How to Fold Danish Dough

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Danish dough made with yeast gets its buttery texture by rolling cold butter into the dough over and over again, similar to how puff pastry is made.

  1. On a well-floured surface, roll the dough out into a large rectangle.
  2. Fold the dough lengthwise like you would a business letter— bring the bottom third of the dough up and the top third of the dough down over on top.
  3. Flip the dough over so it’s seam side-down and the short end is facing you. This is known as the first turn.
  4. Repeat the rolling, folding, and flipping for a total of 4 turns. If the dough starts sticking, add more flour to your work surface.
  5. Chill in the fridge or freezer until you’re ready to bake.