A Danish Daring Baker Challenge!

This month’s challenge was The Danish Braid for us Daring Baker types. Despite the rather long instructions, this wasn’t really a difficult task. Oh, I admit that I was nervous. Pastries are definitely not my thing, and I have absolutely zero experience in making them. And I’m not even adept at braiding hair, let alone pastry. But I followed the directions obsessively and all turned out great. Here’s a pictoral of my experience in making this breakfast treat…

This is definitely one of those challenges where you’re really proud of the outcome (if you have a good outcome, that is!) This Danish Braid turned out to be a tender, flaky, buttery pastry with wonderful caramelized, cinnamony apples cooked inside. I plated this and brought it to the teachers at my son’s school for an end-of-the-year breakfast meeting. Suffice to say, they enjoyed it a lot! I snuck a slice for my kiddo, and then I begged for a sampling. He reluctantly gave me a bite. I felt that the orange zest in the dough worked well with the apples, but I look forward to seeing what creative things other Daring Bakers have done to their Danish Braids this month.

Big shout out to our hosts for the challenge: Kelly of Sass & Veracity and Ben of What’s Cooking? The Danish Braid recipe can most likely be found on one of their blogs.

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46 Responses to “A Danish Daring Baker Challenge!”

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    Anonymous — June 29, 2008 @ 9:13 AM

    Wow, that looks like a work of art! I’m glad it turned out so well for you. I love to cook and bake but I wouldn’t even attempt this.
    Val

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    Ann — June 29, 2008 @ 11:27 AM

    Beautiful braid! Wasn’t it just a wonderful challenge this month?

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    Rachel@fairycakeheaven — June 29, 2008 @ 11:53 AM

    wow looks fantastic,your braid is so well formed!!

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    Judy @ No Fear Entertaining — June 29, 2008 @ 12:28 PM

    Your braid looks incredible!!! Great job!

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    Pamela — June 29, 2008 @ 12:44 PM

    Your braid is gorgeous and very impressive. It’s so inspiring to see what all of the Daring Bakers do. Great job!

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    Gretchen Noelle — June 29, 2008 @ 12:49 PM

    Lovely job on the braid! I am sure everyone at the meeting thoroughly enjoyed it!

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    giz — June 29, 2008 @ 1:12 PM

    What a gorgeous job and a great pic by pic. Don’t pictures just make it look so easy. And that smell in the house – combine it with coffee perking on the stove and you have heaven.

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    culinography — June 29, 2008 @ 1:30 PM

    Lucky, lucky teachers! Beautifully done!

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    Laura — June 29, 2008 @ 1:31 PM

    Gorgeous! I finally decided my kitchen was too hot and I was driving myself nuts trying to fit it in with moving. I think the Daring Bakers will have wait for a later time for me… but I agree this was a challenge that looked simple and yet not and really therefore rewarding. I still want to do it….

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    Clumbsy Cookie — June 29, 2008 @ 1:40 PM

    Beautiful braid and nice step-by-step pictures!

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    noble pig — June 29, 2008 @ 1:56 PM

    Beautiful..beautiful…beuatiful!

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    Manggy — June 29, 2008 @ 3:13 PM

    Despite your admitted inexperience, Lori, that braid looks as perfect as they come.

    And APPLES? zomg, you’ve made me really hungry. Awesome.

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    Sharon — June 29, 2008 @ 3:22 PM

    I’m so impressed by the daring bakers group. Each month’s recipes look so daunting but I’m glad you found it to be somewhat simple. Yours turned out beautifully!!

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    CookiePie — June 29, 2008 @ 4:11 PM

    Beautiful braid! How do I get an invite to the meetings where you bring breakfast? :)

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    familiabencomo — June 29, 2008 @ 5:04 PM

    Lori, you are too smart. Why didn’t I think to bake this for our teachers’ breakfast that we had?!?! I could have killed two birds with one stone & impressed the pants off everyone at the same time. Your braid looks amazing & like you’ve done it a hundred times. Plus, you have a very nice manicure for the pictorial. I’m in awe of you!

    xoxox Amy

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    Amy from eggs on sunday — June 29, 2008 @ 5:30 PM

    Beautiful braid! (Plus, I love your rolling pin.) It was a fun challenge this month, wasn’t it??

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    Lorrie — June 29, 2008 @ 6:19 PM

    Your braid turned out beautifully!

