Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Garlic Soup

Thanks to the other Vegan MoFo writers for all the fantastic blogging this month.  Posting five days a week has been a challenge for me, but it has pushed me to try new things, spend more time cooking, and diversify my diet.  My goal now that MoFo is over is to continue posting twice a week, most likely one original recipe and one recipe review per week.  I'm excited to try out some of the many other MoFo posts I've starred in my Google Reader.  And without further ado: Garlic Soup.

This, folks, is my most coveted recipe.  Garlic soup sounds homely, and doesn't look like much.  It isn't polite food, and it will make you smell like garlic for at least a day after you eat it.  Furthermore, thinly slicing an entire cup of garlic is tedious tedious work.  It's worth it.

The ingredients
1 1/2 cups margarine
1 cup thinly-sliced garlic
2 cups finely chopped yellow onion
1 cup unbleached all-purpose flour (which sounds like too much, but isn't a typo)
5 1/2 cups vegetable broth
5 garlic cloves, minced or pressed
1 cup Silk creamer (plain flavor)
2 Roma tomatoes, seeded and finely chopped
salt and cayenne pepper to taste

The process

  1. Melt margarine over medium-low heat, then saute sliced garlic and onion in margarine for about 7 minutes, or until completely softened.
  2. Stir in flour and cook, stirring constantly, for about 2 minutes.  
  3. Whisk in 1 1/2 cups broth, then add remaining broth and cook over low heat 12-15 minutes, stirring a few times.  
  4. Add minced or pressed garlic, and simmer 5 minutes.
  5. Add creamer and return to a simmer.  Cook, stirring frequently, 10 minutes.  Season with salt and cayenne to taste (if using canned broth, you probably won't need to add salt).
  6. Remove from heat, stir in tomatoes, and let stand 10 minutes.
  7. Serve with bread for sopping up the broth.

Monday, November 29, 2010

Pomegranate, unadorned (but adored!)

I planted several pomegranate trees in my yard when I bought my house three years ago. At long last, one of them finally gave me a fruit.  I thought about making a gourmet fancy-pants meal with pomegranate seeds elegantly sprinkled on the plate, but lust won out and I ended up eating the entire fruit plain, straight from my sticky red fingers.  It was magnificent.

Saturday, November 27, 2010

Thanksgiving recap

As promised, here is a picture of my campfire Thanksgiving feast: pan-fried green beans; skewered veggies, seitan and potatoes; mushroom gravy; and canned cranberry sauce.  It did not disappoint.  I also made camp pies by rolling tortillas around canned apple pie filling, and tossing them in the fire wrapped in foil. Utterly delicious.

And just because I love him, here is a cute picture of my dog Jasper, who thought snow was the best thing in the world and would like me to move to a cold climate.

Thursday, November 25, 2010


Happy Thanksgiving!
As much as I've been salivating over everyone's Thanksgiving posts this week,  I won't be making any of your recipes (that is, not for Thanksgiving) because I'm going camping instead.  After 3 years in a row of hosting big vegan Thanksgivings for non-vegan friends and acquaintances, I decided to take a break, so my husband, my dog and I are heading to Yosemite.  I'll be doing my best to convert some of the flavors I associate with the holiday into dishes I can easily cook over the campfire.  The planned menu is:
  • Skewered seitan, fingerling potatoes, onions, butternut squash and mushrooms (grilled over the fire)
  • Mushroom gravy (made ahead of time and reheated on the camp stove)
  • Green beans (pan-fried over the fire)
  • Cranberry sauce (straight from the can)
  • tortilla pies (tortillas folded around pie filling, grilled in foil packets over the fire)
I'll do a follow-up post on Sunday to share photos of the feast.

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Dirty Dumpling Soup

Usually when I think "dumpling soup," I envision the kind that contains asian-style dumplings, as in yesterday's post. However, reading MoFo posts lately, the other kind of dumpling soup has been catching my eye—the kind that contains dumplings consisting of simmered biscuit dough. I think I might have had this type of soup a time or two in my childhood, but since then it's been totally off my radar. It was therefore a delight not only to rediscover this tasty dish, but also to experience how wildly it exceeded my expectations.  The moist exterior and fluffy biscuit interior of the dumplings is the best texture contrast I can imagine. I call this soup dirty because it contains two things I'm ashamed to have in my pantry: Bisquick (which I only recently learned is vegan) and instant mashed potato flakes (which I mostly use as a thickener, but sometimes eat as mashed potatoes if I'm desperate and the blinds are closed).

