Sunday, January 8, 2017

Hot coffee, great company, and a simple Danish puff...

Today I enjoyed a good visit with a great friend.  She supplied a pot of coffee and a crackling fire and I brought the Danish.  I had a tough week and really needed quality time with a kindred spirit.   Thanks to her, I feel refreshed and ready to face the world again.

My amazing husband bought me a cookbook one day while getting his pickup fixed.  He does that, everytime he goes to town he gets me something; a cookbook, a scented candle, a shirt.  he is so sweet.  Anyway, I digress.   To make Danish sounds intimidating, but this recipe is simple and delicious.   The only sugar is in the frosting and jelly, so I'm sure it is good for you.  

Danish Almond Puffs
 Cut together until it resembles a coarse meal:
1/2 cup of butter 
1 c. flour
Add 2 Tbsp. cold water
Mix into a dough.  Then press into two 3x12 rectangles on an ungreased baking sheet. 
Next boil:
1 c. water 
1/2 c. butter
add 1 tsp. almond extract
Remove from heat and add:
1 c. flour
3 eggs one at a time beat them in.
Beat until smooth.  Spread over the pastry rectangles and bake at 400 degrees for 50 minutes.  Combine:   2 c. powdered sugar, 4 Tbs. cream, 1 tsp. vanilla, 1/8 tsp. salt.  Beat the frosting until smooth.  When the pastries are out of the oven spread jam down the middle.  I use raspberry jam and caramel apple jam.  The when cooled drizzle the frosting on.  If you remember sprinkle with ground nuts.  I always forget that part.  

My friend, Amanda, is a very talented Western photographer.  Since I grew up on a ranch, her photos bring back memories of life with cattle and horses.  If you get a moment check out her website: We have a lot in common and clicked pretty much since the day we met.  She lives on a ranch in Wyoming,  but lucky for me she and her husband also have a cabin in the hills and are our neighbors.  With her there is always laughter.

It was a fine way to spend a day.  When was the last time you were able to sit and visit with a good friend?  If it has been a while, I hope this inspires a visit.  


  1. Sorry to hear you had a rough week. I'm glad you had a kindred spirit with whom to share a treat! Perhaps this week will be better. -Jenn

  2. I visit my sister every week and she is my good friend.

  3. Looks right up my line. When it is cold I love to bake.Your husband is very caring, I am trying to remember some of that and putting it to good use here.

  4. I didn't know Danish is this easy to make. Thanks for sharing the recipe. Time with kindred spirits is a gift.

  5. Love the Danish and I'm adding it to my morning bakes. My hubby use to bring me flowers when we lived in Seattle--Pike's Market was just down the street from his work. Now, he's semi-retired and works from to get him out more! XOXO

  6. The recipe looks simple and GOOD! I'd like to try it.
    I'm glad you had the opportunity to visit with a good friend. I was lucky enough to get together with a good friend on Saturday. The best!

  7. your husband sounds like a real sweetie, sweet like your danish!!

  8. What a wonderful recipe. It looks so good. I have been making bread lately so this would be fun to make. Its been kind of quiet around here. I will be meeting with friends soon. How nice to have someone like that close. I hope you have a lovely week.

  9. A good sit down face to face visit with a close friend is priceless. Glad you had the chance to catch up with Amanda.

    I checked out the link you shared. Neat photography!

  10. Bonnie, I made the Danish Puff Pastry and it was a big hit! Had the sons and families over for coffee and danish. Oh boy! Thanks so much for sharing this recipe. It's a "Do Again."

  11. I'm glad you had a chance to visit with your friend. Sometimes that's just what we need...and the danish looks delicious! I'm bookmarking the recipe!


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