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Apple Danish

Overnight Apple Danish Recipe
Prep Time1 hr 30 mins
Cook Time15 mins
Total Time1 hr 45 mins
Servings: 24
Author: Darcey Olson


  • 1/2 oz Active Dry Yeast
  • 1/2 cup Warm Milk 110 - 115 degrees F
  • 6 cup All-purpose Flour
  • 1/3 cup Granulated Sugar
  • 2 tsp Salt
  • 1 cup Cold Butter Cubed
  • 1.5 cup Warm Half and Half Cream 70 - 80 degrees F
  • 6 Egg Yolks
  • 1 can Apple Pie Filling 21 oz
  • 3 cup Powdered Sugar
  • 2 tbsp Softened Butter
  • 1/4 tsp Vanilla Extract
  • 4-5 tbsp Half and Half Cream


  • Place the warm milk in a small bowl and sprinkle the yeast over the top until frothy.
  • In a large bowl, combine the flour, sugar and salt.
  • Cut in the cubed butter until crumbly.
  • Add the yeast mixture, cream and eggs to the flour/butter mixture and stir until a soft dough forms.
  • Refrigerate overnight (about 12 hours).
  • Punch down the dough and turn onto a lightly floured surface.
  • Divide the dough into 4 equal sections.
  • Roll each section into a 18" x 4" rectangle and cut into 4" x 1" strips.
  • To form the danish, place two strips together and twist. Shape into a ring and gently pinch the edges together. Transfer to a greased baking sheet. Repeat until there is no more dough strips left.
  • The danishes should be 2" a part to allow for rising.
  • Cover with a kitchen towel and let rise for about 45 minutes (in a warm place).
  • Preheat the oven to 350.
  • Using your pointer finger, gently push down in the middle of each danish to form a small indentation for the apple filling.
  • Top each danish with 1-1.5 Tbsp. of the apple filling.
  • Bake for 15-16 minutes until slightly browned.
  • Remove from the oven and transfer to a cooling rack.
  • While the danishes are cooking, make the icing by beating the powdered sugar, butter, vanilla, salt and cream until your desired consistency is formed.