Saturday, March 27, 2010

March 2010 Daring Bakers' Orange Tian

The 2010 March Daring Baker’s challenge was hosted by Jennifer of Chocolate Shavings. She chose Orange Tian as the challenge for this month, a dessert based on a recipe from Alain Ducasse’s Cooking School in Paris.

Thank you Jennifer for a fun dessert (and a new one for me). I used CSR jam-setting sugar to make the jam it is very easy and takes only about 10-15 mins to make. I had no real problems with any of the components. The Pate Sablee was very simple and quite tasty and very new to me. They are a wonderful treat to make and to eat, simple and very tasty.


Fairy Banana Tian – some guests (who cannot have citrus of any sort) with children were coming over for lunch and I knew the kids love fairy bread with bananas so I did a version that had a banana with 100s and 1000s sprinkles. I used kiwi jam. Fairy bread is a very very popular kids party food in Australia it is buttered white bread triangles covered in 100s and 1000s (coloured sprinkles).

Blueberry tian - for the adults I used some of the blueberry jam in the cream to make a swirl effect in the cream layer.


The cream set up very firm which was good. I used thicken cream with added gelatin and I added the caramel sauce to it also I think this made it so firm. I thought the caramel sauce on top would spoil the appearance of the finished product.

How to do the caramel sauce

Sugar starting to melt

Totally melted sugar

The finished orange caramel sauce (it is so so yummy)

Note: There are quite a few steps to making this dessert; however a lot of them can be made in advance. The orange marmalade can be made several days ahead of time and the caramel sauce and orange segments preparation should be made the day before you make the dessert. Also, if you have a scale, try and use the weighed measurements as they will be the most accurate.

The recipe can be a little bit tricky to put together, especially the first time. My main tip is to make sure the whipped cream is firm enough when you make it and be sure to leave the desserts to set in the freezer for long enough or they will fall apart when you unmold them.

Variations allowed:
• You can choose to serve the dessert ‘family-style’ and don’t have to make it in individual portions
• You can use your favorite “Pate Sablee” recipe if you have one, but it must be a pate sablee
• You can add any additional flavoring to your whipped cream
• You can play with different citrus in this dessert (grapefruit, blood orange, lemon) at any step in the recipe.
However, you must make the tart dough, the whipped cream, the caramel sauce, citrus segments and marmalade.

Preparation time:
- Pate Sablee: 20 minutes to make, 30 minutes to rest, 15 minutes to roll out, 20 minutes to bake
- Marmalade: 20 minutes to make, 30 minutes to blanch
- Orange segments: 20 minutes, overnight to sit
- Caramel: 15 minutes, overnight to sit
- Whipped Cream: 15 minutes
- Assembling: 20 minutes
- Freezer to Set: 10 minutes

Equipment required:
• Cookie cutters . Ideally, you should have about 6 cookie cutters to build the desserts in and cut the circles of dough (see photo). The cookie cutters will be the size of your final dessert, so they should be the size of an individually-sized tart mold. If you don’t have round cookie cutters you could use an individually-sized cheesecake mold without its base.
• A food processor (although the dough could be made by hand too)
• A stand-up or hand mixer
• Parchment paper or a silicone sheet
• A baking sheet
• A rolling pin

For the Pate Sablee:

Ingredients U.S. Imperial Metric Instructions for Ingredients
2 medium-sized egg yolks at room temperature
granulated sugar 6 tablespoons + 1 teaspoon; 2.8 oz; 80 grams
vanilla extract ½ teaspoon
Unsalted butter ¼ cup + 3 tablespoons; 3.5 oz; 100 grams ice cold, cubed
Salt 1/3 teaspoon; 2 grams
All-purpose flour 1.5 cup + 2 tablespoons; 7 oz; 200 grams
baking powder 1 teaspoon ; 4 grams

Put the flour, baking powder, ice cold cubed butter and salt in a food processor fitted with a steel blade.

In a separate bowl, add the eggs yolks, vanilla extract and sugar and beat with a whisk until the mixture is pale. Pour the egg mixture in the food processor.

Process until the dough just comes together. If you find that the dough is still a little too crumbly to come together, add a couple drops of water and process again to form a homogenous ball of dough. Form into a disc, cover with plastic wrap and leave to rest in the fridge for 30 minutes.
Preheat your oven to 350 degree Celsius.

Roll out the dough onto a lightly floured surface until you obtain a ¼ inch thick circle.

Using your cookie cutter, cut out circles of dough and place on a parchment (or silicone) lined baking sheet. Bake for 20 minutes or until the circles of dough are just golden.

