Flaky Strawberry Jam Treats
I love vegan Danish pastries and if you do too, you'll love these strawberry jam-filled mini pastries that you definitely need to give a try.
I used pre-rolled vegan puff pastry for this recipe as it makes the whole process far simpler and much quicker which i'm sure most of you will appreciate. They taste super fresh and you won't believe how crispy they are!
Be sure to check out my vegan strawberry cheesecake bars for more strawberry inspiration.
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What Is Danish Pastry?
Danish pastry is a type of multi-layered, dough which is made through a process known as laminating. This layering techniques gives the pastry a puffy appearance. They are usually filled with something sweet such as jam and sometimes topped with a glaze or nuts.
Important Ingredients Overview & Notes
- Fresh strawberries - I don't recommend using frozen strawberries for this recipe. Fresh ones will give you a better texture for the jam.
- Maple syrup - I chose to use maple syrup as the sweetener for the jam to make them healthier but you can swap it out for granulated sugar (to taste) which is a sweeter option. You can also use a bit of both.
- Chia seeds - This is a magical ingredient because they have the ability to thicken things. In the case of this recipe, the jam is thickened by them.
- Pre-rolled store-bought puff pastry - Buying pre-rolled dough is a HUGE time saver. It tastes great and it is really easy/convenient to use.
- Soy milk - this can be swapped out for a different plant milk of your choice.
How To Make Vegan Danish Pastry
For the full method and ingredient amounts, please refer to the recipe card at the bottom of this post.
1: Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper.
2: Mash the strawberries inside a large bowl.
3: Add the other jam ingredients to the bowl and combine.
4: Roll out the puff pastry and cut out your shapes.
5: Place the pastry shapes on the lined baking sheet.
6: Make the vegan 'egg' wash.
7: Glaze the unbaked pastries with the vegan 'egg' wash. Bake them.
8: Let them cool down.
Why You Will Love These Strawberry Pastries:
- They're crispy and golden.
- This recipe uses pre-rolled pastry which makes it far easier and more approachable.
- They have homemade strawberry jam in the centre.
- This recipe is completely vegan and dairy free.
Expert Tips & Tricks
Don't Over-Bake The Pastries
Follow the timings in the recipe card carefully as these pastries will burn if you leave them in for too long. You want them to be golden brown. Also, bake them in the centre of your oven.
Use Chilled Puff Pastry
When puff pastry is chilled beforehand, it increases the amount of 'puffing' in the oven. If yours is frozen, thaw fully in the fridge so that it is still chilled.
Frequently Asked Questions:
Here in the U.K, many of the pre-rolled puff pastry brands are accidentally such as, JusRol who also offer a gluten free option too.
Yes, you can! This will be a little sweeter than the jam in this recipe, if that's what you like. You can also make my vegan lemon curd, which makes a great filling.
Traditionally, Danish pastries are not vegan as they contain eggs, milk and butter. My version are (of course) free from animal products.
Store these Danish pastries in the fridge for up to 24 hours after making them. Let them come to room temperature before serving. If you wish, you can reheat them at 160 Celsius in the oven for a few minutes.
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Vegan Danish Mini Pastries with Strawberry Chia Jam Filling (Gluten Free Option)
- Total Time: 40 minutes
- Yield: 12 pastries 1x
- Diet: Vegan
My easy vegan Danish pastries are crispy, golden and filled with sweet strawberry chia jam. Serve warm and enjoy.
For the strawberry jam filling:
- 100g fresh strawberries (tops removed & chopped)
- 15ml maple syrup
- 1 Tablespoon granulated sugar
- 1 teaspoon lemon juice
- 1.5 teaspoons chia seeds
For the pastry:
- 1 sheet pre-rolled store-bought puff pastry (mine was a 37cm x 26cm rectangle. You can also use a gluten free puff pastry sheet)
- Sprinkle of all-purpose flour (or gluten free all-purpose flour)
For the vegan ‘egg’ wash:
- 2 Tablespoons soy milk
- 0.5 Tablespoon vegetable oil
- 0.5 teaspoon vegan butter (melted)
- 0.25 teaspoon maple syrup
- Granulated sugar (sprinkle on after brushing ‘egg’ wash, to taste)
For the topping:
- Powdered sugar (sifted to taste, optional)
Make the strawberry jam filling:
- Add the strawberries to a large mixing bowl. Use a potato masher to mash the strawberries until they become mushy.
- Stir in the lemon juice and the maple syrup, then finally fold in the chia seeds.
- Place the jam into the fridge for at least 20 minutes so that it can thicken a little.
Prepare the puff pastry:
- Preheat your oven to 180 Celsius and line a large baking sheet with parchment paper. Set aside.
- Roll out the pre-rolled puff pastry on a lightly floured surface so that it doesn’t stick. Rub a little extra flour on any parts of the dough that are still sticky.
- Use a 3-inch, round cookie cutter to cut out each of the pastries, then take a slightly smaller 2 ¾ inch cookie cutter of another shape (I used a star in the images, but I now recommend a smaller circle instead, as the shape disappeared) and press it softly into the centre of the first circle. You want there to be an indentation but don’t cut the second circle completely. Place the pastries onto the lined baking sheets. Set aside.
- Spoon some approximately, one teaspoon of the jam into the centre of the smaller shape indentation.
- In a small bowl, mix the soy milk, vegetable oil, melted vegan butter and maple syrup to make the ‘egg’ wash. Brush the ‘egg’ wash around the edges of the indentation shape.
Bake the pastries:
- Sprinkle some granulated sugar onto the glazed pastries and bake them in the centre of the oven for 10 minutes. They should be golden brown and crispy. Let them cool a little. In the meantime, bake the other remaining pastries.
- Dust the baked Danish strawberry jam pastries with powdered sugar and serve.
- Prep Time: 30 minutes
- Cook Time: 10 minutes
- Category: Bakes
- Method: Baking
- Cuisine: Danish Strawberry Pastries
- Serving Size: 1 Pastry
- Calories: 174
- Sugar: 3.9 g
- Sodium: 55.4 mg
- Fat: 8.7 g
- Carbohydrates: 21.4 g
- Protein: 2.7 g
- Cholesterol: 0 mg
Keywords: danish pastry, danish pastries, vegan danish pastry, vegan baking, strawberry tarts, jam tarts
Found this recipe on your Instagram. Tried them and they were tasty! 😍