The ingredients
about 2 T olive oil
1 onion, chopped
2 cloves garlic, pressed
6 cups assorted chopped vegetables (I used green pepper, butternut squash, cabbage, carrots, and fava beans)
6 cups vegetable broth
2 cups water
2 cups mushrooms, sliced
1 cup kale, thinly sliced
1 1/2 cups seitan, chopped
1/2 cup instant mashed potato flakes

2 cups Bisquick
2/3 cup milk alternative
1/2 t ground thyme
1 t ground sage
1/8-1/4 t black pepper

The process
  1. In a stockpot over medium heat, saute the onion in olive oil until softened.  Add garlic and continue to cook another 1-2 minutes.  Add the assorted vegetables (but NOT kale or mushrooms) and continue to cook, stirring, about 5 minutes.
  2. Add broth and water, raise heat to high, and bring to a boil.
  3. Meanwhile, make biscuit dough: in a small bowl, stir together all biscuit ingredients just until combined.
  4. Add mushrooms, seitan and potato flakes to broth, and return to boiling.  Drop biscuit dough into broth and gently boil, uncovered, 10 minutes.
  5. Push the dumplings aside and slip the kale into the soup, then cover, reduce heat, and simmer for 10 minutes, or until dumplings are cooked through.

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Vegetable Gyoza Soup

My "I'm too sick to cook but want something nourishing" food:
1 can vegetable broth
a few vegetable gyoza or dumplings
cubed tofu
edamame or peas

Heat and slurp, preferably while snuggled up under a blanket.

Monday, November 22, 2010

Cornbread Casserole

The word "casserole" doesn't generally incite much enthusiasm (and this particular one certainly isn't much to look at), but I think casseroles are underrated.    No, they're not glamorous, but they are comforting and filling and provide a good excuse to turn on the oven and warm up the house.  I'm especially partial to casseroles involving cornbread.  This one is a riff on biscuits and gravy, but with cornbread batter instead of biscuit dough.

The ingredients
2 batches cornbread batter (I used Dana Sly's Blue Ribbon Cornbread recipe)
Herbs and spices (I suggest thyme, sage, onion powder, and black pepper)
olive oil
1 onion, chopped
2 cloves garlic, pressed or minced
14 oz. veggie sausage (hereafter referred to as soysage&mdashI used Lightlife Gimme Lean)
1 green pepper, chopped
1-1.5 cups greens, thinly sliced (I used a combination of kale and onion greens)
2 T margarine
1 T flour
1.5 cups vegetable broth or soy milk

The process

  1. Heat a little olive oil in a large skillet, and fry onions over medium-high heat until softened.  Add garlic and soysage, and continue to cook, stirring, until sausage browns.
  2. Meanwhile, make a roux: melt margarine in a small skillet, whisk in flour, and cook about 2 minutes.  Add  half the broth or soymilk to the roux, then add the roux to the soysage.  Stir in greens and green pepper, add remaining broth, and continue to cook about 2-3 more minutes.
  3. Remove soysage mixture from heat and make cornbread batter.  Stir desired herbs into the batter.  
  4. Generously oil a 9x13 baking dish.  Pour half the batter in the bottom of the pan, spread soysage mixture over it, then top with remaining cornbread batter.  Bake at 425 for about 20-25 minutes, or until cornbread is cooked through.
By the way, this is absolutely fantastic reheated for breakfast the next day.

Friday, November 19, 2010

Coconut Fudge

More Friday fudge!  This post is getting in late because my first effort with coconut fudge was a complete failure—the flavor was great but I don't think I got it hot enough and I didn't cool it enough before beating, so it didn't set up properly and I ended up with a sticky taffy-like mess.  But, second time's a charm, I guess, because this time it turned out gorgeous.

