Thursday, January 27, 2011

Daring Bakers' Challenge: January 2011

The January 2011 Daring Bakers’ challenge was hosted by Astheroshe of the blog accro. She chose to challenge everyone to make a Biscuit Joconde Imprime to wrap around an Entremets dessert.  It's a wonderful idea and the finished product can be quite beautiful.  This is, it can be quite beautiful if someone else makes it.  This is what happened at my house (ick!  I need to clean my oven.):

Lovely, isn't it, all curled up on the oven door?  I tried not to scream too loudly, because the landlords were next door.  I'd love to say that I picked myself up, dusted myself off and started all over again*, but I didn't try the joconde imprime again because I was too heartbroken and all my dishes were dirty.  I did go ahead and make This Side of Paradise Pudding and a roast chicken.  I shouldn't have waited until the last minute!  I actually think what I did would have turned out all right (it was nice and flexible when I pulled it off the oven, but had, unfortunately, stuck to itself).  I just should have removed more of the décor paste so that more of the joconde sponge would have shown through.  It was really tasty, though.  I used ground hazelnuts in the sponge and I made the cocoa version of the paste.  Paul and I ate part of it, even though it touched the oven.

To top it all off, the chocolate cake I was going to use as one of the entremet layers along with the This Side of Paradise Pudding and a pistachio Bavarian cream (Spumoni-inspired layers) fell apart as well.  I don't know what my problem was other than I was rather apprehensive about attempting the whole thing.  My apologies to Astheroshe, to whom I tip my hat for this month's comprehensive instructions and inspired challenge.  I'll try again when I've recovered.

I should have

  • worn an apron. (I was covered in cocoa powder.)
  • baked this at my parents' house. (They have a big Edwardian kitchen, I have a tiny 1920s kitchen.)
  • baked this at my parents' house. (My dad would have done something amazing with the décor paste.  I actually think this whole daring thing is more up his alley than mine.  To quote my great-grandma, I'm a "lazy cook.")

Well, here's hoping next month is easier for me!

*The song is in the first video, the dance in the second.


  1. It's good to see other people have their mishaps too...because honestly this baking lark can be so unpredictable...especially the first time you make something like this. Thanks for having the courage, honesty and humour to post this and thanks for following my blog,

  2. This is an amazing post even though you had trouble with the dessert. I love the clips.

  3. Oh Lauren! I'm so sorry!


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