Sunday, August 30, 2009

How 'Bout a Danish?



And I'm not talking about Proud Chef Luke. I'm talking about Tea Biscuits.

Luke and MacKenzie practiced their pastry skills. It was one night filled with poppyseeds and buttery goodness. Not a good way for me to stay on my diet but, hey, we've got to make sure our kids know how to cook--right? So, I'm a Mom willing to make those hard sacrifices-like, in my waist line. I guess I'll just need another new (larger) size pair of jeans. But, then think of all the great projects I can prepare-repurposing those old jeans-that don't fit any more.

Anyway, if you'd like to let out your jeans too, here's the recipe:

3/4 cup (1 1/2 sticks) butter (unsoftened)
3 1/3 cups unbleached bread flour
1 Tablespoon sugar
1 teaspoon salt
1 cup 2% milk
1 egg yolk
1/2 cup butter, softened
1 egg white, beaten
3 Tablespoons white or black poppy seeds

Mix cold butter with flour in a medium bowl and mix well, add sugar and salt, Microwave the milk for 40 seconds, add the milk and egg yolk to the flour

Knead the dough for 4 to 5 minutes or until smooth. Place in an oiled bowl, let sit for 30 minutes

Roll the dough, using saran to keep it from sticking to the rolling pin. Make into 10 X 24 inch rectangle on floured surface. Spread softened butter over the dough, brush the beaten egg white down the long edge

Fold the unbuttered side over the buttered side and tuck the edge brushed with egg white under, pressing to seal. Pierce the dough gently with a fork and brush with the remaining egg white. Sprinkle with the poppy seeds.

Cut the dough into ten to twelve triangles, Bake on a lightly greased cookie sheet for 20 minutes at 400 degrees or until golden brown. Remove and let cool.

WAH-LAH! You've got a true Danish pastry.

4 comments:

Stephanie Faris said...

Poppy seeds? I didn't realize true Danish pastries had those!

Kim Kasch said...

Stephanie: The true name of these pastries is Smorbirkes, which translated means "butter poppy seeds".

The Danes don't use a lot of poppy seeds but on tea bisquits - oh yeah.

They do use a lot of marzipan and cardamon for sweet treats.

Rena said...

Looks good! That's really cool that your boys like to cook and bake.

MG Higgins said...

My mouth is watering! I'd like to reach into my monitor and grab one of those pastries to go with my coffee.