Friday, June 3, 2011

My First Daring Baker Challenge!

 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. 

So, I've never done a marquise - come across a few recipes for it, but had never tried it.

 Instead of making a square pan and having to cut it into squares, i lined a silicon muffin pan.
 Mise for the marquise with my chocolate base in the background.
 I had some leftover sponge strips from a joconde cake i did last week, so used them to line the pan.
 MMMMarquise ready to go into the freezer!
 So this was a different meringue than I was used to doing. Instead of whipping hot syrup into the egg whites, you actually heat all of the ingredients on the stove first before whipping. No problems at all, I really liked this method - I think I'll use it more often for my meringue.
 Can't really see the joconde under that caramel. I wish I could take better photos!
But here you can see it on the edges, sort of. I think I'll try to get some better photos.

It was really yummy! I used rum instead of tequila for my flavouring. 

So, i enjoyed the first challenge, really looking forward to the next one!

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