Miso Caramel-Apple Danish


With filling options more numerous than their flaky layers, Danish have legions of fans across the globe. This upgrade on the classic cream cheese filling stars a sweet and savory tango of buttery miso-enriched caramel brushed over wafer-thin slices of apple.See our full step-by-step guide to making Miso Caramel-Apple Danish here.

Miso Caramel Apple Danish
Photo: Photo by Victor Protasio / Food Styling by Torie Cox / Prop Styling by Claire Spollen
Active Time:
2 hrs
Total Time:
8 hrs 15 mins


  • 1/2 cup packed light brown sugar

  • 1/3 cup unsalted butter (2 2/3 ounces)

  • 3 tablespoons white miso (such as Miso Master Organic Mellow White Miso)

  • 1 cup heavy cream, divided

  • 1/4 teaspoon fine sea salt

  • All-Butter Croissant Dough

  • All-purpose flour, for dusting

  • 2 small (snack-size) Fuji or Honeycrisp apples (about 12 ounces), unpeeled, cut into 1/8-inch slices

  • 1 large egg

  • 2 teaspoons whole milk

  • 2 cups hot water

  • 1/4 cup sour cream


  1. Combine brown sugar, butter, and miso in a small saucepan. Cook over medium, whisking often, until mixture is smooth, 3 to 4 minutes. Whisk in 1/2 cup heavy cream. Bring to a boil over medium. Boil, whisking constantly, 1 minute. Transfer caramel to a small bowl, and stir in salt. Set aside.

  2. Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper; set aside. Uncover refrigerated croissant dough; transfer to a lightly floured surface. Lightly flour top of dough; roll into a 21- x 11-inch rectangle. Using a pizza cutter, trim edges to form a 20- x 10-inch rectangle; discard scraps. Cut dough into 8 (5-inch) squares. Place squares, slightly overlapping, in an even layer on 1 prepared pan; cover tightly with plastic wrap, and refrigerate 15 minutes.

  3. Fold 1 dough square in half diagonally to form a triangle. Using a sharp knife, make a cut parallel to 1 open side of the triangle, starting at the base 1/2 inch from the corner and stopping 1 inch from the top point of the triangle. Repeat cut on second open side, leaving top point of triangle attached. Unfold triangle. Lift the 2 outer border pieces, and cross them over each other, aligning border edges with edges of inner square. Transfer to prepared pan. Repeat with remaining dough squares, placing at least 2 inches apart on both prepared pans.

  4. Place 6 to 7 apple slices, slightly overlapping, inside border of 1 pastry. Brush apple slices with 1 teaspoon caramel. (If caramel is too thick, place in a microwavable bowl, and microwave on high 20 seconds to thin.) Repeat with remaining pastries, apple slices, and caramel. Reserve remaining caramel for serving.

  5. Whisk together egg and milk in a small bowl. Brush borders of pastries lightly with egg mixture, using a paper towel to wipe away excess. Reserve remaining egg mixture in refrigerator. To proof pastries, add 2 cups hot water to a small bowl, and place in a cold oven. Place baking sheets with pastries, uncovered, in oven with hot water. Close door, and proof until pastries double in size and jiggle slightly when you shake baking sheets, 30 minutes to 1 hour and 30 minutes. Remove pastries and water from oven; let pastries stand at room temperature 30 minutes. Preheat oven to 425°F. Place oven rack in middle position.

  6. Lightly brush borders of pastries on 1 baking sheet with a second coat of egg mixture. Place baking sheet on middle rack in preheated oven, and immediately decrease temperature to 375°F. Bake until golden brown and crisp, 20 to 26 minutes. Transfer pastries to a wire rack. Return oven temperature to 425°F. Repeat process with egg mixture and remaining pastries. Serve warm, or let cool completely, about 1 hour.

  7. Combine sour cream and remaining 1/2 cup heavy cream in bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the whisk attachment. Beat on medium-high speed until soft peaks form, 1 to 2 minutes. Dollop cream mixture onto pastries, and drizzle each with 1 tablespoon caramel. Serve remaining caramel on the side.

Make Ahead

Caramel can be refrigerated in an airtight container up to 5 days. Dough squares can be refrigerated overnight or frozen before assembling. If frozen, thaw overnight in refrigerator.

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