These Danishes are shaped and baked, and then the lemon curd and fresh tropical fruit is added afterwards making them fresh and visually stunning.


  • Lemon Curd:

  • ¼ cup 60 g  unsalted butter, cut into pieces

  • 6 Tbsp 75 g  granulated sugar (caster sugar)

  • zest of ½ a lemon

  • 1 large egg

  • ¼ cup 60 mL  fresh lemon juice

  • ¼ tsp  1 mL  cornstarch (cornflour)

  • Danish Pastry Dough - Sponge

  • 187 mL warm water (115 ?F/46 ?C)

  • 1/2 Tbsp 5 g instant yeast

  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour (plain flour)

  • Danish Pastry Dough - Dough:

  • 112g  all-purpose flour (plain flour)

  • 70 g  cake & pastry flour

  • 13 g  granulated sugar (caster sugar)

  • 1/2 tsp salt

  • 142 g  cold unsalted butter, cut into pieces

  • Brushing

  • Fresh tropical fruits, as is in season and available, such as: dragon fruit, starfruit, mangosteen, mango, kiwi, passion fruit, fresh coconut shavings etc

  • ½ cup 125 mL apricot jam or apple jelly


  • 1.

    Melt the butter, sugar and lemon zest in a saucepot over medium heat until the butter melts fully (the sugar will not dissolve at this point).  Whisk the eggs lemon juice and cornstarch together and whisk this into the pot.  Continue to whisk the curd over medium heat until it thickens and just begins to bubble, about 7 minutes.  Pour this through a strainer and cover the surface of the curd with plastic wrap.  Cool the curd to room temperature, then chill completely.

  • 2.

    On a lightly floured surface, roll out the Danish dough into a rectangle 16-x-12-inches (40-x-30-cm) and trim the edges.  Cut the pastry into twelve 4-inch (10 cm) squares. To make the pinwheel shape, cut a notch about 1 ½ inches (35 mm) from each corner towards the centre.  Bring a point from each corner into the centre and press in firmly where all four points meet.  Place the Danishes on a parchment-lined baking tray, cover with a tea towel and let the pastry rise 90 minutes.

  • 3.

    Preheat the oven to 375 ?F (190 ?C).  Press the centres of the Danishes, where the points meet, again, so that they stay in place when baking.  Brush the Danish pinwheels with eggwash and bake for about 20 minutes, until a nice golden brown.  Allow the Danishes to cool completely before topping.

  • 4.

    To assemble, dollop a small spoonful of lemon curd in the centre of each Danish.  Arrange small pieces of tropical fruit on top of the curd (you can play with the arrangements).  Heat the apricot jam or apple jelly until bubbling (strain the apricot jam if there are fruit pieces) and brush this onto the fruit and Danish, to secure the fruit in place and add shine.

  • 5.

    The Danishes should be enjoyed the day they are baked.

  • Danish Pastry Dough::

  • 1.

    For the sponge, mix the water, yeast and flour together by hand in a large mixing bowl, or in the bowl of a stand mixer (fit it with the dough hook for the next step).  Let this stand for 5 minutes.

  • 2.

    For the dough, add the all-purpose and cake & pastry flours to the sponge, along with the sugar, salt and ¼ cup (60 g) of the butter.  Mix this using electric beaters (with the hook attachments) or in the stand mixer on low speed until the flour is blended in, then increase the speed by one level and mix, adding the remaining 1 cup of butter pieces, a little at a time, until the dough feels elastic but most of the butter pieces are still visible, about 2 minutes. Cover the bowl and allow this dough to rise for 30 minutes, then chill for at least 2 hours.

  • 3.

    On a lightly floured surface, turn the dough out and dust with a little flour.  Roll the dough out to a rectangle about 18-inches (45 cm) long and 10-inches (25 cm) wide.  Bring the two short ends of the dough to meet in the centre, then fold the dough in half at the point where they meet (this is called the book fold).  Chill the dough, covered, for just an hour.

  • 4.

    After the first hour, bring the dough out and roll it again into a rectangle 18-x-10-inches (45-x-25-cm), turn the dough over and fold it into thirds.  Cover and chill for an hour.  Repeat this step again one more time, then cover and chill at least 4 hours or overnight.

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