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Danish Baking: Custard Crowns (Spandauer)

August 31, 2018 | Leave a comment

Danish Baking series: Custard Crowns (Spandaur)

You see these everywhere across the world – but make them at home and you’ll know the real taste. These are absolutely divine.

Granted, it takes a bit of work – but freshly baked Danish pastries, well, there is nothing quite like it.

Ingredients

1 portion of Danish Pastry dough (see our blog)

1 portion of Remonce mixture (see blog)

¼ portion of pastry cream (or raspberry or blueberry jam, if preferred) (see blog)

1 egg, for brushing

3 tbsp roughly chopped hazelnuts

100g icing sugar

 

Method

On a lightly floured surface, carefully roll out the dough and cut into 12–14 squares of around 10 x 10 cm each.

Place a generous teaspoon of remonce almond paste into the middle of each pastry square, then carefully fold each of the 4 corners in to meet in the middle, using the sticky remonce to hold the corners down. Use your thumb or a fork to secure the pastry. Place the pastries on the prepared baking sheets, then cover with cling film and set aside to rise for 20 minutes.

Preheat the oven to 200°C (400°F) Gas 6.

Brush the tops of each pastry with a little of the beaten egg mixture. Add a teaspoon of your preferred filling (pastry cream OR jam) into the centre of each square. Lastly, add a sprinkling of chopped toasted hazelnuts to the centre as well.

Bake in the preheated oven for around 10–15 minutes or until golden brown, then remove and allow to cool before decorating. You may need to bake these for longer – it really depends on your oven, but they need to be baked through. Please note there is likely to be some butter spillage – keep a tray to catch the spill during baking.

To make the icing, mix the icing sugar with
 1–2 tablespoons of hot water, adding more if needed. You are looking for the consistency of runny honey. Fill the piping/pastry bag and pipe a loose spiral of white icing/frosting around the edges of each cooled pastry (too soon and the icing will melt).

Tip – you can make one batch of pastry dough and make two kinds of pastries – simply half this recipe to 6-7 Custard crowns and use the rest of the dough for your other choice. Please note you must NOT roll up the dough and re-roll out, this will ruin the layers.

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Recipe: Romkugler (rum flavour chocolate treats)

October 14, 2014 | Leave a comment

 

Back in the day, the Danish bakers needed to find a use for all the left over Danish pastry, seeing as they could never sell it on the second day. And thus, Romkugler (literally: Rum balls) were born.

Danes will often tell you this is one of those treats they miss most from home (in Sweden they are known as Arrakballs). We all used to pop by the bakers on the way home from school and get a few of these cheap but delicious treats. Its a taste of our childhood.

So, to make these, you need some leftover bits of cake and pastry.  When we made some today, we used 2 cinnamon Danish whirls, 2 raspberry crowns and 1 cinnamon bun. But you can use different things (although we have found that French croissants and pain au chocolate don’t work as well).

Blitz the day old pastries in a food processor, then add 2 tablespoons of raspberry jam, 2 heaped  tablespoons cocoa powder and then 2 tablespoons of rum essence (you can also use real rum, but because these are not cooked, the flavour will be strong and the alcohol will not evaporate).

Blend everything together until you have a smooth mass, then shape into golf ball sized pieces.  Roll in chocolate sprinkles or desiccated coconut.  Chill for a bit – and serve.

We recommend eating the day you make these, but they are probably good the day after, too. Its unlikely to be an issue, though… They usually don’t last the day as they are very moorish.

 

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