My mom’s side of the family is all Polish, so Paczki are a pretty traditional sweet. They are also known as Bismarcks or Berliners in other parts of the world. For my fillings, I chose strawberry jam, lemon curd, and bavarian cream.
Authentic Polish Paczki
I did not fry the filling in with dough. I also had to add a LOT more flour to get the dough to come together properly.
Good, but not fantastic. Gets dry if you want too long to eat them after making them. 3 stars out of 5.
I had made eclairs before, so I figured this would be an easy Daring Baker’s month. I whipped up my first batch of eclairs (including the super bizarre baking directions) and ended up with flat pancakes for eclairs. Into the trash! For the second batch, I baked them at a higher temperature and nixed the stupid wooden spoon. More flat pancakes! At that point, I realized that it’s probably just the recipe and not me, and I was running out of eggs, so I just kept them.
The pastry cream came together fine and was very delicious. I didn’t quite see the need to make the chocolate sauce, then promptly mix that into the chocolate glaze. I would have rather seen a unified recipe for that, as now I have containers of both sauce and glaze in my fridge.
Overall, these were pretty good. GiR and I are not huge chocolate fans, so it was a bit much chocolate for us. However, for those chocolate lovers out there, this is the recipe for you!
Chocolate Chocoalte Eclairs
“Chocolate Eclairs” from Chocolate Desserts by Pierre Herme by Dorie Greenspan
Good, but too time-consuming (and too chocolatey). 3 stars out of 5.
I’ve had this crepe cake recipe saved for awhile, so I finally decided to try it out. While it’s certainly an eye-catching novelty, GiR and I agree: “If I had 20 crepes, I could think of much better things to do with them.”
Disappointing. 2.5 stars out of 5.
This month’s Daring Baker challenge was a yeasted danish braid with an apple filling. I had actually made something nearly exactly like this in a baking class, so it wasn’t too much of a challenge. I did, however, use real vanilla bean for the first time. =)
Apple Danish Braid
“Danish Braid” from Sherry Yard’s The Secrets of Baking
None. I was even able to find cardamom for cheap at World Market.
We had it both warm from the oven and refridgerated the next day. I do have to say it tasted better chilled. 3 stars out of 5.
My dad is on a health kick, so I tried to come up with a healthy little dessert for him for Father’s Day. These mini tarts have about 70 calories and 5g of fat each. And you can’t go wrong with fresh fruit and homemade whipped cream.
Make cream cheese tart shells as directed.
Spoon small amount of sugar free jam into the bottom of each shell. I used strawberry jam for the strawberry tarts and either lemon curd or blackberry jam for the blueberry tarts.
Spoon fresh berries into top shells; about 4 small pieces of fruit will fit in each tart.
Top with homemade whipped cream.
This is a traditional Greek custard that uses phyllo dough.
I added a few more layers of phyllo dough to both the bottom and top. Also, I used lactose-free whole milk.
Good, but a little tricky to make. 3.5 stars out of 5.