So earlier this month I posted my Daring Cooks Challenge results and now it’s time for my first ever Daring Bakers challenge! I joined Daring Bakers because I like baking but I don’t often push myself to make things beyond my comfort zone (macaron-making excluded). This is a good way to try a few new baked goods. Like chocolate pavlovas.

The June 2010 Daring Bakers’ challenge was hosted by Dawn of Doable and Delicious. Dawn challenged the Daring Bakers’ to make Chocolate Pavlovas and Chocolate Mascarpone Mousse. The challenge recipe is based on a recipe from the book Chocolate Epiphany by Francois Payard

Now, I’ve made something similar to pavlovas before (check it out here) and loved them so I was excited when I saw what the challenge was. Then I read through the directions. So many steps! I had to make the meringues, make the mouse, make creme anglaise. AND since I’m a masochist I elected to make my own mascarpone.  I mean mascarpone is expensive stuff (at least $9 a tub!) and it sounded easy to make so I figured why not.

I had a plan of attack. Day 1, make mascarpone.  Day 2 , make creme anglaise and meringues.  Day 3, make mousse and mascarpone cream.  Seemed reasonable enough.  That is until my “roommate” broke my candy thermometer right before I was ready to make the mascarpone.  Go figure.  Needless to say Day 2 had a lot going on.  Nothing was that hard to make or entirely that time-consuming.  The issue for me was that a lot of this stuff was new for me and I wasn’t quite sure how this would all go down.

Luckily there weren’t too many problems along the well.  The mascarpone took longer than anticipated because I couldn’t get the cream to the right temperature.  Then the recipe I used didn’t make enough mascarpone (I ended up subbing in some ricotta for the remainder).  Oh, and I didn’t have Grand Marnier and didn’t want to buy it so I used Brandy instead.  AND I didn’t add the cream to my mascarpone cream.  Other than that the whole process went really smoothly.

I made these as part of a book club/ dinner party that I hosted and it was a success (if I do say so myself!).  The contrast in texture between the crunchy meringues and the airy mousse was great.  I loved the booziness of the mouse and the sweetness of the mascarpone cream.

All in all a very elegant dessert that while time-consuming was worth the effort.


12 Responses to Daring Bakers: Chocolate Pavlovas with Chocolate Mascarpone Mousse

  1. WOMPblog says:

    {new blog entry} Chocolate Pavlovas with Chocolate Mascarpone Mousse

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  2. You did a GREAT job for your first challenge! And you stuck by the rules!! I (as usual!) changed up my take on the challenge.

  3. Congratulations on your 1st DBers challenge it does looks so rich and delicious and it was nice of you to share with the book club. Well done on this challenge. Cheers from Audax in Sydney Australia.

  4. Anula says:

    You did a great job! Looks yummy!

    Cheers. Anula.

  5. ana says:

    Congrats, it looks delicious! (Very nice picture too)



  6. Patri says:

    Beautiful, and I agree with you – time consuming but completely worth while :-) Congrats and greetings from Spain.

  7. Eva says:

    Great job! Yours look much prettier than mine. I brought mine to work but I made them the night before and the meringue got a bit soft. I also forgot to make the cream… oops.

  8. pavithra says:

    Congrats on your first challenge.. they looks amazingly beautiful….wonderful job.. they looks gorgeous.. great work!!!

  9. Kim says:

    Welcome to Daring Bakers! Your pavlova looks great! I’m glad it was a success even with a few mishaps. Nice job on the challenge!

  10. Nachiketa says:

    congrats on ure 1st DB….. welcome to the gang…. am sure everyone loved it :)

    The Variable, Crazy Over Desserts – Nachiketa
    Catch me on facebook @ Crazy Over Desserts

  11. Renata says:

    Great job on your first challenge! I checked out your meringue chantilly and it looks delicious as well!

  12. Lisa says:

    Wow..your pavlova looks so fudgy and creamy. Beautiful job!

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