These delicious and melt in the mouth Toffee Apple Danish Pastries are buttery, crispy and sweet and if you make your own pastry, very satisfying too.
Welcome to week 8 of the GBBO and therefore week 8 of my bakes along linky (aka GBBOBloggers2018 / GBBOBakeoftheweek) and it is a Bake Off first this week as we see Danish Week. In celebration of this, I have attempted to make some Toffee Apple Danish Pastries and I even made my own Danish pastry from scratch, which is a first for me too!
So Danish week. I just admit then when I first knew that this would be the theme for week 8, while I was sat in the Extra Slice studios no less, my first thought was, well at least I ddi not get picked to be in the Extra Slice audience that week! However, having made my Toffee Apple Danish pastries now, I kind of wish this had been my week to be on the Extra Slice and have a chance to show my bake. dare I say it, I am very happy with how they turned out and they are probably more impressive than my vegan cake I made.
Now I will be honest, here. I know how to make shortcrust pastry, sweet and savoury versions, and I find this pastry easy to make and not time consuming in the slightest. However, filo and puff pastry I buy ready made, after all, shop bought is such good quality and it is easy and convenient and means a meal can be ready using these types of pastry very quickly. In the past, I have always thought that making my own puff pastry would be too difficult and too time consuming, and as regular readers of my blog will know, because I say it a lot, I hate faff and to me making puff is exactly that!
Therefore, it was quite a surprise to even to myself, when I decided that on this occasion I would attempt to make my own danish pastry. Realising that I was going to be home a lot last weekend owing to awful weather forecasts and a lot of housework and cooking to catch up on/prep, I figured now was as good a time as any to give it a go.
Do you know what? It was actually not as tricky as I had imagined , and yes while it does require some slight faffing, like having to roll the pastry and fold it over every hour, something you have to do about 4 times I was home anyway so it was fine. After that, the pastry remains in the fridge for 8 hours to rise slightly so that was done over night. Then the cutting and shaping of my pastry was a little fiddly, but I just kept hoping that the finished bake would be worth the extra work.
Personally, I think it was. Despite my Toffee Apple Danish Pastries not looking like pinwheels, hence why I have not given them this as a name because they came undone while baking, I was super chuffed with my pastry. It was buttery and crisp and really nice. The filling was amazing too, but then I love toffee apple in most sweet bakes. They must have been good, because they all went very quickly!
Recipe for Toffee Apple Danish Pastries:
for this you could refer to this recipe , as I did, if you decide to make your own Danish pastry.
- 1 x kg of Danish pastry (or 1kg of bought puff pastry) I used Paul Hollywood's recipe - you can find a link to it below this box
- 1 x jar of toffee apple curd
- 2 eating apples, thinly sliced
- 1 egg, beaten
- Preheat the oven to 180°c.
- Line 3 baking trays with baking paper
- Roll out the pastry dough and cut into 18 squares.
- Add a tsp of the curd to the centre of each pastry square and then top with 2 apple slices
- From each corner, cut about halfway to the centre using a sharp knife, leaving enough space for the filling.
- Fold each corner into the centre
- Brush a little egg wash over each of the pastries.
- Bake in the oven for 15-20 minutes.
- Leave to cool and then tuck in
The #GBBOBloggers2018 / #GBBOBakeoftheWeek Linky
This year I am teaming up with my fellow BAKE OF THE WEEK co host Helen to share the baking work load of the GBBO bake along. Therefore, welcome Helen and thank you in advance for your help 🙂 The linky will be shared on both of our blogs and we will chose our favourite bakes each week in the round up.
You are welcome to bake along with me and Helen and I am hoping to see some other long standing GBBOBloggers join in too. You can read the rules here which are not strict really, but they just explains our twitter accounts and all that jazz! All I ask is that you please add my badge, a link to mine and Helen’s blogs and share the GBBO love by sharing or commenting on some of the bakes that link up. Your posts will be pinned too.
Please link to both mine and Helen’s blogs and use these hashtags on twitter, IG, FB etc so we can share your pics / blog posts :
#GBBOBloggers2018 #GBBOBakeoftheWeek @JennyPaulin @CasaCostello (plus another hashtag – see below under big, exciting news!)
The linky will open either Tuesday after the new episode. It closes the following Monday at 11.59pm.
BIG EXCITING NEWS PART 1 – Win a Sage The Bakery Boss !!!
Before we go any further I am delighted to announce that we have a fantastic prize to offer in our final week of the #GBBOBloggers2018 / #GBBOBakeoftheWeek bake along. This is all with huge thanks to the amazing Mummy Barrow , or Tanya, (or even T as some of us refer to her as) who put me in touch with the lovely team at Sage Appliances. They are going to offer one lucky person one of these as a prize
Yes a Sage The Bakery Boss (worth almost £400). I am very envious because it looks amazing! So, to be in with a chance to win one, you have to join in with our bake along at least 3 times – and this must include the finals linky. The Sage team will select their favourite finals bake from your entries, and that person will win one of these fabulous mixers. How exciting 🙂
**Please add their hashtag @SageAppliances to your social media posts connected with #GBBOBloggers2018 and #GBBOBakeoftheweek to help promote their online presence, and hopefully some RT’ing might occur too.
Last week was VEGAN WEEK week and we had some fantastic bakes linked up :
With thanks to
Anca and her Vegan Mixed Berry Pavlova
Shell Louise and her Chickpea, Mushroom and Tomato Tarts
Louise’s vegan Meringue
Helen’s lovely looking Vegan Carrot Cake
This week it is the turn of someone who realised she bakes a lot of vegan recipes already! Well done Rebecca your Vegan Lemon and Poppy Seed Cake looks and sounds delicious, and I am intrigued by your vegan marshmallow fluff! very yummy.
New Linky for Danish Week
Ok so now it is your turn…..On your marks, get set and baaaaaake!