Sunday, June 27, 2010

The Daring Bakers #14 Chocolate pavlovas...

The June 2010 Daring Bakers’ challenge was hosted by Dawn of Doable and Delicious. Dawn challenged the Daring Bakers’ to make Chocolate Pavlovas and Chocolate Mascarpone Mousse. The challenge recipe is based on a recipe from the book Chocolate Epiphany by Francois Payard.

I've only made it today... With a Baby I don't have much time for cooking now (not even for sleeping...) The Baby has horrible colic and sleeps only in my or my Hubby's arms... quite exhausting but it helps her so I don't mind - the only minus is that you can do 3 things while holding her: watching TV, reading or sleeping with her and that's about it... So it's only today I got the chance to make it. I really didn't want to skip this month's challenge as meringue is one of my favourites things in the whole world :) I had to change mascarpone filling for something else - as I didn't have ingredients to make it exactly as per recipe (all my changes are below the recipe). All in all great challenge - the chocolate meringue comes out dry, crisp and very light - it's definitely a keeper :) it will be great in Eaton Mess dessert!



How to make it...

Monday, June 14, 2010

The Daring Cooks #9 Pâté & Bread... the perfect couple...

Our hostesses this month, Evelyne of Cheap Ethnic Eatz, and Valerie of a The Chocolate Bunny, chose delicious pate with freshly baked bread as their June Daring Cook’s challenge! They’ve provided us with 4 different pate recipes to choose from and are allowing us to go wild with our homemade bread choice.

I love pate - in all shapes and sizes :) and I love home made bread. Unfortunatelly this month's challenge wasn't in perfect timing for me... but...



I know I didn't make this months challenge as I should have. I didn't use any of the recipes provided for the pate, but please pop in to The Daring Kitchen to see those 4 great recipes... Reason being for not doing those is that a few days ago I had my Baby Girl (you can read about that here) and wasn't able to do the challenge at all! I want it to make it this month badly - as pate is one of my favourite things in the world! But... my Hubby made it instead. He wanted to make a recipe for pate which he got from my Dad. I admit - quantities are huge (we got about 4 kg of final pate - shared it with my neighbours and rest to the freezer), but if you're making pate, doesn't matter how much of the ingredients you have - work is basically the same...
Hope that this month's challenge will count for me ;) even though I made some significant changes...



How to make it...