For the Marmalade:

Ingredients U.S. Imperial Metric Instructions for Ingredients
Freshly pressed orange juice ¼ cup + 3 tablespoons; 3.5 oz; 100 grams
1 large orange used to make orange slices
cold water to cook the orange slices
pectin 5 grams
granulated sugar: use the same weight as the weight of orange slices once they are cooked

Finely slice the orange. Place the orange slices in a medium-sized pot filled with cold water. Simmer for about 10 minutes, discard the water, re-fill with cold water and blanch the oranges for another 10 minutes.

Blanch the orange slices 3 times. This process removes the bitterness from the orange peel, so it is essential to use a new batch of cold water every time when you blanch the slices.

Once blanched 3 times, drain the slices and let them cool.

Once they are cool enough to handle, finely mince them (using a knife or a food processor).

Weigh the slices and use the same amount of granulated sugar . If you don’t have a scale, you can place the slices in a cup measurer and use the same amount of sugar.

In a pot over medium heat, add the minced orange slices, the sugar you just weighed, the orange juice and the pectin. Cook until the mixture reaches a jam consistency (10-15 minutes).

Transfer to a bowl, cover with plastic wrap and put in the fridge.

For the Orange Segments:

For this step you will need 8 oranges.

Cut the oranges into segments over a shallow bowl and make sure to keep the juice. Add the segments to the bowl with the juice.

[See YouTube video in the References section below for additional information on segmenting oranges.]

For the Caramel:

Ingredients U.S. Metric Imperial Instructions for Ingredients
granulated sugar 1 cup; 7 oz; 200 grams
orange juice 1.5 cups + 2 tablespoons; 14 oz; 400 grams

Place the sugar in a pan on medium heat and begin heating it.

Once the sugar starts to bubble and foam, slowly add the orange juice. As soon as the mixture starts boiling, remove from the heat and pour half of the mixture over the orange segments.

Reserve the other half of the caramel mixture in a small bowl — you will use this later to spoon over the finished dessert. When the dessert is assembled and setting in the freezer, heat the kept caramel sauce in a small saucepan over low heat until it thickens and just coats the back of a spoon (about 10 minutes). You can then spoon it over the orange tians.

[Tip: Be very careful when making the caramel — if you have never made caramel before, I would suggest making this step while you don’t have to worry about anything else. Bubbling sugar is extremely, extremely hot, so make sure you have a bowl of ice cold water in the kitchen in case anyone gets burnt!]

For the Whipped Cream:

Ingredients U.S. Metric Imperial Instructions for Ingredients
heavy whipping cream 1 cup; 7 oz; 200 grams
3 tablespoons of hot water
1 tsp Gelatine
1 tablespoon of confectioner's sugar
orange marmalade (see recipe above) 1 tablespoon

In a small bowl, add the gelatine and hot water, stirring well until the gelatine dissolves. Let the gelatine cool to room temperature while you make the whipped cream. Combine the cream in a chilled mixing bowl. Whip the cream using a hand mixer on low speed until the cream starts to thicken for about one minute. Add the confectioner sugar. Increase the speed to medium-high. Whip the cream until the beaters leave visible (but not lasting) trails in the cream, then add the cooled gelatine slowly while beating continuously. Continue whipping until the cream is light and fluffy and forms soft peaks. Transfer the whipped cream to a bowl and fold in the orange marmalade.
[Tip: Use an ice cold bowl to make the whipped cream in. You can do this by putting your mixing bowl, cream and beater in the fridge for 20 minutes prior to whipping the cream.]

Assembling the Dessert:

Make sure you have some room in your freezer. Ideally, you should be able to fit a small baking sheet or tray of desserts to set in the freezer.

Line a small tray or baking sheet with parchment paper or a silicone sheet. Lay out 6 cookie cutters onto the parchment paper/silicone.

Drain the orange segments on a kitchen towel.

Have the marmalade, whipped cream and baked circles of dough ready to use.

Arrange the orange segments at the bottom of each cookie cutter. Make sure the segments all touch either and that there are no gaps. Make sure they fit snuggly and look pretty as they will end up being the top of the dessert. Arrange them as you would sliced apples when making an apple tart.

Once you have neatly arranged one layer of orange segments at the bottom of each cookie cutter, add a couple spoonfuls of whipped cream and gently spread it so that it fills the cookie cutter in an even layer. Leave about 1/4 inch at the top so there is room for dough circle.

Using a butter knife or small spoon, spread a small even layer of orange marmalade on each circle of dough.

Carefully place a circle of dough over each ring (the side of dough covered in marmalade should be the side touching the whipping cream). Gently press on the circle of dough to make sure the dessert is compact.

Place the desserts to set in the freezer to set for 10 minutes.

