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Danish Braid

daring baker\'s june challenge

It’s time for the Daring Baker’s Challenge again! ๐Ÿ™‚ย 

Kelly ofย Sass & Veracity, and Ben ofย Whatโ€™s Cookinโ€™?ย were the hosts for this month’s DB’s Challenge and they choseย โ€œDanish Braidโ€ from Sherry Yardโ€™s The Secrets of Baking… ๐Ÿ™‚ when i first saw the challenge i was hesitant about it… the technique was ‘Making and working with yeasted laminated dough’ which i have no clue how and what and when…. ย so i let the idea sink in… and later i got slightly excited about it. and reading through the steps, this was not something which i cld pull off in a night so i got started as soon as i cld. i planned out different fillings, read up about danish pastry and finally thought i was ready to give it a go… not knowing that it’d be a total of 3 tries

Try #1 – The weekend i chose to bake was father’s day weekend and my mum was also occupying the kitchen preparing dinner for the family. so she made a carrot cake and i realised halfway through that i did have enough flour…. tried to substitute and that went horribly. so one batch straight to the trash bin.

Try #2 – got enough of every ingredient… everything went well until the lamination stage…. butter stayed runny, it got so gooey and kept oozing out. at the end of the struggle with the dough i was resigned to a big ball of butter-covered dough. it was late at night was too tired, stuck it in the fridge and went to sleep it off.

Try #3 – went to read some of the experiences of other DB and got some tips to help the situation. went to put every thing in the fridge and not let it wait out (room temperature is quite warm here, even at night with the fan blowing at ya… that’s how i made my butter dough) so i knew i cldn’t do the full lamination process coz the butter melted still, i just had to keep it as close as the technique as possible. there were some spillage of butter… but overall i think i cld start with assembling. did the filling, did my braid. in the waiting in between i manage to take out the buttery ball of dough which was sitting in the fridge… i rolled out half the dough and started making danish ‘pastry’. some of it really looked like the real thing… heh… but when it was done, it definitely did not taste like it. ๐Ÿ˜› i’ll probably post it another time.ย 

Anyway, after all that… the challenge was completed and i went to sleep a happy girl. ๐Ÿ™‚ here’s a few pics of the process… ๐Ÿ™‚ย 

danish braid

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korova cookies

korova cookies

so here it is. i like it. ๐Ÿ™‚ yay. ๐Ÿ™‚ good start to the weekend. ๐Ÿ™‚ย 

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theraputic

that is what baking is to me.ย 

i wasn’t feel too great today… think it was the air con in the office and the warm weather outside. so i came home right after work. sun was still up so that was way early for me. and what i did to make myself feel better was to watch past seasons of top chef! now seriously. everything i surround myself now is food-ish. and i’m not sick of it yet. ๐Ÿ™‚ย 

and in between episodes i went to make myself a batch of ‘Korova Cookies’. it’s from Paris Sweets by Dorie Greenspan… and it’s one of Pierre Herme’s recipes. yay! so my first PH recipe. it’s an icebox cookie so now it’s sitting in the fridge so that whenever i want some cookies this week. it’s going to be there. ๐Ÿ™‚ย 

then again, this doesn’t gear me up for my day job in any way.ย 

also, i’ve signed up for TWD…. wish me luck. ๐Ÿ™‚ย 

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till next time :)

one of my dear colleagues left the company a couple of weeks back to find out what else is there in store for her out there. this line wasn’t what she was looking for and she plucked up the courage to leave and let God lead. ๐Ÿ™‚ to me that’s a brave step to take. a step which i’m not even sure if i would even think about. ๐Ÿ˜› anyway, i hope she does find what she was looking for and be absolutely happy doing it. where ever she is i’m sure she’d be a blessing to others around her as she has been to me and our other colleagues. ๐Ÿ™‚ I’m glad that God has allowed me to find a friend in my colleague. ๐Ÿ™‚ till next time my friend. as a token to show that she’d be missed… i managed to try my hand at the felt pouches again. she liked the motif the moment she saw the toys and the pattern in the book when i first bought it. i would have made her a toy but sadly i didn’t plan my time well. anyway here it is. ๐Ÿ™‚ย 

hw miffy

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chocolate chip cookies

even though i told myself to take it easy this weekend and just let it pass… i was restless on sunday afternoon and while the boy and pup was taking a snooze i went to the kitchen with the mission to bake something.ย 

i chose the all time favourite…ย 

stack of ccc

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it turned out ok. not great but ok. the texture wasn’t consistent.. then again maybe i wasn’t consistent cooling every tray of cookies. i’m not sure if it needed more salt… but it was edible anyway. ๐Ÿ™‚ and it’s good with coffee ๐Ÿ™‚

Anyway, here’s the recipe – condensed version

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Panda

last post for the weekend.

V just celebrated her bday this weekend and M was there to celebrate with some of their friends. i had gotten my hands on the latest pattern book from Aranzi Aronzoย so i decided to do something for V. A purple coin pouch (her fav. colour) with a panda in front! ๐Ÿ™‚ all with felt… but the only thing is that .. there’s a zipper! a friend warned that working with zippers can be a bit tricky… so be careful! of course, i just went ahead with it… not knowing the ‘dangers’. Here are the parts and u can see a bit of the instructions page in the corner (i love how the instructions are done… ๐Ÿ™‚ )ย 

Panda in the making

and here it is!ย 

Panda!

You can hardly see it but the corners are not done well as the zipper was tucked in at the ends. i realised that the pattern was just nice and didn’t really give allowance for the seams as the stitching was supposed to end after the ends of the zipper and not before… anyway, i was generally pleased with it coz i sewed the zipper on by hand! ๐Ÿ™‚ heh. i was just too lazy to figure out the sewing machine when i got home. ๐Ÿ˜›ย 

i’ll try to tweak the pattern a bit and hopefully the 2nd pouch will turn out better. ๐Ÿ™‚ย 

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