June Daring Bakers’ Challenge

The June 2010 Daring Bakers’ challenge was hosted by Dawn of Doable and Delicious. Dawn challenged the Daring Bakers’ to make Chocolate Pavlovas and Chocolate Mascarpone Mousse. The challenge recipe is based on a recipe from the book Chocolate Epiphany by Francois Payard.

This was one delicious, chocolate-y challenge. I think the hardest part was not eating all of it in one sitting.

This is a three-part dessert, but all parts are really simple to make. It’s chocolate meringues, chocolate mascarpone mousse, and mascarpone cream anglaise sauce.

I did not find mascarpone cheese in either Lucky or Safeway, so I bought cream cheese, sour cream, and (extra) heavy cream to “make” my own mascarpone cheese, as I did not feel like making mascarpone cheese the way we did a few months back.

Anyway, I think because of my impatience (not letting the cream cheese soften), there were some parts of the mousse that had pockets of cheese, but it still tasted good and made me just as fat.

I had some cream anglaise sauce and mousse left over because I did not make many meringues, so I did a little experimenting, and mixed the two together and froze them in my springform pan. My plan was to have a no-crust cheesecake, but what I ended up with was an un-mold-able cross between chocolate ice cream and frozen chocolate mascarpone mousse. I think some people might call this a semi-freddo, but I am not sure that is the proper name for it. Anyway, it is a mighty, tasty concoction.

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DB Challenge: Tiramisu

I liked this challenge for many reasons. I haven’t made tiramisu all from scratch before (as far as I know, most of the other Daring Bakers liked this challenge for the same reason.) It was quite a challenge, especially with all of the components.

I have made lady fingers and pastry cream before, but I haven’t made them since school, so that was a good way to practice. Also, I have never made cheese before, so that was a fun experience to see the whipped cream thicken up to a smooth marscopne cheese in only 24 hours. I was worried (like the challenger) that I had not cooked the cream enough, but sure enough, once cooled, you could definitely tell it was going to be okay.

Overall, I think this challenge was easy because all of the ingredients were easily accessed and the components necessary were easy to make, but to make a plan and know what components have to be made in advance was a challenge that I never really thought that way while making a dessert before.

The February 2010 Daring Bakers’ challenge was hosted by Aparna of My Diverse Kitchen and Deeba of Passionate About Baking. They chose Tiramisu as the challenge for the month. Their challenge recipe is based on recipes from The Washington Post, Cordon Bleu at Home and Baking Obsession.

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