Monday, 22 March 2010

Apricot Danish Pastries by Luca Montersino - Danesi alle Albicocche di Luca Montersino

I got this recipe from Luca Montersino, one of the most popular Italian pastry chefs. For this recipe he doesn’t use croissant dough, but brioche dough. The result was great and I really enjoyed making these pastries. I used a kitchen mixer, which is the best option in my opinion, but if you don’t have one you can of course knead the dough by hands. You can also watch Luca Montersino’s videos here: Danish Montersino Part 1, Danish Montersino Part 2, Danish Montersino Part 3.

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  • Fresh whole milk, 160g
  • Whole eggs, 360g
  • Sugar, 140g
  • Butter, 360g
  • Fresh yeast, 30g
  • Honey, 30g
  • Rum, 15g
  • Salt, 15g
  • Grated zest of a lemon
  • Italian Flour OO (or pastry flour), 1kg (but I used 500g of OO flour and 500g of strong flour)
  • Preserved or canned apricot halves,150g
  • Apricot glaze
  • Vanilla, 1 pod
  • Pastry Cream (Whole milk, 250g, Caster sugar, 70, Half vanilla pod, Egg yolks, 2, Sieved Flour, 40g)


For the Pasty Cream:

In a saucepan, bring the milk slowly to the boil with the vanilla pod (seeds scraped out into the milk). Allow to cool slightly and remove the vanilla pod. In a bowl whisk the egg yolks with the caster sugar. Sift the plain flour and mix thoroughly. Pour the milk onto the egg mix whisking continuously. Return to a clean pan and stir with a wooden spatula to the boil over a gentle heat until it starts to thicken, then using a whisk stir to ensure it is of a smooth texture. Place some cling film over the surface and chill.

For the Danish Pastries:

In a kitchen mixer, combine butter, sugar, lemon zest, rum and vanilla seeds (scraped from the pod) and beat until very fluffy (for about 10 minutes at high speed).
Transfer the mixture to a different bowl and set aside.
Put the flour in the kitchen mixer, break the yeast with your hands and add it to the flour. Using a dough hook, start working the flour and the yeast, adding the eggs one at a time (speed 2).
After about 7-8 minutes of mixing, the dough should come together and wrap itself around the dough hook.
Once all eggs are incorporated, start adding the milk gradually. Keep mixing for about 10 minutes.
At this point start adding the butter mixture gradually, allowing the butter to be incorporated nearly completely after each addition. Finally add the salt and mix for additional 5 minutes.
Turn the dough onto a lightly floured work surface and pat into a rectangle about 2-3 cm thick. Wrap in cling film and refrigerate for an hour.
On a lightly floured surface, roll out the dough to about 30mm thick.
Using a pastry cutter, cut the dough into regular squares (about 8x8cm). Now make a diagonal cut from the corners of each square:

Fold over every other point to the center, overlapping them slightly and pressing gently.

With a fork, prick the center of each pinwheel.
Drop a good spoonful of pastry cream in the centre of each danish and top with a preserved apricot half.

Cover the pastries with a clean tea towel and leave in a warm place to prove for about 1 and ½ hours (or until doubled in size).
Pre-heat the oven to 180 degrees C and bake for about 18 minutes.
Once cooked, the apricot halves will look a bit dry, but don’t worry, just brush the pastries with apricot glaze and they will look shiny and delicious again.

Danesi alle Albicocche di Luca Montersino

Potete trovare la ricetta passo per passo qui: Danesi Montersino Parte 1, Danesi Montersino Parte 2, Danesi Montersino Parte 3.
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  1. I LOVE Apricot Danishes and I have been hovering over a recipe or two. It is just lovely to see yours with pictures! The day is coming soon!

  2. Ooooooooh. I love them too, and they look marvellous. Straight to the top of my to-try list!

  3. Thanks Joy and Nora, it's one of my favourite too, I love the combination of preserved apricots and pastry cream. Yummy! Thanks x

  4. Mai visti questi dolcetti. E mai fatti. Ma adesso mi hai fatto venire non solo fame, ma una grande curiosità... me li studio bene, e mi segno la ricetta. Grazie! E bravissima: sono perfetti!
    A presto


  5. these look awesome and beautiful!!

  6. I love Danish pastries. I have never made brioche but that was something on my "to do" list so looks like this recipe will be next. Thanks! They look delicious!

  7. Grazie Sabine, qui in Inghilterra sono molto comuni, e quando ho visto la ricetta di Montersino non ho resistito :-)

  8. Dimenticavo.. l'unica cosa che non mi convinceva molto era l'uso di farina 00... io ho usato meta' 00 e meta' farina forte, ma consiglio di aumentare la dose di farina forte.

  9. @ Aurora - Thanks, and welcome to my blog :-)

    @ Marcellina - Grazieeeee, give it a try. I hope you received my email about baking powder/pane degli angeli.

  10. Darling, I so wished you were at my cottage this very minute. I am up at an insane hour baking and God is my witness I could use your talent. Darling popped in to wish you and your family a joyous and blessed Easter.

    Love & Hugs

  11. squisito da leccarsi il piatto...
    si può??

    che carino il tuo blog...
    ti lascio il mio nuovo indirizzo
    se ti và passa a trovarmi.. ^_^