Sunday, 29 June 2008

not quite danish...


Of all the crazy things I have done, this has to be the craziest. Trying my luck at danish pastry in the middle of Indian summer (did I say trying, oops, i meant pushing!). But then that's what the Daring Baker's are all about. Making you do things you won't normally even think of. I do make croissants sometimes, but never never in summer. I also happen to have bad case of hot hands. And man, did this challenge drive me up the wall or what! If the heat and humidity don't kill you, they sure can finish off your Danish.

Ok, I guess am exaggerating, but the result wasn't anywhere near perfect. But it was good. And it did fill my kitchen with a nice aroma! I used peaches instead of apples.


As soon as I braided it up, the juices started leaking, so the poor braid was in a pool of its juices, which later got burnt black in the oven.

I managed to roll up some extra pastry croissant style. Just for fun.


Thanks to Kelly of Sass & Veracity, and Ben of What’s Cookin’? for a fun and challenging challenge.

24 comments:

Dolores said...

Kudos to you for taking on this challenge in the heat of the summer. Great job!

bonnie said...

it is so hot here too~
great job~
i can't even turn the oven on here.

Ann said...

Awesome job of beating the heat!

aisha said...

Great job aamena, i just couldn't get myself to do it, what with the heat and other things.

breadchick said...

Yup, even here in Connecticut, the day I made the first batch of dough it was the middle 90s. Not conducive at all to butter laminated dough. So I can only imagine in the middle of an Indian summer...

They still look tasty though!

Angela said...

They look tasty to me, too! I can imagine that it wouldn't be fun trying a laminated dough during a real heatwave, though.

broadcasting from a knitting parlour said...

HA! That really was a challenge, wasnt' it? I'm in Florida - had to wait til late at night to do this project! But, it was worth it. Great job!

Aparna said...

Hey, I don't think your Danish looks all that bad. It tasted great, didn't it?
I know what our summers can do. It almost melted my Opera last time. The monsoons saved me this time!

farida said...

You are really brave for enduring the hot summer and baking at the same time:) Your braid doesn't look that bad to me.

Barbara said...

Despite working in the heat of summer, your braids look delicious! And your croissants came out perfect! Well done.

Ben said...

I think your creations look amazing and you are right, being a DB is all about trying new and exciting things, even in the middle of the summer :-p

Thank you for baking with us :)

marye said...

It looks great though! Nice job!

Jen Yu said...

I hate baking in the heat - it makes me cuss ;) But I think you did a tremendous job because your braid looks great! Good on ya for sticking through it even though things may not have gone perfectly. The end-product is fantastic!

aamena said...

hey jen, me too.. did i cuss or what! heeeheee

Claire said...

Those croissants are beautiful! You did a great job.

Renee said...

Your braids look rustic. You made it through the heat!

Renee said...

Your braids look rustic. You made it through the heat!

Lunch Buckets said...

I proofed outside - I was a little worried that it would bake instead!

myfoodsafari said...

I can imagine the difficulty in making this in hot weather. I'm in Australia so making it was not a problem but I had to proof it in a very very low oven.

Cynthia said...

I don't care if it is not quite Danish, The pastry looks flaky and delicious.

Molly Loves Paris said...

Your Danish looks and sounds like it was really tasty. Peaches is a great idea, though they'd probably run anywhere. In my temperate part of the world it was 100 degrees the day I made mine, setting a record and I got pretty stressed by the end.

Jigginjessica said...

I also had some filling leakage. I bet it still tasted great!

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