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Easy Apple Danish

Total Time

Prep: 25 min. + chilling Bake: 15 min.

Makes

2-1/2 dozen

This dough should be refrigerated for at least 2 hours. I often prepare it the night before and bake the rolls fresh in the morning as a special breakfast treat.
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Ingredients

  • 1 package (1/4 ounce) active dry yeast
  • 1/4 cup warm water (110° to 115°)
  • 5 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon grated lemon zest
  • 1 cup cold butter, cubed
  • 1 cup warm 2% milk (110° to 115°)
  • 2 large eggs, lightly beaten
  • FILLING:
  • 1-1/2 cups chopped peeled tart apples
  • 3/4 cup chopped walnuts
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 2 tablespoons butter, melted
  • GLAZE:
  • 2 cups confectioners' sugar
  • 3 tablespoons 2% milk
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

Directions

  1. In a small bowl, dissolve yeast in warm water. In a large bowl, combine the flour, sugar, salt and lemon zest; cut in butter until mixture resembles fine crumbs. Stir in the yeast mixture, milk and eggs until blended.
  2. Turn onto a lightly floured surface; knead about 20 times (dough will be slightly sticky). Cover and refrigerate for at least 2 hours.
  3. For filling, combine the apples, walnuts, sugar and cinnamon; set aside. Punch dough down. Turn onto a lightly floured surface; divide in half. Roll each portion into an 18x15-in. rectangle; brush with butter. Sprinkle filling to within 1/2 in. of edges.
  4. Starting with a short side, fold a third of the dough over filling; repeat with other side, making a 15x6-in. rectangle. Pinch seams to seal. Cut each into 15 slices. Twist each slice a few times; pinch ends together, forming a small circle. Place 2 in. apart on greased baking sheets.
  5. Bake at 400° for 12-15 minutes or until golden brown. Remove from pans to wire racks. Combine glaze ingredients; drizzle over warm rolls.

Nutrition Facts

1 each: 216 calories, 9g fat (5g saturated fat), 34mg cholesterol, 158mg sodium, 30g carbohydrate (13g sugars, 1g fiber), 4g protein.

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