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    farida — June 29, 2008 @ 6:20 PM

    Wow, wow! I am really impressed! Your Danish looks so beautiful! Gorgeous! Great step by step photos. Looking at them I just realized I wasn’t folding (turns) the dough properly, hence is my snake looking braid:))) Yours is fantastic! Great job!

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    MyKitchenInHalfCups — June 29, 2008 @ 8:32 PM

    Yes this really was a wonderful treat and one to be happy with. Yours is gorgeous. And yes there are some wonderous fillings out here today!

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    dobetter — June 29, 2008 @ 9:39 PM

    Looks wonderful! I loved the orange flavorings too. Your son’s teachers much have been thrilled. Well done!

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    Jeena — June 29, 2008 @ 10:10 PM

    Fabulous! It looks perfect! :-)

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    Cookie baker Lynn — June 29, 2008 @ 10:34 PM

    You should be proud – that braid looks so professional! Great job!

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    My Sweet & Saucy — June 29, 2008 @ 11:49 PM

    Great job! Your braid look perfect!

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    Melanie C. — June 30, 2008 @ 12:57 AM

    beautiful braid!! Great job!

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    maybelles parents — June 30, 2008 @ 1:53 AM

    very even braid. nicely done.

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    Sophie — June 30, 2008 @ 2:04 AM

    Great step by step instructions :D . The braid came out lovely!

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    Prudy — June 30, 2008 @ 3:47 AM

    Beautiful and very professional looking. It’s good to stretch the skills with the dough. I’d never made it before either and I’m glad to be prodded into trying new things.

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    eliza — June 30, 2008 @ 5:27 AM

    yes, i’ve seen many danish braid because of the daring baker challenge. everyone makes one great danish bread including you Lori! oh, how i love to taste that…

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    ali — June 30, 2008 @ 6:10 AM

    WOW! I am so impressed. what a treat! you were nice to share it … i might have kept that one for myself!!

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    moowiesqrd — June 30, 2008 @ 6:56 AM

    Great job, Lori! Lucky teachers!

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    HoneyB — June 30, 2008 @ 11:33 AM

    Looks awesome!

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    VeggieGirl — June 30, 2008 @ 12:30 PM

    You should be VERY proud of the outcome of your danish – it’s absolutely SPECTACULAR!! No need to be nervous – you’re an inspiration in the kitchen!! :0) Great job on this month’s DBC!!

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    Parker — June 30, 2008 @ 1:28 PM

    That is such a nice looking danish. I love your photos, very comprehensive and beautiful. Good job, I am impressed.

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    Claire — June 30, 2008 @ 2:50 PM

    great job! I thought it was a fun challenge as well.

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    Obsessive Foodie or Food Addict....You Decide — June 30, 2008 @ 8:47 PM

    That braid looks bakery perfect!!!! I wish I had a bite!

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    Karen — July 1, 2008 @ 12:52 AM

    You seem to be a natural at pastry – my jaw is still on the floor.

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    Tracy — July 1, 2008 @ 2:38 AM

    Nice job! Nice nail polish too!

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    Proud Italian Cook — July 1, 2008 @ 4:05 AM

    Fantastic job Lori, with all your step by step photo’s, was Hubby taking the pic’s? Your braiding and nail polish look great!

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    Melanie — July 2, 2008 @ 3:28 AM

    Your braid looks fabulous – as I knew it would!! Great job.

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    Emiline — July 2, 2008 @ 4:33 AM

    What a beautiful braid! Great job in your challenge.

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    Half Baked — July 3, 2008 @ 12:50 AM

    Lovely braid! Nice job on this challenge!

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    Elle — July 3, 2008 @ 2:33 PM

    Gorgeous! I was nervous, too, but it was very straightforward. Yours turned out beautifully! I just can’t wait to make more…

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    Deborah — July 3, 2008 @ 4:02 PM

    I agree – this was a challenge where I felt so proud of myself when it was done! Great job – it looks just perfect.

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    Lori Lynn — July 4, 2008 @ 8:56 PM

    I have seen many a Danish on the blogs, but I did not see any photos of how that braid is made. Cool! Thanks for showing that step, I find it very interesting.

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    Janna — July 5, 2008 @ 2:26 PM

    yum yum yum.
    that’s all i have to say.

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    ingegerd — July 10, 2008 @ 11:39 AM

    its look lovley!!And good work!