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Easy Gooseberry Danishes

I love gooseberries – they always remind me of after school dinners at my grandma and grandad’s kitchen table. Sarah made these easy gooseberry danishes today and we love them. The tart, soft gooseberry goes so well with the crispy sweet pastry. Perfect with a big mug of tea! Easy to make too, especially if you use ready made puff pastry.

Cooking gooseberries


Gooseberry Danish

Gooseberry Danish

To make 8 danishes you need: 1 pack of puff pastry, 4 tablespoons of sugar, 1 cup of gooseberries, two tablespoons of milk, icing sugar for decoration. 

Roll out the pastry, then cut into eight rectangles. Arrange them on baking sheets and score lines as shown below. This helps the danish stay in the right shape.

Gooseberry Danish

Puff pastry sheets

Bake the pastry for 10 minutes at 180 C. Meanwhile, snip off the tops and bottoms of the gooseberries and put them in a pan with a splash of water. Heat them until they soften then add 3 tablespoons of sugar (or less depending on how tart you like them).

The pastry should be just turning golden when you remove them from the oven. Push down the middles of the pastry with the back of a spoon. Brush the edges with milk then sprinkle with sugar. Then spoon the stewed gooseberries into the centre.

Gooseberry Danish

Cook the pastry for 10 minutes, then push the middle down

Put them in the oven again for 10 more minutes. Cool on a wire rack, then drizzle over icing. Eat with a big mug of tea, yum!

Gooseberry Danish

Gooseberry danish

I think these would be great with almost any fruit – we are going to try rhubarb next! Let me know what flavour you like best! Jane

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