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Bienenstich (Bee Sting)
Recipe courtesy Top Tastes
and King Arthur Flour

This is a SERIOUS Bienenstich recipe! The result comes the
closest I've found so far to my very favorite Bienenstich from
a marvelous bakery in Mainz, Germany.[MG]

"Several months ago-(or maybe a year? Who knows where the time goes,
as Judy Collins once asked)-a reader sent us an old family recipe for
Bienenstich ("bee sting"), a yeasted pastry dough, German in origin,
filled with custard and topped with honey-glazed sliced almonds. We
tried the recipe, but never could get it quite right; so we set it aside,
figuring we’d get back to it eventually.
Just recently one of our favorite professional baking magazines, 'Modern
Baking', printed a recipe for Bienenstich, so we picked up the gauntlet
again, and this time succeeded (thanks to some tips we learned in the
magazine). This tender, buttery dough layered with a rich (though uncon-
ventional) vanilla pastry cream, and topped with sticky, sweet almonds is
a fitting end to a light early-summer dinner. Or enjoy a sliver with your
afternoon coffee; no seconds if you’re counting calories!”

2 1/3 cups (9 3/4 ounces) Mellow Pastry Blend or
2 1/4 cups (9 1/2 ounces) King Arthur
Unbleached All-Purpose Flour
4 tablespoons (1/2 stick, 2 ounces) butter
2 tablespoons (1 ounce) sugar
1 1/2 teaspoons instant yeast
3/4 teaspoon salt
2 large eggs
1/4 cup (2 ounces) water

6 tablespoons (3/4 stick, 3 ounces) butter
1/3 cup (2 1/2 ounces) sugar
3 tablespoons (2 ounces) honey
2 tablespoons (1 1/4 ounces) heavy cream
1 1/2 cups (4 3/4 ounces) sliced almonds

2 teaspoons unflavored gelatin (about 2/3 of
a packet, or 3 to 4 sheets)
2 tablespoons (1 ounce) water
1 cup (8 ounces) heavy cream,
whipped to very soft peaks
3-ounce package instant vanilla
pudding mix
1 1/2 cups (12 ounces) milk
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Manual/Mixer Method:
Combine all of the dough ingredients in a medium-sized mixing bowl,
stirring till the mixture becomes cohesive. Transfer the dough to a
lightly oiled or lightly floured work surface, and knead it for 5 to 8
minutes, till it’s smooth. Or knead it in an electric mixer, using the
dough hook, for 4 to 7 minutes at medium speed. Place the dough in
a lightly oiled bowl, turn to grease all sides, cover the bowl with a
proof cover or plastic wrap, and let it rise for 60 minutes, till
it’s puffy.
Bread Machine Method:
Place all of the dough ingredients into the pan of your bread machine in
the order recommended by the manufacturer (usually, liquids first, yeast last). Program the machine for dough or manual, and press Start. After
about 10 minutes of kneading, check the dough’s consistency; it should
be fairly smooth, slightly sticky, not dry and "gnarly." Adjust its con-
sistency with additional flour or water, if necessary, and allow the
machine to complete its cycle.
Shaping: Transfer the dough to a lightly oiled work surface, fold it over
to expel any excess gas, then divide it in half. Roll each piece into a ball,
then pat and stretch each ball into an 8-inch circle. Place the circles into
two lightly greased 8-inch cake pans; don’t worry if the dough shrinks
away from the edges of the pans. Allow it to rise/rest for 30 minutes -
the gluten will relax, making the dough easier to work with-then gently
stretch and pat it to reach the edge. Make the topping while the dough
is rising.
Topping: Melt the butter in a small saucepan set over medium heat.
Add the sugar, honey and cream. Bring the mixture to a boil, and boil it
for 3 to 5 minutes, until it’s taken on a very light gold color. Stir in the
almonds, let cool slightly, then spread over the dough in the pans.
Baking: Bake the Bienenstich in a preheated 350°F oven for 25 to 28 minutes, until the edges are golden brown and the topping is bubbling. Remove it from the oven, and cool in the pan for 30 minutes, to allow
the topping to firm up. Run a knife around the edges of the pans to
loosen any stuck-on dough, and flip each cake over onto a plate, then
flip back onto a rack so the almond topping is up. Cool completely
before filling.
Assembly: Carefully split each of the cakes in half horizontally, so that
you have four thin, round cakes. This is best done using a serrated knife;
cut slowly and check as you go to make sure you’re staying on a straight
line. Set the cakes aside.
Soften the gelatin in the 2 tablespoons water, then heat the mixture (in a microwave set on low, or over low heat in a saucepan) until the gelatin
has melted and the mixture is clear. Let it cool slightly.
Fold a bit of the whipped cream into the gelatin, then fold that back into
the remaining whipped cream.
Mix the instant pudding with the milk and vanilla, stirring for 2 minutes
as the box directs. Immediately fold the whipped cream/gelatin mixture
into the pudding (the pudding will begin to set up, so work quickly). Use
this faux pastry cream to fill the cakes. Serve immediately, or refrigerate
till you’re ready to serve. Yield: 2 cakes, 16 servings.

Note: We really like this method of making pastry cream; both the ease of preparation, and the delicious final product. The whipped cream makes
the filling very rich, while the gelatin stabilizes it, so it’ll stay firm (and
not "weep") in your pastry for days, if necessary. When we’re in a hurry,
and know we’re making a pastry that doesn’t have to keep for a long time,
we simply prepare instant vanilla pudding mix using heavy cream instead
of milk, spiking it with an extra shot (a teaspoon or two) of vanilla extract.
Either of these two methods produces a filling that’s wonderful for cream
, éclairs, napoleons (if you ever make those at home), cakes, or other
filled confections

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