Cheats Easy Danish pastries

cheats danish pastries, dairy-free

I’m always looking for exciting new breakfast options, and if they can be made in a flash then all the better! Our go to treat breakfast is pancakes, but variety is the spice of life and someone’s you need something extra special. These cheats Danish pastries are total genius; incredibly simple to make but also drop dead gorgeous to look at and devour. Besides there are multiple  varieties at your fingertips. Here I’ll show you oozy chocolate bear paws, sweet jammy windmills.

making easy egg-free danish pastries

Whilst it would be preferable to make the Danish dough, sometimes life gets in the way and the only way is the cheats way. This recipe using shop bought dairy-free puff pastry gives a great approximation of labour intensive laminated, yeast risen Danish dough. The fillings are simplicity itself – one single ingredient of choice, wrapped in the dough in a traditional shape, brushed with dairy-free milk and sprinkled with sugar. The only other adornment is a possible drizzle of icing , but only if you want to!

easy dairy-free danish pastry

Cheats Danish Pastries

(dairy-free, egg-free, nut-free, soya-free, sesame-free, vegetarian and vegan)

vegan chocolate danish

1/2 block shop bought, dairy-free puff pastry

dairy-free milk for brushing

caster sugar for sprinkling

for the fillings:

dairy-free dark chocolate, roughly chopped

jam

for decoration:

icing made from icing sugar and water

Add cocoa powder for chocolate pastries 

  1. Preheat the oven to 220 degrees centigrade/gas mark 7
  2. Roll out the pastry.
  3. For chocolate bear paws: cut into rectangles, fill with a line of chopped dairy-free chocolate and then fold over and seal all edges. Cut indentations into the sealed edge. Fan out.
  4. For the jam pinwheels. Cut a square, then cut diagonally in from each corner, fold up one of each side the the triangles and press down to form a windmill shape. Dollop on a tsp of jam.
  5. Brush the pastries with dairy-free milk and sprinkle with sugar.
  6. Bake for 12-15 minutes until golden and risen.
  7. Cool on a wire rack and then decorate with melted chocolate or icing.

vegan easy pain au chocolat

Egg-free Strawberry Soufflé 

egg-free souffle

Egg-free soufflé you say? Impossible! How on earth could you make a soufflé without any eggs? It’s another one of those dishes that seems out of reach.

As you should know by now, my mission is to recreate dishes so that no-one misses out, so that everyone can say, ‘oh yes I’ve tried a soufflé and I loved it’, or even just ‘yes, I’ve eaten a soufflé but I’m not that bothered about having another one’. So have always wanted to tackle the soufflé, it is after-all one of those stand out [get it?] ‘wow’ dishes!

It’s another recipe that I’ve been scheming and planning for years. As we know, the use of aquafaba has been a revelation in replacing eggs, surely that might help with the light soufflé texture? The hard truth is that baking it doesn’t really work. I tried. No soufflé-like rising was happening.

shuffle with no eggs or dairy

So, this is a no bake soufflé, so you could say it’s a bit of a cheat, but it has the light, fluffy aerated rise that you want, and is egg and dairy-free.

I’ve given it its height by chilling it in a risen soufflé shape. Despite not being baked, the texture is spot on, it’s delicate but with ‘holding power’.

There are a fair few stages to this recipe, but none of them difficult, so with a little bit of time, it’s easy to achieve. This particular recipe is a strawberry soufflé as we’re in prime strawberry season in the UK, and you’d be crazy not to use that in season produce. I’ve already got plans for other variations…. I’m dreaming of chocolate, lemon ….

dairy-free egg-free vegan souffle

So, there are a few steps to go through, but don’t be put off, it’s easy.

Step 1 is to make the jelly, I used a strawberry puree set with carraghenane kappa to ensure the finished soufflé had hold. There’s no point to a soufflé that flops instantly!

Step 2 is to make the meringue

Step 3 is to whip the cream and combine with the strawberry jelly

Step 4 is to fold in the meringue and set in the molds. Easy peasy!

