Monday, June 30, 2008
Daring Bakers- Danish Braid
The Daring Baker challenge for June was Danish Braid. I am not a huge fan of pastry and I don’t like the Danish’s that you buy in bakeries in NZ. However, when we went to Denmark four years ago, I discovered that Danish’s in Denmark are noting like Danish’s in NZ – they are divine!!
The end result of the Danish Braid was kind of like brioche, but the steps involved in completing the challenge included spreading the dough with a butter and flour mixture and then folding the pastry/dough in the same way you do when making flaky pastry (which I also have not made before). The dough was then spread with a filling and then “plaited’ to create the braid look.
The suggested filling was an apple mixture which sounded nice, but I felt like something different than that. My two youngest sisters were staying with us the weekend that I made the braid, so I gave them a few filling choices and they picked chocolate pastry cream and raspberries. I used Dorie Greenspan’s recipe for chocolate pastry cream, leaving out the butter and it was a tasty combination.
I enjoyed the challenge of making the Danish braid, but I don’t think I will make it again – I prefer brioche as it is a bit more bread like and less pastry like. See what the other Daring Bakers thought here.