If you’re looking for a special morning treat to serve guests or bring to a holiday gathering, this one promises not to disappoint.  We had family visiting for Thanksgiving morning and made this Danish.  Alongside some scrambled eggs, it was a sweet way to make breakfast extra special. It’s easy to prepare both the filling and crust in advance, leaving you more time to enjoy your morning.

Danish

Berry Danish

Ball of pie crust (enough for one 9 in. pie)

Filling

Sugar for garnish

1 egg white

Filling Ingredients

2 c strawberries

2 c blueberries (any combination of berries would work here; even frozen)

2  T* butter (dairy free is fine)

1/2 c sugar

1/2 t lemon rind

1/2 t cinnamon

1/4 t salt

*Note: “T stands for tablespoon; “t” stands for teaspoon

Directions

In a small saucepan, heat the sugar and butter over low heat until melted. Mix in the berries and cook on medium-low for 10 minutes, until thickened.  Remove from heat and stir in the remaining ingredients.  Cool to room temperature or overnight, if preparing in advance.

Dough

Next, begin with a chilled ball of pie crust.  Ours was gluten-free, but that’s up to you.  I had made extra when preparing pie for Thanksgiving day, but you could easily begin with purchased dough if desired.  Lay out a sheet of parchment paper and sprinkle very well with flour.  Using a rolling pin, work the ball gently into a flattened rectangle, about 18 inches x 16 inches, and 1/2 inch thick.

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Spoon the filling down the middle of the rectangle, leaving about two inches on the top and bottom, and four inches on either side.  (There was about 1/3 cup of extra filling, which I saved to mix into oatmeal for another morning).  Fold the top and bottom dough over the filling.  Take a butter knife and make horizontal slits on either side of the filling.  Gently lift each piece of dough onto and across the filling, alternating sides.  Don’t worry about making it exact; the middle of  the filling may still be exposed, and this is fine.  Continue until the Danish is complete.   Brush with egg white and sprinkle with sugar.

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Carefully transfer parchment paper to baking sheet.  Bake 20 min at 375, until top is browned and inside is bubbly.  The filling will retain heat for quite a while, so let cool slightly before serving.  This is a decadent treat, but one enjoyed with guests on a special occasion. Enjoy!

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