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Strawberry Danish Braid

Strawberry Danish Braid

This months Daring Bakers challenge was a Danish braid and I was really looking forward to making it. The Danish braid is made with Danish pastry dough which is made by folding dough with butter into many layers. The Danish dough should bake up nice and light and buttery and flaky. I had been wanting to try making a multi-layer dough that puffed up when cooked for a while. As coincidence would have it I had also recently bookmarked a cheese danish recipe that I had wanted to try.

One thing that I really liked about this challenge was that we were allowed to choose the filling. Since strawberries were in the peak of their season I could not pass up on the chance to use some fresh strawberries. I had just made some strawberry and rhubarb jam and I though that it would go well in the braid as well. Since I still had the cheese danish on my mind I also decided to add some cream cheese. In the end it turned out to be a strawberry Danish braid with cream cheese and strawberry and rhubarb jam.

Strawberry Danish Braid

As with most Daring Bakers challenges the Danish braid was no walk in the park. There are a lot of steps and it took a lot of time. I was hoping to get the whole thing done on one day of the weekend but I ran out of time and had to finish it the next day. Overall each step was pretty easy though. The only problem that I had with the recipe was that it said that while folding the dough that you roll it out to a particular size each time but then after letting it sit in the fridge over night you were supposed to be able to roll out the same dough to over double the size that you were rolling it to the day before. My dough rolled out to the same size as it did the day before and I rolled it a bit thinned so that I could have some extra to make some cheese danish. Maybe the yeast was supposed to have more than doubled the size of the dough while it was in the fridge? Maybe my yeast was not as active as it could be? The dough did expand while proofing before baking... The Danish braid baked up well, though I could have pulled it out of the oven a minute sooner.

Danish Braid


Ingredients
1 tablespoon active dry yeast
1/2 cup whole milk
1/3 cup sugar
1 orange (zest)
3/4 teaspoon cardamom (ground)
1-1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1/2 vanilla bean (split and scraped)
2 eggs (chilled)
1/4 cup fresh orange juice
3-1/4 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 pound (2 sticks) cold unsalted butter
1/4 cup all-purpose flour
1 egg (lightly beaten)

Directions:
1. Whisk the yeast into the milk in a bowl.
2. Add sugar, orange zest, cardamom, vanilla extract, vanilla bean seeds, eggs, and orange juice and mix.
3. Sift the flour and salt onto your working surface and form a bowl.
4. Pour the liquid into the middle of the bowl.
5. With your hands, mix the flour into the liquid starting from the inside and working out until combined.
6. Knead the dough until it becomes smooth and easy to work with, about 5-7 minutes.
7. Chill the dough in the fridge for 30 minutes.
8. Pulse the butter and flour in a food processor until combined.
9. Let the butter sit at room temperature until the dough is ready.
10. Roll the dough out to about 18x13 inches and about 1/4 inch thick.
11. Spread the butter over the right and center thirds of the dough.
12. Fold the left third of the dough over the center followed by the right third and chill in the fridge for 30 minutes.
14. Place the dough on the work surface lengthwise with the open ends on your left and right.
15. Roll the dough out to about 18x13 inches and about 1/4 inch thick.
16. Repeat steps 12-13 until for a total of five times.
17. Chill in the fridge overnight or for a minimum of five hours.
18. Roll the dough out to about 18x13 inches and about 1/4 inch thick.
19. Slice the left and right thirds of the dough at an angle and parallel to the other side into 1 inch wide slices.
20. Spread the filling on the middle of the dough.
21. Fold the slices of dough from the left and right sides of the middle, alternating and forming a braid.
22. Fold the top and bottom flaps over to hold in the filling.
23. Let the dough sit at room temperature for 2 hours.
24. Brush the egg onto the top of the dough.
25. Bake in a preheated 350F oven until golden brown, about 25-30 minutes.

In the end I was really pleased with both the Danish braid and the cheese Danish! They were both really good! The Danish pastry was nice and light and flaky and buttery and good. In the pictures you can see the layers and that it puffed up nicely. The pastry itself was full of flavour from the vanilla and the cardamom. The cream cheese and strawberry and rhubarb jam and fresh strawberry filling was perfect. I enjoyed both the Danish braid and the cheese Danish for breakfast last week and they both disappeared quite quickly! I am really glad that I got to make the Danish pastry and I look forward to making it again.

Cheese Danish

Take a look at the other Daring Bakers danish braid creations.

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97 comments:

Steph said...

omg kevin!! that looks so good. I love how the danishes are nicely browned. The filling combination of strawberry + cream cheese is also really nice.. sweet and rich!

Rachel@fairycakeheaven said...

oooooo looks fantastic, can almost taste the sweet strawberries and the creamy cream cheese!!!

Ann said...

Your braid and pastries look just delicious!

Judy @ No Fear Entertaining said...

Great looking braid Kevin!!!

Pearlsofeast said...

Looks heavenly Kevin and the filling makes me drool worthy.Great work.