The Ingredients
2 cups sugar
3/4 cups milk alternative (I used part almond milk, part coconut milk)
2 T margarine or coconut oil
1/2 t vanilla extract
2/3 cups shredded, unsweetened coconut
toasted coconut for garnish

The Process
  1. Heat sugar, "milk," and margarine in a medium-sized saucepan over medium-high heat, stirring constantly, until it boils
  2. Stop stirring once it boils, and continue cooking until it reaches 238 degrees
  3. Remove from heat, let cool to around 120 degrees, then beat in vanilla and coconut
  4. Continue beating ONLY until it turns opaque
  5. Working quickly, press into an oiled 8x8 pan
  6. Sprinkle with toasted coconut and press with your fingers to make the coconut adhere
  7. Refrigerate until set, about an hour

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Papa's Mushrooms

My grandfather was very good at feeding people.  I remember Christmas dinners at his house where there was barely any room to sit at the dining room table because the food took up every last inch of space...and there was more of everything waiting on the stove...and a few meal's worth of appetizers on the kitchen counter...and several candy bowls in the living room that never seemed to run empty.  Some of the foods that were always present were some meltingly-sweet parsnips, which I've never been able to replicate, and these mushrooms, which are virtually fool-proof and more delicious than they have any right to be.  For the record, there's no way in hell Papa would have used margarine instead of butter in them.  But he never gave me a hard time about being vegetarian, even though I'm sure he thought it was crazy, so maybe he would forgive me for thinking they're just as good with Earth Balance.

The Ingredients
about 1/2 stick margarine
several dashes vegan Worcestershire sauce
1 pound mushrooms

The Process
Melt margarine in a saucepan over low heat.  Add Worcestershire and mushrooms.  Cover and continue cooking on very low heat, stirring a few times, until mushrooms are soft, about 25 minutes.

Serve them with mashed potatoes, and the margarine/mushroom juices from the pan make a nice gravy substitute.

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Savory Chickpea Pancakes

Chickpea pancakes are what I turn to when I need a 10-minute meal and haven’t bothered to stock my pantry.  They are sort of like a pancake and sort of like a flatbread and sort of like an omelette.  Which is I know not the most enlightening description.  But they’re fast, savory, and don’t require measuring anything.  Depending on what veggies I put in them, I like to serve them with a little salsa, sriracha, or tampenade as a dipping sauce.

The Ingredients
A couple handfuls of chopped veggies (onion, artichoke hearts, tomatoes, peppers, mushrooms, olives all work well)
A dab of chili paste
A little salsa, pesto, or tampenade, if you have it
Garbanzo flour

The Process
  1. Add some garbanzo flour to the veggies (as much or a little more flour than you have veggies).
  2. Stir in water until the texture of the batter is about like pancake batter.  Season as desired. (But DO NOT taste the batter at this point--raw garbanzo flour tastes like poison. Bad bad poison.)
  3. Brush a nonstick pan with a little oil, and heat over medium-high.
  4. Spread batter to fill the bottom of the pan.  Cover and cook for a few minutes.
  5. Uncover, flip, and continue cooking (flipping again if needed) until the outside is flecked with crispy brown spots.

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Cucumber Salad, and How I Love My Mandoline

I used to think mandolines were a worthless gadget...not worth the effort of storing and changing the slicing plates (and, for the accident-prone, cutting yourself in the process).  Then I met my love, and everything changed.  She doesn't have interchangeable plates to mess with, and she can switch from thinner to thicker slices with the turn of the knob.  She is slender enough to hang on my wall.  More importantly, she is cherry-red.  I had to have her.

I use my mandoline all the time now for fancy paper-thin slices that trick people into thinking I have good knife skills and/or spent a lot of time in the kitchen.  I like to slice carrots paper-thin and eat them raw with a light sprinkling of salt as a snack.  I also absolutely adore cucumber salads.

The basic recipe goes like this: Slice a cucumber very thin. Add a splash of rice vinegar, a splash of sesame oil, and a light drizzle of agave nectar.  Sprinkle with toasted sesame seeds if you are so inclined. Toss to coat.  This makes a great side salad, and is also good layered on sandwiches.  The vinegar is preservative so it keeps a few days in the fridge.

(EDIT: By the way, my red beauty is a Kyocera adjustable mandoline.)

Monday, November 15, 2010

Pickapeppa Tofu Sandwiches

I'll admit that I usually skip over sandwich posts when I'm reading people's blogs, because as much as I like eating sandwiches, I don't really think I need a recipe for how to make one.  "Take good stuff, put said stuff between bread" pretty much does it for me.

So I guess what I'm saying is, if I were you, I wouldn't be reading this post.  But congratulations on being less of a snob than I am, because you're about to discover something amazing:

It's called pickapeppa sauce.  and has a strange and rather motley ingredient list: Tomatoes, onions, sugar, vinegar, mangoes, raisins, garlic, salt, peppers, thyme, and cloves.  It tastes a little like worchestershire sauce, only thick and a little sweet, and maybe kind of tropical (could be the mangoes, could be the picture of a parrot on the bottle).

