The January 2011 Daring Bakers’ challenge was hosted by Astheroshe of the blog accro. She chose to challenge everyone to make a Biscuit Joconde Imprime to wrap around an Entremets dessert.
I was so excited about this challenge. And I still am! I still am because I miserably failed it but I won’t let this discourage me. I will try again and again until I get it right.
I had big plans for this cake. You see, in a few days it will be Wally’s birthday. And when I saw that this month challenge was to make a Joconde imprime to be transformed into an entremet I immediately got excited. I wanted to make this for Wally’s birthday, with musical notes as pattern of the joconde imprime and with ice-cream as filling of the entremet (he asked me for a cake that fit well with ice-cream).
The part that scared me the most was to make the Joconde imprime. I’m not a good decorator so I was nervous about making a pattern pretty enough to be the exterior of the cake. This part did not end up being a total disaster. Yes, I totally forgot that I need to draw the notes reversed so that they would appear straight once the Joconde was baked and reversed to be the exterior of the cake (silly me!) but aside from that I was pretty successful in making the drawing.
So, what went really wrong? Well, the Joconde after being baked and cooled was so moist that it kept breaking down into pieces as soon as I was touching it. There was no way I could use that Joconde to assemble an entremet. Nevertheless, I had it there, lying on my kitchen counter, it tasted decent (well, at least as soon as it got out of the oven, aftewards it really was not good!)….I thought it was too bad to waste it and I still wanted to try to complete the challenge.
I tried to assemble the entremet. I made one layer of vanilla ice-cream, I spread over the pieces of the broken up joconde and then I spread a layer of mint-chocolate-chip ice-cream (hey, the ice-cream choice was Wally’s!). At that point I saw that I really could not go on with that cake! It was a real mess. It was not going to stand. I was all breaking up! I stopped there. I did not even try to finish the entremet by topping it with something good. It would have been a total waste.
I will sure be trying this again because you can do amazing desserts with the tools learned in this challenge but I really need to find a different recipe for the Joconde. If anyone has a good recipe, please let me know!
But you should still check out the Daring Bakers website for all the wonderful creations other bloggers were able to accomplish!
Have a sweet day!