Sunday, April 8, 2012

Danish Pastry

Margaret Hickman made this special dessert for
 Da-Daw every weekend
We spent this Easter weekend visiting Mamaw and Vada in Clarksburg. It was my mission to find the recipe to go with this photo from 2005 when Margaret showed me how to make this wonderful pastry. Of course, it was in the last recipe box I looked in!
Margaret is 96 years old and no longer spends time in the kitchen doing what she lovingly did for her family. I will try to make this Dutch Pastry before the week is out.

1 cup flour
1/2 cup butter
2 tbsp water
1/2 cup butter
1 cup water
1 tsp almond flavor
1 cup flour
3 eggs

Heat oven to 350. Measure first cup of flour into bowl. Cut in butter. Sprinkle with 2 tbsp water and mix with fork. Round into ball and cut in half. Pat dough with hands into 2 long strips 13 x 3. Make them 3 inches apart on ungreased baking sheet.

Mix the second amount of butter and water. Bring to rolling boil. Add almond flavoring and remove from heat. Stir in flour immediately to keep from lumping. When smooth and thick add one egg at a time, beating until smooth. Divide in half and spread evenly on each piece of pastry. Bake 1 hour and 15 mins. Until crisp and nicely browned. Frost with a confectioners icing and sprinkle generously with finely chopped nuts. Check baking time at 1 hour.
Frosting, milk and powdered sugar and vanilla.

Vada also gave me three of Margaret's cookbooks which I will always cherish. One of the cookbooks was used by Margaret and her mother in the 1930's. I am looking forward to trying many of the recipes. Especially some of the old fashioned cakes!