It tastes pretty darn good just brushed on a slab of seared tofu and stuck between two slices of store bread, but why not go crazy and add sliced peppers, onions, and artichokes to the tofu, and serve it up on fresh chiabatta?  Run out to the garden for some butterhead lettuce to stick on there, too.  Now THAT'S a good sandwich.

Friday, November 12, 2010

Chocolate Peppermint Fudge

Chocolate peppermint fudge probably doesn’t require much introduction.  Suffice it to say it tastes as good as it sounds.

The Ingredients
1 ¼ c sugar
1/3 c milk alternative
½ t salt
¾ c vegan semi-sweet chocolate chips
1 t peppermint extract
2 T margarine
crushed candy cane for decoration

The Process
  1. Oil a 9x5 bread pan
  2. In a saucepan over medium-high heat, bring “milk” and sugar to a boil, stirring constantly.  Stop stirring once it boils and let it cook until it reaches 235 degrees.
  3. Remove from heat, add remaining ingredients (except candy cane), and whisk until smooth.
  4. Pour into prepared pan.
  5. If using candy cane, sprinkle it over the top of the fudge and press it in a little to make it stick
  6. Refrigerate until firm, about 1.5 hours.

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Stuffed Arepas

I’ve written about arepas on this site before, but thought they were worth re-visiting because they are such a versatile, portable food they deserve a wider audience.  Most arepas I’ve seen resemble anEnglish muffin, and are split down the middle and stuffed with some kind of (usually non-vegan) filling.  My preferred method is to stuff the arepas before cooking them, which makes them easy to eat on the go.  They are a little time consuming to make, but keep well in the freezer, so they’re good for batch cooking.  You can reheat them from frozen by wrapping in a damp cloth and microwaving for a few minutes.

The Ingredients
2 cups masa harina
¼ cup melted margarine, or a mixture of equal parts margarine and olive oil
1-2 green onions, sliced
1¾ cups cool water
about ½ cup filling (black or refried beans and vegan mozerella are my stand-by)

The Process
  1. Combine masa, margarine, green onions, and water, and knead a few times.  Cover with a damp towel and let sit about 5 minutes.
  2. Divide dough into 8 equal parts and form into patties. (If your hands are wet, the dough will stick to them less.)
  3. Spoon filling into the center of 4 of the patties, then top with the other 4 patties, seal edges by pressing with a damp finger, and flatten a little to get disks about 4 inches in diameter.
  4. Cook in a nonstick skillet over medium heat, covered, for 5 minutes.
  5. Flip patties, and continue cooking uncovered about 5 more minutes, or until flecked with brown on both sides.
  6. Serve with salsa.

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Ginger Dressing

This dressing is known in these parts as “magic sauce.”  It is my adaptation of a recipe I received from a friend of a friend, so I’m uncertain of its original source.  What I am certain of it that it is delicious, and not just on salad.  Try using it to top baguette slices, you won’t regret it.

The Ingredients
½ cup olive oil
¼ cup soy sauce or liquid aminos
½ a medium onion
2 stalks celery
scant ¼ cup rice vinegar
2-3 inch piece fresh ginger, peeled
2 T sugar
1 t ketchup
¼ t black pepper

The Process
Either finely mince the veggies and then combine them with the remaining ingredients, or simply pulse everything in the food processor until the veggies are minced but not pureed.  Note: this dressing tastes better if you let it sit in the fridge overnight so the ginger mellows a little and the flavors meld.

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Roasted Squash and Cauliflower with Balsamic Tahini Sauce

I tried growing butternut squash for the first time this year, not really expecting it to succeed. Wouldn’t you know it, my one little plant, which had looked so innocent as a seedling, completely took over my garden bed.  This is how I’ll be cooking most of the harvest.  The sauce carmelizes a little as it bakes, and the little-sweet, little-salty flavor pairs really well with the roasted veggies.  It won’t look like you have enough sauce for this amount of veggies, but the sauce has a very strong flavor and will mingle with the juices from the veggies as it cooks, so less sauce is better in this case.  Sometimes I throw in a can of chickpeas with the veggies to make it more of a one-dish meal.

