Some will drive for miles to eat a good Danish. Others will toil away preparing the right ingredients at home from scratch. But for those who pine for that warm, sweet crust without the hassle of driving or partaking in intricate kitchen alchemy, there’s always a simpler solution: these three premade Danish-style pastries, direct to your doorstep, frozen, and ready to put in the oven whenever the craving strikes you.
First, there’s the cinnamon roll, a swirl of puff pastry flavored with cinnamon’s bittersweet touch. Top it with icing to create a sticky, gooey treat you’re bound to eat by the dozen, if your kids don’t beat you to it.
Second, there’s the apple pocket. Filled with a glowing layer of crushed apple, this lattice goody is underpinned with the autumnal spice of added cinnamon.
Third, there’s France’s favorite dessert: the pain au chocolat. Its crust has a croissant-like frailty that seems a hundred layers deep. But the layer that makes it truly special is the chocolate filling that adds an extra dimension of sweetness.
These pastries are rich and intricate, but preparing them is a breeze. Just preheat your oven to 400 degrees F, and take the pastries from the freezer without defrosting them. Place them on a baking tray lined with parchment paper, and then mix one egg and a tablespoon of water to create an egg wash, which you can use to coat the pastries. Finally, bake them in the oven for 15-20 minutes, until they acquire a golden-brown crust.