The August 2010 Daring Bakers’ challenge was hosted by Elissa of 17 and Baking. For the first time, The Daring Bakers partnered with Sugar High Fridays for a co-event and Elissa was the gracious hostess of both. Using the theme of beurre noisette, or browned butter, Elissa chose to challenge Daring Bakers to make a pound cake to be used in either a Baked Alaska or in Ice Cream Petit Fours. The sources for Elissa’s challenge were Gourmet magazine and David Lebovitz’s The Perfect Scoop.
I remember the Baked Alaskas from when I cruised on Holland America...the lights were turned down in the dining room when it was time for dessert...the music came on... and the waiters appeared each carrying a Baked Alaska with a sparkler lighting up the room! Quite a parade! I am not sure if they do that any longer.
We had the choice of making Petit Fours or Baked Alaska and I chose the Baked Alaska, a very fancy ice cream dessert. I made the brown butter pound cake just as written for the challenge recipe and added a hint of orange extract to the ice cream...it was very good! I packed the ice cream into little glass bowls, lined with plastic wrap, and they turned out well - little domes.
Then I used my new weapon to brown the meringue (Dan looked at me with this thing and backed out of the kitchen!) OK so I couldn't figure it out at first and was waving it around...so what? It all worked out and it looks beeeeuuuuutiful!
Click here for the recipe.
We will take it to Randy and Greg's tomorrow night...I hope they like it!
Happy Anniversary Dan! I love you!
Until we bake again...