This Cheat’s Danish Pastry recipe is a complete game changer for my kitchen. Most importantly it allows me to bake the BEST Danish Cinnamon Rolls that you can imagine.These babies are my signature bake and the recipe that brings me the most fill your face joy.
These Danish Cinnamon Rolls are off the scale. They are all I need to make me forget the extensive administrative trials of this festive season. To be frank with you they are one of the most delicious things I have ever eaten. This recipe delivers in a way that would make my house Santa’s first port of call come Christmas Eve, of that I have no doubt.
But first…………some Xmas Chaos…….feel free to scroll past to the recipe below if you’re feeling hungry.
For the love of God I am hardly keeping my Xmas wotsit together. What the figgy pudding is all this madness about? Never before have I had so many fingers in so many mince pies and I have to tell you I’m not coping so well.
What with my daughter singing a solo in the school’s nativity as well as a Xmas medley with her dance school and my son singing with the school in three performances my already normal state of befuddlement has now reached the, “Haven’t a Clucking Clue” stage.
Jesus, so many outfits, so many rehearsals, so many drop offs and pick ups. I’m in a permanent state of Xmas anxiety.
What if I can’t keep this yuletide show on the road??? I find myself sitting bolt upright in the middle of the night consumed with jazz pants and matte tights…….who knew?
My daughter however is living her Xmas dream. Her Xmas star is shining so bright it’s like the Baby Jesus is being born at our house.
She is desperate to be on the stage and her time has finally come. At six she is to dress as an angel and sing a CELINE DION number SOLO with a microphone (WTFlip!!!), well a verse or two.
I’m significantly concerned. I think her teacher has been duped into believing my daughters heartfelt assurances/full volume shrieks that she could own that stage and sing that bad boy like Whitney.
I bet the poor woman didn’t stand a chance……. In my SIGNIFICANT experience she still needs some help in that department, maybe a full strength (hundreds of them) male voice choir would do if you get my drift, preferably from Wales.
Not sure I’m actually looking forward to sitting through this one truth be told………I’ll definitely need a few Mince Pies laced/drenched with Brandy afterwards.
I so hope she proves me wrong, I blinkin love her Xmas Balls.
Easy Danish Pastry Recipe
This recipe for Danish Pastries is super simple and somewhat borrowed from Nigella Lawson. It is to be found in “How to be a Domestic Goddess” under “Processor Danish Pastry”. I love that book.
It is a recipe that allows these Cinnamon Rolls to be not far off a doddle. I kid you not.
It completely cuts out the squashing and rolling of the butter into the pastry just calling for some pastry rolling after the fact.
The key to this elimination of the laborious middle man is a food processor. Just a couple of blitzes is all that is required before mixing and leaving overnight or at least 6 hours before serious, melt in the mouth baking heaven!!!!!
Christmas Morning Breakfast
Such is the extreme deliciousness of these Danish Pastry Cinnamon Rolls that I intend to always make them a Christmas breakfast tradition. I make them two ways.
The day before I want to bake them I place them in their large muffin tray covered overnight in the fridge before getting them out early to come up to room temperature before brushing with egg wash and baking.
The other way is that I freeze them loose in a tupperware container after I have sliced them from their cinnamon sausage. I get them out the night before and place them in a muffin tray covered with oiled clingfilm and leave them out at room temperature to thaw and puff up ready for the morning and again quick egg wash and instant baking.
Obviously this method is for life not just for Christmas.
STEP 1 – Making The Dough
- First there is a blitz in the food processor of the dry ingredients so that the butter is left in 1 cm chunks. Tip this pebbly mixture into a mixing bowl.
- Tip in the wet ingredients and stir with a fork until the mixture is mixed well and you can see no more flour. It is a sticky wet dough.
- Cover the bowl with clingfilm and refrigerate overnight or for 6 hours.
STEP 2 – Rolling Out The Dough
- Tip out the mixture onto a heavily floured work surface. Flour the top of it too and your rolling pin. Sprinkle over more flour if any butter breaks through the dough.
- After rolling it out to roughly about a 25 cm x 45 cm rectangle you fold it into three like a business letter and turn the dough so that the closed fold is vertical and on your left.
- Repeat the process another three times before spreading the rectangle with your cinnamon paste.
STEP 3 – Rolling Up The Dough
- Roll up length ways tightly into a fabulous Cinnamon Sausage.
- I cut into equal sections (about 4 cm) and place each one in the muffin’s greased/oiled nests. I get about 11 of them. But don’t worry if you get less. I always just guess my measurements. Sometimes it’s 9! Size doesn’t really matter too much here.
STEP 4 – Proving The Dough
- If you are baking them straight away then cover with oiled clingfilm and leave somewhere warm to puff up and almost double in size.
