This has got to be the greatest race against time for me to complete a DB challenge. This month’s challenge holds dear to me as it completes a year as a part of this amazing group…seems just like yesterday that I was all over the place trying to complete the strawberry mirror cake as part of my first challenge…posted it exactly a year ago.
As for the race, the story is that I have procrastinated before, but not till this last stage…I mean, at least not till the last day. I did read about the challenge when it was announced earlier on in the month, and that was that…hadn’t looked back on it…the good old excuse of being engrossed in other activities. I did think of overlooking this challenge, but, this being a special month , I did want to complete it so much.
We came back from our trip, late yesterday night. And, this morning, I decided to give it a go. This month’s challenge, Filbert Gateau with Praline Buttercream, was chosen by Chris.
Reading the recipe a couple of times over, gave me a fair idea of what was needed to be done. The cake consisted of a hazelnut genoise, cut into three layers and filled with praline buttercream,a fruit glaze and topped with chocolate ganache. I halved the recipe and followed the instructions , except for the sizes and decorations…running out of time also meant that the options to experiment were rather limited. I made one 8 inch round cake and cut out 4 smaller circles of 2 and 1/2 inches in diameter. So, instead of one big cake, I had four mini ones.
I made an almond praline for the buttercream filling, but for the topping, I just used the plain buttercream as I forgot to add the praline I also used whipped cream with a little colour for the topping, along with almond flakes, some crushed and silver balls. Dessicated coconut with a hint of colour was arranged round the little cakes.
But the effort was well rewarded…taking into consideration the rush that I was in, accompanied by the all too frequent inspections of two eager kids, awaiting their share, the perfect genoise that came out of the pan was a blessing indeed. There was no way, I could have made it all over again. I did not get three layers as I had halved the recipe and the size of the pan was not exactly half.
This challenge has probably given me the greatest satsfaction till now. The whole day seemed to pass by in a blur…the cake was cooled, cut into smaller sizes, filled, topped, clicked and half devoured by the ‘inspectors’. And the kitchen…well, it seemed to filled up to the ceiling with dirty dishes. But they too smelled of sweet success. Thanks Chris for this wonderful challenge…couldn’t have been a better way to celebrate a DB anniversary
Please click here for the recipe…gosh, I’m too tired to even copy it… just sitting down after the kids have gone to bed.