As far as breakfast treats go, I don’t think you can beat a fresh Danish pastry. But Danish pastry dough is one of those recipes that frequently appears on the Great British Bake Off as a challenge. It contains yeast and is laminated, which means that layers of butter are encased in the dough which is then rolled and folded repeatedly. It is a laborious process that requires a bit of baking experience and a lot of free time.
But there’s a way to enjoy a fresh Danish without secretly making a dash for the nearest bakery. Simply use pre-rolled, all butter puff pastry and you can enjoy a cheat’s Danish in about half an hour including baking time. They are absolutely delicious and I won’t tell anyone about taking the easy route if you don’t!
here's what you'll need...
- 1 packet all butter rolled puff pastry
- 1 egg, lightly beaten to glaze
- Icing sugar to dust
For the filling:
- 100g pecans
- 3-4 tbsp dark brown sugar
- 30g cold unsalted butter, cubed
- 5-6 tbsp maple syrup
- 1 tsp ground cinnamon
For the glaze:
- 4-5 tbsp icing sugar
- 1-2 tbsp milk (only use as much as needed)