HANDS UP who wants one of these for breakfast – perfect with an espresso! DANISH PASTRY EASY RECIPE

Trying out new ideas for the shop coming at the end of year in SMITHDOWN ROAD. This morning we have made these beauties home: Danish pastries. Although not proper Italian, we would love to serve them as well as other Italian baked goods when we will open our shop. They make a great breakfast snack, perfect with an espresso or with a cup of tea. You can easily make them at home too.

Here below is the recipe and a video tutorial.

For the dough

500g strong bread flour
250ml milk
10g honey
12g fresh yeast (or 4g dry yeast)
80g sugar
1 egg
60g butter (soft)
8g salt
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

150g raisins

For the custard cream:

2 egg yolks
250ml milk
20g cornstarch
50g sugar
lemon zest
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Make the dough mixing all the ingredients a part from salt and butter. Add them after 5-10 minutes when all the other ingredients have been well incorporated. Add a piece of butter at time, knead it for further 5 minutes until smooth and elastic. Let it prove at room temperature (20-24C°) until it doubles the size (3-4 hours). Stretch the dough with a rolling pin approx 30x50cm.

Add a layer of custard cream and sprinkle over the raisins. Roll it over, and cut it with a sharp knife in 3/4 cm thickness disks. Lay them on a baking paper in an oven tray and let them prove from 30 minutes to an hour depending on the room temperature. Bake at 220C° for about 15-20 minutes. Add syrup or icing sugar at the end.

Watch Luca how to make Danish Pastries

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