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I’m lucky I’m not a boy, because I’d make a terrible Boy Scout. You know that little thing about “Be Prepared?” Yeah. Not me. Let’s just say it was hard to fit in this month’s Daring Bakers Challenge, and yes, I procrastinated again and just did mine yesterday. And it took me ALL day. Literally. I started at 7am, and the second one was coming out of the oven at 7pm. And I tried to make it with only pantry staples this month, so a few small changes had to be made.

This month’s challenge was hosted by two of my blogging friends – Kelly of Sass and Veracity and Ben of What’s Cookin’. Both of their blogs are on my regular reading list, so I was excited to see what challenge they would bring this month. And what a challenge it was!! Danish Braid. Yes, it took me a few moments to regain my composure after reading it, but I still made it!!

The thing that I love about the Daring Bakers challenges is that the host(s) always m
anage to choose something that I probably wouldn’t normally make, just because of how involved the recipes are. And most of them have been quite scary at first look, but once you jump in, they are actually quite manageable. And I always finish them feeling a sense of accomplishment. Now I don’t know why anyone else is a Daring Baker, but that is exactly why I joined and I continue to participate every month. I love it when I feel like I have taken on a challenge, and whether or not I succeeded, I always try.

This is actually my one year mark as a Daring Baker. My twelfth challenge in twelve months. Talk about a sense of accomplishment!! I look back over those twelve challenges, and I’m proud of each of them, and for the things those hosts got me to do in the kitchen!

Back to the braid – I kept it pretty simple this month. I followed the recipe exactly, except I didn’t have cardamom or vanilla beans. I used pumpkin pie spice in place of the cardamom, and I just omitted the vanilla beans. I would have followed it to a T, but I was trying not to buy anything this month. For the filling, the first braid, I used the apple filling recipe that
was provided. I wanted to do a fresh peach filling for the second, but my peaches weren’t ripe enough yet, so I settled on making a cream cheese mixture, (cream cheese, powdered sugar and vanilla extract) and then putting some homemade peach jam on top.

When I went to shape the final braids, I couldn’t get my dough to a 15×10 rectangle, still keeping it 1/4 inch thick. So my rectangle was slightly smaller, which was ok because otherwise it probably wouldn’t have fit on my baking sheet! For the first braid, I baked it at 400F for the first 10 minutes, but as I went to change the pan around and lower the temperature, I realized the braid was already pretty dark. So I only left it in an additional 10 minutes. For the second braid, I didn’t turn the heat back up, but left it at 350F and still only baked it for 20 minutes, and although it was still a little dark, I was much happier with it.

Danish Braid from www.tasteandtellblog.com

I’m really sad, because on my second braid, the braid was so beautiful. I should have taken pictures first, but I decided to glaze it with the leftover cream cheese filling from the first braid. And then you couldn’t see the braid anymore!! As far as taste went, I loved both of the fillings. I liked the bread from the second braid much better, though. I’m pretty sure it’s because I baked it in a cooler oven, but it was moist and light.

Overall, I really enjoyed this challenge. I wish I would have taken some time, maybe done it over a few days so that I could have made something spectacular, but it still turned out very well, just following the given recipe! I want to try this again sometime, taking out the orange and spices from the dough, and turning it into a savory meal. It’s a keeper!

Make sure and check out the other creations here. And for the full recipe, go to Kelly or Ben‘s site!

12 months of being a Daring Baker

June 2008 – Danish Braid
May 2008 – Opera Cake
April 2008 – Cheesecake Pops
March 2008 – Dorie’s Perfect Party Cake
February 2008 – Julia Child’s French Bread
January 2008 – Lemon Meringue Pie
December 2007 – Yule Log
November 2007 – Potato Bread
October 2007 – Bostini Cream Pie
September 2007 – Cinnamon Rolls & Sticky Buns
August 2007 – Milk Chocolate and Caramel Tart
July 2007 – Strawberry Mirror Cake


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76 Responses to Danish Bread {The Daring Bakers}

  1. Vidhya Iyer says:

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  2. Beth says:

    Yours looks yummy. This was my first DB challenge and I was really scared, but like you say once you get into it it isn’t half as bad as you think!

  3. Peabody says:

    I like the spices you chose. Bad you though for saving it till the last minute. ๐Ÿ™‚
    Looks good.

  4. Katie says:

    Your braids look wonderful. I love the idea of the cream cheese and apricot jam filling. Wouldn’t have thought of using cream cheese but now I’m longing to try it.

  5. Rosa's Yummy Yums says:

    Your braid looks delicious! I love the filling and flavorings you chose…



  6. Emiline says:

    Congrats on your past Daring Bakers challenges.

    The braid looks very good.

    I need to try that thing you’re doing….not buying anything for a month.

  7. Sarah says:

    Cream cheese and peach sounds great! And don’t feel bad about procrastination…my braid is baking now and it is post day!

  8. Gretchen Noelle says:

    It is so true that we try new things here and I love that! Great job on your braids!

  9. Rachel@fairycakeheaven says:

    yum!!! looks and am sure tasted fantastic!

  10. Ann says:

    It looks delicious!

