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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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MadMom's picture

(post #63547, reply #62 of 110)

Wow!  That looks fantastic.  Congratulations on a job well done.



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Marcia's picture

(post #63547, reply #63 of 110)

Nice job, Jean. They look look professional and taste homemade - the best of both worlds.

deejeh's picture

(post #63547, reply #64 of 110)

Nice!  They look terrific, and I'm sure taste the same.


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doyenne's picture

(post #63547, reply #72 of 110)

That Danish Braid is gorgeous. Great job!

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SondraG's picture

(post #63547, reply #76 of 110)

Beautiful!!  Fabulous!!  Now I MUST try the recipe.

 

 

MEANCHEF's picture

(post #63547, reply #77 of 110)

Believe it or not, no matter how sloppy you do the braids, it still comes out looking great.

Adele's picture

(post #63547, reply #78 of 110)

Wow Jean & Amy!  Can't wait for my oven to get fixed.  :(


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

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

cookie1's picture

(post #63547, reply #80 of 110)

Beau ti ful !!!! I am a true lover of danish and if I could come remotely close to duplicating that I would never say never again.

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favorablyimpressed's picture

(post #63547, reply #87 of 110)

They're beautiful, Jean.  Even DH is considering them, now that he's seen the video.  Of course, I'll do all the prep in advance.

Jean's picture

(post #63547, reply #88 of 110)

It was really fun, but prepping in advance is mandatory. If I can do them, anyone can.  They are only a fond memory now. DD, and her DH and my DH ate them both, just a sliver at a time. LOL.

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Cissy's picture

(post #63547, reply #90 of 110)

Jean, beautiful job.

RuthWells's picture

(post #63547, reply #95 of 110)

Jean, those look fabulous!!  Great job!


 


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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RuthWells's picture

(post #63547, reply #39 of 110)

I nearly killed my poor dad with the last baking binge -- I think I better give him (and his blood sugar) a break, LOL!


 


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

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 - G.B. Shaw

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Wolvie's picture

(post #63547, reply #49 of 110)

you could always add some to the lemon scones you're bringing. ;-)



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RuthWells's picture

(post #63547, reply #52 of 110)

I've already got something else in mind to accompany the scones.......... ; )


 


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

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DeannaS's picture

(post #63547, reply #54 of 110)

Sweet! I've wanted to make danish for a long time and now I actually think I can do it. Yum!

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Marcia's picture

(post #63547, reply #7 of 110)

I've never had a Danish that was really, really good, but I expect yours (with the decrease in sugar) would be perfect. I love the look and taste of homemade bagels. Have fun this weekend!

RuthWells's picture

(post #63547, reply #13 of 110)

Thanks, Marcia -- I'm eyeing the instructions for croissants.....


 


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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favorablyimpressed's picture

(post #63547, reply #9 of 110)

The bagels look great.  I can't remember if DH (the bagle baker) has ever tried the BWJ recipe.  He likely has, because he's made so many different ones.  We love the chewy texture of these homemade bagels, and a little malt syrup in the boiling water makes a big difference.  It's too bad that most people don't know what a real bagel should taste like.


I've always wanted to make danish pastries, and I've even got the pearl sugar.  I've had it for years.  I hope it doesn't go bad or get stale.


Love the pix.

RuthWells's picture

(post #63547, reply #12 of 110)

I didn't have pearl sugar, so I used turbinado.  It's probably heresy, but seemed to work fine!


 


 


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"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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