Vegan Name Day Danishes

For Orthodox Christians and many Catholics, a Name Day is like a second birthday. In some countries it’s even bigger than your birthday. It’s the feast for the saint who is your namesake. For our children since they were named before we were orthodox, their saints or baptismal names don’t match their names given at birth. Lucy is Tatiana. Mila is Olga. And Vincent is Alexander for Alexander Nevsky who’s feast it is today!

When a feast falls in the middle of a fast it’s kind of a contradiction. On one hand you’re celebrating and a big meal and a dessert is expected. On the other hand we’re supposed to be observing the fast, abstaining from meat and dairy, and eating small simple meals. How we strike a balance is with just a treat and we try to keep it vegan as to not break our fast. 

This year I made Vincent a traditional walnut danish but with some hacks to make it fast friendly.

Vegan Walnut Danish 


1 can crescent dough

1/2 cup vegan butter 

3/4 cup chopped walnuts 

3/4 cup brown sugar 

1 tbsp vanilla 

2 tbsp non dairy milk

1/4 cup powder sugar  


  1. Pre heat oven to 375
  2. Spray a cooking sheet with non stick spray 
  3. Roll out crescent dough and pinch seams shut. Roll out so it’s flat.
  4. Mix butter melted, brown sugar, walnuts and 1/2 tbsp vanilla. If mixture is too loose add more sugar and nuts. Vegan butter is unpredictable.
  5. Slice sides of dough making 1/2 inch flaps to braid then pour mixture down the center.
  6. Braid flaps over alternating sides.
  7. Close ends to prevent spillage.
  8. Bake 18-20 minute until golden brown.
  9. Cool. Make simple powder sugar glaze by stirring powder sugar, remaining vanilla and non dairy milk. Drizzle over top. Serve immediately.