Danish Pastries are delicious [and fattening] so I like the mini ones as a treat. However this selection of five costs around £1.50 – so making [and freezing] a batch is a good idea.
Take a pack of JusRol puff pastry – currently on offer at 75p a pack – even Delia buys her PP at Christmas. This is a 350 x 230mm sheet
3 rows of 5 squares, each 7m x 7cm and cut the bottom strip in three
First, score a square 1.5 cm in from the edge of the square on the top five pieces. Do not cut right through. Second row, cut the diagonals – but do not cross in the middle, leave a space 1.5 cm square. Finally repeat #1, but do not go to the corners, and this time cut right through.
Fold in the corners on the diagonal cut to make pinwheels, and push a cherry in the centre. Put half an apricot on the cut squares, and fold over opposite corners and press down. Glaze everything with beaten egg. Sprinkle the three strips with cinnamon sugar and roll up loosely, pressing the end firmly to fix.
Bake for 7mins, then, using a teaspoon, pushed down the centre of the scored squares to make little ‘boxes’. Bake the pastries a further 7 minutes till golden brown.
While they are cooking, make a batch of thick glace icing and also some thick custard. Once they are cooked and cooled, fill the boxes with the custard and decorated with chocolate sprinkles. Drizzle all the pastries with the icing.
Eighteen mini Danish pastries for less than £1. Delicious!