Gretchen Noelle said...

I certainly pondered the idea of cream cheese and strawberry jam. Sounds and looks terrific!

VeggieGirl said...

Kevin, your danish bread is fantastic-looking - love your choice of filling!

Jen Yu said...

Kevin, your repertoire continues to expand with more and more successes! The braid is just lovely - all of those fresh strawberries... mmmmm! I like that little cheese danish too, so CUTE!

noble pig said...

So far this strawberry one is my fave.

Megan said...

Kevin, They look amazing! Your food always looks perfect. Will you marry me? ;)

Sara said...

Yum, looks amazing! The strawberry filling looks delish. :)

Manggy said...

Kevin, I don't think the proofing is an issue-- the braid looks quite perfect as it is. Don't worry about it ;) You are on a strawberry high, I love it :) I don't think I could ever make a laminated dough in this weather, though.

Meghan said...

this is GORGEOUS Kevin!

Meeta said...

Yes, I liked the fact that we could fill it with whatever we wanted to. I love the strawberry filling - looks great Kevin!

Robyn said...

Looks great!

Maya said...

Kevin:

That looks like it come from a lovely bakery!! You ARE a bag of chips and more!!!!!

chriesi said...

Looks beautiful!

Gloria said...

Oh My Kevin!!! Really look wonderful!!!! really beauty dear.xxGloria (you always amazing me)

HoneyB said...

Despite your troubles with rolling the dough - it looks terrific!

farida said...

Kevin, what a great job you have done with your danish! Wow, wow! Looks absolutely amazing! When are you going to stop amaze me?:) I hope never:)

javagirlkt's cookin' said...

Wow! Yours looks much better than mine! Mine was impossible to roll out, I think it was too dry, or I kneaded it too long.

I bet the strawberries and cream cheese were delicious in yours. Nice job! :)

Vicarious Foodie said...

Oh my gosh--was that as hard as it looks? I mean, it looks amazing but very fancy, which usually translates to very difficult. You must have the baking gene. ;)

Shayne said...

ok now see if we were making the danish together we would have had the perfect doneness. the filling looks and sounds wonderful.

I loved this DB challenge so much for the same reasons you did.

Well Done.

Em said...

kevin that's freakin GORGEOUS! Outstanding job and as always I enjoy just *reading* anything you write :)

have a delicious day!

Lisa said...

Yet another fantastic use of strawberries. Lovely pictures.

Susie Homemaker said...

Sweet Jesus that looks great! The pictures are fantastic, and now my mouth is watering....

Proud Italian Cook said...

I'm lovin that cheese danish! You did a great job Kevin!

sunita said...

I love your braid...and the filling too :-)

OhioMom said...

That is absolutely gorgeous, and what everyone else said :) I think you took it out at exactly the right moment ... btw, I have added a link to your blog so I can keep up with your wonderful culinary creations.

Jeena said...

I love the pictures Kevin you are such a great cook! It looks fabulous.

Jenny said...

Looks perfect Kevin!

Clumbsy Cookie said...

Kevin I love your dough! The braid is great but that cheese danish, it's just amazing with the icing coming down the sides, wow!

Leslie said...

Beautiful and delicious..I wouldnt expect to see anything less when I visit your blog!!!!Bravo!

kat said...

Oh they look so good! I thought cream cheese was the yummiest in it.

Anne said...

Oh, goodness! I actually gasped when your page loaded--your braid is GORGEOUS! Terriffic job!

Cookie baker Lynn said...

Beautiful braid, Kevin! I love the filling flavors you picked. How can you go wrong with cream cheese, strawberries, and rhubarb?

Lori said...

wow Kevin, the filling sounds amazing. And that last pic of the danish. Wow it looks like a work of art. Oh to sink my teeth into that!

Marc @ NoRecipes said...

Looks great Kevin! I chose strawberries for the same reason!

kimberleyblue said...

Your danish looks really good - and fresh strawberries? Yum!

adventuresinshaw said...

Beautiful as always Kevin! And the filling is fantastic! I am going to have to redo this recipe using your filling ideas before strawberries completely go out of season!

Parker said...

Those are such great pics Kevin. The danish recipe itself looks amazing - seriously. Have a great Canada Day.

Melanie C. said...

Your braid and pastries look fantastic! Great job!!

Esi said...

This looks fantastic! I love your recipes.

TBC said...

I love your filling!
I saw so many of the DB posts today... don't know how u guys do it! Nice work.

Ben said...

Hmmm strawberries and creamcheese! That is an amazing combination and your braid looks incredible :)

Thank you for baking with us :)

Chris said...

Holy moly....what a danish! So flaky looking and delicious with those strawberries. :)

Erika said...

Nice work! I think the braids look great and I thought about adding cream cheese to my strawberry rhubarb but I did not have any. After looking at yours, I might have to make this again soon!

Mrs Erg├╝l said...

