Daring Bakers August 2010: In which I am reminded of the virtue of patience and the sin of procrastination.

28 Aug


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”.

Of the two options I chose Petit Fours. Of course, I waited until last night to even start which turned out to be an awful idea. For some reason, I was just exhausted this week and aside from rehearsals, I couldn’t really get my motivation up.

The good? They taste ok and I got a nice picture.

The bad? The pound cake was…odd. It wasn’t cake like in how it baked. I’m not sure if that is because I didn’t whip the butter enough, or because I used Splenda for sweetener… Both of these could have been corrected if I had the time.

The ice cream was also a Sugar free creation, and wasn’t terribly ice creamy in behavior. It was like melted, then refrozen ice cream. Not inedible, but not 100% right.

One area where U had plenty of time but no patience was coating the Petit Fours. The ones that were fully coated in chocolate held together well enough, but I had just topped some of the others with the melted chocolate, and when I checked on them an hour later, the tops had slid off to the side. Meh.

At least I got a fairly pretty picture:


So I have learned my lesson; Challenges will get their time and will be done as far in advance as possible. Which means I need to get cracking on my next Daring Cooks assignment.


2 Responses to “Daring Bakers August 2010: In which I am reminded of the virtue of patience and the sin of procrastination.”

  1. twistedkitchen August 28, 2010 at 6:23 am #

    lol. I learned the same lesson…but when mine started to fall apart, I simply refused to let them and ran for the toothpicks to hold them together.

  2. shelley c. August 28, 2010 at 2:47 pm #

    The picture is pretty good, so no worries there 🙂 I am sorry that they didn't taste as good as you were hoping. Hopefully one day you can give it another shot if your schedule opens up a bit – the brown butter cake is delicious. Great job getting the challenge done, though – sometimes finding the time is the biggest part of the challenge!!

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