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Apple Danish

A friend gave me this recipe that makes good use of our bountiful apple harvest. It's a delightful addition to breakfast or brunch.
  • Total Time
    Prep: 25 min. Bake: 40 min. + cooling
  • Makes
    20-24 servings


  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup shortening
  • 1 large egg yolk
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 6 cups sliced peeled apples
  • 1-1/2 cups sugar
  • 1/4 cup butter, melted
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • GLAZE:
  • 1 large egg white, lightly beaten
  • 1/2 cup confectioners' sugar
  • 2 to 3 teaspoons water


  • In a bowl, combine flour and salt; cut in shortening until mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Combine egg yolk and milk; add to flour mixture. Stir just until dough clings together. Divide dough in half.
  • On a lightly floured surface, roll half of dough into a 15x10-in. rectangle; transfer to a greased 15x10x1-in. baking pan. Set aside.
  • In a bowl, toss together filling ingredients; spoon over pastry in pan. Roll out remaining dough into another 15x10-in. rectangle. Place over filling. Brush with egg white. Bake at 375° for 40 minutes or until golden brown. Cool on a wire rack.
  • For glaze, combine the confectioners' sugar and enough water to achieve a drizzling consistency. Drizzle over warm pastry. Cut into squares. Serve warm or cold.
Nutrition Facts
1 each: 230 calories, 11g fat (3g saturated fat), 15mg cholesterol, 74mg sodium, 32g carbohydrate (18g sugars, 1g fiber), 2g protein.

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  • ddmyers83
    Nov 12, 2016

    Once Apples arrive this is the first recipe to fill the house with the smell and taste of fall!

  • lori.rodriguez78
    Sep 26, 2016

    Everyone loves this recipe. Perfect to make after apple picking!

  • Logicaltrekkie
    Mar 30, 2016

    This was delicious.The pastry was very flaky.I suggest using slightly tart apples to enhance flavor.

  • MissKarla
    Dec 7, 2015

    Definitely recommend this recipe. I have tried many apple danish recipes that include corn flakes on the bottom of the crust but prefer this recipe. I don't add the glaze as I think it is sweet enough. Enjoy

  • Diana Evans
    Oct 16, 2015

    After making this many times, I have decided that cutting the sugar by 1/2 cup and increasing the apples to 8 cups works for our family. I don't care what the name of it is, it disappears every time I make it. If you had 6 stars I would give it that. 5 stars

  • signick
    Sep 8, 2015

    Rating this recipe five stars, not as a "danish" recipe though. The dough wasn't soft as a danish is supposed to be. The dough baked like a pie crust. The filling is very similar to an Apple Danish though, or fritter. The taste is great, and not difficult to make. As another reviewer posted, they should be Apple Squares, not Danish.

  • Mattbrooke
    Jul 9, 2015

    Absolutely yummo, this is going to be my go to apple dessert or slice from now on. All I need is a way to incorporate some custard into this apple Danish slice.

  • sgronholz
    May 13, 2015

    This recipe is a long-time family favorite! I like to use 1/2 c. butter and 1/2 c. shortening in the crust.

  • smartmomssavemoney
    Nov 8, 2013

    Tried this recipe today it came out great! I used a smaller pan to cook it in, I used a 13X5 casserole dish. I also used butter in place of the shorting. I ended up having to cook it about 15 to 20 minutes longer also. Great recipe, thank you for sharing!

  • MurphyNJ
    Sep 15, 2013

    I made this for a community event this afternoon - great! Before I started, I wondered how I would do rolling out such a large crust, but had no problem. I might have patched a bit on one side but it still looked good. Six cups of apples were just the right amount. Instead of the 2 Tbsp. of flour, I used 3 Tbsp. of Pie Enhancer (by King Arthur Flour) to ensure my filling would be set perfectly. The glaze on top was a nice touch. Only one thing - I don't think 'Apple Danish' is the correct name for this. How about 'Apple Pie Squares'? Seems like a better description of the dish to me. Anyway, definitely baking this again!