Recipe Scene: Cherry Danishes

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.

Ingredients

3 x sheets of butter puff pastry

1 quantity custard – home made or bought

Jar of cherries – or fruit of choice

1 egg, whisked

Sugar

Sugar glaze:

½ cup sugar

¼ cup water

Method

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.

About Kate Delbridge 159 Articles
Kate works in local government as an occupational therapist but her heart is in the kitchen. When she’s not looking through cookbooks Kate gardens, reads, sees films, listens to music and catches up with mates. She loves cooking mainly because it gives her an excuse to eat.

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