Easy-Peasy Apple and Marzipan Danish Pastries (Vegan Option)

These are so simple, it should hardly be called a recipe. But don’t mistake their simplicity as lacking. These really are something special, made even better by the lack of washing up. Yet, these are, of course, cheats Danish pastries using ready-made puff pastry rather than traditional laminated sweet pastry. But then, it does say easy peasy in the title.

I have gone for apple and marzipan, two classic flavours that pair well together, but I imagine cherry jam instead, would work wonderfully.

These are so simple, making this the perfect recipe if you need to whip out something impressive without much faff. The only tricky thing to describe is the cutting and the folding. If you are unsure, make it up! You can’t go wrong really. 

Ingredients :

  • Packet of shop-bought puff pastry 
  • 8 tsp applesauce
  • 80g marzipan cut into 8 pieces
  • Handful of flaked almonds
  • 1 egg, beaten (or use dairy-free milk to keep vegan)
  • Icing sugar for dusting (optional)


  1. Preheat oven to 200c and line two trays with greaseproof paper 
  2. Roll out the puff pastry so it is large enough to make 8 squares
  3. Place a teaspoon of applesauce into the middle of the square, then top with the marzipan pieces 
  4. Using a sharp knife, cut each corner diagonally towards the middle, stopping where you have the apple and marzipan. Then, bring alternative corners towards the middle, so you make a windmill shape
  5. Brush each pastry with the beaten egg, top with flaked almonds and bake for 20 minutes
  6. Leave to cool completely before dusting with icing sugar and serving.

Recipe notes

– To keep vegan, use a little dairy-free milk to brush over the top rather than a beaten egg. Also, ensure your pastry is vegan, JusRoll puff pastry is.