Easy Almond Danish

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Easy Almond Danish

 

Easy Almond Danish for the Weekend…or Any Day

Easy Almond Danish is so easy, you can make it on any day of the week.  It’s a fast breakfast treat that is perfect for when company stop by unannounced, or a rainy Monday morning, when you want to sit back with a book and a good cup of coffee.  I grew up in a town with a fantastic bakery that made delicate danishes and pastries, filled with butter and almonds, cheese, or preserves.  I would stop by and pick one up from time to time, savoring the rich flavors.  Recently, I picked up some crescent rolls and realized the texture was similar to the danishes I remember.  So I scoured the grocery store for almond paste (find it with the other pie fillings) and set out to make my own Easy Almond Danish.  I have to say, when it came out of the oven, it was minutes until it had vanished.  Yep, it’s that good.

Making Easy Almond Danish

I toyed with a few ideas on how to make the Easy Almond Danish and how to arrange the crescent rolls.  I ended up with a simple pattern that made a beautiful design in the finished product.  Filling it was easy too!  The almond paste is very…pasty.  So I sort of lumped it together in a ring in the thickest part of the dough, then topped it with some brown sugar, as the almond paste has a lot of flavor, but very little sweetness.  After wrapping the points of the crescents over the whole ring, it was time to bake.  The house filled with the delectable scent of almonds, and breakfast was on!

 

Easy Almond Danish

Easy Almond Danish

Ingredients

  • 1 tube crescent rolls
  • ½ can almond paste
  • ½ C brown sugar
  • 1 C powdered sugar
  • ½ t almond extract
  • ½ t (or more) cold water

Instructions

  1. Heat oven to 425 degrees F.
  2. Unroll the crescent rolls and separate into triangles.
  3. Place two triangles, with the smallest side, across from each other on a baking sheet at noon and 6 o’clock.
  4. Place two more triangles, with the smallest side, across from each other at 3 and 9 o’clock.
  5. Fill in the gaps with the remaining 4 triangles, overlapping the smallest side to form a ring in the middle. All the long points should be pointing outward.
  6. Place the almond paste in a ring around the solid portion of the dough.
  7. Top with the brown sugar.
  8. Fold the points inward at an angle. For example, the point at noon would be placed somewhere around 3 o’clock, over the top of the filling and tucked into the center of the ring.. Continue around the circle, forming a wreath. Make sure to seal the center of the ring by pressing the points into the short sides.
  9. Bake for 10-15 minutes, until golden brown.
  10. While the danish is cooling, Mix the powdered sugar, extract, and cold water, adding more cold water if needed to achieve a thin glaze.
  11. Drizzle over the danish and serve warm.
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Glazing an Easy Almond Danish

While the Easy Almond Danish itself is amazing, glazing it made it even better.  The glaze is simple: powdered sugar, almond extract, and a few drops of water.  That’s all it takes!  I made my glaze thin so I could drizzle it over the top, with just enough almond flavoring to add flavor, but not overwhelm the almond paste.  It really made the Easy Almond Danish perfect.  So keep some almond paste in the pantry and a tube of crescents in the fridge.  You can make Easy Almond Danish on a moment’s notice!

 

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Comments

  1. I made this. 425F was way too high. The danish is very dark but the center wasn’t cooked when it was golden. I’m going to retry at 375F.

    • Thank you for saying this. I found that my oven was cooking low. So, my 425 may be about 400. I think it is good now. Hope it all came out ok.

  2. What an amazing breakfast idea! I’m pinning for sure :D

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