chocolate danish puffs

Happy Friday! These are one of my all time favorite breakfast desserts. The flakey-ness of the crust combined with the dense pastry topping and frosting make these danish puffs incredibly rich -- and yet they are so simple. Usually, we top them with slivered almonds, but I opted for chocolate chips this time for something new! Enjoy!

Danish Puffs 

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

 1 Cup All-purpose Flour
1/2 Cup Unsalted Butter, cut into pieces
2 Tablespoons Cold Water

In a medium bowl, add the flour and the cut butter. Mix with a fork until the mixture resembles coarse meal, just like how you would make pie crust. Add the water and knead with your hands until it is smooth. 

Divide the dough in half. On a cookie sheet, press both halves flat into a circle with your hands until they are about 1/4 inch thick--like pie crust. They should be about an inch apart when they are flattened.

1 Cup Water
1/2 Cup Unsalted Butter
1 Teaspoon Almond Extract
1 Cup All-purpose Flour
3 eggs

In a pot, bring the water and butter to a rolling boiling. Once boiling, add the almond extract and remove from heat. Stir in the flour immediately to avoid lumping. Add the eggs one at a time until the mixture is smooth. Spread the mixture evenly on the two crusts.

Bake for 60 minutes or until the puffs are golden brown. 

While baking make the frosting:

Powdered Sugar Frosting

6 Tablespoons Unsalted Butter
3 Tablespoons Milk
1 Cup Powdered Sugar
1/4 Teaspoon Almond Extract

Beat the butter and sugar together and add the milk as needed. Add the almond extract. You may have to add more powdered sugar, the frosting should be thick not runny.

For Chocolate Danish Puffs:
Right when the puffs are out of the oven sprinkle with chocolate chips (I used minis) and then add the frosting over top. Swirl the melted chips and the frosting together and sprinkle with more chocolate chips.

For Almond Danish Puffs:
Right when the puffs are out the oven frost immediately and generously sprinkle with slivered almonds.

Other Variations:
-Instead of the frosting, cover with fresh strawberries, sprinkle with powdered sugar and drizzle with lemon juice.
-Top with some cooked some sliced apples tossed with cinnamon and sugar and add a dollop of whip cream. 

Oh the possibilities!

To serve:
Cut the danish puffs into strips or squares. Even though they look like pancakes, they are super rich and can serve many!


<3, The Sweet Petite

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