Freitag, 27. August 2010

The August 2010 Daring Bakers’ challenge was hosted by Elissa of 17 and Baking. For the first time, The Daring Bakers partnered with Sugar High Fridays for a co-event and Elissa was the gracious hostess of both. Using the theme of beurre noisette, or browned butter, Elissa chose to challenge Daring Bakers to make a pound cake to be used in either a Baked Alaska or in Ice Cream Petit Fours. The sources for Elissa’s challenge were Gourmet magazine and David Lebovitz’s “The Perfect Scoop”.

Ice Cream Petit Fours

Finally I was again looking forward to a Daring Bakers challenge! Ice Cream Petit Fours. That really sounded delicious to me. I like Ice Cream Petit Fours, although I don’t know them with cake involved. Only ice cream and chocolate glaze.

The making of the browned butter cake and the ice cream were easy and both tasted really great on its own. Assembling cake and ice cream worked fine, until… THE DISASTER!

The disaster began, when I tried to cut and glaze the petit fours. They just fell apart and the ice cream melted, although it was cooled to room temperature. Maybe over 30 degrees at that day weren’t very helpful for doing a thing like this. But it is summer and I don’t own an air-conditioned kitchen. Who does?! Why did the petit fours fell apart? I don’t know honestly. I’ve seen some other people having the same problem. Maybe it would have been helpful to spread the ice cream on the cake and then assemble the second layer of cake instantly and not when both are already frozen thoroughly. Sadly the cake didn’t tasted like much after freezing. Was a waste to use that delicious cake for the ice cream petit fours.  Next time it is just better to enjoy the browned butter cake, fresh from the oven, with a scoop of homemade vanilla ice cream.

Sometimes the simplest things are the best!

Ice Cream Petit Fours

I hope there will be more challenges, that are not just to try something new, difficult or something you would never make for yourself at home. But challenges that convert something that look difficult into something simple and hence delicious. I was very happy with the challenges last year (macarons, puff pastry,  gingerbread house), all very versatile, but down to earth. So I was somewhat disappointed of the challenges of the last months, that were a bit over the top in my opinion. I hope the upcoming challenges will enthuse me again. I’m always looking forward!

Categories: Daring Bakers

4 Responses so far.

  1. Renata sagt:

    I'm sorry that it didn't work for you, but still, I'm sure they tasted delicious!

  2. ap269 sagt:

    The same thing happened to me. What I liked best about the challenge was the raw brown butter pound cake dough – so delicious!

  3. Claire sagt:

    I do like the challenges that are practical…but I think it's fun to do something that I'd never try otherwise, one of the reasons I like staying in the group! Sorry you didn't like this one. I had the same opinion of the cake. When frozen it just became dry and dense with little flavor. Warm from the oven with ice cream sounds delicious! 🙂

  4. I am so happy to see that I am not the only one who had trouble with the petits-fours! Troubles started while cutting them, for me too!!
    They look somehow „de-structured“ on your picture, which is very artistic 😉

Leave a Reply