The ingredients
1 head cauliflower, in florets
1 butternut squash, microwaved for a few minutes to soften slightly, then peeled and cut in bite-sized pieces.

a dash olive oil
two dashes balsamic vinegar
a spoonful molasses
several dashes soy sauce
a few spoonfuls tahini
a small splash of red wine, if you have some open or want an excuse to open some
a little broth or water, if the sauce seems too thick

The Process
  1. Heat oven to 450.
  2. Oil a large baking dish.
  3. Put veggies in baking dish.  Combine sauce ingredients and pour over veggies.
  4. Cover and roast 20 minutes.
  5. Uncover, stir to coat veggies, and roast about 20 minutes more, or until squash is very tender.

Monday, November 8, 2010

Coconut-Banana-Oatmeal Pancakes

These are pretty dense as pancakes go, and hearty enough to keep me full until lunchtime.  I like them plain or with a dab of peanut butter, but they look all lovely and photogenic if you sprinkle them with shredded coconut.  These freeze well, so they're good for making in batches and reheating on busy (or lazy) weekday mornings.

The Ingredients
¾ c + 2 T flour
2 t baking powder
¼ c shredded, unsweetened coconut
¼ c rolled oats
1 T sugar
¼ t salt
1/8 t nutmeg

1 c milk alternative
¼ c coconut milk
½ a banana
½ t vanilla extract
1/4 t lemon zest

The Process
  1. Whisk together dry ingredients
  2. Blend wet ingredients until smooth
  3. Add wet ingredients to dry, and stir until just combined
  4. Cook on medium heat, a minute or two per side, until golden-brown

Friday, November 5, 2010

Peanut Butter Fudge

This fudge has peanut butter in it, which contains protein, which means it is healthy.  So next time someone annoying asks you how you get enough protein, just tell them you eat lots of fudge.

The Ingredients
1/2 c milk alternative
2 c sugar
1 t vanilla
3/4 c smooth peanut butter
sea salt and chopped peanuts for garnish

The Process
  1. Very lightly oil whatever container you intend to pour the hot fudge into. Don't use plastic; it will melt.  (I use a 9x5 bread pan.)
  2. In a saucepan, bring "milk" and sugar to a boil over high heat, stirring constantly. (Use a bigger pan than you think you need, because you don't want boiling sugar spilling over the sides onto the stove.) 
  3. Once it boils, stop stirring, turn heat to medium-high, and continue cooking until it reaches 234 degrees.
  4. Remove from heat and whisk in peanut butter and vanilla until very smooth.
  5. Pour into prepared container, sprinkle with course sea salt and chopped peanuts, and cool in the fridge until it firms up, about 1-2 hours.

My fudge will be accepting marriage proposals via the comments section.

Stay tuned next Friday for chocolate-peppermint fudge.

Thursday, November 4, 2010

Garlicky Gnocchi with Delicata Squash and Cauliflower

I'm a little ashamed to post a recipe that uses packaged gnocchi, especially after reading the tantalizing post from Vegan Soul Power about homemade sweet potato gnocchi. But shelf-stable, vacuum-packed gnocchi is great when you're short on time and you haven't had the foresight/motivation to make and freeze your own gnocchi ahead of time.  Here's how I like to serve it:

The ingredients
Olive oil
Greens from 2-4 green onions, sliced
4-5 cloves garlic, minced or pressed
Salt and black pepper
1 small delicate squash, peeled and cut in 1-inch by ½-inch chunks
about 1 cup cauliflower florets, cut bite-sized
1 17.5-ounce package gnocchi
about 1/3 cup walnuts, chopped and toasted
Nutritional yeast to taste

The process
1. Heat about 3 T olive oil in a nonstick pan. Add onion greens and garlic and sauté until greens are slightly wilted, about 2 minutes. Set aside.
2. Saute or steam cauliflower and squash until tender.
3. Meanwhile, cook gnocchi according to package directions.
4. Toss gnocchi and garlic/onion mixture with squash and cauliflower. Season with salt and pepper.
5. Top with toasted walnuts and a sprinkle of nutritional yeast. (Garnish with broccoli if for some reason you want yours to match my photo. Weirdo.)
6. Beg for more.

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Beer Bread

Beer bread is so good.  It takes less than five minutes of hands-on time; then you can go online and look at all the other amazing Vegan MoFo posts while you're waiting for it to bake.  I won't force you to put the onion in it, but you really should try it; the onion gets sweet and melty while it bakes.  I'm trying to use up a bunch of balsamic-garlic jelly that I made way too much of, and the tangy sweetness of the jelly is a perfect complement to the bread.

