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
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
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.