- 2 packages (1/4 ounce each) active dry yeast
- 1/2 cup warm 2% milk (110° to 115°)
- 6 cups all-purpose flour
- 1/3 cup sugar
- 2 teaspoons salt
- 1 cup cold butter, cubed
- 1-1/2 cups warm half-and-half cream (70° to 80°)
- 6 egg yolks
- 1 can (21 ounces) cherry pie filling
- 3 cups confectioners' sugar
- 2 tablespoons butter, softened
- 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
- Dash salt
- 4 to 5 tablespoons half-and-half cream
- In a small bowl, dissolve yeast in warm milk. In a large bowl, combine flour, sugar and salt. Cut in butter until crumbly. Add yeast mixture, cream and egg yolks; stir until mixture forms a soft dough (dough will be sticky). Refrigerate, covered, overnight.
- Punch down dough. Turn onto a lightly floured surface; divide into four portions. Roll each portion into an 18x4-in. rectangle; cut into 4x1-in. strips.
- Place two strips side by side; twist together. Shape into a ring and pinch ends together. Place 2 in. apart on greased baking sheets. Repeat with remaining strips. Cover with kitchen towels; let rise in a warm place until doubled, about 45 minutes.
- Preheat oven to 350°. Using the end of a wooden spoon handle, make a 1/2-in.-deep indentation in the center of each Danish. Fill each with about 1 tablespoon pie filling. Bake 14-16 minutes or until lightly browned. Remove from pans to wire racks to cool.
- For icing, in a bowl, beat confectioners' sugar, butter, vanilla, salt and enough cream to reach desired consistency. Drizzle over Danish. Yield: 3 dozen.
Reviews for Overnight Cherry Danish
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"I just made these.. They turned out wonderful! I looked at lots of other recipes for a danish, then I found this one. Not a lot of work(made dough in my bread maker), and they look like something from a bakery! This is my favorite recipe for danishes now. I didn't have any cherries for my filling, but using another's idea for making my own filling using the apples I had here at home. Just an easy, pro recipe I think!! Will use this one from now on!! Thank you so much."
"NOTE: when you use the print feature. The directions leaves off the SUGAR and SALT for addition. I went back to the computer to see where they needed to be added. DO not leave out the 2 tsp of Salt and 1/3 cup of sugar. Just a heads up. GREAT recipe. Easy to assemble. Be sure to read the instructions on the screen and then if you print it off, compare closely."
"It doesn't rise until the next day... these were delicious"
"Can these be frozen and still have same results? I would love to make these for a brunch, but will not have time to do it all (shape, etc) in the morning. Thanks for any advice and suggestions."
"These are so yummy! I loved these. They were so delicious that I don't dare make them because I will be the one eating all of them!"