This butter-rich pastry begins as a yeast dough that is rolled out, dotted with butter, then folded and rolled again several times, as for puff pastry. The dough may be lightly sweetened and is usually flavored with vanilla or cardamom. Baked Danish pastries (often referred to simply as "Danish") contain a variety of fillings including fruit, cream cheese, almond paste and spiced nuts.
A Danish pastry (or danish) is a sweet pastry which has become a speciality of Denmark and is popular throughout the industrialized world, although the form these pastries take is significantly different from country to country. In the Scandinavian countries (including Denmark) it is called wienerbrÃ¸d/wienerbrÃ¶d (Viennese bread) after the itinerent Viennese bakers who brought their pastry skills to Scandinavia. A danish's ingredients are flour, milk, eggs, and generous amounts of butter. The dough is rolled out thinly, coated with butter, and then folded into numerous layers. If necessary, the dough is chilled to ease handling. The rolling, buttering, folding, and chilling is repeated several times to create a dough which is buttery and flaky. Various ingredients such as jam, custard or cream cheese are placed on or within sections of divided dough, which is then baked. Cardamom is often added to increase the aromatic sense of sweetness.