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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


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Ruth Wells

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Jean's picture

(post #63547, reply #35 of 110)

Thank you, thank you, thank you. I've been looking for one of those for ages!

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schnitzel's picture

(post #63547, reply #37 of 110)

I use mine so often it gets stored in the KA mixing bowl along with the dough hook, all ready to go for next time.



~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

(post #63547, reply #66 of 110)

Bowl scraper arrived today. Thankyou, thankyou, thankyou.  JUST what I needed/wanted. Have a great weekend.  The Danish are disappearing quickly, one nibble at a time,amid rapturous sighs. :)


Edited to say that DD said that when they were here over Mom's Day they both gained 3 pounds - nice compliment, eh?



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Edited 6/18/2005 1:24 pm ET by Jean

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MadMom's picture

(post #63547, reply #67 of 110)

Glad it was what you wanted...better to be used by a lovely lady than to gather dust in a drawer at my house, LOL.


I was trying so hard to lose weight, but will probably take a break over the weekend while Cecilia and her brood are here.  Hard to diet when the family is around.  Willie Ray will eat whatever I put in front of him, but the Fort Hood contingent expects real food.  Still, it's worth a few pounds to see my babies, right?




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Edited 6/18/2005 2:28 pm ET by MadMom

Jean's picture

(post #63547, reply #68 of 110)

It's worth more than that!! Now I have to go chop the veggies for the potato salad.  I still don't know if son and family are going to show up or not. DIL can be difficult at times. After 20+ years, I'm past caring.


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


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Cissy's picture

(post #63547, reply #89 of 110)

ooooo, MM, I have one of those and if anyone tried to take it...mayhem might happen.  Of course, offering to give yours to Jean is a nice thing.

schnitzel's picture

(post #63547, reply #36 of 110)

That looks like a nice flour shaker. I like the mesh top. The one Beatrice used gave a very light dusting of flour, probably similar. Many moons ago, I made a flour shaker from a pint-size glass mayonnaise jar, punched a few holes in the metal lid with hammer and nail. It works okay, function over form kinda thing. I could try putting window screening over the top, wouldn't that be attractive? LOL  Maybe it's time for an upgrade.


PS—As I was typing a reply to your post yesterday, our power when out. I hate when that happens. The elec. co. said too much AC usage on a hot, humid day. And today it is supposed to be even hotter. Oh, boy.



~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

(post #63547, reply #38 of 110)

I looked for something that would appoximate that shaker at Walmart and found nothing.  Of course, they had to be rearranging the kitchenware aisles the one day I chose to go. :(
I was looking for one of those aluminum shakers with the handle like they used for salt and pepper in the hospital kitchen, but no luck.

Anyway, I came up with the jelly jar and screen idea last night as I was drifting off to sleep. Then I thought of several layers of nylon net. I'll give that a try today. I should have some in my fabric stash somewhere.


Did you notice in the video that she scoops and levels, rather than stir, spoon and levels? I wonder how much difference it really makes?


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MadMom's picture

(post #63547, reply #40 of 110)

I've always avoided scooping and leveling, prefering to stir the flour, then put it into the cup using a spoon, then leveling.  I would suppose, however, that if you're following her recipes, scooping and leveling would be the thing to do.  I do intend to make both the braid and the individual Danishes as soon as I get this fat off my bottom.  They looked so good, and Danishes are my favorite thing for breakfas.



Not One More Day!
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!

Jean's picture

(post #63547, reply #41 of 110)

I'm in the process of making the fillings this morning. (apricot and cherry)  Tomorrow I will tackle the dough. I'm afraid I just won't be able to change my habit of spoon and level, I think it would make me start to stutter, like using my left hand to write.


Fillings are in the fridge. It did cross my mind that your favorite jam or Polaner All Fruit would work just as well.


(Even tangerine jam, Adele) ;-)


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



Edited 6/14/2005 11:59 am ET by Jean

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MadMom's picture

(post #63547, reply #42 of 110)

I hear you!  I've done it the same way so long that it would be difficult to change.  Since the dough has to sit overnight, you won't be making them for a few days, right?  I'm anxious to hear how they come out.  From watching the videos, they seemed quite simple.



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

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

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Jean's picture

(post #63547, reply #43 of 110)

A father's day breakfast treat (if they turn out). crossing fingers

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schnitzel's picture

(post #63547, reply #44 of 110)

This is why I really prefer to weigh the flour, that is, when weights are given. I looked in BwJ for measuring flour (pg.13), scoop and level technique: "Measured this way, a cup of flour weighs approximately 5 ounces." Good enough.


And since I have loads of strawberries ripening now, I'll make fresh strawberry jam for the Danish. Along with the pastry cream, mmmm ...should be heavenly.



~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

(post #63547, reply #45 of 110)

All components are in the fridge, ready to roll when I am. :)


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KyleW's picture

(post #63547, reply #46 of 110)

I agree, most of the time. I always, always weigh my flour when I'm baking bread, but almost never when I bake cookies. I can;t explain it, don;t have a reason. It's just how my baking has evolved. When I'm not weighing, I have a scoop in my flour bins and I pour from the scoop into the measuring cup. Then I use the side of the scoop to level. Being the small, frail sort that I am, I was usually scooping with enough enthusiasm that I would end up with two cups of flour mashed into the helpless cup!

