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Danish Coffee Cake

 Danish Coffee Cake
My mother gave me this recipe when I was a teenager - it's something I treasure as a childhood memory. She made this tender, flaky pastry as part of a special breakfast on Sundays or holidays. I often bring these easy-to-fix pastries to ladies' meetings. They can't believe how good they taste with relatively few ingredients. -Lee Deneau, Lansing, Michigan
18 ServingsPrep: 30 min. Bake: 30 min. + cooling

Ingredients

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour, divided
  • 1 cup cold butter, divided
  • 2 tablespoons plus 1 cup water, divided
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 3 eggs
  • ICING:
  • 2 tablespoons butter, softened
  • 1-1/2 cups confectioners' sugar
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 to 2 tablespoons water
  • 1/2 cup chopped walnuts

Directions

  • Place 1 cup flour in a large bowl, cut 1/2 cup butter into flour
  • until mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Sprinkle with 2 tablespoons
  • water; toss with a fork until mixture forms a ball. Divide into
  • thirds. On a floured surface, roll each portion into a 9-in. x 6-in.
  • rectangle. Place on greased baking sheets; set aside.
  • In a saucepan, bring salt and remaining butter and water to a boil.
  • Add remaining flour all at once; stir until a smooth ball forms.
  • Remove from the heat; let stand for 5 minutes. Add eggs, one at a
  • time, beating well after each addition. Continue beating until
  • mixture is smooth and shiny.
  • Spread over the dough. Bake at 400° for 30 minutes or until

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Danish Coffee Cake (continued)

Directions (continued)

  • puffed and golden brown. Cool for 10 minutes before removing from
  • pans to wire racks.
  • For icing, combine the butter, confectioners' sugar, vanilla and
  • enough water to achieve desired consistency. Spread over warm coffee
  • cakes. Sprinkle with walnuts. Store in the refrigerator. Yield: 3
  • coffee cakes (6 servings each).
Nutritional Facts: 1 serving (1 piece) equals 224 calories, 14 g fat (7 g saturated fat), 66 mg cholesterol, 159 mg sodium, 21 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, 3 g protein.