Sunday, June 29, 2008

June Bakers Challenge...Dare I?

Danish Braid 2
Oh yes - I dared to take on the June Daring Baker's Challenge, and though it was a bit of a work out, I'm happy with the results. The challenge is to create a Danish Braid, filled with apples. Yum. It takes a while to make the basic laminated dough, but it is completely worth it. At first I was surprised when the recipe called for yeast mixed with milk in a stand mixer - I followed those instructions and didn't see any type of change in the milk. I was used to bread recipes that require you to feed the yeast, thereby activating it. But I followed the directions and carried on. Cardamom, Orange zest and sugar give the dough, or in this case, Detrempe, a great flavor - along with the soft and tender lining of a vanilla bean.

Next came the "butter block" - half a pound of butter with some flour, beaten until soft enough to spread. I rolled out the detrempe as directed, to 18 x 13, and spread the butter over two thirds of the dough. The carefully folded the dough three times to incorporate the butter. Refrigerate for 30 minutes, roll the dough and fold again - followed by two more foldings over the next hour or so. Then let it sit for at least 5 hours (we let it stay in the fridge overnight.) This morning, Another rolling, strips cut in the sides and then the addition of the filling, which we made while the dough was cooling it's heels last night. Delicious fuji apples, lemon juice, sugar, cinnamon and butter, cooked down to a lovely soft texture. Back to this morning, when I cut the strips on the sides, filled the center and "braided" the strips over the top of the filling, to form a basket-like length of apple-orchard-smellin goodness. It sat for another two hours to "proof", then Joe baked it, as I had to go to work. Danish Braid

I came home tonight to a truly delicious pastry - the basis of which will lend itself to so many other great flavors, as evidenced by the fact that, as we'd made enough for two braids, Joey had decided to try his hand at some fruit filled croissants. He chose lemon curd filled, and then raspberry filled, topped with slivered almonds. You can bet our apartment smells lovely tonight, and that we will definitely make this one again, when time permits.
Pain au framboise Pain au citron 3
Daring Bakers, my hat is off to you - you pick some excellent recipes to inspire and enhance our creative processes.

Tuesday, June 24, 2008


...You'll be experiencing some tantalizing fireworks as your tastebuds caress our 4th of July specials - Red, white and blue velvet cupcakes with cream cheese frosting and a patriotic sprinkling on top - yummalicious....and if you'd like a larger portion, go for the three layer Red Velvet Cake on its own. With a chocolatey goodness and just a hint of orange, this cake with it's thick and rich cream cheese frosting is one your family will quickly come to call their favorite.

Cupcakes are $30.00 per dozen, and the cake is $40.00. Just be sure to give us 48 hours' notice and keep in mind that we will be out of town the evening of the 3rd through the 6th, so get them before the holiday!

Remember - it doesn't need to be a holiday to enhance your foodie experience, just take a look at our menu, then give us a call or shoot us an email, and we'll have your favorite freshly made, just for you.

Hope to hear from you soon - and look for notice of our upcoming open house (planning still in the works, but don't fret, we'll let you know the details as soon as they are worked out, so you can prepare your tastebuds and grab your pocketbook for a sampling and opportunity to order directly from the fabulous baker boys!)

Ciao for now...

Da Boys

Tuesday, June 3, 2008

We want you to try something amazing...

...and we'd love to invite you to an open house "tasting party" sometime over the coming summer weeks. At the left of the page, below the slide show and menu information, you'll find a new poll asking for opinions on what days work best for you. Please take a moment to give us your vote... you only have 6 (six) days before the polls close. (and if you have better suggestions or an answer different from the choices we've given, email us at, or post a comment here.)

We'd really love to be able to share some of our newest recipes with you, and to give you a chance to taste them AND take some home that very day! So the sooner you check off your answers to the poll, the sooner we can get baking and organizing this event. Believe me, your taste buds (and tummy) won't be sorry!

Ciao for now..

'Da Boys