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.
Wait, what?? That’s exactly the reaction I had. We didn’t learn those words in my year of French in college. An entremet is basically a layered dessert (think trifle) and the biscuit joconde imprime is in this case the part that contains it (edible sponge cake bowl, anyone?).
This is my third month as a Daring Baker, and the first challenge that has really made me shake in my boots, so to speak. (Note: This Texan is bootless, unfortch.) As with crostata and Stollen, I had never made an entremet, much less a sponge or even a rolled cake. That didn’t stop my visions from being lofty, though. Oh, the ideas I had for the joconde and the top of the entremet…
What actually did happen isn’t bad, especially for the mini/almost disasters that occurred.
Here is how my experience went. Continue reading