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Basic Danish Dough

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Ingredients
  Butter 1 Cup (16 tbs)
  All purpose flour 1⁄3 Cup (5.33 tbs)
  All purpose flour 4 Cup (64 tbs)
  Active dry yeast 2
  Milk 1 1⁄4 Cup (20 tbs)
  Sugar 1⁄4 Cup (4 tbs)
  Salt 1 Teaspoon
  Egg 1
  Lemon extract 1⁄2 Teaspoon
  Almond extract 1⁄2 Teaspoon
Directions

In mixer bowl cream butter with the 1/3 cup flour.
On a baking sheet roll butter mixture between 2 sheets of waxed paper to a 12x6-inch rectangle.
Chill thoroughly.
In large mixer bowl combine 1 1/2 cups of the remaining flour with the yeast.
In a saucepan heat milk, sugar, and salt just till warm (115° to 120°).
Add to dry ingredients in mixer bowl; add egg, lemon extract, and almond extract.
Beat at low speed of electric mixer for 1/2 minute, scraping sides of bowl constantly.
Beat for 3 minutes at high speed.
Stir in as much of the remaining flour as you can mix in using a spoon.
On a lightly floured surface knead in the remaining flour to make a moderately soft dough.
Continue kneading till smooth and elastic (about 5 minutes).
Cover; let rest 10 minutes.
On lightly floured surface roll dough to a 14-inch square.
Place the chilled butter on one half of the dough.
Fold over other half, sealing edges well with heel of hand.
Roll dough to a 20x12-inch rectangle.
Fold in thirds to make 3 layers.
Stretch gently to even the corners.
Cover, chill for 30 minutes.
Repeat rolling and folding two more times; chill after each rolling.
Divide dough in fourths.
Use one fourth to make each of Cherry-Nut Fans, Sour Cream and Chocolate Envelopes, Date-Orange Pinwheels, and Lemon-Coconut Wreaths.

Recipe Summary

Course: 
Snack
Method: 
Chilling
Occasion: 
Christmas
Restriction: 
Lacto Ovo Vegetarian

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