|We ate the pretty ones first.|
Monday, March 12, 2012
As a break from the West coast of Scotland here's what I've been baking. I've wanted to have a go at Danish pastry ever since finding a recipe in Nigella's 'How to be a Domestic Goddess' but unfortunately the dough demands to be left overnight and I've never been that organised. Dan Lepard's recipe in this weeks Guardian here is a shortcut version which can be done in an afternoon so I thought I'd have a go. I'm used to my pastries shop style - very crisp and flaky so these aren't entirely what I wanted/ expected. It may be that there are no shortcuts, or it may be that I was heavy handed with the pastry and the butter got to thoroughly blended in, either way the result was surprisingly cake-y. The raisin pastries were better than the chocolate ones - which looked like pain au chocolat but just weren't the same as the ones you buy.
This is a recipe I'll try again - just in case I can make it better, but for now no good patisserie counter has anything to fear from me.