Pastry Cream Danish

Yummy cream filling substitutes for the usual jam center, a secret to the goodness of these sweet breakfast pastries.

Pastry Cream Danish
Prep Time:
45 mins
Rise Time:
2 hrs 45 mins
Chill Time:
6 hrs
Bake Time:
10 mins
Total Time:
45 mins
12 danish


  • 1 package active dry yeast

  • ¼ cup warm water (105 degrees F to 115 degrees F)

  • ¼ cup butter, softened

  • ¼ cup granulated sugar

  • ½ teaspoon salt

  • 2 cup all-purpose flour

  • 1 teaspoon ground cardamom

  • cup milk

  • 1 egg

  • 1 egg yolk

  • ¾ cup raisins

  • 6 tablespoon cold butter, thinly sliced

  • 1 tablespoon butter, melted

  • 1 recipe Cream Filling

  • 1 recipe Powdered Sugar Icing

Cream Filling

  • ½ cup milk

  • 5 teaspoon all-purpose flour

  • ½ cup softened butter

  • ½ cup granulated sugar

  • ½ teaspoon vanilla

Powdered Sugar Icing

  • 1 cup sifted powdered sugar

  • ½ teaspoon vanilla

  • Milk


  1. In a bowl stir yeast into warm water to soften. In a second mixing bowl beat the 1/4 cup butter, sugar, and salt until creamy. Add 1/2 cup of the flour, the cardamom, and milk. Add the egg and egg yolk. Add softened yeast; beat until well combined. Stir in remaining flour and the raisins until smooth and dough comes together. Cover bowl; let rise in a warm place until double (about 2 hours). Refrigerate dough 6 hours. (Or omit 2-hour rising time and refrigerate dough 12 to 24 hours.)

  2. Grease a baking sheet; set aside. Turn dough out onto a well-floured surface.

  3. Roll dough into a 15x10-inch rectangle. Place half the butter slices evenly on dough; lightly press butter into dough. Fold dough crosswise into thirds. Rotate dough a quarter turn to the right. Repeat rolling and folding using remaining butter slices. Roll again to 15x10-inch rectangle; fold crosswise into thirds. Give dough a quarter turn to the right.

  4. Roll folded dough into a 12x9-inch rectangle. Cut dough into twelve 3-inch squares. Fold corners of square into center, pressing lightly to seal. Place each on prepared baking sheet. Using the rounded side of a floured tablespoon, press firmly to make an indentation in the center of each dough square. Cover; let rise in a warm place until double (45 to 55 minutes). (You may see the butter slices soften and begin to melt out of rolls.) Press indentation again, if necessary.

  5. Bake in a 375 degree F oven for 10 to 12 minutes or until golden brown. Remove from pan. Brush with melted butter; cool on wire racks. Meanwhile, prepare Cream Filling and Powdered Sugar Icing. Spoon cream filling into the center of each Danish. Drizzle each with icing. Makes 12 Danish.

Cream Filling

  1. In a medium saucepan combine milk and flour using a whisk. Cook and stir over medium heat until thickened and bubbly. Reduce heat; cook and stir 2 minutes more. Remove from heat. Cover surface with plastic wrap. Cool to room temperature (do not stir). In a mixing bowl beat butter, sugar, and vanilla with an electric mixer on medium speed until light and fluffy. Add half the cooled cooked mixture at a time, beating on low speed after each addition until smooth. Makes about 1-1/2 cups.

Powdered Sugar Icing

  1. In a small bowl, combine powdered sugar, vanilla, and 1 tablespoon milk. Stir in additional milk, 1 teaspoon at a time, until icing reaches drizzling consistency.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

374 Calories
21g Fat
44g Carbs
4g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 12
Calories 374
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 21g 27%
Saturated Fat 13g 65%
Cholesterol 89mg 30%
Sodium 310mg 13%
Total Carbohydrate 44g 16%
Total Sugars 27g
Protein 4g
Vitamin C 0.6mg 3%
Calcium 40.4mg 3%
Iron 1.4mg 8%
Potassium 145mg 3%
Folate, total 60.5mcg
Vitamin B-12 0.2mcg
Vitamin B-6 0.1mg

*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.