Homemade Tebirkes

tebirkes recipe Danish pastry

Tebirkes were my favorite Danish pastry when I lived in Copenhagen. One of the many types of wienerbrød this one is flaky and not too sweet. They go great with a cup of tea anytime. When my pastry chef gave me a super easy recipe for a puffpastry-like dough, I decided it was time to make my own. Birkes is Danish for poppy seeds and tebirkes are basically a butter dough folded over a marzipan spread and sprinkled with poppy seeds.
Here's the recipe. Makes about 12
 The dough
  • half pound butter
  • half pound cream cheese
  • half pound flour
The Filling
  • Half cup marzipan ( you can buy it in tubes in the baking section of supermarkets)
  • Half cup butter

tebirkes recipe Danish pastry
Step One
  1. Cut the butter and cream cheese into 1 cm cubes
  2. Dust with some flour and combine in a paddle mixer
  3. Add rest of flour and mix until just combined ( should be still a bit streaky)
  4. wrap in clingfilm and refrigerate for an hour
tebirkes recipe Danish pastry

Step Two
  1. Cream the butter and marzipan into a spread
  2. Roll dough into a long rectangle about a half cm thick
  3. spread middle third of dough with marzipan mix
  4. Fold first third of dough over the middle and fold the other third over the first
  5. Cut the dough "log" into 5cm pieces, brush with eggwash and sprinkle with poppy seeds
  6. refrigerate again, and when hard, bake at 350 F for about 20 minutes until golden

These turned out really great and Sarah's recipe is so much easier than making butter puff pastry from scratch

tebirkes recipe Danish pastry

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Anonymous said...

Yum! These pastries make my mouth water! My family lived in Denmark for many years, but here in Vancouver, Canada there are not many places where you can get real Danish pastries (not just the gross things they call "Danishes"). Your pictures look like the real thing and the recipe seems much simpler than one i've tried before. Thank you, thank you, thank you for posting this!

Unknown said...

Thank you so very much for posting Tebirkes!
I have been looking for a descent, uncomplicated, version for some time.
My family loves these and as do I ;)
These will be a treat Christmas morning ;)
Thanks again.

what is the preferred flour to use?

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