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Archive for the ‘Daring Baking Challenge’ Category

April 27th, 2011 by Clarabella

Ginger Ice Cream in a Pecan Cashew Cup

The April 2011 Daring Bakers’ challenge was hosted by Evelyne of the blog Cheap Ethnic Eatz. Evelyne chose to challenge everyone to make a maple mousse in an edible container. Prizes are being awarded to the most creative edible container and filling, so vote on your favorite from April 27th to May 27th at http://thedaringkitchen.com!

So, I have made ice cream and not mousse to go in my cashew and pecan nut containers. I was a disorganised unlucky last minute baker this month. I don’t know how the date snuck up on me. So when it came to tonight and doing it late-ish, I discovered that the maple syrup stocks were pitifully low. Almost non-existant. oops.

Luckily I had planned to make ice cream this week, which is the perfect thing to put in my little pecan/cashew cups, so all was not lost. Read the rest of this entry »

March 27th, 2011 by Clarabella

Strawberry, Almond & White Chocolate Yeasted Meringue Coffee Cake

Before anyone gets confused or misled, this cake is more a bread than a cake, and there ain’t no coffee in it.What’s the deal with it being called ‘Coffee Cake’ then you ask? Apparently it is because this kind of bready cake is a good accompaniment to coffee, and they were originally paired by the Dutch, Germans and Scandanavians. You have your morning mug of steaming latte, or your afternoon cappuccino, and this cake will sit next to it like they were made for each other. Personally, I am more than happy to eat this cake with coffee, tea, milk, water, or just straight up. By itself. Its yummy.

This recipe is the March Daring Baker’s Challenge. The March 2011 Daring Baker’s Challenge was hosted by Ria of Ria’s Collection and Jamie of Life’s a Feast. Ria and Jamie challenged The Daring Bakers to bake a yeasted Meringue Coffee Cake.

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March 1st, 2011 by Clarabella

A Creamy Dreamy Crunchy Sweet February – Espresso Panna Cotta and Cherry and Ginger Florentines

The February 2011 Daring Bakers’ challenge was hosted by Mallory from A Sofa in the Kitchen. She chose to challenge everyone to make Panna Cotta from a Giada De Laurentiis recipe and Nestle Florentine Cookies.

You know how sometimes, even with the best laid plans and oodles of forethought, life sometimes gets in the way of your plans? Well, I had that this week. Life saw my well prepared, organised, on-time training coming, and it just went ahead and jumped right in the middle of the tracks in front of it causing a de-railing and a significant delay.

Anyway, I digress. I really enjoyed this challenge. I have made panna cotta many times before so that was not new, but I hunted around for a variation on panna cotta that I had not seen/tried before, and thus I came upon Espresso panna cotta. The combination of coffee and cream and vanilla sounded like a match made in heaven, so that was the one I chose. I also chose to make the coffee gelee to snazzy it up a bit. I just wish I’d had cuter, smaller bowls to put it in as the ones I used were kind of a 2-in-1 serving. As in, plenty for 2 people. The panna cotta is pretty rich.

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February 5th, 2011 by Clarabella

Not nuts about dough

The October 2010 Daring Bakers challenge was hosted by Lori of Butter Me Up. Lori chose to challenge DBers to make doughnuts. She used several sources for her recipes including Alton Brown, Nancy Silverton, Kate Neumann and Epicurious

I am actually months late in posting this entry. Truth be told, I wrote it when it was due, but due to some rather turbulent personal reasons I did not managed to finish it. Until now. I hate neglecting my blog, although it feels like I haev been away for ages. Which for the most part is pretty true. Heating up Innocent Veg pots does not count as cooking. My baking muscles are wasting away and I miss my kitchen. Among other things. Anyway, this is a food blog and I digress…

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January 27th, 2011 by Clarabella

Biscuit Joconde Imprime & Entremets – What a Mouthful!

The January 2011 Daring Bakers’ challenge was hosted by Astheroshe of the blog accro. She chose to challenge everyone to make a Biscuit Joconde Imprime to wrap around an Entremets dessert.

I have never even considered making anything with such a posh sounding name, possibly because French names imply that a michelin star level of sweet skill is required to make a success of such a thing. However, I was very excited when I read through this intimidating sounding challenge and it dawned on me that this did not sound impossibly complicated. Taken as a whole it sounds like a big job, but broken down, one component at a time, it sounded very do-able.

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