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Engineer Baker said in March 18th, 2008 at 12:28 pm

Such cute buttery swirls! I agree – having a KA made this easier, but not on the mixer! Mine almost danced off the counter too.

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Bumblebutton said in March 18th, 2008 at 12:57 pm

Pretty pretty! And I like your idea about upping the vanilla in the pastry cream, maybe some vanilla sugar too?

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lemontartlet said in March 18th, 2008 at 12:58 pm

Yours are so fat and tasty looking! The next day I liked them even better too, and broke up two in a bowl of ice cream.

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Madam Chow said in March 18th, 2008 at 1:09 pm

Erin – thank heavens for the KA!

Bumblebutton – fabulous idea about the vanilla sugar! If I do that, I’m going to leave the glaze as vanilla flavored, so as not to overpower the vanilla.

Lemontartlet – ice cream, you say? Oh, yum!

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Sarah said in March 18th, 2008 at 2:05 pm

Your swirls look great! I was thankful for my KA mixer as well!

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Sarah said in March 18th, 2008 at 2:06 pm

Your swirls look great! I was thankful for my KA mixer as well!

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noskos said in March 18th, 2008 at 2:46 pm

Great looking snail!!!

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Marie said in March 18th, 2008 at 2:56 pm

I am totally in awe of anyone who did this dough by hand as well! Your snails look perfect. I was so lucky that I could use the KA at work. I am a rather lazy sod at heart!

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Mevrouw Cupcake said in March 18th, 2008 at 3:48 pm

I had almost forgotten about the dancing KA mixer until I read your post. My whole freestanding butcher block was shaking!

I added half a vanilla pod to the pastry cream, and I’m really glad I did.

I like the addition of orange to your rolls, and I’ll add that to my “playing around” list for next time!

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CB said in March 18th, 2008 at 4:09 pm

that first picture is practically perfect in every way! Great job!
Clara

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Heather said in March 18th, 2008 at 4:27 pm

great job! Looks wonderful! I was KA less so mine were by hand. Wish I had one now!

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Di said in March 18th, 2008 at 8:53 pm

Your snails look great! I have to agree that the pastry cream seemed to need something more, but I’m also not a big fan of pastry cream. I actually added a pinch of salt to mine, though I forgot to put that in my post, since I forgot until just now. And I definitely have to try glaze next time.

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Winnie said in March 18th, 2008 at 9:00 pm

My Kitchen Aid was also bouncing up and down. I cant imagine doing it by hand.
I should have made the bread and used the remainder of the pastry cream to fill it. Wow that wold be a treat!

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Dianne said in March 18th, 2008 at 9:13 pm

They look fabulous!

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Sherry Trifle - Lovely Cats said in March 18th, 2008 at 9:17 pm

Lovely Snails. Congrats.

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Gretchen Noelle said in March 18th, 2008 at 9:58 pm

The orange sounds delicious with this! I am one of the those that did it all by hand, oh what fun! Lovely snails!!

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Erin said in March 18th, 2008 at 10:41 pm

These look great! I like your idea of adding more vanilla to the pastry cream. That’s amazing that you made this dough by hand!

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Judy said in March 19th, 2008 at 12:22 am

I like the changes you made in the basic recipe. After 20 minutes of mixing, I just gave up and hoped for the best, and that was with my big KA. Heavens knows how my smaller one would have fared.

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Natalie said in March 19th, 2008 at 1:17 am

My KA was dancing around the counter too – it almost danced off the edge when I turned to get something off the other counter.

Love the closeup! And I’m going to definitely use a vanilla bean next time too – great idea!

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Rebecca said in March 19th, 2008 at 2:58 am

Oh, the close-up. That glaze looks lickable! And next time, I’m definitely adding some orange. Good call.

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Karina said in March 19th, 2008 at 3:39 am

They look delicious! I skipped the glaze, but I think next time I’ll try it. Afterall, when you’ve already got that many calories, what’s a few hundred more?! I like the idea of pumping up the vanilla flavor with a bean and vanilla sugar, the pastry cream was already so good and that would make it even better!

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Jaime said in March 19th, 2008 at 4:29 am

i love the idea of adding the orange oil! great job! my KA didn’t have so much trouble w/the dough as many people stated…. wonder why?

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Rachel said in March 19th, 2008 at 4:34 am

As always, your TWD for this week is pure beauty. Great job!

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Tartelette said in March 19th, 2008 at 5:33 am

You did a fabulous job! I admire you for freezing half for later. “Later” is unknown in our house!!

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cruisingkitty said in March 19th, 2008 at 2:06 pm

Great looking snails! Thank goodness for KA mixers! I agree, they were better the next day!

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slush said in March 19th, 2008 at 2:26 pm

I am with ya, I do not think I could have done this one by hand. Bless those that did! They look fantastic, I love the sound of the orange oil!

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Dolores said in March 19th, 2008 at 10:04 pm

This isn’t the first recipe that makes me thankful for my kitchen aid, nor will it likely be the last. You did great with it… I love the orange-infused glaze.

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Julius said in March 20th, 2008 at 4:25 am

These are absolutely beautiful, Madam Chow.

:)

Julius
from Occasional Baker

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The Baker's Lamb said in March 21st, 2008 at 3:22 am

Picture perfect snails…I am jealous!

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Peabody said in March 22nd, 2008 at 8:30 am

They turned out great. I was more than happy to use my mixer on this one!

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Chris said in March 24th, 2008 at 2:08 am

I know its late….and I need to head to bed…but I would love to eat (several) of these!

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tara said in March 27th, 2008 at 10:39 am

your snails look great! and i love the new look of your blog too. :)

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