Salted Caramel Danish Puff

This Salted Caramel Danish Puff makes 2 danish puffs, an elegant dessert delicious served for any breakfast, brunch, or afternoon tea!

Salted Caramel Danish Puff

My mom has been gone for 18 years now, and today I had a new revelation. I think when my mom left this earth, I became a stronger, more courageous person. Not only did mom show me much about love and life, the day she stepped into heaven was the day that my wings grew a little bit more. I didn’t have my mom to rely on, so I expanded my world and reached out to other women, who today I dearly think of as my moms, each in their own special way.

I was 34 when mom passed away from cancer, a young mama with 3 little kids, Abby not even 1 yet. She was a bright spot to mom, in her last days and hours. Her eyes lit up when we’d place Abby’s 9-month old chubby body onto mom’s tummy, which would in turn reveal a very big smile from mom. Big, beautiful smiles of love.

Salted Caramel Danish Puff

Mom loved children and had a heart for the down and out. She loved hospitality, people, and quietly serving. (Above: With my beautiful mama in 1963.)

Blessings and curses.

I read this devotion on blessings and curses this week and it brought back the feelings and memories, of why? … to how much we’ve all grown.

Curses (cancer) can turn out to be blessings in life. You may not feel it or see it at the time, but I can honestly say there is a plan … there is a plan.

I hope you’ll enjoy Shauna’s beautiful words from her brand new book, Savor:

When you realize that the story of your life could be told a thousand different ways, that you could tell it over and over as a tragedy, but you choose to call it an epic, that’s when you start to learn what celebration is. When what you see in front of you is so far outside of what you dreamed, but you have the belief, the boldness, the courage to call it beautiful instead of calling it wrong, that’s celebration. When you can invest yourself deeply and unremittingly in the life that surrounds you instead of declaring yourself out of the game, once and for all, because what’s happen to you is too bad, too deep, too ugly for anyone to expect you to move on from, that’s a good, rich place. That’s where the things that looked like curses start to stand up and shimmer and dance, and you realize that they may have been blessings all along. Or maybe not. Maybe they were curses, but the force of your belief and hope and desperate love for life has brought a blessing from a curse, like water from a stone, like life from a tomb, like the story of God over and over. — Shanua Niequist, Savor

I think of how little my kids were back then in 1997. And how proud mom would be today of her grandkids.

Salted Caramel Danish Puff

In Mom’s church cookbook is an oldie-but-goodie recipe that I’ve made for years, Danish Puff. This time I made it with a salted carmel topping – DELISH.

Salted Caramel Danish Puff

Make the dough, cut in half and make 2 danish (2 rectangular shapes); press onto a baking sheet.

Salted Caramel Danish Puff

Add the egg mixture on top. Bake and cool (you can see how it puffs up).

Salted Caramel Danish Puff

Top with frosting.

Salted Caramel Danish Puff

With sea salt and almonds!

Salted Caramel Danish Puff

Make 1 to enoy, 1 to give away!

It makes 2 danish, so you can serve one to your family, and give one away! I’ve made many of these over the years, and given away to family and friends (I made these at Easter this year).

You can buy pretty silver plates at the Dollar Store, that each danish fits perfectly on.

It’s a nice surprise for that special mom in your life. How about making these and delivering warm and fresh on Mother’s Day morn?

What do you miss about your mom, or what do you love about your mom?

Salted Caramel Danish Puff

Salt Caramel Danish Puff

Yield: 12

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 1 hour

Total Time: 1 hour 20 minutes

This Salted Caramel Danish Puff makes 2 danish puffs, delicious served for any breakfast, brunch, or afternoon treat! Slice diagnolly or in small squares and serve!

