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Baking Binge (post #63547)

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So I went a little nutty last weekend.  It all started because I was leafing through "Baking with Julia".  Hmm, Danish, never made those before.... oh, and Hubby's out of bagels?  Well, here's a bagel recipe -- doesn't look too tough.... The kids want chocolate pudding?  Nuts, I can top that -- chocolate pot-de-creme from FC, coming up.  Now, what to do with the extra egg whites?...... Macaroons!  I've been wanting to try Biscuit's formula!  And there's leftover chocolate buttercream in the fridge to sandwich them with....


I set up camp in the kitchen on Saturday morning and didn't leave it until Sunday eve.  Hubby and boys thought I had gone completey mad...  here are the results!


Danish: were a BIG hit, and not terribly hard.  The dough is pretty forgiving -- I didn't chill it as long as I should have, and did my final rolling and shaping in a pretty hot kitchen, and they still came out great!  Picture attached.  The filling is apricot and pastry cream.  I would reduce the sugar in the apricot filling next time (and not just for Wolvie, either -- it was really sweet).


Bagels: These are just fun to do.  Goodness.  A little fussy, and as you can see by my photo, getting uniform bagels obviously takes some practice, but not at all difficult to make, and just fun!  I kept cackling to myself as I shaped and boiled them.  Final tasting: delicious, great chewiness.


Pots-de-creme: well, how can anything with that many egg yolks and chocolate in it be bad?  Slurp!  I used some of the 70% Sharfen-Berger that Santa brought me, and was pleased that the flavor of the chocolate really comes through -- you don't just taste cream and sugar. 


Which brings us to macaroons -- sigh!  Well, they sure weren't bad (my testers gobbled them up too fast for pix), but not quite yet what I'm striving for.  They kept their mounded shape much better than my last attempt (which pancaked), but instead of a smooth dome with the distinctive "feet" on the bottom, they had a crackly dome and no feet.  Garrick dubbed them "hamburger cookies", as they looked like puffy hamberger buns with a thin buttercream "burger" inbetween.  I happen to have more egg whites in the fridge -- a result of the lemon square testing from yesterday -- so will make another salvo in the macaroon battle this weekend. 


The lemon square extravaganza will be the subject of a whole new thread....... 


Ruth Wells


"Gardening is the only unquestionably useful job."
 - G.B. Shaw

Ruth Wells

"Gardening is the only unquestionably useful job."
 - G.B. Shaw

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Oopsie, forgot the pictures.  Here they are:


 


Ruth Wells


"Gardening is the only unquestionably useful job."
 - G.B. Shaw

Ruth Wells

"Gardening is the only unquestionably useful job."
 - G.B. Shaw

www.lemonade-and-kidneys.blogspot.com

www.ruthssweetpleasures.com

http://www.pkdcure.org/Default.aspx?TabI...

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TracyK's picture

Beautiful! The bagels look delicious, and the danishes luscious. You've even got me wanting to bake (especially when paired with the brownie discussions)... but a cursory check of the cupboards and fridge shows there to be no butter, no eggs, and no chocolate. *pout*


Plainly I need to go grocery shopping. How is it that I run out of everything at the same time??


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RuthWells's picture

I can see running out of eggs, I can see running out of butter... but running out of chocolate is just WRONG!!  Thanks for the feedback; now get to the market and get your brownie fix!


 


Ruth Wells


"Gardening is the only unquestionably useful job."
 - G.B. Shaw

Ruth Wells

"Gardening is the only unquestionably useful job."
 - G.B. Shaw

www.lemonade-and-kidneys.blogspot.com

www.ruthssweetpleasures.com

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Adele's picture

Breakfast at Ruth's!  The danish are beautiful. 

But, but, it's SUPPOSED to taste like that!

But, but, it's SUPPOSED to taste like that!

assibams's picture

Beautiful!


Note to self: do not open anything Ruth posts before breakfast! I am craving bagels and danish and there is no way in the world I can get any anytime soon...



