Sunday, June 29, 2008

Daring Bakers June challenge - a very fragant one

This month's Daring Bakers challenge is Danish Braid.. the challenge here really is the danish pastry.. but trust me this CHALLENGE is worth challenging yourself because oh!! the results are sooo good ....ooooh soo good!!!

I would like to thank Kelly and Ben for this month's challenge because I learned a lot and I got to use cardamom (something I've always wanted to use.. but I've never had the chance and it is awesome!!) and I would like to thank them also because this challenge has left my hands smelling like orange, vanilla and cardamom.

I thought I was going to have a lot of trouble with the dough.. but it handled like a beauty and when it came to do the turns.. it was quite exciting and fun!!! and let me tell you that when I was cooking the filling the smell was also DIVINE!!! this whole thing is amazing.. trust me.. you want to make it or at least eat lots of it.

Here are the braids after they've been proofed, I added some pecans to the filling and also put some on top of one of the braids.. it made them even yummier!! I should also mention that I added some pears to the filling .. I enjoy so much the grainy feel that pears have mmm



And they looked like this after being in the oven!



With some of the dough I also made some croissants that had goat cheese in them... yummy right??



Are you drooling yet?? well if you haven't decided whether or not you would like to make a Danish Braid visit the other Daring Bakers blogs for more convincing proof... in the meantime I'll enjoy a piece of mine *winks*

35 comments:

Joshua said...

Ooooo, you made 2. One for me? :D

Cynthia's Blog said...

So, how pretty was your braid!! I love the croissants!

Aparna said...

Yummy all right!
True, the fragrance goes through right to your tummy. You even forget all those calories!

Beth said...

Goat cheese filled croissants sound amazing. I thought about filling one of my braids with a savory filling, but thought it might clash with the vanilla, zest, and cardamom in the dough. I'm glad it worked out of you.

Jen (Modern Beet) said...

I would totally make the dough again just for croissants! the goat cheese filling sounds super delicious!

madcapcupcake said...

Mmmm, pecans must have been a lovely addition - and I'm with you, the scent of this entire project, from dough to oven was simply out of this world awesome! - looks like you did some delicious work :)

Dana McCauley said...

yummy indeed! I found the recipe a joy as well. Glad your dough came together well, too.

My Baking & Cooking Passion said...
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My Baking & Cooking Passion said...

It looks so yummy! I wish I could join in this challenge... but work been busy lately... =(

See u in the next challenge!

Lisa said...

Pears!! brilliant! your braids look lovely and delicious! Nice job. . . .

ingegerd said...

your braid looks pretty to!And thanks for stopping bay my blog!!

Molly Loves Paris said...

Your braid has a lovely rustic look, and apple, pear, and pecan sounds really good. Bien fait.

Talida said...

love that goat cheese filling!

abby said...

your goats cheese croissants sound fabulous!

kimberleyblue said...

Yum! Love the idea of pears. And that's great that you got a croissant or two out of the dough. :)

mimi said...

yummy goat cheese croissants!! and your braid looks great too. i agree, i was a little worried about doing all the rolling and folding, but i ended up having a lot of fun with it!

Liliana said...

Goat cheese croissants? Awsome!
Have to try these. Great job and thanks for the lovely comment on my blog!

Meryl said...

I thought the dough was wonderful to work with too!

Anne said...

Ooh, a pear filling sounds like a tasty choice - these look great! :)

breadchick said...

Well done on your challenge!

Melanie said...

Oh! Your braids look like mine were supposed to look! :) I love the little croissants...you look like you are a professional at making danish pastry!!

MyKitchenInHalfCups said...

Gad you've made me want to make this again! I do agree this is one of the very best! Love your pecans AND LOVE the PEARS! That is a killer idea!
Your braids are gorgeous for sure!

Holly said...

Looks so yummy! You did a great job!

Laura said...

What a great idea to add pecans and pears to the filling, my husband would have loved that! may be next time I make this recipe I will give that a try.

MaryMary said...

Goat cheese, pears...you were so inspired with your flavors. i wish I had thought of using one of those...yum! They look fabulous!

Julie said...

Wow, pears sounds like an awesome addition to the apple filling recipe we got! And goat cheese croissants ... heaven. Awesome job!

Aran said...

lovely, lovely braid but i love the croissants the most!!

Clumbsy Cookie said...

OH YES i'M DROOLING ALLRIGHT! Goat's cheese croissant? You did an awesome job!

Caramella Mou said...

I like the croissant on the cup, it looks extremely tasty!

Caramella

Kevin said...

Nice looking braids! The croissants with goat cheese sound good!

Dolores said...

Weren't the scents from this challenge intoxicating?

And goat cheese croissants?!? Yeah, I'm drooling.

Great job!

Barbara said...

Beautiful danish, and croissants!

Colette said...

It looks awesome! I love the croissant at the end!

Claire said...

This dough did have a WONDERFUL feel, didn't it! Great job...and goat cheese? YU!M

creampuff said...

I am most certainly drooling thank you very much! I love your enthusiasm. Well done!