Great Grandma Pearl’s Christmas Danish Coffee Cake

Don't let the length of this recipe stop you!  These danish are perfect on Christmas morning - serve mid-morning with a cup of coffee, or a Buck's Fizz. My Grandma Pearl made this every year for decades, which then passed down to my step-mum Trude and now it's my turn!

The first time I made these I didn't read the recipe and tried to make one Danish - it was enormous! We always have one warmed up on Christmas morning and then I freeze the other two for later.

Makes 3

Dough Ingredients:

1 cup scalded milk – cooled

2 envelopes yeast

½ - 1/3 cup of sugar

3 egg yolks, beaten (keep whites)

4 cups flour

1 cup butter


Dough Method:

Mix together the first 4 ingredients.

Rub the butter into the flour.

Add everything together and refrigerate overnight.


Divide the dough into 3 parts.

Roll each part into a rectangle and brush with a beaten egg whites.

Filling Ingredients:

¾ cup brown sugar

¼ lb butter

1 tsp vanilla

Chopped nuts



Filling Method:

Add ¼ cup of brown sugar to each rolled out rectangle.

Melt the butter and vanilla together and pour over the sugar.

Cover with your choice of chopped nuts and cinnamon.

Fold the sides of each rectangle over so that they overlap in the middle.

Fold ends up so the filling won’t run out.

Let the dough rise for 2 hours.

Bake for 30mins at 350º

Once cold, dust with icing sugar and serve.

I hope this adds a bit of extra sparkle to your Christmas day.




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