Danish for Lunch
Every summer we're faced with the pleasant task of trying to figure out how to use all the fruit from our trees. Most of the fruit gets ripe at the same time and it's not possible to eat it all fresh. Right now the apricots, apriums (cross between apricot and plum), plums, and sour cherries are almost all ripe. The fig tree, which usually has 2-3 crops per year, is also beginning to have some ripe fruit. Carol doesn't like jams or jellies so that rules out one method of preserving them. I like jam but I rarely eat toast, so I don't go through the jam very fast. Besides, my brother keeps sending us his homemade blackberry jam that's better than anything I ever make. The obvious solution then, is to make lots of pastry with fresh fruit. Yesterday it was puff pastry tarts, today it's apricot and plum danish. And they're just in time for lunch.
The Danish dough is the Danish with Biga from ABAP. I left the fully laminated dough in the refrigerator an extra day because I was too busy to use it yesterday. In addition to the fruit, they are filled with pastry cream (also from ABAP) flavored with li-hing powder (1/2 teaspoon of li-hing powder to 2 pounds of pastry cream). This dough had a mind of its own. They were supposed to be shaped like the one in the left front in the photo but most of them unfolded themselves while proofing.