May 2010 - Daring Bakers' Challenge : Piece Montée (Croquembouche)
The May 2010 Daring Bakers’ challenge was hosted by Cat of Little Miss Cupcake. Cat challenged everyone to make a piece montée, or croquembouche, based on recipes from Peter Kump’s Baking School in Manhattan and Nick Malgieri.
After making Pâte à choux for the first time I feel pretty impressed with myself. Learning how to work with the dough and cook the flour prior to adding the eggs is truely the hard part of making Pâte à choux. If you don't cook the dough long enough in the sauce pan you will end up with round jelly dounut looking Pâte à choux rather then big puffy clouds that are begging to be filled with tasty delights.
For this challenge I made the Pâte à choux, the pastry filling, and the Chocolate dipping sauce from scratch. The hardest part I had with this challenge was making my mounted piece look pretty. The second hardest part was really have no one to share this yummy desert with. Aaron and I ate it, don't get me wrong.. I just would of liked to serve it to family and friends. Here are my photos, if you would like to see the recipe please go to this link. I did not have time to include my method of making the recipe, I started back to work this week and things have been busy.
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