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6 Pastry Shapes Plus 4 Delicious Fillings for Brunching Your Best

Get ready for the best brunch ever. Using just one pastry recipe, we're fashioning pastry dough into a half-dozen shapes, adding any of four delicious fillings. To create our pastries, we're using Cindy's Danish Pastry Recipe and plus four tasty pastry fillings. Let's look at the fillings first:

Pastry Cream

Pastry Cream Filling | Photo by Eclarner

Four 5-Star Fillings for Your Pastries

Cheese Filling

This creamy filling blends cream cheese and sugar with vanilla and an egg yolk. "This is the cheese filling I use for several different sweet breads," says POKEY-TURTLE, "and it tastes like cheesecake. Everyone loves it. Can be used to fill kolachkes, braids or even dropped in the center of chocolate cupcakes -- yummy but loaded with calories."

Cherry Pie Filling

Make your own cherry filling using fresh or frozen sour cherries. It's easy and requires just three ingredients -- pitted tart cherries, sugar, and cornstarch. "Wonderful!" raves anise. "I made little tarts with this recipe. So delicious."

Hungarian Poppy Seed Filling

"This is a ground poppy-seed filling often used for Middle European kolacs (also called kolacky or kolachke) -- filled, rolled, baked yeast dough -- and sweet rolls" says Hepzibah.

Pastry Cream

This custard filling holds its shape during baking and is delicious on its own, but really shines when topped with fruit. Try pastry cream crowned with a canned apricot half for a “fried egg” Danish.

6 Pastry Shapes

With the fillings figured out, it's time to make some shapes! Prepare the dough for Cindy's Danish Pastry as the recipe suggest, rolling out the dough to a thickness of a quarter inch.

1. The Coil

Wrap twisted strips of pastry dough into a coil shapes.
 

The Coil

The Coil | Photo by Jill 

2. The Foldover

Fold thin sheets of pasta into envelopes.
 

 The Foldover

 The Foldover | Photo by LYNNINMA

3. The Kite

Start with a square pastry base. Shape strips of pastry dough along the edges with delicious filling in the center.
 

The Kite

The Kite | Photo by afquattl 

4. The Square

Fill the center of a pastry sheet with deliciousness and fold in the corners.
 

The Square

The Square | Photo by Eileen

5. The Pinwheel

At each corner of a square sheet of pastry, make nice sharp diagonal slices through the pastry with a pairing knife. Fold each corner piece inward and press the center with your thumb to create an indention. Add a dollop of filling to the center.
 

The Pinwheel Photo by Deb C

The Pinwheel | Photo by Deb C

 

6. The Braid

To create this shape, we're following the advice in Colleen Royal's Danish Kringle Recipe.

Form the dough into a rectangle, and flour lightly. On a heavily floured surface, roll out to approximately 12x17 inches. Position lengthwise on the work surface. Along the long edges of the dough rectangle, use a sharp knife to cut 4-inch long angled lines about 1/2 inch apart. Spoon filling along the length of the rectangle's uncut center.

Alternating from one side of the dough to the other, fold each 1/2 inch wide strip towards the center, crisscrossing the filling in a braid-like fashion. Lightly press together the ends of the strips to seal.
 

The Braid

The Braid | Photo by missy huber

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