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RuthWells's picture

Ohhh, Assi -- I wish I could ship some to you!  Your bread was such a treat for us, but I'm afraid the danish would never survive.  : (


 


Ruth Wells


"Gardening is the only unquestionably useful job."
 - G.B. Shaw

Ruth Wells

"Gardening is the only unquestionably useful job."
 - G.B. Shaw

www.lemonade-and-kidneys.blogspot.com

www.ruthssweetpleasures.com

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Wolvie's picture

beautiful - but...but...where is the pic of the hamburger cookies? ;-)


all that baking in this weather - you go girl - TG for central air!!



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RuthWells's picture

beautiful - but...but...where is the pic of the hamburger cookies?



Snarfed down too quickly.  C'mon, you've seen my kids eat!!


 


Ruth Wells


"Gardening is the only unquestionably useful job."
 - G.B. Shaw

Ruth Wells

"Gardening is the only unquestionably useful job."
 - G.B. Shaw

www.lemonade-and-kidneys.blogspot.com

www.ruthssweetpleasures.com

http://www.pkdcure.org/Default.aspx?TabI...

Wolvie's picture

;-)


Your first job is to prepare the soil. The best tool for this is your neighbor's garden tiller. If your neighbor does not own a garden tiller, suggest that he buy one.


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Risottogirl's picture

VERY nice!

Water is a great ingredient to cook with, it has such a neutral flavor


Bobby Flay

Water is a great ingredient to cook with, it has such a neutral flavor - Bobby Flay

RuthWells's picture

Thanks, RG -- and I looooove your tag line.  Did BF sound like as much of a doofus saying it as I imagine he did?!

Ruth Wells


"Gardening is the only unquestionably useful job."
 - G.B. Shaw

Ruth Wells

"Gardening is the only unquestionably useful job."
 - G.B. Shaw

www.lemonade-and-kidneys.blogspot.com

www.ruthssweetpleasures.com

http://www.pkdcure.org/Default.aspx?TabI...

Risottogirl's picture

He always sounds like a doofus to me, which is why I generally don't watch his programs! But for some odd reason when I am on the treadmill at the gym, I feel a strange need to punish myself by watching him or Paula Deen or Emeril!


Water is a great ingredient to cook with, it has such a neutral flavor


Bobby Flay


Edited 6/12/2005 10:25 am ET by RISOTTOGIRL

Water is a great ingredient to cook with, it has such a neutral flavor - Bobby Flay

MadMom's picture

You are a glutton for punishment!



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SallyBR1's picture

Don t tell me you missed semi nightmare lady on Saturday!

I had promised myself not to talk about her so that Glenys would not put me on her "ignore" buttom... :-)

BUT, Semi=Nightmare made one of the worst cakes I have EVERY seen in my life, in the name of a Hawaiian Luau evening - she will never be able to set foot on any of the islands, I am sure. They would feed her to the sharks.

It was so disgusting, so horrible, so pathetic that I could not stop watching. You should time your treadmill routine to her show - you will set a personal record.

MEANCHEF's picture

Did you use the Beatrice O recipe from BWJ for thew Danish dough?

RuthWells's picture

Yes indeedy.  Very forgiving dough.  The kitchen was super hot (the A/C wasn't on yet, 'cuz I'm stubborn about these things) and I was sure I was ruining it as I rolled it out.


Edited to say -- next time I'm going to bake them a bit longer -- the golden tone of the pastry was gorgeous, but I found at least one that was a tiny smidge underdone.


 



Ruth Wells


"Gardening is the only unquestionably useful job."
 - G.B. Shaw


Edited 6/12/2005 8:56 pm ET by RUTHWELLS

Ruth Wells

"Gardening is the only unquestionably useful job."
 - G.B. Shaw

www.lemonade-and-kidneys.blogspot.com

www.ruthssweetpleasures.com

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MEANCHEF's picture

You should try the danish braid recipe.  I make it at work all of the time and people think I'm a real pastry chef. LOL  I usually make it with almond filling and some raspberry jam.  With the coffee drizzle/glaze at the end it is stunning.

