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Saturday, November 26, 2011

Sans Rival - Daring Bakers November Challenge

Catherine of Munchie Musings was our November Daring Bakers’ host and she challenged us to make a traditional Filipino dessert – the delicious Sans Rival cake! And for those of us who wanted to try an additional Filipino dessert, Catherine also gave us a bonus recipe for Bibingka which comes from her friend Jun of Jun-blog.

I can see I am ending up with a mini mini miniature, just a tiny sample to show I have attempted the challenge. The original plan was to make the 4 - 9 inch layers of the nougat, to be followed by mousseline on the layers and the top but not on the sides. I was thinking about the people in my office who are watching their cholestrol. Well, I need not have worried! I put two pans on the middle rung of my oven, let the meringues bake for 30 minutes and then had a devil of a battle trying to get the paper off the back. The remainder of the meringue/nuts had become all watery sitting in the bowl for 30 minutes so I did not even attempt to bake it.

With only one rather jagged circle, I am just going to make something the size of a quarter and fill the layers with regular buttercream so as not to waste all the mousseline ingredients.

I must say I am disappointed at my big FAIL. I have tasted a bit of the nougat and it is very nice - would have been really delicious as a complete product, I am sure. Hopefully I will have better success in the December challenge.

Monday, November 21, 2011

Wilton Flowers and Cake Design

My flowers cake from the Wilton Part 2 course - Flowers and Cake Design. I think I have found a passion and maybe even a new occupation as I near retirement - working with fondant and gum paste and making beautiful flowers. This was such a good class and I now feel encouraged to go on to the third level.