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How to make Danish Pasteries - Cinnamon Whirls or Apple, Raisin & Cinnamon Whirls or are they strudles? + a cheats way

Updated on November 27, 2013

Breakfast or desert?

Whether you want to bake these for breakfast as a swirl or a desert like the strudle you are going to love these easy to do delicious recipes.

Make sure you take not of the cheat method as it will save you time and effort.

Ingredients for puff pastry

  • 250g (9oz) plain flour
  • 1 teaspoon of salt
  • 250g (9oz) butter
  • 150g (5oz) water

This makes 700g (25 oz) of puss pastry

How to make puff pastry

  1. Sieve the flour and salt into a large bowl.
  2. Chop the butter into small chunks and add them to the bowl.
  3. Rub the butter into the flour to create a bread crumb effect. (Note: this is easier if the butter is room temperature)
  4. Then squash all the bread crumbs together to create a a dough.
  5. In the middle of the dough, create a little hole by pushing your thumb into the middle.
  6. Fill this hole with water and mix using your hands until the dough if firm.
  7. Repeat this process until you have used all the water.
  8. Cover with cling film and place into the fridge for 20 minutes to set.

Once ready:

NOTE 1:It is important that you roll the dough in one direction only and don't over work it.

NOTE 2: When you roll the dough you should have a marbled effect to it's surface and you should be able to see bits of butter.

  • First lightly flour a board ready for rolling.
  • When rolling it out, roll out until the disired shape.
  • Then fold in half and roll out again.
  • Turn the dough to the side and repeat.
  • Repeat these steps a few times until you have the desired size and shape.

So once you have got the puff pastry ready you can decide what you want to do with it. Here are a few ideas:

  • Cinnamon Swirls
  • Apple, Raisin and Cinnamon Swirls
  • Apple, Raisin and Cinnamon Strudle

Ingredients for Cinnamon Whirls

  • Puff pastry
  • 60g (2 oz) of Butter
  • 60g (2oz) sugar
  • 2 tbsp of ground cinnamon
  • 1 egg
  • icing to drizzle on the top.

1. Cinnamon Swirls

Cinnamon Swirls are a delicious breakfast or snack and so easy to make. The hardest part is to make the puff pastry and yet you can so easily cheat and buy shop made puff pastry for a cheap and easy to use alternative.

3.1 stars from 62 ratings of Delicious Cinnamon Swirls

Instructions:

  1. Preheat the oven to 180 degrees C or gas mark 4.
  2. Grease the baking tray using butter.
  3. Place your rolled out pastry on a baking tray so it is ready.
  4. Into a mixing bowl, cut the butter into small parts.
  5. Add the sugar and cinnamon
  6. Mix well to make a smooth consistency.
  7. Spoon this mixture gently over the pastry, making sure you go right up to the edges and it is even all over.
  8. Roll the pastry up, starting at one edge so it forms a cylinder shape.
  9. Pinch along the open edge to seal it.
  10. Take a sharp knife and cut into sections, around 2cm in length should be fine.
  11. Place these cut sections onto a the baking tray sideways so you can see the swirl facing up.

NOTE: Place them so they are spaced out well because the puff pastry will expand.

12. Lightly brush the swirls with a beaten egg and sprinkle with some sugar.

13. Bake in the oven for 20 minutes or until golden brown and puffy.

14. Place onto a cooling tray and allow to cool for at least 10-20 minutes.

15. Drizzle icing sugar on top.

Once you have the pastry made:

Prep time: 15 min
Cook time: 20 min
Ready in: 35 min
Yields: 10-12 swirls

Ingredients for an Apple, Raisin and Cinnamon Swirl/Strudle

  • Puff Pastry
  • 1 large baking apple
  • 1/2 cup of raisins
  • 60g (2oz) Butter
  • 60g (2oz) sugar
  • 2 tbsp of ground cinnamon
  • 1 egg
  • icing to drizzle on the top.

2. Apple, Raisin and Cinnamon Swirl

If you want something a bit more differnet and want the sweet taste of apple and raisin, why not add to the cinnamon swirls above to make these apple, raisin and cinnamon swirls.

The cheats method here, again, is to use shop bought puff pastry as this is a cheap and easy alternative.

Instructions of how to make a Apple, Raisin and Cinnamon Swirl

  1. Preheat the oven to 180 degrees C or gas mark 4.
  2. Grease the baking tray using butter.
  3. Place your rolled out pastry on a lightly floured side.
  4. Into a saucepan, cut the butter into small chunks.
  5. Add the sugar and cinnamon.
  6. Mix well to make a smooth consistency.
  7. Next skin and core the apple.
  8. Cut the apple in small cube shapes.
  9. Add this to the mixture in your pan.
  10. Heat the mixture while constantly stiring it for 5-10 minutes until the apples have softened. Do not let it boil.
  11. Spoon this mixture gently over the pastry, making sure you go right up to the edges and it is as even as you can make it all over.
  12. Sprinkle on the raisins evenly all over.
  13. Roll the pastry up, starting at one edge so it forms a cylinder shape.
  14. Pinch along the open edge to seal it.
  15. Take a sharp knife and cut into sections, around 2cm in length should be fine.
  16. Place these cut sections onto the baking tray sideways so you can see the swirl facing up.

NOTE: Place them so they are spaced out well because the puff pastry will expand.

17. Lightly brush the swirls with beaten egg and sprinkle with sugar.

18. Bake in the oven for 20 minutes or until golden brown and puffy.

19. Place onto a cooling tray and allow to cool for at least 10-20 minutes.

20. Drizzle icing sugar over the top.

3. Apple, Raisin and Cinnamon Strudel

Strudel is German for whirlpool.

This is basic to make as we have already gone through the instructions above for the swirls.

The difference being that you do not cut into small swirls you bake it as a long pastry and cut after. The puff pastry makes a great crackle when you cut it after.

This is definitely more of a pudding than a breakfast like the swirls. It is nice to be served piping hot with ice-cream.

You will love it.


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