I’ve always enjoyed a good danish pastry so I was keen to have a go at making a vegan one. Before I write out the recipe, I would like to stress that if you think vegan food should be healthy food always, don’t read any further. Like the original Danish pastries, this is not a low fat, low sugar recipe! Call it a sometimes food or just sheer decadence if you will!


This is a generous recipe that makes two large ‘family size’ danishes (about 6-8 serves each). You could of course, halve it. 


 I made my own pastry using a recipe I’ve used before but I wanted to try making a tofu custard. To be honest I don’t like the flavour as much as my usual custard (of custard powder, sugar, vanilla and non-dairy milk). I found the taste rather soy heavy so I added some lemon juice for flavour. I think next time I will stick to the conventional custard I like to make. The custard  and apple mix can be made before hand and the pastry needs a good few hours to rest, so you need a bit of planning before you start this recipe


Pastry Dough

 

  • ¼ cup warm water
  • ¼ cup sugar
  • 2¼ teaspoons active dry yeast (or one 7 gram packet)
  • ½ cup non-dairy milk, room temperature
  • 2 tablespoons chickpea flour
  • 3 tablespoons water
  • ¼ cup water
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 2½ cups flour
  • ¾ cup non-dairy butter, cold and sliced
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  • Pastry Coating
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  • 2 tablespoon dairy free butter, melted
  • 2 tablespoon  milk (add extra if too thick)
  • 1 tablespoon sugar 
  • Apple Filling
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  • 3 large cooking apples, cored, sliced (and peeled if you wish)
  • 1 tablespoon non-dairy butter
  • 1/2 cup water
  • pinch of cinnamon
  •  1 tablespoon corn starch
  • 1/4 cup sugar (or to taste
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    Tofu Custard:

     

  • 3 Tbsp melted extra virgin coconut oil
  • 300gram silken tofu
  • 1 tsp vanilla bean powder or vanilla extract
  • 1/3 tsp  salt 
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tablespoon lemon (or more to taste)
  • 1/4 – 1/2 cup sugar (to taste)
  • 1 teaspoon tumeric
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    To make soy custard:

    1. Add the tofu, salt, vanilla, cinnamon, tumeric and melted coconut oil to a blender. Blend on low until smooth.
    2. Add in 1/4 cup of sugar and blend until smooth. Do a taste test and add more sugar as desired.  
    3. Blend until well combined.
    4. Place in the fridge. 


    To make the pastry dough:

    1. In a  large cup combine the warm water, sugar and yeast. Stir to combine and then set aside to allow it to foam. 
    2. Pour the salt, flours and butter into a bowl.  Rub the mix with your fingers until it resembles very thick bread crumbs. 
    3. Add the yeast mix, water and milk and lightly stir the two together until just combined. You want to see large flecks of the butter showing through.  
    4. Tear off a piece of cling film wrap and lay it on  bench. Plate the dough on it. Wrap the dough up and place it in the fridge to chill out for at least four hours or more.


    To make the apple mixture:

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    1. While the dough is chilling place some ½ cup water and a tablespoon of butter in a fry pan. 

    2. Add apples, cinnamon and sugar. Allow to bubble until apples are about half cooked. 

    3. Add cornflour to thicken if needed. Allow to cool.

    <span style="color: #555555; font-family: Helvetica Neue, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;"><span style="line-height: 25.533332824707px;"><i>To assemble:</i>
    
    
    
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        After the dough has thoroughly chilled, it&#8217;s time for the next step in the process, referred to as &#8220;rolling and folding&#8221;.  Pour a light layer of flour over a work surface. Keep some extra flour nearby because the dough is sticky and you&#8217;re going to be using your hands with this. Use a floured rolling pin to flatten the dough. 
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        Roll it out into the shape of a rectangle.  
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        Next fold one end of the rectangle shaped dough toward you and fold the other end over that (like you&#8217;re folding a letter). 
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        Now repeat that process by rolling it out into a 15&#8243; rectangle and fold both ends over like a letter. Repeat that process one more time, but after this last time, wrap it in plastic wrap and place it in the fridge to chill out again for at least 30 minutes.
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        <span style="font-family: 'Helvetica Neue', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; line-height: 19.15pt; text-indent: -25.2pt;"><span style="line-height: normal;"> <span style="font-family: 'Helvetica Neue', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; line-height: 19.15pt; text-indent: -25.2pt;">Once the dough has chilled again, remove from the fridge and cut it in half. Return one half of the dough to the plastic wrap and put it back in the fridge. With the remaining half, place it on a lightly floured surface and roll it out into the shape of a rectangle.
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        <span style="font-family: 'Helvetica Neue', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; line-height: 19.15pt; text-indent: -25.2pt;"><span style="line-height: normal;"> <span style="font-family: 'Helvetica Neue', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; line-height: 19.15pt; text-indent: -25.2pt;">Place on a big piece of baking paper (easier than transferring a unbaked Danish)
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    <span style="color: #555555; font-family: 'Helvetica Neue', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; line-height: 19.15pt; text-indent: -25.2pt;">8.  Beginning at the bottom, &#8220;braid&#8221; the dough, sealing the piece at the bottom. Repeat with other piece of dough. 
    
    
    
    <span style="color: #555555; font-family: 'Helvetica Neue', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; line-height: 19.15pt; text-indent: -25.2pt;">9.  Allow the braids to rest for 15-20 minutes as you preheat your oven to 200 degrees celcius.
    
    
    
    <span style="color: #555555; font-family: 'Helvetica Neue', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; line-height: 19.15pt;">10. Prepare the pastry coating by stirring together 2 tablespoon of melted butter and 2 tablespoon  milk and 1 tablespoon sugar. Brush the top of both pastries with the pastry coating.
    
    
    
    <span style="color: #555555; font-family: 'Helvetica Neue', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; line-height: 19.15pt; text-indent: -25.2pt;">11. Place the danishes in the oven and bake for approximately 15 minutes or until that pastry coating has turned golden brown.
    
    
    
    <span style="color: #555555; font-family: 'Helvetica Neue', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; line-height: 19.15pt; text-indent: -25.2pt;">12. When done, remove them from the oven and cool for several minutes.
    
    
    
    <span style="color: #555555; font-family: 'Helvetica Neue', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; line-height: 19.15pt; text-indent: -25.2pt;">13. Drizzle the top of both danishes with the leftover butter, sugar and milk mix.
    

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