Using a small knife, gently go around the edges of the cookie cutter to make sure the dessert will be easy to unmold. Gently place your serving plate on top of a dessert (on top of the circle of dough) and turn the plate over. Gently remove the cookie cutter, add a spoonful of caramel sauce and serve immediately.

Resources: (An article about the dessert known as tian.)

YouTube link on how to segment an orange:

To learn more about Pectin:

What to substitute for Pectin:

Tips, flavours and decoration ideas

Today's culinary trends are for mixing flavours, so add aromatic herbs and spices such as rosemary or thyme to apricot, mint and bee balm to strawberry, ginger and cinnamon to citrus fruit and vanilla to melon or chestnut jam. Also delicious are dried fruit, walnuts, hazelnuts, almonds, figs, apricots etc. Finally, flowers and vegetables have made their way into the jam aisles too, and you'll find rose petal, bay, violet and hibiscus jelly as well as tomato, carrot and pumpkin jam, onion chutney...anything is possible!


Anonymous said...

Woohoo, I'm the first one to comment. I absolutely love your blueberry tian, and I will make one, too, soon!

Jamie said...

Oh, Audax, your desserts are always fun! I saw these on the forum and they made me smile and lick my lips. Fantastic!

Gala said...

Great unique flavors!
C ya next month!

shelley c. said...

I love the kid-friendly banana/sprinkle tian, and the blueberry looks so beautiful and delicious. Awesome!

Mary said...

I think the berry idea is a great one, and I think I'll be making more of these when raspberries come into season here. I agree that this was a great challenge!

Isabelle Lambert said...

toujours autant d'imagination Audax, et c'est super ! Dis moi, avec quoi poussent vos bleuets, je les trouve vraiment énormes :)

Anonymous said...

Great choices, but where is your citrus? I love the idea of hundreds of thousands

Lori said...

I am not sure if it is morning there but good morning to you.

I always love the versions you come up with. I bet blueberry would be really good!

Basht said...

the fairy one is completely fantastic! You are always so creative

Baking Addict said...

I love the blueberry tian and the fairy banana looks cute too. Will definitely have to make this dessert again with different fruits.

Unknown said...

Lovely tians! Thanks for the tips of combining flavours!

Lovlie said...

I like the blueberry swirl! Looks really yummy! And the fairy banana one is so cute! Great challenge! Yum!

Laura said...

Love your variations :)

Anonymous said...

I like your blueberry one. We also played with the flavours a bit - and made a berry tian instead. We also made a berry mousse instead of the cream which was a nice twist.

Good work again on the challenge!

penny aka jeroxie said...

I am having a ball looking and reading all the Tians around the world. You are the first with blueberry!

natalia said...

Ciao Audax !! Great tries with the tians and I love the pairing list !!

Ago said...

Your challenges are always particular! I love the blue effect in the cream..and my boyfriend (and me too) love, surely I'll try your version!!!!
Ago :-D

Dharm said...

Fabulous results as always Audax!!

Faery said...

Oh Audax they look delicious and beautiful but I love blue so my favorite is the blue one, it looks gorgeous it is like watching the evening blue hour.
That is a flavor I don't know because those berries aren't grown in my country but they look beautiful.

Penny said...

As always, you are so creative!
They look wonderful...

Evelyne @ CheapEthnicEatz said...

Yumm, blueberry. Awesome results with the variations

Julia @Mélanger said...

Wow, I'm loving your variations! So creative. :)

Sue said...

So fun and colorful, Audax! Love the sprinkles and the blueberries! I'd love to try them:) You always do such a great job!
Mine looks like a heap, but at least I did it:)

Sinful Southern Sweets said...

I love both of these tians!! Just fabulous!

Anonymous said...

so creative, as always!

Lauren said...

Love the unique flavours =D. Not to mention the gorgeous colours!

juliana alonso dorola said...

great variations on the tians

Kris Ngoei said...

Banana and blueberry make great companion for this sweet dessert. Love to try both :-)

Sawadee from Bangkok,

Lisa said...

Aud - the minute I saw your banana tian earlier in the month, I searched high and low for a good banana jam recipe. Didn't find one that people recommended..most saying it didn't turn out. I suppose it's a tough fruit to 'jam'. Regardless, kiwi jam is a perfect pair with banana. That said, love both your pretty and as always..lovely photos too!

kellypea said...

I always enjoy the whimsey of your challenge results in the forum. When I first saw your tians, I thought they were much larger until I realized those were blueberries! I'd like this tian recipe bite-sized!

Jenny said...

Audax, I love the blueberry tian! I wish I'd been able to do the March challenge - I'm so jealous of all the excellent results, as always.

AJ said...

How crative Audax. Love the blueberry one!! Thanks for sharing all the current trends too:)