The ingredients

 3 c flour
1 T + 1 t baking powder
1 1/2 t salt
3 T sugar
12 oz. beer
(1 onion, sliced)

The Process
Whisk together dry ingredients.  Add onion if using.  Add beer and stir until just combined.  Bake at 350 for 55-65 minutes.  I've baked it in a round cast-iron pan or a standard loaf pan; both work great.

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Sick Tofu

I like to eat lots of garlic, ginger, and onions when I feel a cold coming on.  Not that it seems to particularly help, but at least it gives me a brief glimmer of false hope and a feeling of virtuous proactivity.

I made this garliclicious tofu yesterday to try to fend off a sore throat…in which regard it was a complete failure, but it did taste great. 

2 T olive oil
1 cup green onions, thinly sliced
10-12 cloves garlic, pressed
1 T ginger
1 package super-firm tofu or baked tofu, sliced into very thin strips
1 cup vegetable broth, mixed with 2 t cornstarch
2 c broccoli florets

The process
  1. Steam broccoli a few minutes until half-cooked.  Remove from heat and set aside.
  2. Meanwhile, Heat oil in a large skillet. 
  3. Over medium heat, sauté garlic, onions, and ginger 3-5 minutes, stirring constantly.
  4. Add tofu, broccoli, and broth, and stir to combine.
  5. Simmer about 2 minutes or until sauce thickens.
  6. Serve over rice.

Monday, November 1, 2010


These are a pain in the ass to make, especially considering that they’re only going to last a few minutes once you pull them out of the oven and start stuffing your greedy greedy face. On the other hand, they’re a great way to win someone’s forgiveness, or guarantee your partner’s undying loyalty and affection.

1 1/3 cup soy or almond milk, divided
¼ cup + 2 T firm silken tofu
2 t tapioca starch
2 T water
5 ½ sticks margarine
2 T + 2 t dry active yeast
¼ cup sugar
½ t salt
¾ t ground cardamom
1 pound 5 oz bread flour (or regular unbleached flour with a little vital wheat gluten added)

Jam or pie filling or whatever floats your boat

Powdered sugar mixed with a splash of water and a few drops of lemon juice (this should be a little thinner than the consistency of egg whites)

The (long) process

1. Mix 1 cup of milk, tofu, starch, and water until silky-smooth. Refrigerate.
2. Warm remaining milk, and combine with yeast, sugar, and salt. Let it get a little frothy, then add it to the refrigerated milk mixture and return to the fridge.
3. Wrap margarine loosely in plastic wrap and pound/roll into a 5-inch square. Refrigerate.
4. Add the flour to the liquid in batches until dough is soft and a little sticky but holds together. Use more or less flour as needed to get the right consistency. You need to be able to roll the dough without it sticking to everything, but too firm and it won’t be pliable.
5. On a floured surface, roll dough into a n 8-inch square. Unwrap margarine and place diagonally on top of dough, then fold corners of dough up to seal in the margarine. Return to fridge if it is getting sticky.

6. Roll dough into an 8x12 inch rectangle, being careful not to let the margarine break through. Brush off excess flour, and fold in thirds like a letter. Loosely wrap in plastic wrap and refrigerate 20-40 minutes.

7. Re-roll into an 8x12 rectangle and fold again. Repeat this rolling/folding for 4 total folds, refrigerating for 20-40 minutes after each time.
8. Roll dough into a 10x14 inch rectangle. Cut dough in half lengthwise, and refrigerate half while you work with the other half.
9. Cut dough lengthwise into 3/8-inch wide strips using a ruler and sharp knife or, if you’re fancy, a pastry cutter.

10. Twist each strip into a tight rope, and roll up in a spiral. Fold the ends underneath the spirals. Place on a cookie sheet (bonus points if you line the sheet with parchement paper), loosely cover with spray-oiled plastic wrap, and let rise until almost doubled. (You should end up with about 30 danish, and I’m told you can freeze them before they rise, and let them rise when you thaw them if you want.)

11. When pastries have almost doubled, preheat oven to 400.
12. Press a slight indentation into the center of each pastry, and add about 1 T filling (I like to use a variety of jams.)
13. Bake for about 15 minutes, until tops just start to turn golden in spots.
14. Meanwhile, whisk together glaze.
15. Brush with glaze as soon as you remove them from the oven. This gives them a nice shiny sugar-layer.
16. Let cool on cookie sheet for about 2 minutes before transferring to a cooling rack.
17. Store any uneaten ones, if you manage to have uneaten ones, in the fridge.