  11. culinography says:

    I love being part of the DB’ers for much the same reason…

    Your braids look fabulous!!

  12. Jen Yu says:

    Congrats on your one year mark as a DBer! That’s quite the accomplishment as is this lovely braid. Great job!

  13. noble pig says:

    Your braids are beautiful!

  14. Grace says:

    12 months? most impressive.
    your loaves are also most impressive, as expected–nice variety!

  15. DaviMack says:

    Don’t take out the orange & spices – leave them in and add savory! It could be something along the lines of a southeast-asian dish!

  16. Jenny says:

    Beautiful Deborah! I love the look of that frosting, just my style! 12 months already? How cool, I love your 12 months in review.

  17. Mary says:

    I think your braids look delicious! I left out the vanilla bean and procrastinated too. I wish I had thought of frosting.

  18. glamah16 says:

    A year already! The time is flying but not the pounds:-0? I commend you for using what you have and getting it all done ;ast minute.It all turned out pretty fantastic looking to me.

  19. Kelly-Jane says:

    Great job Deborah! and congratulations on a year as a Daring Baker ๐Ÿ™‚

  20. Dianne says:

    Your Danish looks great! Congrats on 1 year! ๐Ÿ™‚

  21. kat says:

    congrats on doing 12, that is an accomplishment. I had the same issue as you did in that it only took 20 minutes to cook. I think it looks pretty tasty with the glaze on it.

  22. breadchick says:

    Congrats on the one year challenge! And it WAS a good one wasn’t it!! And it was hard this month to fit this all in wasn’t it. Love the idea of only using what you had in your pantry too.

  23. PheMom says:

    LOL – The scouts wouldn’t want me! I’m still trying to get mine made tonight! Yours looks great!

  24. farida says:

    Your Braid looks beautiful! Well done!

  25. Vicarious Foodie says:

    A well-deserved congratulations on a whole year of these challenges! I just could never do it. I can’t handle rolling out dough to specified dimensions. On Saturday I tried making some dough for stromboli and, well, let’s just say I won’t be posting any pictures of that catastrophe.

  26. HoneyB says:

    looks delicious! I like the pumpkin pie spice idea – a good one that I will remember for fall!

  27. Lorrie says:

    happy one year anniversary with the daring bakers! I like your idea for using pumpkin pie spices, it looks delicious!

  28. Ben says:

    Oh yeah, Deborah, those braids look delicious. My second braid also turned out better, we learn as we go, I suppose, but unfortunately my memory card messed things up ๐Ÿ™ Oh well, next time (oh yes, there will be a next time) I’ll make sure to take pics and save them right away ๐Ÿ™‚

    Thank you for baking with us ๐Ÿ™‚

  29. Kevin says:

    That looks good. The peach jam and cream cheese filling sounds good as well.

  30. Judy says:

    Your braids look delicious. Sometime I will try the apple filling — I like it, but my official taste tester doesn’t. I did cream cheese instead.

  31. dobetter says:

    Wow, a whole year of Daring Bakers. That’s an accomplishment! Your braid looks fantastic. Well done.

  32. Melanie says:

    I hear you about taking all day – but a huge accomplishment when it was done! Yours look and sound fantastic – I agree with you on the temp thing, also…I think I will use a lower temp next time (or bake for less time). Anyway, great job!

  33. MyKitchenInHalfCups says:

    Deborah it’s wonderful to surprise ourselves isn’t it! Love your spices and the pumpkin! I should try not buying for a month!
    Congratulations on a year of challenges!

  34. Jeena says:

    The look of your delicious glaze on top of that beautiful danish os making me so hungry right now!

  35. Cookie baker Lynn says:

    Your braids look terrific! I love how you made it work with what’s on hand, rather than running out and buying more pantry fillers.

  36. Claire says:

    I had the same issue with baking time! The cream cheese sounds delicious…I only used peaches. Great job!

  37. Robyn says:

    Delicious looking braids!

  38. StickyGooeyCreamyChewy says:

    Congrats on your 1 year DB anniversary! Your braids look great! I didn’t start mine until Saturday either. We can only do so much. ๐Ÿ˜‰

  39. The Baker & The Curry Maker says:

    That is exactly why I joined the Daring Bakers and have stayed on. You’re spot on. This is 1 year for me too! You braids look gorgeous, well done.

  40. The Baker & The Curry Maker says:

    That is exactly why I joined the Daring Bakers and have stayed on. You’re spot on. This is 1 year for me too! You braids look gorgeous, well done.

  41. Suzana says:

    Congrats on turning one-year-old Daring Baker – those are a lot of challenges! I like what you did with the pastry, and the braid looks good. Mine is peach. ๐Ÿ˜‰

  42. Kelly says:

    oh wow, the frosting on your danish just looks amazing! I saw a couple people do it and i keep thinking damn, why didnt i? lol ๐Ÿ™‚ great job!

  43. Fin says:

    D –
    Great to see a frosted version… I’ve got a nice simple frosting all set in mind for ours – – i’m finishing this afternoon… so don’t sweat it, just KNOW that someone is more under the gun than even you were.
    It looks DELICIOUS… you should be proud!