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 teaspoon almond extract
  • 3 eggs, beaten
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup powdered sugar
  • 1/2 cup dark brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon almond extract
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 tablespoon milk, or more as needed
  • 1/2 cup sliced almonds, toasted
  • Sea salt

Directions:

  1. Place 1 cup of flour in a medium bowl. Mix in butter, using a fork or a pastry blender. Sprinkle 2 tablespoons of water over, and stir with a fork until dough comes together. Divide into two balls. Pat dough into two long strips on an ungreased baking sheet, about 12 inches long and 3 inches wide. Set aside.
  2. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
  3. In a saucepan, combine 1/2 cup of butter and 1 cup of water. Bring to a rolling boil. Add 1 teaspoon of almond extract and remove from the heat. Immediately stir in 1 cup of flour until the mixture pulls away from the sides of the pan. Gradually stir in the eggs until well blended. Divide evenly, and spread over the two crusts on the baking sheet.
  4. Bake for 1 hour in the preheated oven. Allow to cool almost to room temperature before frosting.
  5. To make the frosting, mix together the 2 sugars, 1 teaspoon each of almond and vanilla extract and a splash of milk in a small bowl until smooth. Add more milk if necessary to make a pourable glaze. Drizzle over the Danish puffs, and salt lightly with sea salt. Sprinkle with sliced almonds. Slice diagnolly or in small squares and serve!

Looking for more Mother’s Day ideas?

Frosty Almond Raspberry Squares (easy to make ahead and freeze)

Strawberry Cream Shortbread Dessert (feeds a crowd!)

Bacon Asparagus Bacon Frittata

Cinnamon Chip French Toast

Wedge Salad Bar (with bay shrimp)

Green Salad with Shrimp and Avocado (make the dressing the night before with cottage cheese)

Stuffed Strawberry Halves

Summer Zucchini Galette

Salted Caramel Danish Puff

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12 comments

  1. You had me at salted caramel! The photo of you and your mother is precious!

  2. I miss being able to call my mother and ask her anything about cooking. She was a cook in and outside the home her entire life and seemed to know the answers to any questions about cooking. She cooked Sunday lunch as long as I can remember and we would all gather at her house after church. That was her way to show us her love and get us together. I miss a lot of things about my mother and I look forward to seeing her again one day (around a meal I’m sure)!

  3. I do believe that God can make good come out of all things.

    I love that photo of you and your mom. Baby car seats have come a long way :-)

  4. What a powerful & encouraging devotional (a very timely read for me)! Thanks for sharing Sandy and for blessing me today with a good word and a sweet recipe.

    Happy Friday :) I hope you enjoy a lovely Mother’s Day.

  5. Wonderful post. I lost my Mom when I was that age too. My first child was a year old. Same story. My wings grew stronger too. I miss her dearly. In one of my recent blogs Wine and the Night—I wrote a little story about what it would be like if my Mom came back for just an hour. You might enjoy that.
    As to this recipe—Be Still my Heart. I would eat both puffs. Not at once, but I don’t think I would share. Fabulous.

  6. oh yum! Just pinned this to make. As you know I lost my mom too, and we lived 2 1/2 hours away from each other. I definitely miss her daily phone calls, her love for her grandchildren and I know she would have loved being a part of everything my girls did….right now I really miss the fact that she won’t be here to enjoy my daughter’s wedding this winter.

  7. I also loved how she loved people, always inviting people in to her life no matter what they were going through. Our house was the “neighborhood” house. Kids knew they could come to her. She was truly the best

  8. What a cool dessert! Love the use of salted caramel :)

  9. My mom passed away with cancer when I was 31 years old. I miss her dearly! She was such a true southern lady who loved generously and gave sacrificially . .She was an excellent cook who actually taught my husband how to cook in the afternoons before I got home from work. #bonus#
    I admit it has been difficult finding “good” in her death, but I trust my heavenly Father and He has always been faithful!
    Thanks so much for sharing your personal story and the delicious recipe! Oh, I got your email this morning! Thanks again!

  10. Love the quote from Savor. God’s specialty is bringing beauty from ashes. I am captivated by His Love!! Thanks for sharing, Sandy!

  11. My mom used to make Danish Coffee Cake every year for Christmas morning, and she would make them as gifts for friends. She would freeze them unfrosted and then frost them when she wrapped them up to give. I love the idea of using a salted caramel frosting to change it up a bit. Thanks for sharing!

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