 


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schnitzel's picture

(post #63547, reply #47 of 110)

Being the small, frail sort that I am, I was usually scooping with enough enthusiasm that I would end up with two cups of flour mashed into the helpless cup!


Oh, Kyle, that is too funny!


Although I do prefer to weigh my flour, many recipes don't give weights, so...
I have a small tin scoop/cup from DH's family (it says on it "use 3 kneipp, 2 malt, 1 coffee" what is this?) to fill the measuring cup and then find any straight edge nearby and try to resist my temptation of shaking the cup to level it, bad Amy.


All this doesn't really matter so much because if I think the recipe needs more flour, I'm gonna add it anyway! LOL



~Amy      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

KyleW's picture

(post #63547, reply #48 of 110)

What the hell is kneipp? :-) I googled it and all I found was some monk who was some kind of herbal guru in the 19th century.

 


There is a very fine line between "hobby" and "mental illness". D.Barry

 

At weddings, my Aunts would poke me in the ribs and cackle "You're next!". They stopped when I started doing the same to them at funerals.

schnitzel's picture

(post #63547, reply #51 of 110)

Yup, I Googled too. Sebastian Kneipp was an interesting fellow. Among other things, he recommended a healthier coffee made from the roasted grains of malted barley. Apparently, it can have a beneficial effect upon the system, leading to healthier nerves and more efficient mental activity.


Malt Kneipp



~Amy      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

assibams's picture

(post #63547, reply #53 of 110)

German dude ;-) He was an avid herbalist, and is probably most known for his water treatments (not for water, but for people) like treading in ice-cold water with bare feet and legs. Another torture method is icecold water from a hose flowing from your thighs down and up again.


Be yourself. Everyone else is already taken.

"A positive attitude may not solve all your problems, but it will annoy enough people to make it worth the effort."
Herm Albright

KyleW's picture

(post #63547, reply #55 of 110)

I have nuthin' against Germans. Hell my last name ends in dorf :-) But how do you put 3 of them into Schnitzel's scoop?

 


There is a very fine line between "hobby" and "mental illness". D.Barry

 

At weddings, my Aunts would poke me in the ribs and cackle "You're next!". They stopped when I started doing the same to them at funerals.

Wolvie's picture

(post #63547, reply #50 of 110)

don't have your scoop, but do use the straight edge for leveling flour when I'm making cookies and such. I weigh the flour when I'm making bread, but usually not other times.


If I get to have that in common with Kyle, that's a good thing. ;-)



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Jean's picture

(post #63547, reply #56 of 110)

Well, DD came over and we just had to make the Danish today.
She looked at the video too and then we started rolling dough. I was glad that I did the prep work for the fillings a couple of days ahead, else we would have ended up using purchased jams. When the guys cut into them, her DH had to slap his hand to keep from licking his plate. They were a big success. One cherry (from frozen) and the other apricot. I'll post a couple of pictures.
Sorry the second one isn't sharper, it was supposed to show how flakey the pastry is.


I'll make this again when I have a couple of days to work on it. It was time consuming but not difficult.


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MEANCHEF's picture

(post #63547, reply #57 of 110)

Great job Jean.  where is the coffee glaze squiggle???  Wasn't that hard was it??

Jean's picture

(post #63547, reply #58 of 110)

Thanks, it was fun. I used a milk glaze instead of the coffee and not very much, they are very sweet without it. I think they were not completely cooled when I put it on, most of it ran off the sides,  the filling stays hot for a long time. I can always add some more, but I don't think it needs it for taste. It was worth the extra effort to make the fillings and I must say, using the nuker made the job go quickly. Just one of those things where you should plan ahead and hide the stuff so it doesn't end up on your spouses breakfast toast.

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


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KarenP's picture

(post #63547, reply #59 of 110)

Beautiful Jean!  What a fun day!

assibams's picture

(post #63547, reply #60 of 110)

You are making me hungry! So now I am sitting here with my morning tea, drooling on DH's keyboard...


Be yourself. Everyone else is already taken.

"A positive attitude may not solve all your problems, but it will annoy enough people to make it worth the effort."
Herm Albright

schnitzel's picture

(post #63547, reply #61 of 110)

Nice job, Jean! Hope mine turns out as well. I'll be making one braid today.



~Amy      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

(post #63547, reply #65 of 110)

Have fun with it. It was a great joint project for the first time. It was handy having that third hand to transfer them to ther parchment. We giggled at the first one, DD didn't count the number of slits she made so we had to fudge on the braid. Lesson learned for the next one.


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


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schnitzel's picture

(post #63547, reply #69 of 110)

It really is fun to put together, and it tastes wonderful! 
Son #1 said "Wow, awesome"
DH said "Oh, Amy, this is a lot better than Entenmann's"  (LOL!)
I took some pictures...



~Amy      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

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Eisje's picture

(post #63547, reply #70 of 110)

Oh my! I would sell my soul to be able to make it even half as beautiful... With a humble please, would you post the recipe? I will probably fail miserably at it, but at least I will try.