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Our First Daring Bakers Challenge! We’re so proud!!

October 30, 2007

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The custard came out perfectly! It had a wonderful creamy texture and set up quickly! We took the suggestion of a fellow DBer and let it cool to room temperature before refrigerating it. Worked like a charm!

We did, however, take our cake out too early so the center was not done. The middle had the consistency of scrambled eggs. I also forgot my whisk attachment, so it may not have been as “airy” as it should have been. There was enough around the edges to make 5 or 6 though, so everything worked out.

The sauce…there are no words. We had to stop ourselves just eating it straight.

This recipe is definitely not on the diet, but boy was it tasty!

Photos coming later today!

Bostini Cream Pie
(from Donna Scala & Kurtis Baguley of Bistro Don Giovanni and Scala’s Bistro)
Makes 8 generous servings

INGREDIENTS: Custard

3/4 cup whole milk
2 3/4 tablespoons cornstarch
1 whole egg, beaten
9 egg yolks, beaten
3 3/4 cups heavy whipping cream
1/2 vanilla bean (EDITED: vanilla extract is okay)
1/2 cup + 1 tablespoon sugar

Chiffon Cake

1 1/2 cups cake flour
3/4 cup superfine sugar
1 1/3 teaspoons baking powder
1/3 teaspoon salt
1/3 cup canola oil
1/3 cup beaten egg yolks (3 to 4 yolks)
3/4 cup fresh orange juice
1 1/2 tablespoons grated orange zest
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1 cup egg whites (about 8 large)
1 teaspoon cream of tartar

Chocolate Glaze

8 ounces semi or bittersweet chocolate
8 ounces unsalted butter

INSTRUCTIONS

To prepare the custard:

Combine the milk and cornstarch in a bowl; blend until smooth. Whisk in the whole egg and yolks, beating until smooth. Combine the cream, vanilla bean and sugar in a saucepan and carefully bring to a boil. When the mixture just boils, whisk a ladleful into the egg mixture to temper it, then whisk this back into the cream mixture. Cook, stirring constantly, until the mixture is thick enough to coat the back of a spoon. Strain the custard and pour into 8 large custard cups. Refrigerate to chill.

To prepare the chiffon cakes:

Preheat the oven to 325°F. Spray 8 molds with nonstick cooking spray. You may use 7-ounce custard cups, ovenproof wide mugs or even large foil cups. Whatever you use should be the same size as the custard cups.

Sift the cake flour, sugar, baking powder and salt into a large bowl. Add the oil, egg yolks, orange juice, zest and vanilla. Stir until smooth, but do not overbeat.

Beat the egg whites until frothy. Add the cream of tartar and beat until soft peaks form. Gently fold the beaten whites into the orange batter. Fill the sprayed molds nearly to the top with the batter.

Bake approximately 25 minutes, until the cakes bounce back when lightly pressed with your fingertip. Do not overbake. Remove from the oven and let cool on a wire rack. When completely cool, remove the cakes from the molds. Cover the cakes to keep them moist.

To prepare the glaze:

Chop the chocolate into small pieces. Place the butter in a saucepan and heat until it is just about to bubble. Remove from the heat; add the chocolate and stir to melt. Pour through a strainer and keep warm.

To assemble:

Cut a thin slice from the top of each cake to create a flat surface. Place a cake flat-side down on top of each custard. Cover the tops with warm chocolate glaze. Serve immediately.

Edit from Beth~

In all, I think Katie’s right – a success! I cannot speak much for the custard part of the deal, as I’m a bit allergic to eggs and just a taste of it was enough to tie my stomach in knots, but the few bites of it I had were nice and creamy. The cake came out tasty (although still – so many eggs), and the chocolate sauce… Way rich, but I could have eaten that on just about anything. Of course, what’s not to like about chocolate and butter, right? Whoever dreamt up that combo deserves a statue in their honor. A gooey, chocolate statue.

But anyway, on to the show!

Bunch o' Custards

Pretty Custards all in a bunch

We tried the tried and true “glop on a plate” method:

Glop

But it was not so beautiful as we had hoped.

This one was probably our best, despite some, ahem, disagreements as to the orange zest:

Pretty Custard

So there you have it! We daringly baked. And it was tasty, if I do say so myself.

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20 comments

  1. Can’t wait to see the photos! 🙂


  2. Congrats on your first DB challenge!! Sounds like it worked out, even with the small problem with the cake.


  3. Yay! I love how excited you are. heheee =)

    I can’t wait to see pics! Sounds like it turned out good!

    xoxo


  4. Congratulations on finishing your first challenge! I can’t wait to see your photos.

    Natalie @ Gluten A Go Go


  5. Glad you joined up! Can’t wait to see how it turned out.


  6. Congrats on your first challenge! I can’t wait to see the pictures.


  7. You completed your first challenge! Way to go!


  8. Way to go on your 1st Challenge!!


  9. Sounds like you did really well with your first challenge. Welcome to the group and looking forward to more great baking!


  10. Yay! Despite the cake issues, you were resourceful and managed to pull it through anyway – now that’s a Daring Baker for ya 🙂 Excellent an dI hpe to see the photos soon!


  11. Shucks – I was looking for photos.
    Glad it turned out well for you Katie.


  12. Your enthusiasm is contagious! Glad you enjoyed your first challenge! Welcome to the DBs!!


  13. Love love love the garnish. It totally made the presentation. J’adore!


  14. Fun and yummy! Great job, and great post The glop on a plate cracked me up.


  15. Congratulations of a successful first challenge. Score one for teamwork… you guys did great!


  16. The slop and glop method looks just as tasty as the bowled method – nice work Daring Baker!


  17. Looks great- love the orange garnish and plating!
    Congrats on your first DB challenge successfully met!
    xoxo


  18. Oh I love all the sauce! Fantastic.


  19. Hi,

    I love your bostinis. =) Thanks for the tip about cooling the custard to room temp before refrigerating. I’ll try that next time.

    Feel free to check out my bostini here.


  20. Thank you for sharing your info. I truly appreciate your efforts and I am waiting for your further post thanks once again.



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