Saturday, August 30, 2008

Sour Cherry Éclairs (Pretty in Pink)

To everybody a big thank you for the nice words and I have looked at all of your blogs and replied to each of you in your blog. The results are so interesting from green tea and bean curd éclairs to the traditional chocolate on chocolate éclairs. Of course a lovely Spanish blogger also did savoury smoked salmon éclairs. I really like the very different ways that you all have handled this challenge.

The various blogs I visited went from the purely educational (eat4fun) to the heartbreaking (mary) and everything in the middle. Some are beautiful beyond the ordinary (tartelete or flagrantedelicia) or peopled by newbies like me (Delicioso Mama) everybody is so varied and interesting.

I'm so lucky to fallen in such a lovely group of bloggers. Thank you everybody for the comments. Yours XXX Audax Artifex

Daring Baker's Challenge

This was my first Daring Baker's Challenge and I was swept up in the excitement of the group. What would the first recipe be I waited for the email from Ivonne and Lisa to arrive with the entry details to the forum.... It came at last.... I hurried to the website and to my joy it was éclairs. Something I always wanted to do but never have done.

Chocolate Éclairs (Yum Yum in my Tum Tum I thought) what a delight to have this as my first challenge. It was organised by the lovely Tony and Meeta. Using a recipe from Chocolate Desserts by Pierre Hermé. And what a strange recipe half water and half milk this was new and how would it taste I thought.

And we had a choice we could have one chocolate element either the glaze or the filling. (Or both was fine also). What to pick there are so many great combinations mint, blood orange, coffee, and after thinking about it for a while I thought why not Sour Morello Cherry filling with a dark chocolate glaze for the éclairs.

As you can see the results were excellent! The éclairs were crisp hollow and held the filling and glaze without going soggy. I was delighted and so were my friends.

Saturday, August 2, 2008

Started my first blog today