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I was reeeeeeeeealy tempted to try the braid, but figured for my first time out, I should lower my expectations a little, LOL!  The braid is definitely on my list, though.

Ruth Wells


"Gardening is the only unquestionably useful job."
 - G.B. Shaw

Ruth Wells

"Gardening is the only unquestionably useful job."
 - G.B. Shaw

www.lemonade-and-kidneys.blogspot.com

www.ruthssweetpleasures.com

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schnitzel's picture

You can watch the video: Danish Pastry Braid
It's not hard at all, just simple steps. And Beatrice makes it look so easy. 



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Jean's picture

Thanks for the reminder of that video. I'm making one of those for the family for father's day breakfast!. Another thing I need is the bowl scraper she was using.  I did a little googling and found out that it's called a Spatch It and it's made by Wilton. I hope that our Walmart carries it. I liked her flour shaker too, and I need a new pizza cutter. I was surprized to see her using my FP and my nuker too. LOL

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schnitzel's picture

I'm making one of those for the family for father's day breakfast!


That's a great idea, thanks!

I love watching those videos, so helpful to see the techniques. And Beatrice has a dandy flour shaker! Even Julia thought it was pretty neat.


I have the same bowl scraper, like this one: http://tinyurl.com/8l6kd. Although, I didn't buy it there, don't recall where I got it. The Wilton site says their's is discontinued http://tinyurl.com/96edq. I used to have one with a straight edge that can be used to cut through dough, comes in handy.



http://www.sugarcraft.com/catalog/misc/products.htm#scrapers


I bought this nifty pizza cutter last year... https://www.surfasonline.com/products/9298.cfm


Let me know how your Danish comes out.



~Amy W    Cooks Talk T&T Recipes

"The only real stumbling block is fear of failure. In cooking you've got to have a what-the-hell attitude."  Julia Child

RuthWells's picture

I'll check it out, thanks, Amy!  Hmm, now looking for an excuse to make more Danish.....


 


Ruth Wells


"Gardening is the only unquestionably useful job."
 - G.B. Shaw

Ruth Wells

"Gardening is the only unquestionably useful job."
 - G.B. Shaw

www.lemonade-and-kidneys.blogspot.com

www.ruthssweetpleasures.com

http://www.pkdcure.org/Default.aspx?TabI...

schnitzel's picture

Hey, Ruth!  Fresh Danish pastry for Father's Day breakfast! LOL



~Amy W    Cooks Talk T&T Recipes

"The only real stumbling block is fear of failure. In cooking you've got to have a what-the-hell attitude."  Julia Child

Jean's picture

Did you see this neat shaker?


https://www.surfasonline.com/products/9409.cfm


I'm so ticked that Wilton doesn't makek that kidney shaped scraper anymore. That's just exactly the one I want. Story of my life. :-(  Anyone have one they want to get rid of?


Veni, vidi, velcro        I came,  I  saw,  I stuck around.


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http://www.thebreastcancersite.com/
help to provide free mammograms for women in need
MadMom's picture

Is this the one you mean?  If so, I have a similar one which the Cooking Club of America sent me. Email me your snail mail address, and I'll send it off to you.



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MEANCHEF's picture

I have more of those bowl scrapers than I know what to do with, but for some reason I never ever use them.

MadMom's picture

I've never used mine...it's just sitting in the drawer, which is why I volunteered to send it to Jean, LOL.



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MEANCHEF's picture

Oddly they work great

Jean's picture

That's the one I covet. I'll send my addie if you haven't changed your mind. ;)

Veni, vidi, velcro        I came,  I  saw,  I stuck around.


http://www.thebreastcancersite.com

A  clear conscience is usually the sign of a bad memory.
http://www.thebreastcancersite.com/
help to provide free mammograms for women in need
MadMom's picture

It's all wrapped up and will be in the PO and on its way to you in the a.m.



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Not One More Dime! Not One More Life! Not One More Lie!

End the Occupation of Iraq -- Bring the Troops Home Now!

And Take Care of Them When They Get Here!