Sunday, 14 October 2012

Recipe - Easy Raisin Danish

Myself and my gorgeous wife have just returned from a fantastic two week break in Lanzarote. There was lots of sunbathing, splashing around in the pool, plenty of driving around the island, and we made sure that we tried as much of the local food and drink that we could find. Of course, there were some quieter periods of relaxation, when I would flick through the limited Freeview channels. As it turned out, the only channel worth watching was Food Network.

One of the programmes that I ended up watching was Barefoot Contessa, I had never heard of Ina Garten before but after watching her putting together tasty and simple dishes with ease, I will be checking out her website on a regular basis. The great thing about the Danish recipe below is that you can adapt it easily to suit your own tastes.


  • 250g puff pastry - shop bought is ok
  • 50g butter, softened
  • 50g raisins
  • 50g Demerara sugar
  • 1tsp ground cinnamon

  1. Roll your pastry out, you're looking for a size of about 12" square.
  2. Brush the pastry with the melted butter before scattering the sugar, raisins and cinnamon over the top.
  3. From one end, roll the pastry up forming a tight roll. Using a sharp knife, slice the roll into pieces about 1" in thickness.
  4. Put the cut pinwheels into a buttered muffin tray before placing into a preheated oven 200C for 15-20 minutes.

As the kitchen began to fill with the smell of buttery pastry and caramelising sugar and cinnamon time seemed to stop! After what seemed like the longest 20 minutes, I removed the raisin Danishes from the oven and set them aside to cool. Shortly after, my addiction started in earnest. The Danishes were delicious, sweet and buttery, and perfect with my early morning coffee.

I love the fact that the recipe is quick, easy and very adaptable, and am already thinking about what I can make next Saturday morning!


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