Sunday, December 28, 2008

A Year of Daring Baker Challenges!

Perhaps I'm a complete dork, but sometimes marking special anniversaries make me a little loony. Okay, I am definitely a complete dork, but that may have more to do with telling every single family relative I've encountered over the holiday that my terrific husband bought me a Super Peel. It's a seriously cool thing.

So yes, anyway, I find anniversaries to be pretty cool. And this month will mark my one year anniversary of being a Daring Baker. My mom even made me this cute little cupcake pincushion. This month's challenge is brought to us by the adventurous Hilda from Saffron and Blueberry and Marion from Il en Faut Peu Pour Etre Heureux.They have chosen a French Yule Log by Flore from Florilege Gourmand

Yeah, I had no idea what that was either. I thought we did it last December. But apparently the French have two logs and this one is more of a frozen dessert. Actually this one was WAY more complicated than the first one. There were six elements to my "log": A coconut daquoise, a dark chocolate ganache, a dark chocolate mousse, a white chocolate coconut crisp layer (that there was a teensy error in the recipe resulting in what is best described as white chocolate and coconut coated Special K), a vanilla creme brulee, and a dark chocolate glaze. Make sure you check out the rest of the Daring Bakers to see what flavors they came up with. Everything went really well except that I'm a rebel and just made the whole thing in a 9 inch springform pan. The glaze then didn't really cover the whole cake.

And I have to say, we taste tested today after spending the day celebrating Christmas with my dad and stepmom. So there we were. My sister M., Super G and the Tummy, me and the Brain, my mom and my stepdad. And really by this point in the holiday celebrations (I've already had 3 separate, but equal, Christmases) none of us really wanted to eat yet another sweet thing. So we were kind of dreading the cake. But it was REALLY REALLY tasty! I did leave it up at my mom's, but all of us tasted it and not one of us had anything negative to say about it. It was rich and chocolaty and the coconut was subtle. I will definitely make this one again. But probably not after a week of feasting on approximately 9 million Christmas cookies.

I'm not emotionally stable enough to get on the scale after the past week and a half.

12 comments:

CB said...

I skipped past the superpeel (still not sure exactly what it is?) and Daring Baker shoutout to the pincushion picture. Must have cupcake pincushion. So freaking adorable!
/Clara

Johanna said...

cute pin cushion - I agree it is fun to celebrate anniversaries - such a good excuse to be extravagant - speaking of which that log looks very indulgent - just right for Christmas feasting!

Bellini Valli said...

I need to make this DB creation. I have heard wonderful things about it from everyone. Excellent jib!!

standing still said...

Love the pincushion, and like you, after 17469 cookies, the scale is in a closet for a few weeks until the treadmill and I reestablish our relationship.

Amanda said...

Oh you have GOT to get your mom to make another pincushion for a giveaway... I WANT ONE!

Congratulations on one year with daring bakers! I'm always impressed with all the fun stuff y'all make.

And that Super Peel is awesome! What a neat gift--you'll be making gorgeous boules in no time, I'm sure!

Zylo said...

Thanks for the get well. I would be awefully proud to have done daring baking for a full year. I can't manage to make myself cook once a week sometimes, so I think what you've done is awesome!

the cheap chick said...

I'm with you on the whole scale thing. My weight shall not be made know to me until WELL after New Year's. Maybe. If I'm feeling up to it.

Gretchen Noelle said...

Adorable pin cushion! Great job on the log! Congrats on one year!!

glamah16 said...

Well done. Hope youhad a Merry Christmas. Happy New Year to you and your husband.

breadchick said...

It was super rich wasn't it! I'm glad I left it at my folks house too as I'm afraid my digital scale will be shouting at me.

Claire said...

Sounds like everyone enjoyed it! Great job!

Cakelaw said...

Your yule log looks great Mary. Happy holidays!