Café Mornings: Rhubarb & Custard Danishes

Café Mornings: Rhubarb & Custard Danishes


ca·fé morn·ings 

: a morning spent consuming refreshments (such as coffee and tea) and breakfast or brunch, usually accompanied with a magazine or two and a moody Spotify playlist. pyjamas optional, but preferred :

I started doing this thing a month or so back, where I’d queue up some chilled tunes, grab a selection of magazines I hadn’t yet perused, and sit myself down at our dining table for an hour or so – just drinking tea and reading.

That hour long ritual soon turned into a morning routine – complete with some form of breakfast and pyjamas always, and I soon realised how calm and content it made me.

One of my favourite things to do is head to a café and do nothing for three or so hours. Sometimes I’ll order a pot or two of Earl Grey, other times it’s a bowl of fries and a glass of rosé. I just love the idea of having nothing to do.

As a lot of my work is online, there are days where I can be switched on and working for 14 hours or more. I struggle to switch off – because I often feel I don’t have reason to. All of my work can be accessed 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, so I should strive to be constantly hustling – no?

Going to a café breaks that thought process for me. I like to leave my laptop at home, switch my phone off, and just do nothing for a while. I’d recommend it to anyone who works in the same industry as me – or anyone with access to wifi, really.

But sometimes I can’t be bothered to drive 15 minutes to my favourite café {Aroma’s in Noosa, if you’re wondering}, and so I like to create the same setup at home.

Sometimes I’ll bring my laptop down from my desk and do some work, other times I’ll read a magazine or a book, and then there are times when I use my café mornings as a bit of a brainstorming session – complete with a notepad, a pen and a stack of sticky notes.

I’ve decided to start sharing some of these café mornings with you guys. I hope they inspire you to take some time off – even if it’s just a few hours of tech-free time at your dining table on a Wednesday. In each instalment you’ll get some magazine, playlist and tea recommendations to ensure each café morning is enjoyed to it’s full extent, and there’ll also be a super easy brunch-worthy recipe included in each post. It’s not an insta-moment without some delicious food – right?! You’re welc, btw.

Café Mornings: Rhubarb & Custard Danishes | @agirlandgrey

Café Mornings: Rhubarb & Custard Danishes | @agirlandgrey
Café Mornings: Rhubarb & Custard Danishes | @agirlandgrey

Okay, so firstly – let’s talk tea.

You guys know I’m a major fan of everything T2 has to offer, but their Earl Grey might be one of my favourite blends to exist, ever. It’s a strong black tea with just the right amount of bergamot that adds some serious pep to your step while still evoking a sense of calm. I tend to lean on this blend a bit more when I’m feeling frazzled, as it makes the everyday consumption of tea feel a bit more special and ritualistic.

Shop Earl Grey by T2 here.

Café Mornings: Rhubarb & Custard Danishes | @agirlandgrey

Next – let’s discuss magazines.

I stopped buying magazines for a while as I felt they became too advertisement oriented and content deficient. I like having editorials and features to read, and I like to see what’s new to buy, but I’m also very visually inspired and I felt I wasn’t getting enough imagery and design from the magazines I was consuming.

Then I came across Fête/Life Magazine and everything changed.

Fête/Life is an Australian lifestyle publication founded in 2012 that focuses on interiors, design, travel, fashion and wellbeing. I find the imagery very aesthetically pleasing and the articles are all relevant to me in my life right now.

It also made me want to throw away all of my clothes and start fresh with a capsule style wardrobe, but that’s a topic for another day.

Find Fête/Life Mag here. 

Café Mornings: Rhubarb & Custard Danishes | @agirlandgrey

I feel like a playlist can make or break a mood, so instead of listening to other peoples Spotify playlists that weren’t quite right for the occasion, I decided to compile a list of my favourite songs that suit the vibe of a café morning.

Think chill, slightly moody tunes that are upbeat enough to distract your brain from all of the life shit that goes on in there. You know how some cafés have the perfect playlist that gets you feeling all mellow but happy at the same time? That’s what this playlist is – except you can listen to it at home sans pants.

Find the Café Mornings playlist on Spotify here. 

Café Mornings: Rhubarb & Custard Danishes | @agirlandgrey

And finally – the danishes.

Creamy and tangy and gooey and flaky – these rhubarb and custard danishes are a dream to eat and take less than half an hour to make.

The best part?

Calories don’t count on café mornings! At least, that’s what I’ve heard…



makes 8 danishes


You’ll need:

2 sheets of puff pastry

4 stalks of rhubarb

1 cup of vanilla bean custard

1/4 cup icing sugar

1 cup almond milk



Preheat your oven to 180 degrees C. Prepare three baking trays with baking paper.

Slice the 4 rhubarb stalks in half lengthways, and then cut each stalk into four pieces. You should have 32 pieces of rhubarb.

Place the rhubarb stalks on one of the baking trays, and put in the oven to roast for 10 minutes, or until soft. Remove, and set aside to cool.

Meanwhile, cut the pastry sheets into four squares – you’ll have eight squares in the end. I wanted my danishes to be edged squares {similar to the edged rectangles shown in this post}, but you can follow any danish fold you prefer. To create edged squares, I simply cut 1/2 an inch of pastry from each edge of the square, wet the edges slightly, and then laid the cut strips back over the edges. It’s hard to explain, but if you look in the picture above, you can see there’s a thin frame of pastry around the rhubarb and custard filling. That’s what you’re creating if you follow the edged square process.

Place 1-2 tbsp of custard in the middle of each square of pastry. Lay 4 slices of cooled rhubarb on top of the custard on each danish, and then ‘seal’ the pastry by lightly brushing almond milk over it. You could use cows milk or egg instead of almond milk, but that’s totally up to you.

Place four danishes on each oven tray, and put both trays in the oven for 13-17 minutes. When the pastries are golden brown, you’ll know they’re done.

Remove from the oven, and serve warm with a generous sprinkle of icing sugar.

Café Mornings: Rhubarb & Custard Danishes | @agirlandgrey









  1. July 25, 2018 / 11:47 am

    Firstly your imagery is beautiful! Second, OMG how easy are danishes to make! I had no idea you could whip something up this fancy. Loving your recipes xx
    Isabella |

    • Sharni
      July 31, 2018 / 8:10 am

      OMG wait that means so much coming from you! Your photography is my favourite. xo

    • Sharni
      July 31, 2018 / 8:09 am

      It is such a brilliant way to spend the morning. Hope you like {and can find} the magazine! The photography is just so gorgeous and it’s inspired me to up my interiors photo game. xo

  2. Lisa Autumn
    July 18, 2018 / 5:41 pm

    OMG so yum.. now I am hungry!

    x Lisa |

    • Sharni
      July 25, 2018 / 6:00 am

      Right? I could honestly eat three of these danishes every day. xo

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