- If you are wanting to bake them the next morning then cover the filled muffin tray with the oiled clingfilm and put them in the fridge and if you are freezing them then freeze the slices on a flat baking tray loose for an hour before putting in a stout plastic/tupperware container and freezing for up to a month.
- In the morning you can grab them out and leave them somewhere warm for about an hour to puff up a little more and come back up to room temperature. They will have been slowly rising in the fridge.
- If you have previously frozen them take them out of the freezer and place in your oiled muffin tray. Cover with oiled clingfilm and leave at room temperature to thaw and prove overnight.
- Brush gently with egg wash before baking.
STEP 5 – Baking The Cinnamon Rolls
- I thought of the idea to bake each one in a muffin tray because I was fed up of burning the outer ones when baking the usual way in one baking tray/dish.
- This idea, although I say it myself, is genius. However you don’t have to at all. I bake them freestyle if it suits. Bear in mind that different ways of baking them will alter the baking times. Those baked all together in a baking dish/tin will take longer and those baked apart on a flat baking tray will take a shorter time. You are looking for a deep golden colour.
- Bake them in an oven for about 20 minutes. Wait for 5 minutes for prising them out with a knife and placing on a wire rack.
- Make up the icing and drizzle over them generously while they are still warm. AMAZING…….AMAZING…..AMAZING.
Can You Freeze Danish Cinnamon Rolls?
Yes you can. I freeze them at stage 11 (recipe card) before putting them in the muffin tray or baking them.
I freeze them on a plate or baking tray for an hour before putting them in a tupperware container or two freezer bags to protect them from freezer burn.
I get them out the night before I want to bake them and place them in the container I am going to bake them in and cover with oiled clingfilm. They will then thaw and come up to room temperature. I brush gently with egg wash before baking. I do find that they come up huge if your kitchen is warm. You do want to bake them straight away so that they don’t over prove.
BEWARE, one is never enough……
- Large Muffin Tray
- Food Processor
- Rolling Pin
- Measuring Tape or Ruler
- Wire Rack
- Cling Film
- Large Mixing Bowl
- Sharp Knife
- Measuring jug
- Tbsps measure
- Small bowls for mixing icing and cinnamon paste
IF YOU LIKE THIS RECIPE THEN YOU MAY LIKE THESE
Danish Pastry Cinnamon Rolls.
Such is the extreme deliciousness of these Danish Pastry Cinnamon Rolls that I intend to make them a Christmas breakfast tradition. For a long time I have been searching for something special that requires minimum effort and almost no thought processing. This recipe is the answer.
Processor Danish Pastry
- 250 grams unsalted butter cold and cut into 4 cm ish chunks
- 60 mls warm water
- 125 mls warm milk
- 7 grams instant yeast 1 packet
- 30 grams caster sugar
- 1 large egg
- 350 grams strong white flour
- 1 tsp salt
- 1 egg for eggwash
- 2 tbsps ground cinnamon
- 85 grams unsalted butter soft
- 85 grams light muscovado sugar
- 100 grams icing sugar
- 2 tbsps milk
Tip the 350 grams/12 oz flour, 250 grams/8.8 oz butter, 1 tsp salt, 30 grams/1 oz sugar, 7 grams/0.25 oz yeast into your food processor. Blitz a few times until the butter is cut into 1 cm butter chunks. Empty out into a large bowl and pour in all the liquid ingredients. Mix together with a knife until all the liquid has been absorbed and it resembles a gooey mess.
- Cover with clingfilm and refrigerate overnight.
- When you are ready to begin, heavily flour the work surface and tip out the dough. Flour the top of the dough too as well as the rolling pin. The dough is very sticky at first.
Roll out the dough into a rectangle about 25 cm by 45 cm.
- Fold the dough into three like a business letter.
- Repeat all of this another three times. Cover in clingfilm and chill in the fridge for at least 30 minutes.
Grease/oil a large 12 hole muffin tray
Mix all the cinnamon filling together into a paste. 2 tbsps ground cinnamon, 85 grams/3 oz unsalted butter, 85 grams/3oz light muscovado sugar.
- Roll out the chilled dough into the same size rectangle again. Spread the paste evenly all over the dough.
- Roll up into a giant cigar.
Using a sharp knife cut the dough into 2 inch sections. Gently place each one in the muffin tray. About 11 of them.
- Pre heat the oven to 180 C. Cover with clingfilm and wait until they have beautifully puffed up and almost doubled in size. Brush carefully with eggwash.
- Bake for about 20 minutes until golden brown.
Wait for five mins before gently prising them out to cool on a wire rack. Mix 100 grams/4 oz icing sugar and 2 tbsps milk together. When half way cool drizzle the icing sugar all over these beauties.
Apply to Face and Xmas time will stand still for a moment.
If you find the butter gets too soft when you're rolling out and gets tacky then cover with a good dust of flour and maybe put in the freezer for five mins and go again.
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