It might be hard to imagine having leftovers for anything quite this delicious, but it does happen from time to time. Then what do you do with them? Nobody wants their Danish pastries to go to waste! But, can you freeze Danish pastries?
Well, the short answer is absolute, yes you can! The pastry these are made with can be a little delicate, so you need to be careful when you freeze, but as long as you take care and wrap them well, they should be fine.
It’s best to freeze homemade Danish pastries because you can control them a little better and, if you can, you need to freeze them slightly undercooked. This is so that you can reheat them and crisp them up a little at the same time without worrying about them ending up overbaked.
Another thing to watch is that these delicacies don’t freeze for very long and you do need to thaw them out and use them up fairly quickly.
Use the table of contents below to navigate through this article to answer some of the most common questions people have when it comes to freezing Danish pastries:
How To Freeze Danish Pastries
You have a few options when it comes to freezing Danish pastries. You can either freeze them baked and ready or unbaked but assembled and ready to cook.
How to Freeze Baked Danish Pastries
This method is perfect if you have leftover pastries to freeze. If you are baking these at home for the freezer, you can bake them so that they are slightly underbaked. This means you can heat them in the oven and they will risp up and be perfectly cooked and ready to eat.
- Bake and Cool
Bake your Danish pastries and let them cool completely before freezing.
Wrap each pastry in cling film individually. You want to keep the pastries as protected from the air as possible so double layer the cling film.
Stack the wrapped pastries into a freezer-safe container with a lid. If you don’t have one available then you can stack them carefully into a freezer bag instead. Just make sure you squeeze the air out and seal the bag tightly.
Label the bag or container with the date and contents and place it into the freezer carefully.
How to Freeze Unbaked Danish Pastries
If you want to freeze completely unbaked Danish pastries which can then be cooked freshly to order then this is the approach to use instead:
- Assemble Pastries
Make your pastry and assemble them into delicious Danish pastries.
- Lay onto a Baking Sheet
Grab a baking sheet and add a layer of parchment paper. Lay the Danish pastries onto the baking sheet. Make sure they are not touching.
- Flash Freeze
Pop the baking sheet and Danish pastries into the freezer to freeze.
- Bag Up
After a couple of hours, the pastries should be frozen and you can take them back out of the freezer. Transfer the pastries from the baking sheet into a freezer bag or container with an airtight lid.
Seal the bag or container tightly and label with the date and contents. Don’t forget to add a note to say that the Danish pastries are unbaked, so you don’t forget that they still need cooking.
Pop the pastries back into the freezer until you need. Now, you can grab out a Danish pastry or two whenever you need it.
Can You Freeze Danish Pastry Dough?
If you don’t want to make your Danish pastries fully, you can always make the dough and freeze it. Then you can make your pastries fresh whenever you need it.
Make your dough and then pop it into the fridge for two hours.
Divide the Danish pastry dough into portions and wrap each portion in cling film. You want to wrap it in at least two layers.
- Bag Up
Put the dough into a freezer bag, seal it tightly and then label it with the date and contents.
Put this into the freezer and freeze for up to three months.
How Long Can You Freeze Danish Pastries?
How long you can freeze Danish pastries depends on if you froze them unbaked or baked. Baked and ready to eat danish pastries should only be kept in the freezer for up to two weeks. This is because the pastries and ingredients are delicate.
However, if you have unbaked Danish pastries, you can freeze them for up to a month. Perfect for preparing your pastries ahead of time.
You Can Freeze Danish Pastries for Around 1 Month
How Do You Defrost Danish Pastries?
When thawing out your baked pastries the best method is to let them fully defrost slowly. To do this take them out of the freezer, put them onto a plate and pop them into the fridge. You may find that they have moistened during the thawing process. You can fix this while reheating them. Pop them into the oven for eight to ten minutes until they are fully heated through.
If you have frozen unbaked pastries then you don’t need to defrost them at all. To get the best results, you can pop them into the oven and cook from frozen. This method has advantages because it results in fewer changes and more delicious pastries.
Can You Refreeze Danish Pastries?
We wouldn’t recommend that you refreeze your Danish pastries. These are made from a delicate pastry and they are unlikely to freeze and thaw out well for a second time.
Do Danish Pastries Freeze Well?
Baked or leftover Danish pastries freeze fairly well but there are likely to be some changes to the texture. You can often fix these by popping them into the oven to crisp up as they reheat.
If you are freezing unbaked Danish pastries, ready to bake, then they do freeze well. By the time they are baked, you will be hard-pressed to tell the difference between fresh and frozen pastries!
Other Questions about Danish Pastries
Below are a few of the other common questions we have come across regarding Danish pastries – some related to freezing and some not. If you’re still sat there with a question or two about Danish pastries, then drop a comment at the bottom of this article, and we’ll aim to help out as much as possible.
Can You Freeze Cinnamon Swirls?
Often made with crisp puff pastry, cinnamon swirls are very much like Danish pastries, but can they also be frozen? You can freeze cinnamon swirls for around a month using the same approach.
Can You Freeze Danish Rye Bread?
Rye bread can be frozen for around 3 months. Just slice it up, wrap in cling film and then store in a sealed bag in the freezer. The good news is that same approach can be taken for Danish rye bread making it easy for your to enjoy Danish Smørrebrød year-round.