Look at this danish. Looks perfect doesn’t it? It is certainly perfect to my eyes and it was perfectly delicious in my tummy but if I tell you about this Danish past you you might be surprised.
Just like in our lives, the road to getting to look so good was not simple, there where mistakes. These errors made me very angry and I was thinking of not even posting this recipe but I then saw the message behind it and I was reminded of a beautiful song so I decided to share it with you.
We have been in many places, we have been up and we have been down. Remembering the times where we have been down can bring tears to our eyes and for many, these could be tears of shame. Some times those tears might not only be about our past but about where we are and how we see ourselves today. There is nothing wrong with crying in itself but whats going to hold you back is drowning in those tears and not recognizing the beauty in the mess. One of my favorite songs by Tenth Avenue North says “You are more than the choices that you’ve made, You are more than the sum of your past mistakes, You are more than the problems you create, You’ve been remade”. Today, lets learn from those lyrics and lets make more out of what we see in ourselves. Lets consider new roads, a new tomorrow and new results, because no matter where we have been, where we are or where we think we will end up, we are more.
If you want to see how this applies to the making of this danish, read below how it was remade.
It all started with a puff pastry dough that was carefully rolled and cut on the sides so that once filled could be braided.
Here is how the danish looked after being filled, brushed with an egg wash and sprinkled with sugar coated almonds. What was the mistake you may ask? well, keep reading below my friend.
Here it is: After I braided and closed each side of the puff pastry I then realized I forgot to add the apples and almond slivers. Without the apples it was not going to be an Almond & Apples Ricotta Danish! I stood there, frustrated thinking it was the end of the world. What to do? throw it all out the window? start over again? or using the beautiful mess in front of me. I decided to remade the danish and carry on. I opened it all up, added the missing ingredients and the result was much more than what I thought.
Go ahead, take this story and consider yourself much more thank what you think, because you are. Go celebrate the fact that you have been remade and what has been done for you with this perfect, beautiful, once messy danish.
Almond & Apples Ricotta Danish
1 puff pastry sheet, defrosted
3 tablespoon ricotta
Two tablespoons almond butter
1/4 cup sugar
1 medium size apple
Hand full slivered almonds
1 egg (for egg wash)
Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.
In a bowl, mix ricotta, almond butter and sugar. Set aside.
Peel and chop the apple in small 1/2 inch cubes. Set aside.
Roll the puff pastry sheet slightly with a floured rolling pin and place it on top a big piece of parchment paper as your surface so once the danish is ready, it can be easier to transfer to a baking sheet.
Slice 1 inch strips horizontally to the sides of the puff pastry, leaving about 4 inches in the center uncut. Cut the same amount of strips on both sides. They can be thinner if you would like but my strips were about 2 inches wide.
Spread evenly in the center the ricotta filling. Add the chopped apples in the center and sprinkle a few of the almond slivers too.
To braid the puff pastry, fold the strips over the filing, alternating sides.
Transfer the danish to a baking sheet, and brush top with egg wash.
Bake for about 20 minutes, or until puffed up and golden brown.