Tuesday, October 29

Cheat's Apricot Danish Swirls

If you haven't noticed already, this is a student's lifestyle and baking blog (shock horror I know!)
I'm a firm believer that anyone out there, regardless of their skills and budgets, can bake. They just need the right recipes and the right step-by-step instructions.
(Let's face it, there is nothing more annoying than a confusing and downright complex recipe!)

This is where this recipe comes in.
I give a large part of my weekly student budget to baking; its a passion of mine, but unfortunately it can be a tad expensive with all of the ingredients. 
But baking is for everyone, and if this isn't a student's skint baking recipe than I'm stumped!

I swear, if you have an oven and £3.30 (approximately) spare, then this recipe truly proves that anyone and everyone can bake.
A big thanks must go to Lorraine Pascale for the basis for this recipe- a cheat's version of Apricot Danish Swirls!

Crisp, flaky pastry, a sweet custard filling, and then the sharp bang of flavour from the apricots. Foolproof, simple, and the tiny little windmill effect gives a cute and fancy finish.
Perfect cheap, simple, and scrummy comfort food in minimal time!
(Just what we all really want!)

To make your own Cheat's Apricot Danish Swirls, you will need:
- 1 tin of shop bought custard, fresh or tinned
- 1 tin of apricot halves (around 220g drained)
- 1 packet of shop bought or pre-rolled puff pastry
- 1 beaten egg for the glaze
(A little bit of flour for dusting)

Optional extras that I would highly recommend:
- Sugar for dusting on top of each pastry. You could always take a few sugar sachets from a coffee shop if you really are that short; ( but please do actually buy a coffee first instead of just knicking them!)
- A good swirl of vanilla to help liven up the flavour of the shop bought custard.

Preheat your oven to 220C (200fan) and line two or three baking sheets with tinfoil or baking parchment.
Roll out the puff pastry onto a clean, lightly floured work surface into about a 30 x 30cm square.

Cut this square evenly into roughly 12 squares of about 7.5-8cm each in size.

Then on each square, cut  a line at each diagonal to about 1cm from the centre.

Drain your apricot halves from the syrup.

Slide each pastry square onto the baking trays and in the middle of each, pop on an apricot halve.

Tip the custard into a bowl, and if you fancy it, add a good swirl of vanilla (but of course it would be fine without).
Add a teaspoon full on top of the apricot, and then on alternate corners, fold the edges into the centre. (Make sure it goes custard on top of the apricot otherwise it won't stick properly)

Add a little beaten egg wash to help them to stick too.

Slide into the fridge for 15 minutes to firm up.
Then remove them from the fridge, cover in egg wash for a golden glaze, and sprinkle with a little brown sugar.

Slide into the oven for about 20 minutes, and hey presto- freshly made pastries in minutes!

I even tried switching the apricots for some raspberry jam (still with the custard), these tasted 'AMAZINGGGGG', but you need to watch them like a hawk in the oven as the sugar burns very quickly. Ideally, I'd have turned the temperature down to maybe 180C to avoid that conundrum.

But there you have it; simple, quick, cheap and most importantly, delicious.

Everyone can bake. I do love faffing around with fancy tools, Kitchen Aid's and ingredients, but this just isn't economical.
Does this student money situation mean I should stop baking? Never!
It just means I have to become more inventive!


  1. They look great!

    And I totally agree with you - I'm a big believer that absolutely anyone can bake. Or cook for that matter! Sometimes, when it comes to things such as flaky pastry, there really is no harm at all in using the pre-made stuff.

    Feeling hungry again now.... ;)

    Caroline x
    Cocktails and Caroline

  2. They look yummy! I so agree on the baking budget - it is possible! Even when you have to buy an ingredient that you only need a small amount of and it stores well, you have it for the next (and the next time, and the next time...) I definitely spend too much time baking at uni, that and the gym are my release from being a fourth year with deadlines :)
    Charlotte x
    La Vie en Gâteaux

  3. Oh my goodness this looks gorgeous I love that shape too, mmmm!xx

  4. I don't even like apricot but your post still makes me want to make and eat them! Great pictures :)


  5. Ooooh hello lovely swirl :)
    Simple and tasty...what could be better.
    I love the cute snaps of them on the foil pre oven
    x x x
    The Lobster & Me

  6. These looks so yummy! I will have to try and bake these over the winter, they would be perfect with a little bit of cream.

    Happy Halloween


  7. You have such an amazing passion! I'm so glad you're taking time to share this with us :)

  8. These look so good! As a self-confessed foodie I'm a bit embarrassed to admit I don't think I've ever really properly tried apricots.... weird, I know. I've now officially added it to my foodie list (yes, I really have one) but in the meantime may experiment with other seasonal fillings...apple maybe? or sweet potato/pumpkin?

  9. Oh my giddy aunt, these look so drool worthy! I love danish pastries so much! X
    Heroine In Heels


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