This month's Daring Bakers challenge was more a concept than a recipe - a very intimidating concept that it took me most of the month to psych myself up to approach. We were asked to prepare an entremet, which is a fancy-schmancy French dessert described as 'an ornate dessert with many different layers of cake and pastry creams in a mold, usually served cold.' The outer layer of the dessert would be a biscuit joconde, which is 'a decorative design baked into a light sponge cake providing an elegant finish to desserts/torts/ entremets/ formed in ring molds.' This, friends, is Top Chef: Just Desserts kind of stuff.
Blog-checking lines: The January 2011 Daring Bakers’ challenge was hosted by Astheroshe from the blog accro. She chose to challenge everyone to make a Biscuit Joconde Imprime to wrap around an Entremets dessert.
Okay, so if I could actually get this spongy decorative thing done, the next step would be to figure out what in the world to layer inside it. I've never prepared a mousse, a ganache, a gelee, and they're suggesting I make multiple layers of these items? Thank goodness for the posts at the Daring Kitchen website. Looking at the creations of many of my Daring Baker cohorts prepared me so much for this undertaking. I slowly developed a plan of action and dove right in last week, inviting some friends over for a lovely dinner and pulling out the entremet as the dessert course.
It was, I humbly proclaim, a hit. Leftovers the next day at work were again proclaimed the best thing I'd ever brought to the office (and I provide many, many sweet and savory goodies for the office). Dear Mr Leaven was disappointed that I had taken away his precious morsels, but fortunately we were short-staffed on Monday and I was able to bring a generous slice back home to my sweetie.
The layers were (bottom to top, with sources linked):
|pretty design all gone|
I'm really digging these Daring Bakers challenges. Never in a bazillion years would I have thought I could create something like this. I encourage anyone who's trying to improve his or her cooking or baking skills to try this website out - I'd so love it if my friends were playing along with me and we could bounce ideas off each other!