Pear Danish Recipe


Merry Christmas eve, friends!

My Favorite Danish Recipe

Oh my this year has been quite a ride, hasn’t it?  Some really great things happened and by great I mean some of them sucked at the time.  I ponder and analyze a lot.  I like to take a step back and take a look at the bigger picture and what I can learn from both experience and observation.

I don’t bother worrying about things I cannot change, but I really am addicted to learning and applying new things to my own life and sharing them with people.  Kind of like what I am doing now.  :)

Taylor and I were having a tearful conversation last week and we talked about how we think we should deal with things that hurt emotionally.  Coming up with an emergency plan can really help us when we don’t know what to do.  We can’t solve it and we might not even be able to change any part of a circumstance but we can control what it does to us.  When I am really upset about something that I have no control over here is a couple of things in my emergency plan:

  1. Admit that I don’t like whatever it is.
  2. Cry about it.  Alone or with someone that won’t expect me to talk about it.
  3. Be conscious of my behavior towards others while I am the most upset.
  4. Apologize if I act out unfairly.

We love food at our house, but I don’t want it to be a sole source of comfort when there needs to be healing.  Taylor and I talked about that too.  We want to make an effort to be open and learn as we go through life and instead of hiding from emotional pain we need to heal from it so we are healthy enough to help people around us that are also hurting. :(

And then we can truly enjoy food for the smells, the flavors and enjoying the people we share it with!  Sound cheesy?  Well, it’s true.  This danish recipe is anything but cheesy and I will tell you that this is the best kind of danish to make because it doesn’t require the time to roll and cut and fuss over individual danishes.

I adore rosemary and there was the perfect hint that was so heavenly.  There was perfection in the rich, buttery flavor of the crust and it simply melted in my mouth.  The subtle hint of rosemary made me all but giddy with the piney, festive hint of my favorite herb.  The fruit was baked just long enough to deepen the flavor and the sweetness was coaxed out from wherever sweetness hides.  The tender fruit and the flaky crust were so accommodating to the sweet frosting.  I suppose I could have served whipped cream or ice cream with the danish but that really wasn’t necessary.  This danish was complete in itself.  Whatever your occasion, you may want to consider trying this danish recipe.

If you would like to see my favorite (and only) danish recipe, you can click here.  I didn’t follow it exactly but it was pretty close.  I didn’t roll out the crust either but I shaped it with my fingers and it still turned out so flaky and perfect for embracing the beautiful fruits that really made this danish worth writing about.

I loved sitting down to a piece of warm danish and enjoying it quietly with my girl.  She had her thoughts and I had mine, we just sat in complete peace and contentment knowing that we will remember this pear danish for a very long time.  And not only because it was delicious.  The nostalgia of sharing these foods is so priceless and it becomes a part of things we remember on the days we try to heal.

From Taylor, Yannick, Ethan and I we would like to wish you a very Merry Christmas.  I hope you get to spend some time with someone you love this holiday and please don’t worry so much about the things money can buy.  Think about the things we will miss when we grow older and look back on all the times we smiled together.  That’s worth baking for!

What’s your emergency plan?

Just in case you didn’t read the post to find the link for the recipe, you can click here.

  1. kathdedonkathdedon12-25-2012

    Beautiful post, Dionne! Merry Christmas to you and your beautiful family! :)

  2. RavieNomNomsRavieNomNoms12-28-2012

    I hope your Christmas was amazing Dionne! I love your list there. I need to print that out and put it up at my desk and remind myself. I have a sticky note that is right in front of me that says “stay positive”.

    Your danish looks to die for! How delicious!

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