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.