Danish Braiding

Daring Bakers

What we have here are the beginnings of a housewife (gasp!) courtesy, in part, to the Daring Bakers.

It must be a nesting instinct, this desire of late to organize, learn to knit, and bake from scratch.   Not to say this desire always comes with impetus mind you, but that’s why I joined the DB’ers in the first place.  The monthly baking challenge feels like a delicious obligation.

This month’s challenge was for Danish Braid and I was happy to oblige: 

Danish Braid

Which isn’t to say things went off without a hitch.  Did I even know what laminated dough was when Ben and Kelly hosted such a thing this month?  Um, no.  I’d never worked with any kind of dough, period.

Which is maybe why my piece of rolled dough looked more like the Blob than an actual rectangle.  Or why my cardamom replacement (cinnamon and nutmeg) played hostile flavor takeover.  Is the braid supposed to be this bready?  I wouldn’t know.  When you fold the butter in and unfold out after the fridge, should the dough stick madly to itself like Ralphie’s tongue to a pole a la A Christmas Story?  Probably not. 

And yet…and yet.  Even though it looked like there was hardly any dough to work with in the first place (having halved the recipe from the get go) and even though it never proofed like it should have and though, I’ll admit, I patched holes in the braid with leftover non-rectangular dough, in fear that my delicious guava and cheese filling would seep out and put me over the edge, this braid was damn good ladies and gentlemen: damn good.  Next time, it may be out of this world.

Danish Braid Inside

 

Maybe what we taste is tied to our hearts after all.  Last month, during the miscarriage, the Opera cake seemed like an overly sweet apology that could never make amends.  This month, working leftover dough resulted in a tiny piece of heaven:

Tiny Croissant

Let’s hope it is prophetic. 🙂

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24 Comments

  1. kellypea said,

    Sunday, June 29, 2008 at 1:13 pm

    Ahhh, poor Ralphie. I remember that! Your braid is lovely. I’m more of a rustic type person on baked goods like this because it’s more about how they taste and your choice of flavors sounds delicious. A tiny piece of heaven…yes, I hope it’s prophetic…

  2. Meryl said,

    Sunday, June 29, 2008 at 2:27 pm

    Your braid is beautiful–as is the dishtowel undernearth it!

  3. Dayna said,

    Sunday, June 29, 2008 at 2:39 pm

    Ralphie’s tongue.. now that’s sticky. Looks like you pulled out your very own Red Rider and shot this one out of the park. Your braid looks delicious!

  4. Sunday, June 29, 2008 at 2:49 pm

    Brave girl, your first go at dough…and you made Danish Braid! It looks great and I LOVE the owls!!

  5. bonnie baker said,

    Sunday, June 29, 2008 at 2:58 pm

    very nice~
    great job

  6. kat said,

    Sunday, June 29, 2008 at 3:26 pm

    lol, this dough left me with a million questions too but everyone loved the taste of it so you gotta figure you did something right! your filling sounds so good.

  7. culinography said,

    Sunday, June 29, 2008 at 8:20 pm

    Hey… as long as the end result is tasty, who cares if the journey is a little rocky? Looks yummy!

  8. onespicymama said,

    Sunday, June 29, 2008 at 9:26 pm

    First of all, can I say I love your tablecloth?! I’m always on the lookout for all things owls since they were my school mascot. You braid does look very yummy!

  9. Celeste said,

    Sunday, June 29, 2008 at 10:48 pm

    Beautiful braid! I love the owl too…how CUTE!

  10. sugarpond said,

    Sunday, June 29, 2008 at 11:06 pm

    i do love the golden color of your danish, mine is pale in comparison to yours. that is the cutest owl, nice to see you on DB! 🙂

  11. Lynn said,

    Monday, June 30, 2008 at 7:59 am

    Your braid is beautiful, and so is your post — I hope it is prophetic.

  12. Jen said,

    Monday, June 30, 2008 at 8:50 am

    That braid looks wonderful!! And I LOVE the owl!

  13. Christine said,

    Monday, June 30, 2008 at 9:13 am

    That looks so yummy! Great job Lou!

  14. Aran said,

    Monday, June 30, 2008 at 10:17 am

    sorry to hear about your miscarriage. don’t lose faith though… this is a beautiful braid indeed!

  15. jillian said,

    Monday, June 30, 2008 at 10:21 am

    Looks great and sound delicious!

  16. Candace said,

    Monday, June 30, 2008 at 4:46 pm

    Your braid looks fantastic… and I love your little retro owl! I’m also glad to hear you’ve embraced parchment paper!

  17. Monday, June 30, 2008 at 5:31 pm

    Damn good indeed! Guava is a great idea for a filling. Was it as delish as it sounds?

  18. BitterSweet said,

    Monday, June 30, 2008 at 10:22 pm

    Nice job on the challenge!
    I really love your table cloth, by the way- So cute!

  19. Y said,

    Tuesday, July 1, 2008 at 4:47 am

    Delicious obligation.. I love that! Love the little owl too.

    Sorry to hear about your miscarriage. Here’s to hoping for better news in the near future..

  20. pea & pear said,

    Tuesday, July 1, 2008 at 5:53 am

    Not only are your danishes gorgeous but I absolutely love your owl table cloth underneath. What fabulous photos, they do justice to your laminating efforts!!!
    Delicious , Ali

  21. Mom Quixote said,

    Tuesday, July 1, 2008 at 9:21 am

    Thanks for the comments all!

    I have Anthropologie to thank for my owl dishtowel!

  22. lauren said,

    Wednesday, July 2, 2008 at 12:09 am

    mmm…guava. i love the cute dishtowel too!

  23. Vera said,

    Friday, July 4, 2008 at 6:39 pm

    I’m so sorry about your loss. But I’m sure the good news will follow.

    You are amazingly creative! The owl is so cute. And the pastries look wonderful!

  24. Maggie said,

    Tuesday, July 8, 2008 at 6:43 pm

    Here’s hoping your braid success is a sign of good things to come! I too am enamoured with your dishtowel.


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