Daring Bakers: Braiding and laminating

Yes, it is that time of month again, the Daring Bakers are dominating the food blogging world!

This month KellyPea and Ben chose for us a Danish Braid, made with a laminated dough that was laced with cardamom and orange.

Now normally I'd have a nice long post for everyone, with lots of little details, but not this time. No, this time I have just walked through the door from a nice, relaxing weekend away for my anniversary, with lots of goodies and pictures. Surprisingly no laptops came on this kid-free weekend, so the emails have piled up, along with laundry and, oh yes, my children are home too.

Instead, here are some pictures of my Danish braid experience to keep you busy....


Btw, the recipe for the apple filling said it made enough for 2 braids, using 4 fuji apples. I used 5 apples and had a scant 2 cups of filling - just barely enough for one braid. Wonder what size apples the author used?


So far I've only used half of the dough, making this one braid with the apple filling. The other half of the dough is currently defrosting in my fridge, to be used for a savory dinner tomorrow night. You will have to wait and see what I do with it.

Be sure to check out lots of other Daring Bakers' today, starting with KellyPea and Ben, who should also have the recipe available to them. And leave a comment please! I love comments!

41 comments:

BC said...

Great job! This was a great challenge - I loved it. Your pictures look fantastic.

The Little Kahuna said...

Beautiful!

breadchick said...

Jenny, the danish is lovely and I'm glad you enjoyed your weekend away!

Erin said...

Your braid looks beautiful!

Angela said...

Wow, your braid looks gorgeous!

Megan said...

Lucky you - a weekend away!
The danish looks delicious - I was so pleasantly surprised at how easy this was!

The Baker & The Curry Maker said...

What a good looking braid! Well done.

The Baker & The Curry Maker said...

What a goodlooking braid! Well done.

Claire said...

Oh, DO I wish that I had been able to do my planned savory dish! Looks great. You know, I bet the apples they used are those ginormous apples you get individually at the grocery store. The ones I buy in bulk are always small but the individual ones are almost a pound by themselves!

Shari said...

Your braid turned out perfect!
Shari@Whisk: a food blog

Di said...

Your braid looks great. I can't wait to see what you do with the rest of it. I've been collecting ideas today for savory fillings. =)

jasmine said...

Lovely--if a picture is worth a thousand words, then you've proabably posted a novelette.

j

PAT A BAKE said...

Wow. Your Danish Braid looks so neat and lovely. Am envious :). Gr8 job..all the best with future challenges

Meeta said...

wow! this looks great jenny! well done. glad you had a nice time away!

marye said...

fantasitc!

Dolores said...

Happy anniversary! And thanks for sharing a small part of your Danish pastry story AND your wonderful pictures. It's neat to see how the process worked from other people's perspectives.

Jen Yu said...

Oh, I just love the way you did your braiding - it's beautiful! Great job on the challenge.

Deborah said...

Yours looks wonderful! I hope you had a great anniversary

Rebecca said...

Happy anniversary! Gorgeous braiding.

Angel said...

Your braid looks so perfect! You are amazing baker of daring desserts! Woot!

~Amber~ said...

Beautiful looking braid.

Hannah said...

Your braid looks like it's straight off the pages of a classic cookbook. Excellent work!

And thanks for your encouragement- I still might make the braid a third time, though...

Lunch Buckets said...

very nice job! no clue about the apple issue though :)

jack bauer said...

Herkullisen näköistä. Looks delicious.

Half Baked said...

Yumm Nice looking braid! Great job!

MyKitchenInHalfCups said...

Oh Smile Jenny. I used only 3 apples and filled both my braids. Raspberry for my odd dough tarts. Apples are all sizes I guess.
Your braid is wonderful.
And savory, yes. I'm dreaming about spinach and chicken sausage me thinks.

creampuff said...

Oooooooooooh! Look at that pretty braid. Your demonstration photos are excellent!

Lauren said...

Ooo Love your braid! It looks amazing!

Sara said...

I thought it was a little skimpy on filling too - boy it was tasty!

Joey Biscotti said...

that looks really good! and we'll let you know if our shows up on our menu!

Katie B. said...

What a lovely way to return from vacation - your braid looks scrumptious!

Elle said...

Beautiful braid! interesting that the filling was only enough for one braid...but apples do vary in size...and I heard that it's a yummy filling, too.

Dharm said...

Great Braid! It looks super!

DaviMack said...

So glad you're doing a savory one! Do let us know how it turns out!

Lis said...

What a pretty braid, Jenny! I'm so glad you had a nice relaxing weekend!

Hugs!
xoxoxxoo

Andrea said...

Your braid looks wonderful! I'm envious of your weekend away!

JennDZ - The Leftover Queen said...

Your braid is gorgeous! Great job!

Dianne said...

Beautiful! I love your braid, it looks fabulous!

Hannah said...

What a beauty, your braid looks great!

Mevrouw Cupcake said...

Your braid is gorgeous!

Shari said...

Your braid looks perfect! Thanks for leaving a comment on my blog and noticing that we're both from Ottawa! It's great to find "local" foodie friends!
Shari@Whisk: a food blog