Sunday, June 29, 2008

Daring Bakers-June Challenge~Danish Braid

My second Daring Bakers challenge! This month's challenge was a danish braid filled with a homemade filling. What is a DANISH BRAID? It is a flaky bread-like pastry composed of laminated dough (layering of dough and fat. this results in a baked product with multiple flaky layers) containing yeast that has a filling. Oh and the final pastry looks like a braid because of the braiding of the dough prior to baking.
We were supposed to follow Sherry Yard's recipe from The Secrets of Baking. Thank you to Kelly of Sass & Veracity, and Ben of What’s Cookin’? for hosting this month's challenge! I decided to fill mine with pastry cream, and strawberry and apricot jams. See my strawberry jam. The overall consensus was that the danish braid was a success. I fed it to people in the lab so that I could share the wonders of baking (and Calories since I'm trying to maintain my figure for my August wedding) with everyone.
And, since I had extra dough, these are the other treats I made. While watching some videos on Youtube, I got inspired by other pastry creations.
**I am currently in New Orleans at the IFT conference, so I am pre-dating this post to make the DB June post date. I can't wait to see everyone's creations!

14 comments:

Lori said...

Looks like it was a delicious success!

momquixote said...

I so wanted to try pastry cream, too, but chickened out of making it.

What lovely baked goods you made!

Em said...

nice job - hope you are enjoying the conference :)

have a delicious day!

Erin said...

Your braid looks lovely!

Lorrie said...

delicious!!

madcapcupcake said...

mmmmm...looks yummy - love the little ones :)

Elle said...

Beautiful! I love the pretty double filling, and all of your extra pastries look wonderful!

breadchick said...

What a lovely braid and pinwheels! Well done.

Rebecca said...

Ooh, nice braiding pics!

genkitummy said...

hi everyone who checked out my braid. i really appreciate all your positive comments! :)

Clumbsy Cookie said...

That's so creative the way you did your filling! And the braid and all pastries look delicious, well done!

chou said...

Gorgeous! And I loved it. :)

Claire said...

Beautiful! I'm sure everyone enjoyed it!

Lunch Buckets said...

Nice job - lucky co-workers :)