The Daring Bakers-Danish Braid

This is one of my favorite Daring Baker challenges as I love yeast breads and especially, sweet ones. Kelly of Sass and Veracity and Ben of What’s Cooking came up with a great buttery sweet yeast braid filled with a cinnamon apple filling that really got me excited about this months challenge. I can’t think of anything I love more than smelling yeast bread baking in my kitchen. This seemed a difficult challenge when I first scanned the recipe and instructions, so I waited until just a few days ago to begin making the braid. Also, we have eaten so many desserts lately that I had to give the sweets a rest.

I followed the recipe and used the orange zest, the orange juice and cardamom, but used vanilla paste instead of vanilla beans. The paste is so much easier than scraping the tiny seeds out of the vanilla bean. I loved rolling out the dough and marking each turn. When I had rolled it out 4 times, I refrigerated it overnight so I could complete the braid the next day.  While making the apple filling, I realized that I didn’t have any lemon juice, so I used fresh orange juice. It didn’t seem to matter in the long run. Braiding the dough after filling it with the apples was a bit of a challenge, especially at each end where I had a much thicker braid than in the middle.  I guess with practice, I would be able to work that problem out. The dough took a long time to rise and I’m not sure I let mine rise enough. After working all day on completing the recipe, I finally was able to photograph the braid around 6 PM.  Surprisingly, I had some beautiful natural light to work with.

The two Danish braids will serve a crowd and is a great make ahead bread.You can find the entire recipe on Kelly’s blog, Sass and Veracity, plus step by step instructions and some very lovely photos.

26 Comments

  1. Rachel@fairycakeheaven
    June 29, 2008 / 12:59 pm

    Wow this looks fantastic

  2. Cakelaw
    June 29, 2008 / 1:45 pm

    Beautiful braid Lynnylu – doesn’t look like you had any hassles with it.

  3. Di
    June 29, 2008 / 1:49 pm

    Your braid looks wonderful! I’m with you–I think this was my favorite challenge of the ones I’ve done. And now I’m intrigued by the vanilla paste–I’ve never used that.

  4. ostwestwind
    June 29, 2008 / 2:24 pm

    Great looking result, congrats!Ulrike from Küchenlatein

  5. Robyn
    June 29, 2008 / 3:35 pm

    Beautiful braid!

  6. Meeta
    June 29, 2008 / 3:57 pm

    looks simply delish! it really was a very delicious challenge!

  7. Natashya
    June 29, 2008 / 4:38 pm

    Lovely looking Danish braid. The colouring of the crust is perfect. Good job.

  8. Anonymous
    June 29, 2008 / 5:19 pm

    Wow, I really like how your pleats look. Well done.

  9. Dolores
    June 29, 2008 / 5:20 pm

    Your braid looks great. And I’m with you and Di… best challenge to date.

  10. Erin
    June 29, 2008 / 5:25 pm

    Your braid looks beautiful!

  11. Shari
    June 30, 2008 / 12:59 am

    I’ll have to look for vanilla paste. Your braid looks wonderful!Shari@Whisk: a food blog

  12. Heather B
    June 30, 2008 / 2:04 am

    Great job! Your braid looks so delicious!

  13. Lorrie
    June 30, 2008 / 3:05 pm

    your braid is beautiful, awesome job it looks so delicious!

  14. breadchick
    June 30, 2008 / 5:22 pm

    Looks bakery window perfect!! Well done!

  15. Deborah
    June 30, 2008 / 8:52 pm

    I’m glad it’s summer, because I wasn’t able to photograph mine until after 7pm. Yours looks absolutely stunning!

  16. Angela
    June 30, 2008 / 10:08 pm

    Beautiful braid! Well done!

  17. Renee
    July 1, 2008 / 12:59 pm

    Your braid looks so flaky and good. Beautiful braid.

  18. Claire
    July 1, 2008 / 7:30 pm

    GREAT job! Looks wonderful. Don’t you just love that natural light for photography!?

  19. Katie B.
    July 2, 2008 / 12:21 am

    Beautiful braid! I agree – rolling the dough out was almost as much fun as eating it! 🙂

  20. Anonymous
    July 2, 2008 / 1:27 am

    I loved this challenge, too! Great job, it looks really delicious.

  21. Lunch Buckets
    July 2, 2008 / 5:48 am

    Very nice! I’ve never heard of vanilla paste, but I probably need some!

  22. Jen Yu
    July 2, 2008 / 3:18 pm

    Flaky and beautiful, what a fantastic job you did on the challenge. Great work.

  23. Miss Ifi
    July 3, 2008 / 12:12 am

    Your braids look sooo lovely!!! Congratulations on such a wonderful job ^_^I am glad that you enjoyed the recipe as much as I did.. I thought that this dough was wonderful and easy to work with.. I’ve never seen vanilla paste but I will now be on the lookout for it, I am sure it beats scraping the tiny vanilla beans.

  24. Andrea
    July 3, 2008 / 2:21 am

    Your braid is beautiful with that perfect crust!

  25. Tartelette
    July 3, 2008 / 6:32 pm

    Agreed: loved this one! Your breiad turned out flaky and perfect! Well done again!

  26. Caitlin
    July 15, 2008 / 5:18 pm

    THat was sooo good. Those pictures look GREAT!

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