  44. Prudy says:

    Looks delicious! Peach and cream cheese? Wow!

  45. mimi says:

    glad to know i wasn’t the only one who procastinated! your braids look great!

  46. Tempered Woman says:

    omg~ 12 challenges in 12 months!?! That’s an incredible achievement. Congrats!
    The braid looks good, especially smothered in cream cheese…mmmmmmmm, cream cheese…

  47. Parker says:

    Your danish looks great with yummy flavors. I have been inspired to join the DB challenge for next month. I am more of a cook then baker, but I will give it a go.

  48. BC says:

    Ohhh, pumpkin pie spice with a pumpkin filling would be a great combination. Well done!

  49. Steph says:

    Yum Deborah! Your danish looks delicious! I was going to the frosting and I forgot! Next time…

  50. Renee says:

    Mine came out a little brown the first time as well. Your braids look great!

  51. Faery says:

    *celebration music, please* happy one year anniversary wooohooo.
    Your braid looks awesome and the cream cheese and peach jam filling is one of my favorite combinations.

  52. Kristen says:

    I am going to try this recipe out. It sounds soooo ogood!

  53. Dana McCauley says:

    I think the next time I make this recipe, I’ll just do the first, hotter temp baking step for 7 minutes. Mine was too dark as well.

    Glad you were able to fit the challenge in despite your busy life. I enjoyed your post.

  54. Gigi says:

    The peach braid sounds fantastic! I can’t believe you finished in day! You’re amazing!

  55. Gabi says:

    Looks great Deborah! I think it’s greatof you to try to conserve a bit and use what you have on hand yet still participate! Congrats on the one year DB mark I hadn’t realized that you were 2 months ahead of me ๐Ÿ™‚

  56. Meeta says:

    Deborah! How wonderful your braid looks and with the selection of spices I am sure it tasted heavenly too. well done!

  57. Shayne says:

    Congrats for making it a year! The Mirror Cake is what sold me to join the DBERs and in 2 months will be my 1 year. I am still enjoying it for the most part.

  58. Sandy says:

    My mouth is watering – THAT kind of food is my weakness!

    Always great to visit you.

  59. Sara says:

    It looks fantastic! That icing looks fantastic…yum.

  60. Elle says:

    They look amazing, Deborah! Congrats on your one year anniversary! And you know, I’ve seen every one of your challenge posts. Before I decided to send the email requesting to become a DB, I checked back on your site to see the ones you’d done. I was so impressed, and a little nervous, but decided to go ahead anyway. You have a lot of accomplishments to be proud of!

  61. Katie B. says:

    Yum – icing??!?! What a lovely idea! Your braids look great!

  62. Madam Chow says:

    I think things turned out fabulous, as usual!

  63. Jaime says:

    great job! it’s hard to complete a challenge w/o going out and buying ingredients, i’m impressed. oh and i agree, you hit it on the nail as to exactly why i am a daring baker!

  64. Elle says:

    Delicious looking pastries Deborah..I actually love the one slathered in the cream cheese …it looks ready to be sliced up and savored with a good cup of coffee. Nice that you included your DB posts, too. Time flies!

  65. Cakespy says:

    You had me at hello! But for me, of course the one with glaze / frosting ALWAYS wins!

  66. Maria says:

    Your danish pastry looks absolutely delicious!


  67. Kate / Kajal says:

    Congrats .. you’ve been a daring baker for a year ! thats nice, th ereason why i havent joined in , also the same thing you noticed. the host always pics something i would never make myself, due to the involvement ..haha i’m too lazy for that ! But hats off to you, you make a damn swell baker 1

  68. sunita says:

    Deb, congrats on completing a year as a DB…I too completed the challenge at the last moment :-P…you’ve done well on this ๐Ÿ™‚

  69. Rebecca says:

    Congrats on your year of challenges! You didn’t even sit out on one? Wow.

  70. eatme_delicious says:

    Wow congratulations on 1 year of taking part in every DB challenge!! ๐Ÿ™‚ That’s awesome. I won’t be able to say the same unfortunately. Anyway, the peach cream cheese braid sounds delicious! Your braids look great.

  71. Jenny says:

    Nothing with a cream cheese frosting can ever be bad, can it? ๐Ÿ™‚
    Your braids look good.

  72. Tartelette says:

    Congrats on a perfectly executed challenge again! The flavaors and frosting are awesome!

  73. Jacque says:

    Congratulations on your one year anniversary! that’s a lotta baking!

    Great job on the braid, it looks delish!

  74. Dolores says:

    Congratulations on your daring baker anniversary. Beautiful braid!

  75. kellypea says:

    Congrats on your one year DB anniversary, Deb! It is quite the accomplishment, isn’t it? Your braids turned out beautifully, of course, and the choice of the pumpkin pie spice was perfect for this. I never thought about trying to do a challenge with what I had on hand, but that is a great idea. As far as waiting to the last minute? Cheers. I ALWAYS do that (except for with the braid). In fact, for this month, I still haven’t made mine and if I can do it as planned, then I’ll be only a day from deadline. So many recipes, so little time, right? ๐Ÿ˜‰

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