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Debbie Upshaw’s Danish Puff

Jan 27, 2019 11:00AM ● By Lana Granfors

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February 2019
Story by Lana Granfors
Photos by Kara Stewart

This month’s recipe, submitted by one of our readers, Debbie Upshaw, is a perfect Valentine’s dinner dessert. Debbie has been making this delectable dessert for more than 35 years. She makes it during the holidays, but will often surprise her family and bake it other times of the year.  So why not for Valentine’s Day? Sweets for your sweets!  It’s so easy to make and your family will think you spent hours working on it. Thank you for this one, Debbie! Enjoy!

Debbie Upshaw’s Danish Puff

Serves 6-8

Total Time: 1 hour, 25 minutes

Danish Puff Ingredients:

1⁄2 cup butter, softened

1 cup flour

2 T water

1⁄2 cup butter

1 cup water

1 tsp. almond extract

1 cup flour

3 eggs (slightly beaten)

3⁄4 cup chopped walnuts

Powdered Sugar Glaze Ingredients:

1 1⁄2 cup powdered sugar

2 T butter, softened

1 1⁄2 tsp. vanilla

1-2 T warm water

Danish Puff Directions:

STEP 1: In a bowl, cut softened butter into 1 cup flour.  Sprinkle 2 T water over.  Mix and form into a ball.  Divide the ball in half.

STEP 2: On an ungreased cookie sheet, gently pat each ball into thin 12x3-inch strips (or long rectangles).  Leave about one inch of space between the two strips on the cookie sheet.

STEP 3: Next, heat 1⁄2 cup of butter and 1 cup water in a medium saucepan. Bring it to a rolling boil.  Remove from heat and quickly stir in almond extract and 1 cup of flour. Return to the stove.  Use a very low heat and stir vigorously for one minute until mixture forms a ball.

STEP 4: Remove from heat and add the slightly beaten eggs all at once. Stir until smooth and glossy.  Divide in half. Spread each portion evenly over the strips on the cookie sheet.

STEP 5: Bake at 350 degrees for about 50-60 minutes or until topping is crisp and brown. Remove from oven and let cool.  The topping will puff up in the oven and then shrink and fall as it cools. It’s supposed to do that!

STEP 6: After it cools, frost with the powdered sugar glaze and sprinkle generously with chopped walnuts.

Powdered Sugar Glaze Directions:

STEP 1: Mix all ingredients in a small bowl until it is spreading consistency. Spread over the baked Danish Puff. Sprinkle walnuts on top.

STEP 2: Cut into 1x3-inch strips, or 1x1-inch pieces.