Egg-free Strawberry Soufflé 

(dairy-free, egg-free, nut-free, soya-free, sesame-free, gluten-free, vegetarian and vegan)

vegan strawberry souffle

100ml strawberry puree

1g carragennan kappa or the veggie gelatine equivalent of 2 leaves of gelatine

1/3 cup aquafaba

Pinch of cream of tartar

4 tbsp icing sugar (I used Sugar and Crumbs strawberry flavour)

300ml whipped dairy-free cream

Strawberry essence, a few drops

A few drops of pink food colour

  1. Prepare the ramekins by tying or taping a collar of parchment around the tops so they can be filled above the rim. Set aside.ramekins for souffles
  2. Bring the strawberry puree and carragennan kappa to a boil, stir and simmer for one minute. Set aside to cool and set
  3. Whisk together the aquafaba and cream of tartar until light and fluffy. Best in the sugar 1 tbsp at a time to make a thick, smooth, glossy meringue. Set aside.
  4. Whip the cream to form soft peaks. Break up the strawberry jelly and whisk into the cream, adding strawberry essence and food colour if desired.

making a vegan souffle5. Gently fold in the meringue until the mix is evenly combined.folding meringue into a souffle

6. Spoon into the prepared ramekins and level off so the top of the soufflé is 1 or 2 cm above the rim.no bake vegan souffle

7. Place in the freezer for half an hour to an hour to set. Then transfer to the fridge.

egg-free strawberry souffle

Coffee Shop Style Giant Chocolate Chip Muffins

dairy-free coffee shop style muffins

Sometimes something more than toast and cereal is needed for breakfast, sometimes it needs to be something a little more fancy, indulgent and desirable. Since making pain au chocolat a couple of times, little S often requests them, but they’re not exactly a whip it up first thing in the morning whilst still wearing a dressing gown type of pastry! On this occasion I needed a luxurious breakfast which could be made in moments, popped in the oven whilst I was in the shower and then served warm to the waking family. Muffins are the way to go, especially chocolate chip ones where the chocolate pieces were still oozy from the oven – a perfect special breakfast if ever there was one!

I have plenty of muffin recipes on my blog, but this is the first time I’ve used aquafaba as an egg substitute and it gave some wonderfully light and fluffy results, just perfect for these giant coffee shop style muffins.

Coffee Shop Style Giant Chocolate Chip Muffins

(dairy-free, egg-free, nut-free, soya-free, sesame-free, vegetarian and vegan)

egg-free giant chocolate chip muffins

makes 6 giant muffins, 9 normal

1 and 1/2 cups plain flour

2 tsp baking powder

pinch salt

pinch of cinnamon

1/2 cup granulated sugar

1/2 cup dairy-free chocolate chips

3 tbsp aquafaba (water from a tin of beans or chickpeas)

1/2 cup dairy-free milk

1/4 cup oil, I use sunflower

1 tsp vanilla extract

granulated sugar for sprinkling, about 1 tbsp

  1. Preheat the oven to 210 degrees centigrade. Line a muffin tin.
  2. In a large bowl, mix together the flour, baking powder, salt, cinnamon and sugar
  3. Stir in the chocolate chips and make sure they’re coated with flier as this will help them stop sinking in the batter
  4. Pour in the aquafaba, milk, oil and vanilla. Gently stir until just combined (looks a bit lumpy but no raw flour patches remain)
  5. 2/3rds fill the muffin cases and bake for 5 minutes at 210 degrees Centigrade, then lower the temperature to 190 degrees and continue to cook for another 15 minutes.
  6. Cool on a wire rack.

vegan coffee shop style muffins

Five Ingredient Vegetarian Caprese ‘meatballs’

vegan, dairy-free pasta and meatballs

 

Meatballs on spaghetti are a perennially popular dish – children always seem to wolf them down. This vegetarian version works really well with spaghetti in a spicy tomato sauce, and adds a good dose of beany protein to an otherwise carb heavy dish.

I had a tin of canellini beans lurking around – as D jokingly calls it ‘the by product from my use of Aquafaba!!’, and I thought I’d experiment with white bean based ‘meatballs’. Although necessarily softer than a meaty version, they do get a nice crisp exterior whilst baking in the oven and the bean and breadcrumb mix is the perfect carrier of robust flavours – on this occasion sundried tomato, basil and garlic as a nod to a classic caprese salad. Besides, a recipe of five healthy ingredients which can be whipped up in minutes, you can’t complain at that!

bean balls for pasta

Vegetarian Caprese Meatballs

(dairy-free, egg-free, nut-free, soya-free, sesame-free, vegetarian and vegan)

serves 4

vegetarian spagetti and meatballs, egg-free

Makes 12 which serves 4

3/4 tin of canellini beans plus 2tbsp of the liquid in the tin (the aquafaba)

5 sundried tomatoes, roughly chopped

1 slice of bread made into breadcrumbs

1/2 clove garlic, finely chopped

Small bunch basil, chopped

Salt and pepper to taste

  1. Whizz together all the ingredients in a food processor
  2. Using wet hands, form into balls and place on a foil lined baking sheet which has been lightly oiled
  3. Bake for 15 minutes at 190 degrees centigrade until golden
  4. Serve on spaghetti and spicy tomato sauce

dairy-free veggie meatballs