Sunday, June 29, 2008

A Danish Daring Baker Challenge!

This month's challenge was The Danish Braid for us Daring Baker types. Despite the rather long instructions, this wasn't really a difficult task. Oh, I admit that I was nervous. Pastries are definitely not my thing, and I have absolutely zero experience in making them. And I'm not even adept at braiding hair, let alone pastry. But I followed the directions obsessively and all turned out great. Here's a pictoral of my experience in making this breakfast treat...

This is definitely one of those challenges where you're really proud of the outcome (if you have a good outcome, that is!) This Danish Braid turned out to be a tender, flaky, buttery pastry with wonderful caramelized, cinnamony apples cooked inside. I plated this and brought it to the teachers at my son's school for an end-of-the-year breakfast meeting. Suffice to say, they enjoyed it a lot! I snuck a slice for my kiddo, and then I begged for a sampling. He reluctantly gave me a bite. I felt that the orange zest in the dough worked well with the apples, but I look forward to seeing what creative things other Daring Bakers have done to their Danish Braids this month.

Big shout out to our hosts for the challenge: Kelly of Sass & Veracity and Ben of What's Cooking? The Danish Braid recipe can most likely be found on one of their blogs.

46 comments:

Anonymous said...

Wow, that looks like a work of art! I'm glad it turned out so well for you. I love to cook and bake but I wouldn't even attempt this.
Val

Ann said...

Beautiful braid! Wasn't it just a wonderful challenge this month?

Rachel@fairycakeheaven said...

wow looks fantastic,your braid is so well formed!!

Judy @ No Fear Entertaining said...

Your braid looks incredible!!! Great job!

Pamela said...

Your braid is gorgeous and very impressive. It's so inspiring to see what all of the Daring Bakers do. Great job!

Gretchen Noelle said...

Lovely job on the braid! I am sure everyone at the meeting thoroughly enjoyed it!

giz said...

What a gorgeous job and a great pic by pic. Don't pictures just make it look so easy. And that smell in the house - combine it with coffee perking on the stove and you have heaven.

culinography said...

Lucky, lucky teachers! Beautifully done!

Laura said...

Gorgeous! I finally decided my kitchen was too hot and I was driving myself nuts trying to fit it in with moving. I think the Daring Bakers will have wait for a later time for me... but I agree this was a challenge that looked simple and yet not and really therefore rewarding. I still want to do it....

Clumbsy Cookie said...

Beautiful braid and nice step-by-step pictures!

noble pig said...

Beautiful..beautiful...beuatiful!

Manggy said...

Despite your admitted inexperience, Lori, that braid looks as perfect as they come.

And APPLES? zomg, you've made me really hungry. Awesome.

Sharon said...

I'm so impressed by the daring bakers group. Each month's recipes look so daunting but I'm glad you found it to be somewhat simple. Yours turned out beautifully!!

CookiePie said...

Beautiful braid! How do I get an invite to the meetings where you bring breakfast? :)

familiabencomo said...

Lori, you are too smart. Why didn't I think to bake this for our teachers' breakfast that we had?!?! I could have killed two birds with one stone & impressed the pants off everyone at the same time. Your braid looks amazing & like you've done it a hundred times. Plus, you have a very nice manicure for the pictorial. I'm in awe of you!

xoxox Amy

Amy from eggs on sunday said...

Beautiful braid! (Plus, I love your rolling pin.) It was a fun challenge this month, wasn't it??

Lorrie said...

Your braid turned out beautifully!

farida said...

Wow, wow! I am really impressed! Your Danish looks so beautiful! Gorgeous! Great step by step photos. Looking at them I just realized I wasn't folding (turns) the dough properly, hence is my snake looking braid:))) Yours is fantastic! Great job!

MyKitchenInHalfCups said...

Yes this really was a wonderful treat and one to be happy with. Yours is gorgeous. And yes there are some wonderous fillings out here today!

dobetter said...

Looks wonderful! I loved the orange flavorings too. Your son's teachers much have been thrilled. Well done!

Jeena said...

Fabulous! It looks perfect! :-)

Cookie baker Lynn said...

You should be proud - that braid looks so professional! Great job!

My Sweet & Saucy said...

Great job! Your braid look perfect!

Melanie C. said...

beautiful braid!! Great job!

maybelles parents said...

very even braid. nicely done.

Sophie said...

Great step by step instructions :D. The braid came out lovely!

Prudy said...

Beautiful and very professional looking. It's good to stretch the skills with the dough. I'd never made it before either and I'm glad to be prodded into trying new things.

eliza said...

yes, i've seen many danish braid because of the daring baker challenge. everyone makes one great danish bread including you Lori! oh, how i love to taste that...

ali said...

WOW! I am so impressed. what a treat! you were nice to share it ... i might have kept that one for myself!!

moowiesqrd said...

Great job, Lori! Lucky teachers!

HoneyB said...

Looks awesome!

VeggieGirl said...

You should be VERY proud of the outcome of your danish - it's absolutely SPECTACULAR!! No need to be nervous - you're an inspiration in the kitchen!! :0) Great job on this month's DBC!!

Parker said...

That is such a nice looking danish. I love your photos, very comprehensive and beautiful. Good job, I am impressed.

Claire said...

great job! I thought it was a fun challenge as well.

Obsessive Foodie or Food Addict....You Decide said...

That braid looks bakery perfect!!!! I wish I had a bite!

Karen said...

You seem to be a natural at pastry - my jaw is still on the floor.

Tracy said...

Nice job! Nice nail polish too!

Proud Italian Cook said...

Fantastic job Lori, with all your step by step photo's, was Hubby taking the pic's? Your braiding and nail polish look great!

Melanie said...

Your braid looks fabulous - as I knew it would!! Great job.

Emiline said...

What a beautiful braid! Great job in your challenge.

Half Baked said...

Lovely braid! Nice job on this challenge!

Elle said...

Gorgeous! I was nervous, too, but it was very straightforward. Yours turned out beautifully! I just can't wait to make more...

Deborah said...

I agree - this was a challenge where I felt so proud of myself when it was done! Great job - it looks just perfect.

Lori Lynn said...

I have seen many a Danish on the blogs, but I did not see any photos of how that braid is made. Cool! Thanks for showing that step, I find it very interesting.

Janna said...

yum yum yum.
that's all i have to say.

ingegerd said...

its look lovley!!And good work!