This is an easy, cheats version of a cherry Danish. To make proper Danishes takes quite some time – all that flaky pastry rolling and folding. For this version however I use bought puff pastry. If you’ve got the time then by all means make your own pastry, but if not a good quality butter puff pastry works really well. I make my own custard, but if pressed for time you can use shop bought. I’ve made these with cherries, but they are equally delicious with any fresh or tinned fruit.
3 x sheets of butter puff pastry
1 quantity custard – home made or bought
Jar of cherries – or fruit of choice
1 egg, whisked
½ cup sugar
¼ cup water
- Preheat oven to 200 degrees C. Cut each pastry sheet into 9 equal squares. Transfer each square onto a lined baking tray. Then in each square make a cut from each corner almost into the centre, but not all the way. Fold each point onto the middle and press down, so you have a windmill shape.
- Brush each pastry with egg and sprinkle with sugar. Place a spoonful of custard in the centre of each pastry and top with a piece of fruit.
- While pastries are cooking make a sugar syrup by combining sugar and water in a small saucepan. Bring to the boil without stirring and allow to simmer for a few minutes. Remove from heat.
- Bake for about 15 minutes or until pastries are puffed and golden. While the pastries are still hot brush with the sugar syrup. Sprinkle with a little more sugar if you want.