It's so smart to use what you already have on hand! Nice!

maybelles parents said...

it looks totally perfect. good job.

onespicymama said...

I love strawberry rhubarb anything! That last picture made me lick the screen!:)

Prudy said...

Wow-looks gorgeous. I did strawberry and cream cheese too so I know it's yummy.

Jaime said...

love the strawberry rhubarb cream cheese filling you chose! yum! looks like it puffed up nicely, well cone!

cindy* said...

this looks so pro! very ambitious...as daring bakers suggests. good job to you.

eliza said...

just wonderful. you're good with baked goods too obviously! :)

Rosa's Yummy Yums said...

Really beautiful, tempting and delicious looking! I love the filling you used! Great job here!

Cheers,

Rosa

Rose&Thorn said...

The cheese one has me drooling!

Tarah said...

Awesome Job! Your braid came out beautifully! Great job :]

noobcook said...

omg this sounds really tough to make but you pull it off nicely. Looks sooo heavenly!

StickyGooeyCreamyChewy said...

Beautiful danish, Kevin! They look totally droolworthy! Great job!

I couldn't resist cheese danish either. ;)

shellyfish said...

Looks great Kevin!

Lorrie said...

your braid and pastries look amazing, your did a great job!

Helen said...

I think your braid looks really beautiful. I didn't get to make mine this month which I am gutted about but at least I can drool over everyone elses!

Deborah said...

I love the strawberry combo you chose. Yum!! I thought the baking times were off, too - I took mine out at 20 minutes!

Katie said...

This looks so perfect. The color and the glaze looks fantastic.

Cheryl said...

I have seen those all over the place and I think yours is the best looking one! gorgeous!

JennDZ - The Leftover Queen said...

Both danish varieties you made look great Kevin!

JMom said...

Great looking braid! I wish I had been more adventurous with the filling. That strawberry filling looks delicious!

marye said...

I did strawberry cream cheese as well..wasn't it fantastic?
Beautiful images, as usual Kevin!

Pam said...

They looks so good. Thanks for inspiring me to join the Daring Bakers... I did my first challenge this month and had a blast!

Sandie said...

Bravo! That's a lot of work, but your efforts certainly appear to have paid off. Ship this to me? ...lol

breadchick said...

Very well done!

Dawn said...

I love how you kept extra sauce for the individual slice. Good thinking! The braiding is so fancy. I would not do well making this.

Steph said...

Looks great Kevin! The strawberry filling sounds amazing!

Dolores said...

I had similar problems rolling the dough on day two... the required size just wasn't going to happen unless I rolled it nearly paper thin.

Yours looks great; your cheese danish had me yearning to lick the screen.

Katie B. said...

Looks phenomenal!! I daydreamed about using strawberries, but they've passed their time at my market.

Pam said...

The strawberry one looks great, but I cannot get that cheese danish out of my mind!

Mona said...

That looks scrumptious!

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Namratha said...

Gosh, that's a perfect braid!

Michelle said...

wow!! this is a perfect braid. It looks almost too good to eat, but I wouldn't pass it up

Gigi said...

Kevin you did a fantastic job on the braid and the filling sounds divine!

Donna said...

What a challenege! Well done. I wanted to mix mango with starberries but I didn't think it would make a good combo. So for my 2nd braid, I made it with chopped mangos mixed with some little sugar. It turned out fantastic with vanilla bean sugar free ice cream!

Elle said...

Gorgeous braid, Kevin--it looks perfect!

Aparna said...

That is a most beautifully made braid. I used the suggested apple filling but used mango and coconut in my little ones.

Sara said...

Your filling sounds amazing!

Helene said...

Wow, you're doing better and better everytime. I really like your danish braid. I'll have to try to make one some day.

Claire said...

I'm with you on it being done before time was up. Your bread looks fantastic!

Bobby said...

this looks great! Very interesting - I have never tried anything like this but it looks like a challenge. It came out so good though.

Faery said...

Wow it looks delicious and beautiful

Melanie said...

Yours is the first strawberry rhubarb one I've seen. I knew it would look beautiful and it does!

sleepingbearinthekitchen said...

That looks divine!!!! Fantastic job, doesn't look as if it were to terrible a challenge at all!!!

~Amber~ said...

Your braid is amazingly beautiful! Great job.

eatme_delicious said...

Strawberry cream cheese sounds delicious! Looks beautiful, as always.

Miss Ifi said...

I should steal some of that delicious looking strawberry rhubarb jam from you!!.. Your braids look amazing.. CONGRATULATIONS on your challenge!!

Jeanine said...

OH wow, that danish braid looks amazing! LOVE the strawberry/cream cheese filling...makes me want to make it again!

Tartelette said...

Fabulous job Kevin! That last danish is just screaming to be eaten!

Anonymous said...

How did you braid cheese danish(cream cheese in the middle)?

Thanks!

Kevin said...

Anonymous: I was just winging it and only a couple of them actually turned out. I need much more practice braiding pastry. :)

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