Saturday, March 27, 2010

March Daring Bakers' Challenge

The 2010 March Daring Baker’s challenge was hosted by Jennifer of Chocolate Shavings. She chose Orange Tian as the challenge for this month, a dessert based on a recipe from Alain Ducasse’s Cooking School in Paris.

You can't even see the cookie in my picture and that was my favorite part. I grabbed the wrong size cutter when molding these and didn't realize it until I put the cookie on top so they were kind of overwhelmed by the whip. :) The whip actually looks quite nice in the finished product...I was worried when I pulled it out of the fridge because it was quite pocked, but it smoothed out quite nicely!

I was terribly disappointed that this was my first Daring Baker's Challenge. I don't like oranges...I love the smell...peel them for people whenever I get the chance...but hate the matter how hard I try, I just can't like them. I was going to do lemons, but I thought it would be lemon overload, and my husband prefers oranges.

The actual making of this dessert was not enjoyable in the slightest. None of the steps were particularly difficult, but the whole thing was just finicky. A lot of stirring and beating and careful work all for a dessert neither I nor my husband was very interested in eating. I was especially frustrated with making the marmalade. Spring may have officially hit, but it is still cold and the produce section of my markets is still pitiful. The oranges I could get were pitiful! These would have turned out better with store bought marmalade. I made some of them up with plain old cool whip rather than the homemade whipped cream with orange marmalade. I have a feeling the husband will prefer that.

Oh well! It is done! Haven't tried it yet as my husband is away on business. He'll eat it tomorrow...or try to. I hope next month is more fun! :)


  1. Way to stick with it, and get the challenge done! Hopefully next's month DB will have more appeal to you and your family

  2. way to start with the challenges if you dont like orange! welcome anyway, and see you next month!