TWD: Danish Braid
This dough was thankfully less hard to handle than the croissant one though I did sprinkle a generous amount of flour liberally at each turn to prevent sticking - the flour shaker thingy that they use in the PBS video is cool - need to get myself one of those!
I decided to go with an apple and raisin filling - not very interesting I know… :) but I felt that a pastry cream / cream cheese base would not be appreciated by the family.
All in all, this was an interesting (and delicious) adventure and I am glad I did it. I still have half a block of dough left in the freezer so may take that out and try out another filling (will be looking through the other bakers’ blogs to gain inspiration!)
Do check out the other twd bakers attempts here.
I like figs - especially after my trip to Turkey this summer. The dried figs there were bigger and juicier than I have seen before.
These cookies reminded me of something that would have been great for Christmas. The filling was interesting - with a combination of figs, chocolate, raisins, toasted almonds and a little bit of rum. I accidentally substituted the apricot preserves with marmalade but I don’t think that they were the worse for it.The filling could possibly have been used as a filling for a little cutie pie.
The construction of the cookie was fiddly… but you did end up with a nice looking “x” shape.
They received rave reviews from all around the table.
Do have a look through the other baker’s adventures: here.
TWD: Espresso Profiteroles
I was interested in making these as profiteroles seem like an easy dessert to put together for a dinner party - prepare all components before hand and assemble when needed.