Fresh Strawberry Kiwi Danish

by Michelle on November 4, 2010

I so enjoy making pastries. Pastries are so easy to make and so pretty when completed. And let’s face it, I like making recipes that take many steps to complete. It’s not that I avoid simple recipes like cookies, not at all. But I enjoy the different components, dough, filling and topping because there are so many variations that can be applied. For instance as I was typing up this post, I wondered how a Cream Cheese Cinnamon Glaze would have worked out? No need to really wonder how it would taste, it would have been spectacular! Guess I’ll just have to make more danish and try it out!

Sweet Dough
Recipe adapted from my friend Lou

2 TBL water, tepid
1/4 tsp sugar
1 pkg of yeast
1 c. of milk, room temperature
2/3 c. of Sugar
2 eggs, room temperature and slightly whipped
1/2 tsp Vanilla
1/4 tsp Salt
3 1/2-4 c. flour, enough to knead into a non-sticky soft ball

1-2 TBL oil to oil the rising bowl (I use EVOO, Extra Virgin Olive Oil)

Option: 1/2 c. WW flour can be subbed to make the dough more tender

Bread:

Stir the yeast with 2 TBL of warm water with 1/4 tsp of sugar, for proofing.

In a large mixing bowl, or (KA mixer) place the milk and add the sugar, vanilla, salt and eggs.

Beat until the sugar is dissolved and add the Yeast and mix well.

Add 2 cups of flour and mix with either KA with dough hook or by hand.

Add additional 1-2 cups of flour until you make a soft ball of dough but not stiff. The dough should not stick to your hands. Sprinkle some flour on counter or pastry cloth and knead until smooth.

Put 1 TBL of Oil in the bottom of your largest mixing bowl. Take a paper towel and dip it in the oil and thoroughly oil the sides of the bowl. Put dough ball into bowl and then flip the ball over to make sure that the entire dough ball is covered with oil. Let rise until at least doubled in size.

Instead of putting a towel on top I put the entire bowl in a large plastic bag. Make sure that the bag is not too tight on the bowl and you give the dough ample room to rise.

Simple Glaze
Recipe adapted from my Mom

1/3 c. half and half
1/4 tsp vanilla
1 3/4 c. powdered sugar

Place powdered sugar in bowl. Whisk in half and half by spoonfuls until glaze is just pourable. Drizzle glaze over roll. Let stand until glaze sets.

Strawberry Kiwi Danish
Recipe developed by BigBlackDog

1 recipe Sweet Dough, see above recipe
10-12 large strawberries, hulled and sliced into 1/8″ slices
2 Kiwi, peeled and sliced into 1/8″ slices
1 egg, slightly whipped
1 tsp water

Topping
Coarse white sugar
Glaze, see above recipe

On a pastry cloth roll out dough into a rectangle about 1/4″ thick.

Scatter sliced strawberries and kiwi on top of dough.

Starting on the longest side carefully roll up dough. The strawberries and kiwi will make the log sort of lumpy but don’t worry about it, the danish will bake up just fine.

With a sharp knife slice dough into 1/2″ slices and lay on each slice on a parchment lined cookie sheet, about 2″ a part. Cover and let rise.

In a small bowl, whip egg with the water. Brush each danish with the egg wash.

Bake at 350 degrees until bottoms are lightly browned about 20 minutes.

Remove to a cooling rack. When danish are cool drizzle with glaze. I can not drizzle to save my life so I use a plastic squeeze bottle with a narrow tip  to “drizzle”  the glaze. Sprinkle with coarse white sugar. Let stand until glaze sets. Enjoy!

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Comments

  • teresa November 4, 2010 at 2:57 pm

    that sounds so irresistable! and they’re so pretty!

    • Sheila November 4, 2010 at 3:36 pm

      You are killing me here, Michelle! Killing me! Or at least starving me to death! Where do you live? I’ll be right over! LOL!

      XO,

      Sheila :-)

  • Biz November 7, 2010 at 1:27 pm

    Those look amazing Michelle! Great job! 😀

  • Cuisine Kathleen November 7, 2010 at 5:19 pm

    Is that Lou as our Lou from our old hang out? Same old tiffs there!

    The pastries look wonderful!
    Hope you are well. I am just coming back from the living from pneumonia. Sick of being sick!

  • Kim November 8, 2010 at 8:10 am

    I love that you made a strawberry kiwi version. They are very pretty little pastries.

  • megan November 9, 2010 at 10:46 am

    These pictures make me want to curl up with a cup of tea and one of these killer danishes!

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