Farm to Table with Gold Medal Flour in Kansas, with fantastic video and our braided Danish recipe!

amber waves of grain

We’re back from Kansas following a terrific learning, baking, and video-shooting trip with our new sponsor, Gold Medal Flour.  Many of you know that we;ve used Gold Medal flours for years.  We even tested our books with them–they work beautifully and the loaves always turn out great.  So we were thrilled to fly to Kansas with the Gold Medal team to visit one of their wheat growers and see their largest mill, and shoot a fantastic video.

 

It was hot down in Kansas, and that reminds me– it’s time to re-post the links to our summer outdoor-baking ideas (at the bottom)…

Jay Armstrong…

….is a fourth-generation Kansas farmer, working 2,700 acres with the help of some very cool machines, like this combine…

….which strips whole-grain kernels of wheat from the straw and chaff of the wheat stalks:

Despite all the technology available to him, Jay’s preferred method for testing the wheat to see if’s ready for harvest is to pick a stalk, rub away the chaff in his hands until he has kernels, and then chew them.  If it turns to gum in his teeth,he knows it’s got too much moisture to harvest (and he won’t get his full price).  If it cracks, it’s ready for the combine…

Don’t worry, he didn’t let either of us drive…

Our two acres harvested, off we went to the KC mill (third-largest in North America)…

…where the wheat’s ground into flour

Gold Medal Flour

… and loaded onto the trains (which come right into the building).

Then off to the Culinary Center of Kansas City for a Bake-Off–the rules were that we each had to bake one of the other blogger’s recipes…

Our workstation…

Jenny Flake of Picky Palate drew our recipe, for Raspberry Braided Danish…

… and she beautifully executed the all-important (but simple) dough-cutting step.  We’d mixed the dough for Jenny the night before (and stored it in a hotel-room refrigerator!).

Zoe and I drew Jamie Lothridge’s recipe (from My Baking Addiction) for fabulous Devil’s Food Cupcakes with Mocha Buttercream and Toasted Coconut, and Zoe adorned them with candied bacon and sugar lace…

The Gold Medal bloggers, from left: me, Maegan Brown of Gold Medal’s BakerMama (link’s not up yet), Jamie Lothridge of My Baking Addiction, Lori Lange of Recipe Girl, Maria and Josh Lichty of Two Peas and Their Pod (plus their adorable baby), Jenny Flake of Picky Palate, and Zoe.

… and our handiwork, from left, Jamie’s cupcakes that Zoe and I made, Jenny’s Oven-Baked Pumpkin Doughnuts,  Lori’s Cookie Dough Brownie Bars, Maegan’s Apple Crumb Pie, Maria and Josh’s Over the Top Brownie Bars, and the Braided Raspberry Danish from us.

Maegan Brown of Gold Medal’s BakerMama (link’s not up yet), .

It was an awesome dessert table.  But I did say something about a Gold Medal giveaway, didn’t I?

The prize will contain:  a Gold Medal Flour apron, a Wilton Elite three-tier cooling rack, a Silpat non-stick baking mat, a Norpro stainless steel cookie scoop, some Over the Rainbow cupcake liners, and some Gold Medal measuring cups and bowl scraper.  We’ll be selecting one random winner sometime in the next two weeks (we’ll give a heads-up when we’re about to close the contest on Twitter and Facebook).  To enter, just comment below (our usual contest rules apply, US residents only, only one comment per entrant, etc.). We’ve Picked a Winner!!!

Here’s one I did at home:

Braided danish from artisan bread in five minutes a day

It’s not really braided.  Here’s another, with savory fillings from an earlier post; same idea but with Spinach, Feta, and Pine Nuts.

The Recipe:The trick is not difficult, check out the video of how it’s done at http://www.artisanbreadinfive.com/2012/04/17/braided-danish-new-video (here’s the recipe)…

1 1/2 pounds (cantaloupe-sized portion) Brioche dough (can swap Challah dough from our first book for a lighter effect)

1/2 cup softened cream cheese or substitute almond cream (blend 1/2 cup almond paste with 1/4 cup softened butter, 1/4 cup flour, 1 egg, and 1/4 teaspoon almond extract in a food processor; freeze excess)

1/2 cup raspberry or strawberry jam or preserves

1 cup fresh raspberries or sliced strawberries

Egg wash (1 egg beaten with 1 tablespoon of water)

Sugar for dusting the top

Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or a silicone mat.
Roll out the dough into a narrow rectangle 1/8-inch thick.
Place the dough onto the lined cookie sheet.  Cover the center third of the dough with the cream, jam, and berries as in the video.
Use a pizza wheel to cut about 12 strips down each side; each strip should be about 1/2-inch wide.  Fold the strips, left over right, crisscrossing the filling.  Allow to rest for 40 minutes (20 in a pinch).
Preheat the oven to 375F.  Brush with egg wash and sprinkle generously with sugar.
Place cookie sheet in center of the oven and bake for about 35 minutes or until golden brown and bubbling.  Can serve slightly warm.

