Saturday, March 27, 2010

Daring Bakers March Challenge--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.

You can find the full recipe on the Daring Kitchen website.

This challenge involved making Pate Sablee, whipped cream, orange marmalade, orange segments, and caramel. Everything was pretty easy to make except I had trouble with the caramel--always do.  In fact, I still have scars from the burns from 2 weeks ago!  Thanks to the message board though, I had a tip to add a little bit of the orange juice to the sugar to start with and that worked much better.  Although I'm not sure it got as thick as it should.

We had the option of doing a family style or individual-sized Tians.  I went with family style in a 9" spring form pan, which was just easier for me. My oranges were a little tart, I can just imagine how heavenly it would be to pick fresh oranges from Florida, especially honeybells!!!  Next time we go pick some I'll definitely have to make this again.

We were so excited to try it that I forgot to drizzle the caramel on top.