Saturday, March 9, 2013

Field Stripped Kitchen

Look, I know some people shy away from the word "gourmet" and "pastry" causes some bakers to cringe. Pastry making is unlike baking as there is more time and chemistry involved.  But if you break it down into steps, it's quite manageable and with a little experience you can do it it expertly, even in less than ideal conditions.

If you can field strip THIS -

You can make THIS.

Layers and layers of buttery pastry, with a filling of fruit and cream cheese, baked and glazed. 
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I've put detailed recipe instructions in the link above as well as helpful HOTR tips (The dough is about ready when it quits sticking to the side of the bowl and begins stalking the dough hook as it spins). 
I'd suggest doubling the recipe.  I made this for a couple members of my team who were pulling a late shift with me.  You've seen those documentaries about piranha and skeletonized cows?


  1. Is there such a thing as a "drool guard" for a keyboard? After seeing these photos, I need one.

  2. Piranha. Heh. The imagery is quite clear. :^)

  3. Please, may I have a bite...its beautiful.

  4. Same here, Sarge.
    I'm riding shotgun to Indy and I may have damaged my phone with saliva.

  5. Yeah, I can believe the piranha effect :-D

  6. If only I could just reach into the computer and grab a bite! Looks wonderful!

  7. My HOTR Recipe folder is reaching massive-bytes size.

    Pun intended.

  8. Hmm, I do believe those pictures are called food torture... and, no, licking the monitor DIDN'T help!

  9. Piranas? Vashta Nerada.

    Watch the "Library" episodes after "Blink".

  10. Just shorted out my keyboard with excessive saliva...
    Thanks a lot!


    MO Bro PS - it's food porn!

  11. Oh wow....that pastry looks so tasty! I wish I could make something like that.


  12. Hope you don't mind, but I added this to my Pinterest Accoutn.

  13. DFW - I trust you respect the photos are copyrighted, but it that is part of link that's OK, thanks for letting me know.

  14. Thinking of trying this. In the recipe you mention mixing up some almond paste but then I do not see where it gets used...
    Actually would be better if it did not get used as I am allergic!
    The pictures sold it!

  15. Damn diabetes.....
    Maybe just a nibble...
    But I'll hold you accountable..

  16. theh cartman - I read the recipe 3 times to see if I cut and pasted the wrongn notes.

    There's no almond paste anywhere IN there. .


  17. I swear I was not enjoying a fine drink when I read it. Right above the last picture, it says:

    "The Danish dough is now ready to be used.

    In a small bowl, beat the egg white, add the almond paste and powdered sugar, and mix
    until smooth and blended"

    But that is the only time it is mentioned. I have the mixer idling waiting to make this...

    Thanks for everything you do!

  18. cartman- I read that three times and missed it. That was a cut and paste from a glaze for another danish. I deleted it. Thanks for the heads up.


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