I love my Paul Hollywood book and I've been wanting to make danish pastries ever since I made the croissants (my first ever blog post!) but struggle to find the time as the dough needs to be rested overnight. But with little plans over the bank holiday weekend, I decided it was the perfect opportunity to take the plunge.
When I was younger, danish pastries were always my first choice of treat from the bakery. Provided they had my favourite that is - I remember being very specific about what flavour I wanted but cannot recall what it was - I'm sure almonds were involved..... This being my first attempt however, I decided to keep it simple and stick to the recipe. Well not exactly as I it called for apple and sultanas but I had run out of sultanas and fancied adding some nuts so replaced them with chopped peanuts. in his recipe but I had no sultanas left in the cupboard and decided to replace them with peanuts.
Making these pastries was a very enjoyable experience. I am easily pleased and there is not much I would rather do than put on a favourite tv show or podcast and potter round the flat baking. Yes perhaps I am old before my time but I'm happy!
Despite tasting delicious (even if I do say so myself!) they weren't a complete success and I'm not sure Mr Hollywood would have approved! I don't know whether our basement flat is too warm or I didn't roll it out thinly enough but they rose a lot (and out of shape) in the last rest and ended up being on the large side. So I was pleased with them but definitely need some more practice - next time I'm thinking cherry and almond...