Danish Almond Puff Pastry

Thursday, September 15, 2011
Danish Almond Puff is a version of puff pastry baked with flaky layers, it's delicious but so easy to make.

These are 3 steps to make this simple dessert puff pastry, will be a great recipe to add to your pastry collection.

Once it's cooled we add a light drizzle of icing with slived almonds making this a very elegant dessert to serve when hosting a dinner party that will impress friends and family.

Mom made this often and I always thought it would be a difficult recipe by the taste and layers it made while baking but to my surprise it was a breeze to make and one of my all-time favorites.

Just scroll down and print off the recipe card for this easy version of a Danish Almond Puff Pastry dessert, it's even wonderful served around any holiday.

danish puff pastry ring with almonds

Easy to Make Danish Puff Pastry

Danish pastry originated when the Danes layers of delicious choux and a surprise middle much like a custard but moist dough center.

Traditional cream puffs are made using choux pastry dough and simply filled with sweetened whipped heavy cream and my mom made that style Classic Cream Puff Recipe often around the holiday.

Danish Puffs, or also the familiar bakery Danish are typically layered laminated pastries and mostly filled with different fruits and topped with nuts.

This pastry, however, is much more of a puff pastry, much easier than the traditional Danish pastry viennoiserie tradition which requires a yeast-risen dough much like a croissant.

I consider this Danish Puff Pastry that also uses a choux pastry dough and layered which our step-by-step will be more understandable reading the recipe below.

No matter what you fill them with this well-known pastry dough is pure and heavenly in taste and the versatility is endless to change flavors by adding different extracts.

cream puff dough

Ingredients to Make the Cream Puffs

  • First Step:

  • butter
  • flour
  • water

  • Second Step:

  • water
  • butter
  • pure almond extract 
  • all-purpose flour
  • eggs

  • Frosting Topping: 

  • powdered sugar
  • stick butter softened
  • enough milk to make a thin glaze 
  • pure almond extract
  • slivered or sliced almonds toasted

puff pastry inside

Tips for Making Danish Almond Puff Pastry

  1. the butter should be easy to slice but still cool
  2. use a fork or pastry cutter to cut the butter and flour together
  3. make sure the butter and flour are completely blended
  4. shape the dough in ring or log forms on parchment paper for easy removal
  5. cool completely before frosting
  6. use any kind of flavored extracts in place of almond(lemon is another favorite)
  7. place the choux evenly onto the shortcrust, one scoop to evenly distribute 
  8. flatten and shape the choux into a nice thick layer on top of the shortcrust.
  9. bring the choux close to the edges of the shortcrust with your fingers or use a spatula

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Gourmet Suggestions for Making Danish Almond Puff Pastry

Although this is drizzled with a little icing on top, this can also be cut and served topped with lemon curd, fresh sweetened fruit, and whipped cream or just plain with powdered sugar on top.

We have also made individual rounds layered with shortcrust then the choux and after baked top with your favorite jams then drizzled with icing for a quick easy jam-topped pastry.

The dough is easily shaped so get creative and don't forget you can also change the extract to from almond to any flavor you desire.

Danish Almond Puff Pastry

Danish Almond Puff Pastry
Yield: 12
Author: Claudia Lamascolo
Prep time: 15 MinCook time: 1 HourTotal time: 1 H & 15 M
This is a delicious easy Danish almond puff pastry made super easy with a drizzle of icing on top


  • First Step Shortcrust:
  • 1 stick butter
  • 1 cup flour
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • Second Step Pastry Choux:
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 stick butter (1/2 cup)
  • 2 teaspoons pure almond extract or use another flavored extract you prefer
  • 1 cup of all-purpose flour
  • 3 eggs
  • Frosting Topping:
  • 2 cups powdered sugar
  • 1 stick butter, softened
  • enough milk to make a thin glaze
  • 1 teaspoon pure almond extract or your favorite extract flavoring
  • Slivered or sliced almonds toasted


  1. Recipe for the pastry:
  2. Cut butter into flour, add water and form into a ball.
  3. Shape the dough into a large donut ring or two log forms.
  4. Put on a large parchment-lined cookie sheet and flatten. Set aside.
  5. In a small saucepan, boil 1 cup water, add butter; remove from heat.
  6. Add extract, quickly beat in flour then eggs, one at a time, beating well after each egg.
  7. Spread this mixture on top of the above pastry into a long log or ring shape placed on the parchment paper.
  8. Bake for 1 hour at 350 degrees.
  9. Cool. Make frosting, and brush the top of the cooled pastry.
  10. Decorate with sliced almonds
  11. Frosting:
  12. Mix butter, sugar, extract and add milk to make a flowing frosting.
  13. Best served the same day it's baked, this retains moisture, if any leftovers cover and place in the refrigerator.
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  1. I love danish Claudia but have yet to bake one. This looks absolutely scrumptious!

    BTW- I have a baking/white whole wheat flour giveaway going now.

  2. Wonderful! I love these pastries, even more delicious with almonds. Bye, have a great day

  3. Oooh, I'm the first to comment! Looks delicious! I enjoy almond pastries.....and this one sounds yummy!

  4. This sounds delicious and look like it is easy to make. My kind of baked good.

  5. Almond in pastry..I know its eqxcuisite taste;)

  6. Naturally sweet - who could argue? My tea is ready!

  7. Anything almond flavored is a thumbs up from me! Looks delish

  8. Looks delicious, Claudia! I'd love to have a slice with a nice cup of strong coffee. Yum.

  9. Looks so delicious. Almonds are a favorite nut of mine. Hope you have a wonderful day!

  10. Oh, all that glorious butter, and almonds. Love the danish, looks so scrumptious, and delicious!

  11. Dear Claudia, Danish is one of my favorites. I would love this with a good cup of coffee. Have a good evening my friend. Blessings, Catherine xo

  12. Yummy! I love almond pastries!

    ♥ Shia

  13. I just love almond pastries. This looks so mouth watering delicious! Look like not too complicating to make, I think can handle that! hehe

  14. I was about to sign off until I saw this. It has a lot of my favorite ingredients-almonds almonds almonds! Wonderful dessert post-yum!

  15. I love Danish pastries! This sounds so delicious Claudia!

  16. This looks delicious Claudia and would be perfect for a midnight snack.

  17. Oh yum... And I have everything on hand to make these! I love when that happens!

  18. OMG! That is one delicious pastry, absolutely delicious.

  19. Oh, Claudia!!! I LOVE this recipe! It was one of the first things I learned to bake as a pre-teen. Mine wasn't a ring but two rectangular danishes. Your ring sounds much prettier. This was a family favorite...we called it Danish Puff. Great recipe~

  20. I have never made my own Danish..might be doint that soon though.


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