The dough for these is a basic yeast dough that needs to rise, then is rolled out and topped with butter. It is then folded over and rolled out again several more times to create multiple flaky layers. This may seem like a lot of work, but it is necessary to create all the layers. The danishes are then shaped, topped with a little jam, and baked until golden brown and delicious. At that point, they can be served, but I like to finish them off with a drizzle of lemon flavored icing.
As far as the filling goes, my favorite is my homemade Triple Berry Jam, but you can also use any flavor of homemade or store bought jam you like. Some other favorites are strawberry, apricot, blackberry, and blueberry.
1 1/3 cup warm water (100-110 degrees F)
4 tsp yeast
6 1/2 oz cake flour
14 3/4 oz bread flour
1/2 Tbsp salt
4 1/2 Tbsp sugar
1 1/2 cups butter (3 sticks), divided
3/4 cup fruit jam
1 cup powdered sugar
1 Tbsp lemon juice
Sprinkle the yeast over the warm water and stir to dissolve. Leave for 15 minutes or until foamy. Place the flour, salt, sugar, and 2 Tbsp of the butter in a large bowl. Add the foamed yeast and egg. Mix together to for a sticky dough, then turn out onto a floured work surface. With floured hands, knead for five minutes. Place in mixing bowl and cover with a towel. Let rise in a warm place (75-80 degrees F) for about 45 minutes, or until doubled in size.