Sunday, June 29, 2008

2nd Daring Bakers Challenge - DANISH BRAID

June was such a challenging month for me on so many different levels! But I won't bore you with those details :) anyway, I DID complete my second Daring Bakers Challenge!!! I really, really enjoyed this one...This wouldn't of probably been something I picked out on my own and which is just what I'm looking for. For mine I just bought strawberry preserves, I only made 1/2 of the dough and still have half in the freezer where I'm going to make cheese danishes one day this week while I'm off on vacation (whooo hooooo...oh sorry) I also would like to try fresh strawberries too. Anyway...I really like this is how you make it...

Makes 2-1/2 pounds dough Ingredients For the dough (Detrempe)1 ounce fresh yeast or 1 tablespoon active dry yeast1/2 cup whole milk1/3 cup sugar Zest of 1 orange, finely grated3/4 teaspoon ground cardamom1-1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract1/2 vanilla bean, split and scraped2 large eggs, chilled1/4 cup fresh orange juice3-1/4 cups all-purpose flour1 teaspoon salt For the butter block (Beurrage)1/2 pound (2 sticks) cold unsalted butter1/4 cup all-purpose flour DOUGH Combine yeast and milk in the bowl of a mixer fitted with the paddle attachment and mix on low speed. Slowly add sugar, orange zest, cardamom, vanilla extract, vanilla seeds, eggs, and orange juice. Mix well. Change to the dough hook and add the salt with the flour, 1 cup at a time, increasing speed to medium as the flour is incorporated. Knead the dough for about 5 minutes, or until smooth. You may need to add a little more flour if it is sticky. Transfer dough to a lightly floured baking sheet and cover with plastic wrap. Refrigerate for 30 minutes.Without a standing mixer: Combine yeast and milk in a bowl with a hand mixer on low speed or a whisk. Add sugar, orange zest, cardamom, vanilla extract, vanilla seeds, eggs, and orange juice and mix well. Sift flour and salt on your working surface and make a fountain. Make sure that the “walls” of your fountain are thick and even. Pour the liquid in the middle of the fountain. With your fingertips, mix the liquid and the flour starting from the middle of the fountain, slowly working towards the edges. When the ingredients have been incorporated start kneading the dough with the heel of your hands until it becomes smooth and easy to work with, around 5 to 7 minutes. You might need to add more flour if the dough is sticky.
Combine butter and flour in the bowl of a mixer fitted with a paddle attachment and beat on medium speed for 1 minute. Scrape down the sides of the bowl and the paddle and then beat for 1 minute more, or until smooth and lump free. Set aside at room temperature.2. After the detrempe has chilled 30 minutes, turn it out onto a lightly floured surface. Roll the dough into a rectangle approximately 18 x 13 inches and ¼ inch thick. The dough may be sticky, so keep dusting it lightly with flour. Spread the butter evenly over the center and right thirds of the dough. Fold the left edge of the detrempe to the right, covering half of the butter. Fold the right third of the rectangle over the center third. The first turn has now been completed. Mark the dough by poking it with your finger to keep track of your turns, or use a sticky and keep a tally. Place the dough on a baking sheet, wrap it in plastic wrap, and refrigerate for 30 minutes.3. Place the dough lengthwise on a floured work surface. The open ends should be to your right and left. Roll the dough into another approximately 13 x 18 inch, ¼-inch-thick rectangle. Again, fold the left third of the rectangle over the center third and the right third over the center third. No additional butter will be added as it is already in the dough. The second turn has now been completed. Refrigerate the dough for 30 minutes.4. Roll out, turn, and refrigerate the dough two more times, for a total of four single turns. Make sure you are keeping track of your turns. Refrigerate the dough after the final turn for at least 5 hours or overnight. The Danish dough is now ready to be used. If you will not be using the dough within 24 hours, freeze it. To do this, roll the dough out to about 1 inch in thickness, wrap tightly in plastic wrap, and freeze. Defrost the dough slowly in the refrigerator for easiest handling. Danish dough will keep in the freezer for up to 1 month.

Sunday, June 1, 2008

Peach and Cinnamon Cobbler

In an attempt to bribe my husband to watch the premier of "The Next Food Network Star" tonight I made him peach cobbler, something he has been wanting me to make but I just never anyway, this week at work we had a book sale and they had "The Deen Bros." cookbook so I bought it because they had this recipe in it that looked good and many here it goes:


Butter for coating dish


6 cups peaches, halved, pitted, and sliced 1/4 inch thick

3/4 cup sugar

1/4 quick-cooking tapioca

1 tsp ground cinnamon

1 tsp freshly squeezed lemon juice

Pinch salt

1 2/3 cups all-purpose flour, plus additional for dusting
3 1/2 tsp sugar
1 1/2 Tbs baking powder
1/8 tsp salt
6 Tbs cold unsalted butter, cut into cubes
2/3 cup heavy cream, plus additional for brushing

1. Preheat over to 350*. Butter a 2 1/2-quart baking dish.

In medium bowl, stir together the filling ingredients

Pour filling into the prepared dish; set aside.

2. For the topping, in a food processor or large bowl, pulse or whisk together the 1 2/3 cups flour, the sugar, baking powder, and salt. Pulse or cut in the butter until the mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Slowly add the 2/3 cups of cream, mixing until the dough just comes together. Turn the dough onto a lightly floured surface and pat together. Form the dough into 2-inch balls. Flatten balls gently with the palm of your hand.

3. Evenly arrange the dough rounds on top of the filling. Brush a little cream over the rounds. Bake about 1 hour or until the biscuits are golden and the filling is bubbling.