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Danish Dessert - A Delicious Vegan Treat

Updated on July 3, 2017
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I love to cook and try new foods and recipes. I try to do my best to incorporate healthy foods, but sometimes I need a little comfort food.

Danish Dessert With Fresh Raspberries
Danish Dessert With Fresh Raspberries | Source

Danish Dessert - A Vegan Alternative to Gelatin

Did you realize that gelatin is an animal product? It is created from a substance gleened from under pig or cattle skin.

Sorry, did I just ruin your favorite wiggly dessert for you?

Danish Dessert on the other hand is thickened with cornstarch and tapioca flours. It is not as stiff as a gelatin dessert. Danish Dessert cannot be molded. It is not as soft as pudding. It is somewhere between the two. It is very smooth.

Absolutely delicious, it just bursts with a sweet to tart flavor. It comes in strawberry and raspberry. Raspberry is the most common and by far my favorite flavor.


A package of Danish Dessert has the same long shelf life as gelatin and pudding mixes.

You may keep it on hand to whip something special up when needed.

It can be served plain, in a dish or cup, the way you would serve pudding or gelatin desserts. One package makes four 1/2 cup servings.

(140 calories each)

Raspberry Danish Dessert - 12 packages

Twelve packages may seem like a lot, but it's not. Once you taste this and start using it in recipes you will let your imagination run wild.

Then, you will want to share it with your friends, give them a package and let them see how great it tastes.

Junket Danish Dessert Raspberry, 4.75-Ounce (Pack of 12)
Junket Danish Dessert Raspberry, 4.75-Ounce (Pack of 12)

While this was in every grocery store when I was young, it is now hard to find. It did ask for it in a Scandinavian import store. The owner then started carrying it. Technically, the Junket brand is made in the United States and is not an import.

 

Danish Dessert Pie With Fresh Raspberries

Danish Dessert Pie With Fresh Raspberries
Danish Dessert Pie With Fresh Raspberries | Source

Traditional Gelatin Desserts Are Animal Based

The gelatinous material used for gelatin desserts is scraped from under the skin of cattle and pigs.

Did you realize gelatin was an animal product?


Slice-Raspberry-Danish-Dessert-Pie
Slice-Raspberry-Danish-Dessert-Pie | Source

Danish Dessert Raspberry Pie

The pie is a little on the tart side with sweet undernotes.

This is quick and easy to make and the results are wonderful. When made with a ready made graham cracker crust, this takes only 10 minutes.

It may be served with a dollop of non-dairy whipped topping or whipped cream.


  • Prep time: 10 min
  • Cook time: 3 hours 50 min
  • Ready in: 4 hours
  • Yields: 6 to 8

Ingredients

  • 1 - package raspberry Danish Dessert
  • 1 - graham cracker crust
  • 1 half pint package of fresh raspberries
  • 1 -3/4 cups water
  • whipped topping (optional)

Instructions

  1. Wash and drain the raspberries and let dry a little.
  2. Follow the Danish Dessert package instructions for making pie glaze:
  3. Add the packaged mix to the water is a saucepan and stir constantly until it boils. Boil 1 minute while stirring constantly. (When they say "stir constantly, they really mean it, otherwise, you will have little globs).
  4. Remove from heat and let cool a little.
  5. Arrange berries on graham crack crust. Pour cooled Danish Dessert over berries. Chill for 4 hours.
Cast your vote for Fresh Raspberry and Danish Dessert Pie

When I was a child, Danish Dessert was sold in all the supermarkets and grocery stores in the U.S. It was common for us to have it as dessert. Now, it's hard to find.

I have found it in a few specialty grocery stores. It is usually where the gelatin desserts are sold, but above eye level.

Some Scandanavian import stores also sell it, but it's usually higher in price.

I buy the 12 packages off the internet. When my guests enjoy it, I give them a package to take home.

