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Classic Danish Pastries

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Ingredients
  Fresh compressed yeast 1 Ounce
  Warm milk 1⁄4 Pint
  All purpose flour 1 Pound
  Salt 1 Teaspoon
  Butter 10 Ounce
  Caster sugar 2 Ounce
  Eggs 2 , beaten
  Beaten egg 1 (To Glaze)
  Butter 1 Ounce (2 Tablespoons)
  Sugar 3 Ounce
  Ground almonds 3 Ounce
  Beaten egg 1⁄2
  Confectioners sugar 8 Ounce (1 3/4 Cups)
  Hot water 2 Tablespoon
  Chopped nuts 2 Tablespoon
  Candied cherries 6 (Glace Cherries)
Directions

Cream the yeast with 2 tablespoons (3 T) of the milk.
Sift flour and salt into a bowl.
Rub in 2 oz.(1/4 cup) of the butter.
Stir in the sugar.
Make a well in the centre and pour in the yeast liquid, remaining milk and beaten eggs.
Beat thoroughly to give a soft dough, adding more milk if necessary.
Flatten the remaining butter to an oblong, 9 x5 inches.
Knead the dough on a floured surface until smooth and elastic then roll out to a 10-11 inch square.
Place the butter in the centre and fold the dough over, encasing the butter.
Roll to an oblong, about 8 x 24 inches.
Fold the dough into 3 and place in a polythene (plastic) bag.
Leave to rest in the refrigerator for 15 minutes.
Repeat the rolling, folding and resting three times.
To prepare the filling, cream the butter with the sugar, almonds and egg to give a stiff paste.
Roll out the chilled dough to a large rectangle, about 1/4 inch thick.
To make envelope pastries, cut into 4 inch squares.
Place a little filling in the centre of each square.
Fold the corners into the centre, enclosing the filling.
Place the pastries on baking sheets and cover with greased polythene (plastic) sheets.
Leave in a warm place for 20 minutes.
Bake above the centre of a hot oven, 425°F, Gas Mark 7 for 12-15 minutes.
Blend the icing sugar with enough hot water to give a coating consistency.
Spread on top of the pastries.
Top with chopped nuts and glace cherries.

Recipe Summary

Difficulty Level: 
Easy
Cuisine: 
European
Method: 
Baked
Dish: 
Bread
Interest: 
Everyday

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