For me, there are many reasons to learn how to make puff pastry at home. First, I do not have a bakery near me that makes it. Second, my homemade goodies have fewer ingredients than store-bought and third, they cost less to make (not counting my time). The ingredients for about 12 Danish cost under $3.00 and the oven cost about 40 cents. Bakery Danish are more than $2.00 a piece, making it well worth my while to make these for my next party.
Still, I would not have dreamed of making puff pastry until I found out about an easy way to do it. I remember my sister as a kid, trying to make sticky buns with scratch puff pastry. The folding and rolling ended in a hard pastry with little lift. I thought that without equipment like a sheeter (double rollers for flattening dough) I had no chance.
Then I saw this great blog post about it: Wild Yeast - Fresh Fruit Danish. I was skeptical, but it did come with pictures, so I thought I should try it. I also found a Julia Child video where she makes the exact same thing with a Scandinavian cookbook author, Beatrice Ojakangas.
I finally had a chance to put it together and I like the results. It was neither as easy or as hard as I thought and if I practice a few times, it will become second nature to me. Anyone can make this recipe successfully by following a few simple tips.