Monday, June 30, 2008

daring bakers challenge for june

the daring bakers challenge for june was to make a danish braid. i found this challenge difficult to make gluten free because gf flours tend to be denser and gummy instead of light and flaky. but after a much thought i was able to create a dough that worked pretty well


Makes 2-1/2 pounds dough

For the dough (Detrempe)
1 ounce fresh yeast or 1 tablespoon active dry yeast
1/2 cup whole milk
1/3 cup sugar
Zest of 1 orange, finely grated
3/4 teaspoon ground cardamom
1-1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1/2 vanilla bean, split and scraped
2 large eggs, chilled
1/4 cup fresh orange juice
3-1/4 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon salt

For the butter block (Beurrage)
1/2 pound (2 sticks) cold unsalted butter
1/4 cup all-purpose flour

Combine yeast and milk in the bowl of a mixer fitted with the paddle attachment and mix on low speed. Slowly add sugar, orange zest, cardamom, vanilla extract, vanilla seeds, eggs, and orange juice. Mix well. Change to the dough hook and add the salt with the flour, 1 cup at a time, increasing speed to medium as the flour is incorporated. Knead the dough for about 5 minutes, or until smooth. You may need to add a little more flour if it is sticky. Transfer dough to a lightly floured baking sheet and cover with plastic wrap. Refrigerate for 30 minutes.

Without a standing mixer: Combine yeast and milk in a bowl with a hand mixer on low speed or a whisk. Add sugar, orange zest, cardamom, vanilla extract, vanilla seeds, eggs, and orange juice and mix well. Sift flour and salt on your working surface and make a fountain. Make sure that the “walls” of your fountain are thick and even. Pour the liquid in the middle of the fountain. With your fingertips, mix the liquid and the flour starting from the middle of the fountain, slowly working towards the edges. When the ingredients have been incorporated start kneading the dough with the heel of your hands until it becomes smooth and easy to work with, around 5 to 7 minutes. You might need to add more flour if the dough is sticky.

1. Combine butter and flour in the bowl of a mixer fitted with a paddle attachment and beat on medium speed for 1 minute. Scrape down the sides of the bowl and the paddle and then beat for 1 minute more, or until smooth and lump free. Set aside at room temperature.
2. After the detrempe has chilled 30 minutes, turn it out onto a lightly floured surface. Roll the dough into a rectangle approximately 18 x 13 inches and ¼ inch thick. The dough may be sticky, so keep dusting it lightly with flour. Spread the butter evenly over the center and right thirds of the dough. Fold the left edge of the detrempe to the right, covering half of the butter. Fold the right third of the rectangle over the center third. The first turn has now been completed. Mark the dough by poking it with your finger to keep track of your turns, or use a sticky and keep a tally. Place the dough on a baking sheet, wrap it in plastic wrap, and refrigerate for 30 minutes.
3. Place the dough lengthwise on a floured work surface. The open ends should be to your right and left. Roll the dough into another approximately 13 x 18 inch, ¼-inch-thick rectangle. Again, fold the left third of the rectangle over the center third and the right third over the center third. No additional butter will be added as it is already in the dough. The second turn has now been completed. Refrigerate the dough for 30 minutes.
4. Roll out, turn, and refrigerate the dough two more times, for a total of four single turns. Make sure you are keeping track of your turns. Refrigerate the dough after the final turn for at least 5 hours or overnight. The Danish dough is now ready to be used. If you will not be using the dough within 24 hours, freeze it. To do this, roll the dough out to about 1 inch in thickness, wrap tightly in plastic wrap, and freeze. Defrost the dough slowly in the refrigerator for easiest handling. Danish dough will keep in the freezer for up to 1 month.

ok so the filling ran out and the dough had an overwhelming orange flavor but it was flaky so here is my flour choice
1 1/2 cup rice flower blend equal parts brown white and sweet
1/2 cup corn flour
1/2 cup quinoa flour

then i used teff flour for dusting since it had a grainy feel that would not blend as quick into dough also i chilled only 10 min between turns and froze for 30 min instead of the 5 hour rest the purpose of the rests is to keep butter solid and prevent gluten's from forming. i know this was mentioned earlier but that is not an issue for gf flours however sitting to long in the fridge causes moisture to build up which creates a gummy texture


HoneyB said...

Great job on your first challenge. I love seeing the gluten free posts because I have a friend with celiac disease and I like to cook for her also!

Lauren said...

Yum. Your braid looks amazing. The colour is gorgeous, and I love the almond on top!

Anonymous said...

Kudos to you for making this GF - I know it's challenging!! I bet it was scrumptious :)

breadchick said...

Well done on a difficult challenge to make GF.

Anonymous said...

I'm SO impressed with all the GF Daring Bakers this month. (Actually, I'm impressed with all of them, because even with gluten, braiding dough isn't easy.) I think I missed this month's deadline to join in, but I think I should next month. I need a good challenge! (This gives me hope at trying to make a properly braided challah bread.)

Claire said...

I'm constantly amazed at the different things that you can do GF. This looks great!

Dolores said...

Great job making this one gluten free... the gluten/dairy free folks in our group never cease to amaze me with creativity.

Rachel said...

My hat is off to you for: a) baking in hot weather, b) making something this complicated, and c) pulling it off beautifully with GF dough!



Jon said...

Very nice - making any bread gluten free is a challenge, especially something of this caliber. Thanks for laying out the details!

I don't think I've ever been to your blog before - just found it through our Visit a Random Gluten Free Blogger Widget.