Some of the tastiest Danish pastries to buy now

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Hygge is the Scandinavian word for a feeling of comfort and warmth, a cozy moment. Just like a Danish pastry.

Since the start of the pandemic, sales have exploded as we have come to slowly enjoy the delight of foods that are produced with care and love – foods that not only serve to satisfy hunger, but that evoke emotions. And now we’re ready to queue for them too (maybe Covid has taught us to slow down and be patient), especially on weekends, to enjoy with premium coffee. How lucky we are if that’s all it takes to cheer us up.

Danish pastries are often not too sweet, even when loaded with fruit. They also have some nutritional value. The dough is enriched with milk and egg, often streaked with almond paste – rich in protein and minerals – all good in small doses. As with all treats, it’s best to enjoy them once a week, when we can take a deep, relaxing breath and immerse ourselves in the hygge.

Spring Danish The Grumpy Bakers € 3

The grumpy baker. Photos: Denis Minihane.

The zest of the roasted rhubarb pieces contrasts perfectly with the creamy vanilla cream of a superbly light paste coated in a lemon glaze. It’s a great pastry that could easily be shared, although you might not want to. A great product. From the bakery on Broderick Street, Midleton, Co Cork.

Goal: 9.5

Cameron Danish Blueberry € 2.50

Cameron
Cameron

A beautifully slightly crispy pastry contrasts beautifully with the creamy, syrupy blueberries. Nicely glazed. The tasters loved them. Lots of choices here of pastries and delicious cakes.

Goal: 9

Apricot strawberry tree and custard 2 €

Arbutus
Arbutus

In a light and tasty dough, a deliciously rich vanilla pastry cream offers a soft bed with a good half of apricot. The tasters also loved the plump raisin and vanilla (€ 1.50). Both good value for money. On the market stalls of Mahon, Douglas, Cork and Midleton, Co Cork. Stores that stock the bread from the bakery may have the Danish from time to time.

Goal: 9

Dolce & Salato at Amberley Store & Bakery Danish grape € 1.70

Dolce & Salato
Dolce & Salato

An incredibly light, crispy and flavorful buttery dough, sprinkled with plump, good quality dried fruit. A new bakery for me, although it has been around for six years, it is owned by baker Prospero Bernetti who comes from the Marche region of Italy. There are other pastries in the range, as well as mouthwatering cannoli to make us dream of a vacation.

Goal: 9

ABC Pear and almond € 2.80

ABC
ABC

This decently sized square of light layers of dough is topped with a thick slice of poached pear and almond chips. A delicious organic blend, it is made at the Tartine bakery in Dublin by the super talented Thibault Peigne, born in Brittany. Its raisin bread (€ 2.50) is also delicious. Also try Sicilian Delight, a pistachio cream croissant (€ 3.50) from Dario. In select Dunnes stores and the English market in Cork.

Goal: 9

The Baking Emporium Fruit Danish 2.50 €

Bakery store
Bakery store

Beautifully spiraled and flaky with generous touches of natural, creamy marzipan, this generous and substantial pastry also contains currants. The frosting makes all the difference, keeping it moist and delicious. There is also a cinnamon version.

Goal: 8.75

Danish Apple Aldi Gráinne’s Bakery € 1.29 for two

Aldi Gráinne
Aldi Gráinne

Packaged in pairs, palm oil is used without any mention of durability. Other additives are included. Although we found fresh, flaky croissants, there were no fresh fruit danishes at our local branches. The apple offers a nice contrast with the paste which was a bit heavy for the tasters. The sugar icing helps. Made by Twomey’s Bakery in Limerick, with apples from various countries.

Goal: 7.25

Dunnes Stores Danish House € 1

Dunnes
Dunnes

Wrapped individually or in multiple bags, this is a pretty dense Danish and small compared to other samples, but for the price it makes a few satisfying fruity bites. Made in France and finished in house. We bought in Blackpool, Cork.

Goal: 7.25


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