First on why I decided to join the Daring Bakers…One evening I was gazing at the photos on Tastespotting (R.I.P), and I saw all of these beautiful layered cakes popping up all over the place. I clicked on one of the photos and it linked to the Daring Bakers, who are a group of crazy cooks who enter a challenge every month to make something out of the ordinary. The May challenge was a Opera Cake..I read through the other blogs and saw that it had something like 14 pages of directions! You have got to be kidding me..14 pages to bake a cake???I was intrigued from the photos..here is one at Addicted Sweet Tooth.
So I just knew I had to join this club so I would be challenged every month to make something I would in no way ever make on my own!
June 2008…my first challenge with the Daring Bakers. Thanks to Kelly of Sass and Veracity and to Ben of What’s Cookin‘? for this wonderful challenge. What did they choose…..
A DANISH BRAID. What the hell is a Danish Braid? A Pastry..oh no a pastry. That meant I was going to have to use those packets of yeast that have been sitting in my pantry for who knows how long! Well the challenge was posted on June 1st, and even though we had one month to complete the it, my obsessive personality took over my whole being. And I had the challenge completed in less than 24 hours! I swear, once I get something in my head, I just cant stop until its done! I actually lost sleep that night trying to figure out what my fillings were going to be in the Braids! Sad, isnt it? Oh well, I guess that makes me who I am!
Here are the lengthy directions as they were provided
Rolling out the dough
FRESH OUT OF THE OVEN
As you can see I needed more filling..I will know for next time!
With the extra scraps of dough, I made this little plate for my hubby for when he got home!
Check out all of the other wonderful braids on the Daring Bakers Blogroll!