Danish Pastry has a fluffy texture. Pastries are great desserts that can also serve the purpose of a light breakfast or brunch. Making the dough for Danish Pastries takes a lot of time and can be quite the chore.
If that has always discouraged you from making these beauties during the week because of your busy schedule, that phase has come to an end. You don’t have to cut danish pastries out of the weekly menu anymore.
Can you freeze Danish pastries? Yes, you can. Danish pastries can be frozen whether baked or unbaked for a duration of 1 to 3 months. This is because the raw dough doesn’t last as long as fully baked pastries.
Danish Pastries fall under the category of filled pastries, so the approach to freezing them is quite different. Because of the ingredients used in the fillings or frosting used on the pastries, it is better to freeze plain pastry dough, to maintain great texture and have your danish pastry as fresh as possible.
Since the fillings and toppings would be added after filling, you wouldn’t be able to tell the difference between freshly made danish pastries and pastries made with frozen dough.
How to Freeze Danish Pastries
There are two ways Danish pastry can be preserved by freezing. We are going to discuss them and the processes that go into preserving them.
- Freezing Baked Danish Pastries
- Freezing Fresh Danish Pastry Dough
Freezing Baked Danish Pastries
This works best if you have had too many Danish pastries prepared, and need to prevent them from going bad. If you buy more than you can eat at once, this method will work for you.
Step 1: Don’t Freeze While Still Hot
If you made your Danish Pastries all by yourself, don’t make the mistake of freezing them while they are still hot or warm. If you do, the steam from the hot pastries will condense and make them soggy or cause mold that arises from exposure to air and moisture.
You have to make sure your pastries have cooled down to room temperature. Don’t leave them out for too long though, so the pastries do not dry out and get stale.
Step 2: Storage
The pastries tend to stick together if you freeze them in a bunch and when you try to separate them while still frozen, they break apart. So, wrap each pastry individually with plastic wrap or greaseproof paper.
Place them into Ziploc bags or airtight freezer-friendly bags or containers. Suck out as much air as you can before sealing the bags.
Step 3: Freezing
Baked Danish Pastries have a shelf life of just 3 months in the freezer. For best quality, you should eat them before they hit that time mark.
Before placing the bags or containers of wrapped pastries in the freezer to freeze, label the bags, stating the contents and date of the freeze so that you can make a corresponding entry in your food calendar. This helps you to keep track of what you have stored, and for how long you have stored it.
Freezing Fresh Danish Pastry Dough
Making pastry dough is a bit hectic, so it wouldn’t hurt to be able to make a whole batch at a go and preserve them to be used intermittently.
Step 1: Preparation
Follow your cooking recipe or instructions, up unto to the point where you are required to bake. At this point, you should have cut the dough into individual pastries and shape them as you like.
Step 2: Pre Freezing
Place the fresh dough on a baking sheet lined with wax paper or parchment paper. This will prevent the dough from sticking to the baking sheet.
Pre-freezing the dough prevents them from clumping together as they freeze. Place the dough individually with enough spacing between each one. Then, place the entire sheet into the freezer to freeze for a few hours.
Step 3: Storage and Freezing
There is no specific frame of time to how long you can pre-freeze for, just leave it in the freezer long enough to let it freeze solid. Once that is done, take it out of the freezer, and place the frozen fresh dough into freezer-friendly containers. Try to expel as much air as you can from the containers before you seal them.
Before you place the container into the freezer to freeze, don’t forget to label the container and remember that for the best quality you should use your dough within 2 months. It doesn’t last as long as fully baked pastries last.
How to Defrost Frozen Danish Pastries
When you are ready to eat frozen baked pastries, take them from the freezer and let them thaw in the refrigerator for the night. You can make sure it is the last thing you do before going to sleep.
Before you serve them, heat them in the oven at 350°F for 15 to 20 minutes or till there are no frozen spots in the pastry. Reheated pastries tend to go stale faster than fresh ones, so take care to only reheat an amount you can consume at a go.
For the frozen fresh pastry dough, it’s quite easy, all you need to do is to remove the dough from the freezer, and without waiting for it to thaw, continue with your recipe and bake as instructed.
You can add an extra 5 or 10 minutes to your baking time, to make up for the frozen state of the dough.