I spent some time at my Mom’s house yesterday, drinking coffee with her as we perused her old cookbooks.  I’ve really been wanting to make recipes from my childhood lately and when I came across the Danish Puff recipe she always made, I knew it would be on my list of things I’d be baking this weekend!

Danish Puff is SO good, with a flaky bottom layer, a spongy middle layer, and a sweet glaze topping.   It’s perfect for something sweet after dinner or a brunch dessert (which is when I served it).  I made it because I was feeling reminiscent and that first bite definitely took me down memory lane.

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The following recipe is from Betty Crocker’s Cookbook that my Mom got in the 1970’s.  You can see how I made this step-by-step on Instagram in the Highlight called Danish Puff.

Danis Puff
Recipe by: Betty Crocker
Yield: 10 – 12

Ingredients:

First Layer:
1/2 cup butter, softened
1 cup all purpose flour
2-4 Tbsp water

Second Layer:
1/2 cup butter, softened
1 cup water
1 tsp almond extract
1 cup all purpose flour
3 eggs

Confectioners Sugar Glaze:
1 1/2 cup confectioners sugar
2 Tbsp butter, softened
1 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
2 Tbsp warm water (I used more – eye balled it)
Slivered almonds

Directions:

First Layer:

  1. Heat oven to 350 degrees F.  Cut 1/2 cup butter into 1 cup flour.  Sprinkle 2 Tbsp water over mixture; mix. Round into a ball and divide in half.
  2. On an uncreased baking sheet, pat each half into strips, about 12×3 inches.  Strips should be about 3 inches apart. (I used two separate sheets pans).

Second Layer:

  1. Heat 1/2 cup butter and 1 cup water to a rolling boil in a medium saucepan.  Remove from heat and quickly stir in almond extract and 1 cup flour.  Stir vigorously over low heat until mixture forms a ball, about 1 minute.
  2. Remove from heat.  Beat in eggs (all at once) until smooth and glossy.
  3. Divide in half; spread each half evenly over strips.  Bake about 60 minutes or until golden brown.  Cool.  The second layer will shrink and fall, forming the custardy top of the puff.
  4. Frost with Confectioners Sugar Glaze.

Confectioners Sugar Glaze:
Mix all ingredients together until smooth and of spreading consistency.

Enjoy! xo