Step by Step Photos of Recipe

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This is the powdered mix with water in a saucepan -- before heat is added.  This mixture must be stirred constantly.This is how the mixture looks after it boils.  It becomes darker, transparent, and thicker.Cleaned, washed, drained raspberries in graham cracker crust.Pour the cooled Danish Dessert over the raspberries.   Chill in refrigerator for 4 hours.
This is the powdered mix with water in a saucepan -- before heat is added.  This mixture must be stirred constantly.
This is the powdered mix with water in a saucepan -- before heat is added. This mixture must be stirred constantly. | Source
This is how the mixture looks after it boils.  It becomes darker, transparent, and thicker.
This is how the mixture looks after it boils. It becomes darker, transparent, and thicker. | Source
Cleaned, washed, drained raspberries in graham cracker crust.
Cleaned, washed, drained raspberries in graham cracker crust. | Source
Pour the cooled Danish Dessert over the raspberries.   Chill in refrigerator for 4 hours.
Pour the cooled Danish Dessert over the raspberries. Chill in refrigerator for 4 hours. | Source

Graham Cracker Crust Recipes - And a few other types of crust

If you prefer to make your own Graham Cracker crust -- here are some options

Strict vegans be advised "Honey Grahams" do have honey in them.

Try strawberry Danish Dessert

Make the same recipe but with strawberries rather than raspberries.

Use this as a glaze with strawberries on top of your favorite cheesecake.

Junket Danish Dessert Strawberry, 4.75-Ounce Boxes (Pack of 12)
Junket Danish Dessert Strawberry, 4.75-Ounce Boxes (Pack of 12)

Stir your fruit into the Danish dessert and then use the mixture in a pie or as a topping for cheesecake. It makes the fruit look glossy and gives a professional presentation.

 

What's Your Danish Dessert Experience?

Danish-Dessert-Pie
Danish-Dessert-Pie | Source

Danish Dessert was introduced in the United States in 1939.

Have you ever had Danish Dessert?

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By the way

Danish Dessert is made in the United States not in Denmark.

I do believe there is a version made in Denmark, but that is even harder to find.

Keep in mind the nice bright red color of this dessert.

It adds great color to a Christmas or New Year holiday event.

It can even be a nice end to a romatic Valentine's Day dinner.

Try Danish Dessert Just As a Pudding

Danish Dessert  As A Pudding
Danish Dessert As A Pudding | Source

Make a Parfait -- Let the Danish Dessert Cool A Little First, Then It With Layer Non-Dairy Creamer

Make a Parfait -- Let the Danish Dessert Cool A Little First, Then It With Layer Non-Dairy Creamer
Make a Parfait -- Let the Danish Dessert Cool A Little First, Then It With Layer Non-Dairy Creamer | Source

© 2012 Ellen Gregory

What do you think about Danish Dessert? - Or just tell me what you think.

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    • askformore lm profile image

      askformore lm 4 years ago

      I love Danish deserts! (I am biased, being Danish)

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      Helene-Malmsio 4 years ago

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      Andrej977 LM 5 years ago

      Mmmmmm I smell it. thanks for this.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I love cakes, sweats anything like this. Looking around for my wedding so I am going to fave this because WOW looks too good not to use at my wedding :) thanks for this wonderful lens.

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      donmanual 5 years ago

      Oh, it looks amazing!

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      Mandy Stradley 5 years ago

      Looks great, and the presentation is beautiful!

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      dream1983 5 years ago

      It looks so delicious! Great job!

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      mouse1996 lm 5 years ago

      Looks yummy. It's amazing that isn't made with gelatin. Very cool.

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      GeekGirl1 5 years ago

      Looks really delicious.

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      writerkath 5 years ago

      You have taught me something new today! Thank you! :)

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      Mary Norton 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      I try to cut back on dessert now though this one looks inviting.

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      DuaneJ 5 years ago

      Mouth watering....yummm..

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      Elsie Hagley 5 years ago from New Zealand

      Looks great, something I would like to try. Thanks for sharing the recipe. Blessed.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Sounds and looks delightful!