And we have a savory version, with spinach, feta, and pine nuts…

 

 

Now, the links to our summer outdoor-baking recipes:

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193 thoughts on “Farm to Table with Gold Medal Flour in Kansas, with fantastic video and our braided Danish recipe!

  1. I use Gold Medal flour so it was neat to see the farm. I have a boule made with GM flour “baking” in the slow cooker as I type!

  2. where can I find that great looking raspberry almond danish recipe. Looks scrumptious!!! I want to give it a try…..

  3. Zoe that looked like such fun! I love that you added the beautiful candy lace and bacon to your cupcakes! And thanks for sharing the summer outdoor baking recipes! We are going camping in another week and we are doing lots of fun cooking at our campsite like Girl Scout Gumbo, beer-battered fish and making one of your recipes would be a great addition! Thank you :)

  4. I have been using Gold Medal flour in your recipes since buying your first book. (I have the other two books and print-outs from your web posts in a notebook, as well.) I agree that Gold Medal flour does work great in your recipes. Thanks for bringing me lots of fun and yumminess! Would love to have that apron and the Silpat.

  5. just used the very same flour to make grilled flatbreads for friends and family at my house last night! margarita flatbread was the clear winner, bit the prosciutto goat cheese with herbed olive oil was my personal favorite.

  6. Looks like a wonderful time. Love reading your updates and love your books. I have all three books now. Working my way through the flat bread cookbook.

  7. Love all three of your books and the joy you both put into everything you do! Your trip sounds so fun and I’m glad you had the experience of harvesting the grain to savoring the final product!

  8. I love your site and visit often. I bought a grill just so I could grill pizza! Thanks for all the great recipes and thanks for the chance to win some great Gold Medal goodies!

  9. I always use Gold Medal Unbleached All-purpose flour when I bake. What an awesome post to see where it all comes from. I think I’ll use this inspiration to grill some pizza tonight! Thanks!

  10. Just got the book and hubby loved the bread on first try! I can’t wait to try the other recipes and eat good homemade bread as a staple. Thanks so much! and fingers crossed.

  11. Love your books. Keep up the good work and thanks for inspiring non-bakers like me to try your recipe. Zoe I enjoy reading your blog too!!

  12. Those cupcakes look great (actually everything on that table does) I’ll definitely have a look out for that recipe and the others on this site.

  13. What a great trip and opportunity for you! Personally, I would LOVE to have a Silpat mat. I’m gearing up to try your bread in a Dutch oven on the grill. Been looking for a recipe for this since summer has turned up the heat a bit early. Thank you!

  14. Just finished a delicious dinner accompanied by some Boule made w/ GM Flour!
    My family loves this method of bread making soo much my Kindergartner listed it as his favorite recipe!

  15. Gold Medal has always been the flour of choice in my house. Generations of my family have been wheat farmers, feeding the masses. :)

  16. I grew up on a Kansas farm. Drove the wheat truck to the local elevator for my Dad. My brothers just finished up another harvest season a couple weeks ago – our first one without Dad. Thanks for the pics. Was nice to go home for a moment.

  17. So if I use Gold Medal Flour I can make all those beautiful things that are shown in the excellent article I just read? That would be a magic trick for me and it would be a gift I’d never want to lose!

    Thanks for being here to everyone.

  18. What a cool prize! I love that the cookie scoop is good for a lefty or a righty. I have two left-handed kids and the kind that you depress with you thumb is definitely geared towards righties.

  19. I just saw this post. My husband and his parents grow wheat. It’s a really neat thing to watch it go from green grass like to the end.

  20. If you have healthy bread, does Gold Medal have organic flour? As I saw the fields in KS, I was wondering how much pesticides were on that wheat. Seems no one ever answers this.

  21. I would love to assemble a braided raspberry almond cream pastry on a Friday and have it ready to bake on a Saturday morning–is this possible? If so, can you detail specifics–what would the resting time be on bake day, etc.? Thanks, and if this is possible, my family will be so happy!

    • We do a refrigerator rise trick with loaf breads (see FAQs entry “Dense crumb: What am I doing wrong?” and scroll down). You could try the same thing with a braid, with the standard resting time the next day. One warning, we haven’t tried this, but I’m guessing it’ll work well. But I’m afraid you have to consider it an experiment. Do a dry run?

      • I’m sure the family will be happy to eat it even if it doesn’t turn out well! :D Thanks, Jeff!

  22. Can I use the potato rye caraway bread recipe to make rolls? would I use a lower temperature and bake time? Could you use any of the bread recipes to do rolls?

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