- 3 C flour
- 1/3 C white sugar
- 1 tsp salt
- ½ C chilled butter, cut into cubes
- 1 package quick rising yeast
- ¾ C half & half cream, warm
- 3 egg yolks, room temperature
- 1 C cherry pie filling
- 1 C icing sugar
- 1 tbsp soft butter
- ¼ tsp vanilla
- 2 – 2 ½ tbsp half & half cream
- Mix the flour, sugar and salt in a bowl.
- Add the cubes of cold butter to the bowl until the mixture has a crumbly texture.
- Add the quick rising yeast.
- In a separate bowl, whisk together the cream and the egg yolks. Pour into the dry mixture and stir until the dough becomes sticky and soft. Turn out onto a lightly floured surface and knead dough, sprinkling flour on surface as needed (to make it easier to handle), until the dough becomes smooth and elastic (about 8 – 10 minutes).
- Lightly oil a large clean bowl and place the dough ball inside the bowl. Swirl it around so it gets coated with the oil then turn it right-side up. Cover with a clean tea towel and put in a warm draft-free place. Let it rise until it doubles in size (about 1 – 1 ½ hours).
- Punch down the dough and turn out onto a lightly floured surface. Divide the dough into two equally sized pieces. Roll one piece of dough into a 20” x 4” rectangle. Cut the rectangle into 4”x 1” strips. Repeat with the other piece of dough.
- Place two strips side by side and twist together. Form into a ring and pinch the ends together forming a circle. Repeat with the remaining strips. Place 2 inches apart on flat baking sheets lined with parchment paper. Cover with clean tea towels and let rise in a warm, draft-free spot until doubled (40 minutes).
- Preheat the Memphis Pellet Grill to 350° F.
- Create a shallow indentation in the center of each Danish and spoon about 1 tbsp of pie filling into each Danish.
- Bake approximately 15 minutes on the lower rack of the Memphis, lid down, until lightly browned. Cool on wire racks.
- To make the icing, mix together the icing sugar, soft butter, vanilla, and enough half & half cream to make a thin icing. Drizzle icing over cooled Danish.
- Yield is around 20 Danishes
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