Danish pastries are great! Danish vegan desserts and pastries are even better. A Danish has basically become a verb referring to the what the Danes call a “spandauer”, which was actually brought to them by the Austrians. When I first moved to Denmark, I was not a big fan of Danish food, but one thing that would always make me happy was their pastries. I come from a country where celebrations usually equal cake, but in this case, cake equals pastry.
The Danish word kage (cake) itself is used all the time referring to anything sweet. The word for cookies is literally translated to small cakes and you can imagine the look on my face when people told me they are bringing cake and showed up with cookies and pastries. Still happy, but definitely not what I was imagining. Danish vegan desserts have a special place in my heart since they are the first vegan desserts I tried – I recommend you give them a chance if you can.
I know it is quite annoying when the blogger writes their whole life story before giving the recipe so without further talk, enjoy this veganized recipe for one of my favorite Danish vegan raspberry desserts. In order to make this recipe a bit more accessible I will offer some alternatives so that you can find all ingredients locally.
Danish Raspberry Dessert (made vegan)
For the raspberry jam (you can also use store bought to save time)
- 2 tbsp potato flour
- 1/4 cup sugar
- 2.5 tbsp water
- 1.5 cups raspberries or another berry of choice
For the dough/pastry
- 1 3/4 cups regular flour
- 60 / 8 ml/ oz water
- 150/ 5 ml/oz vegan butter
- ¾ cup sugar
- 1 ¼ cup icing sugar
- 50 / 7 ml / oz water
- frozen raspberries
- anything else you like
Making the marmalade
- Cook the frozen berries and sugar together under low heat.
- Mix water and the potato flour together and pour it where the berries and sugar are cooking.
- Let the mixture cook 4-5 minutes while stirring and then let it cool off.
Making the dough
- Put the water in a big bowl and add all the ingredients in.
- After you mix everything together, use your hands to knead the dough a bit.
- You can roll the dough out on a flat surface right away but it is best if you let it cool off in the fridge for at least half an hour. If you don't have the time you can just roll it out.
- Roll out the dough as long as a piece of a baking sheet, it should end up being quite thin, maybe 1-2 cm.
- Bake it under 180°C/360°F for around 15-17 minutes.
- When it is ready, cut it out into squares immediately and then let it cool off.
Putting it all together
- Put marmalade on one of the dough pieces and then close with another one.
- Put frosting on top and then optionally decorate with sprinkles, raspberry pieces or whatever else you like!
- Mix the icing sugar and water together under low heat.
- The frosting is ready! Keep in mind it will harden as soon as it cools off so make it as a last thing when you are ready to immediately pour it on top of your desserts.
- Also remember to put your additional toppings before the frosting has hardened so they can remain on top.
Hope you enjoy this recipe and please let me know how it went. If you happen to visit Denmark, you can check out lots of cool vegan places around the city. I personally recommend you don’t miss out on visiting Cafe Kaf which offers so many amazing vegan pastries and cakes!