Poor Man’s Brioche with a dose of Rich Danish!

by Michelle on June 3, 2009

We’re into our fourth week of Bread Baker’s Apprentice (BBA) my weekly bread baking group. And this week the assignment was Brioche. There were three different versions of Brioche to choose from, the difference was in the amount of butter; Rich Man’s Brioche with 2 cups of butter, Middle-Class Brioche with 1 cup butter and Poor Man’s Brioche with 1/2 cup butter. Since I was not sure if we would like Brioche or not I decided to save the butter and made the Poor Man’s Brioche!

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To begin with, I made one large, round loaf of Brioche. And a Pastry Sous Chef on Twitter, @niteweng, suggested I make Danish with the remaining dough. The Brioche was good but the Fresh Strawberry Danishes were outstanding!

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I’ve made Danish before and used the same technique with rolling out the dough and layering fresh fruit. Then rolling up the dough and slicing into danish. You can find the technique including a step-by-step here. Caution, this link goes to a post when I first began my blog and well..you’ll see a huge difference from then to now. πŸ˜‰

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Google Books has the entire book, “The Bread Baker’s Apprentice: Mastering the Art of Extraordinary Bread” by Peter Reinhart, scanned and you can find the recipe on Page 123 by clicking here.

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  • Danielle June 3, 2009 at 7:25 am

    Omg! those danishes look incredible! I have tons of strawberries….thanks for the answer as to what I’m going to do with them! :)

  • susies1955 June 3, 2009 at 9:39 am

    WOW, Your loaf looks great and what a wonderful idea to do danishes. THEY look so very good.
    I’d love one or two or three right now for breakfast. :)
    Susie

  • Wonk June 3, 2009 at 9:55 am

    Wow, agreed, the Danishes are droolable.

    I rarely work with yeast, in fact the only things I ever recall making apart from bread are Stollen and Hot Cross Buns. This really encourages me to be more adventurous though!

  • Lucy..β™₯ June 3, 2009 at 2:19 pm

    The danishes look amazing…now pass one over to me!! πŸ˜‰

  • SKM June 3, 2009 at 2:32 pm

    droooool. those look amazing.

  • The Purple Foodie June 3, 2009 at 2:34 pm

    The danishes look absolutely gorgeous! I wish I could grab one now. Strawberries are my favourite fruit and I’m so envious of your berries for our season is long over!

  • Kate June 3, 2009 at 2:53 pm

    YUM!!!!! Your dog is precious!

  • Pete Eatemall June 3, 2009 at 3:54 pm

    Mmmm the danish look so good.I filled mine with Almond filling! I need to have this dough on hand all the time to make danish and what not! Thanks for sharing. Happy Baking..

  • Cindy June 3, 2009 at 5:02 pm

    What an inspired idea. I might try that next month with fresh cherries!

  • YankeeQuilter June 3, 2009 at 5:35 pm

    Those danish look wonderful! I may have to give this a try.

  • Natashya KitchenPuppies June 3, 2009 at 6:34 pm

    You are a genius! I must have a danish right now.

  • Penguin Chef June 3, 2009 at 8:29 pm

    YUM! I was planning on making the Middle Class and making various filled rolls and sweets now that May (the month of no-sweets!) is over :) You’ve definitely inspired me to try something like your danishes!

  • Rebeca June 3, 2009 at 9:57 pm

    Yummmm!

  • Jen June 3, 2009 at 10:40 pm

    Oh so YUM!

  • Laura June 4, 2009 at 12:16 am

    So inviting! Great job!

  • EdibleObsession June 4, 2009 at 12:34 pm

    The danishes look fabulous! I have to come back to visit your yummy-looking blog regularly :)

  • Melissa Clifford June 4, 2009 at 11:11 pm

    That is gorgeous! I love it! What a beautiful job and photo. What did you do with the round loaf? It must be so light!

  • Di June 5, 2009 at 3:17 am

    Wow, those look awesome! I never would have thought to add strawberries to danish. I’m going to make my brioche this weekend. Probably a loaf and either snails or a coffee cake ring. Mmm.

  • Nico June 5, 2009 at 6:58 pm

    very nice, I’ll try the brioche danish this weekend.
    thanks

  • Kayte June 6, 2009 at 12:13 am

    Sorry, I cannot make these because I would eat FAR TOO MANY of them…these look so delicious! The bread looks lovely, too. I am going in on brioche tomorrow, but making it just in loaves and weeble wobble shapes as I don’t want to be too tempted with the sweet versions. There is just so often a girl can be expected to say no to these types of things. Yours look way way too too too good.

  • Allen June 8, 2009 at 3:08 am

    The danish look incredible — holy crap, there’s nothing poor about those :-)

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