Daring Bakers’ Challenge: Chocolate Marquise

The May 2011 Daring Bakers’ challenge was hosted by Emma of CookCraftGrow and Jenny of Purple House Dirt. They chose to challenge everyone to make a Chocolate Marquise. The inspiration for this recipe comes from a dessert they prepared at a restaurant in Seattle.

This challenge was mainly about the marquise, which is basically a frozen mousse. It was served with meringue and caramel and spiced almonds.

This was somewhat similar to the other mousse/meringue challenges we’ve had, but what made this one different, and had something I hadn’t really done before, which were the spiced nuts. I couldn’t find whole almonds, so I used slivered, and used extra cinnamon instead of adding cayenne. They were awesome! I even used some leftovers to top some cupcakes! I didn’t take a picture of everything, but I’ll share what I’ve got!

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Baking for Birthright Israel NEXT Shabbat

I hosted a picnic in Alta Plaza park in San Francisco via Birthright Israel NEXT Shabbat. It’s a great program that allows alumni to host Shabbat meals and get reimbursed based on the number of people that attend the event (up to 16 people). This was my second Shabbat meal this year. This time I got catered food from Beautifull and made cupcakes. The cupcakes I made were chocolate and vanilla marbled cake, with vanilla frosting as well as some topped with slivered almonds covered in cinnamon sugar.

Baking for a Cause: SF Food Bloggers Bake Sale 2011

This is the 2nd Annual National Food Bloggers Bake Sale, brought to you by Share Our Strength. This year, in San Francisco, it was held at two locations, at 18 Reasons in The Mission, and at Kiehl’s on Fillmore. There were a lot of bloggers that contributed. I wanted to be a part of it again this year, but was busy with work. I did stop by and meet some of the bloggers including Irvin from Eat The Love and Heather from Souffle Days. I also bought some tasty treats, including the Peanut Butter Whoopie Pie (anyone know who made those?) and Oatmeal Carmelitas from Black Heart Baker. Yum! I wish I could try a bit of everything-it all looked delicious! I like the idea of the bake sale, helping out people from all over the world, and hope it happens more often! Not only does it help to bring a local community of bakers/bloggers together, the money raised all goes to a good cause. Thank you to everyone that helped contribute to this bake sale!

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