry Dough -Third Fold|
I folded the dough into 1/3's again. I cut the final fold into 1/2.
|Danish Pastry Dough - Splitting to Use now And Later|
I was going to use 1/2 of the recipe right away and I froze the second 1/2 for later.
|Danish Pastry Dough - Ready for the Freezer|
I refrigerated the dough for use later in the day.
- although there were a few folds that was really the only "technical" part of making the dough
- if at some point the dough gets too warm, wrap it and put it in the fridge for 30 minutes
- be sure to measure the temperature of the warm water 110˚ - 115˚ F. Too cold and it wont proof correctly and too warm the yeast will be killed off
- the dough will freeze easily for up to 1 month