Cinnamon Danish Pastry Rolls

“The dough takes a little time to make but the process is not difficult; it just requires a lot of folding and resting time. My partner asked for a lemon drizzle icing, which made these delicious pastries taste even better.” – Aimee Twigger

Serving Size

Makes 10

Prep Time

30 Minutes*

Cook Time

15 – 20 Minutes

*does not include proving and resting time


For the Dough

250g strong white flour
40g caster (superfine) sugar
1 teaspoon salt
7g (2 teaspoons) fast-action dried yeast
1 egg
45ml tepid water
65ml milk
250g unsalted butter

For the Filling

175g unsalted butter
60g soft light brown sugar
3 teaspoons ground cinnamon
2 teaspoons icing (confectioners’) sugar
1 egg, beaten

For the Lemon Drizzle

2 tablespoons lemon juice
1 teaspoon grated lemon zest
75g icing (confectioners’) sugar


For the dough

Put the flour, sugar, salt and yeast in the mixer, making sure the salt and yeast don’t come into contact. Start mixing, while you add the egg, water and milk. Knead the dough for about 6 minutes. Lightly dust a worktop with flour and tip the dough out. Roll the dough into a ball and place it in a clean, dry plastic bag in the fridge while you prepare the butter.

Place the butter between 2 sheets of baking paper. Hit it with a rolling pin to flatten it into a rectangle.

Take the dough out of the fridge and roll it out on the floured surface into a large rectangle. Place the flattened butter in the middle and fold the dough over it. Turn it, then roll the dough out to a large rectangle again. Fold in half again, then follow these folding and rolling steps twice more. Cover the dough with plastic wrap and return to the fridge for 1 hour.

Once rested, roll out the dough and fold, turn and roll twice more. Return the dough to the fridge for 30 minutes. Remove from the fridge, roll out the dough and fold again, twice, then leave the dough to rest in the fridge for at least 8 hours or overnight.

For the filling

Melt the butter in a small saucepan over a gentle heat just until it’s thick but not too runny. Add the sugar, cinnamon and icing sugar and mix it all together.

Roll out the dough on a floured surface into a large rectangle and spread over the filling. Roll each side of the rectangle in to meet in the middle, then cut into 5cm thick slices. Place the cut slices on a lined baking tray with space in between and leave to prove for 2 hours, or until doubled in size.

Preheat the oven to 200°C. Brush some beaten egg on top of each pastry and bake for 15-20 minutes.

For the lemon drizzle

Mix the lemon juice, lemon zest and icing sugar in a bowl to form a nice runny icing, then drizzle it over the baked pastries.

These are best eaten the same day, but will keep in an airtight container for 2 days.

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