Monday, 29 October 2007

Bostini Cream Pie - October Daring Bakers Challenge

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14 eggs were needed for the October Daring Bakers Challenge! This month we were asked by Mary at AlpineBerry to make Bostini Cream Pie.

For those of you, like me, who’ve never heard of a Bostini Cream Pie it’s basically a light, fluffy orange cake in a smooth cold vanilla custard with a rich chocolate glaze on top.

I have to be straight up with you, I did not like the sound of this, which is probably why I left it to the last minute. All the components separately would have worked for me, but I do as I’m told (most of the time, anyway) and it wasn’t too bad. The part I enjoyed the most was custard I’d never made my own, and was a little worried about all those eggs, but it went fine and the result was delicious and perfect. I’ll definitely be making that again.

If you’d like to see what my fellow friends in the Daring Baker community did with this challenge, have a look here at our blogroll - http://daringbakersblogroll.blogspot.com/

Custard
3/4 cup whole milk
2 3/4 tablespoons cornstarch
1 whole egg, beaten
9 egg yolks, beaten
3 3/4 cups heavy whipping cream
1/2 vanilla bean
1/2 cup + 1 tablespoon sugar

Chiffon Cake

1 1/2 cups cake flour
3/4 cup superfine sugar
1 1/3 teaspoons baking powder
1/3 teaspoon salt
1/3 cup canola oil
1/3 cup beaten egg yolks (3 to 4 yolks)
3/4 cup fresh orange juice
1 1/2 tablespoons grated orange zest
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1 cup egg whites (about 8 large)
1 teaspoon cream of tartar


Chocolate Glaze
225 grams semi or bittersweet chocolate
225 grams unsalted butter

To prepare the custard:
Combine the milk and cornstarch in a bowl; blend until smooth. Whisk in the whole egg and yolks, beating until smooth. Combine the cream, vanilla bean and sugar in a saucepan and carefully bring to a boil. When the mixture just boils, whisk a ladleful into the egg mixture to temper it, then whisk this back into the cream mixture. Cook, stirring constantly, until the mixture is thick enough to coat the back of a spoon. Strain the custard and pour into 8 large custard cups. Refrigerate to chill.

To prepare the chiffon cakes:
Preheat the oven to 160°C. Spray 8 moulds with non-stick cooking spray. You may use 7-ounce custard cups, ovenproof wide mugs or even large foil cups. Whatever you use should be the same size as the custard cups.

Sift the cake flour, sugar, baking powder and salt into a large bowl. Add the oil, egg yolks, orange juice, zest and vanilla. Stir until smooth, but do not overbeat.

Beat the egg whites until frothy. Add the cream of tartar and beat until soft peaks form. Gently fold the beaten whites into the orange batter. Fill the sprayed moulds nearly to the top with the batter.

Bake approximately 25 minutes, until the cakes bounce back when lightly pressed with your fingertip. Do not overbake. Remove from the oven and let cool on a wire rack. When completely cool, remove the cakes from the moulds. Cover the cakes to keep them moist.

To prepare the glaze:
Chop the chocolate into small pieces. Place the butter in a saucepan and heat until it is just about to bubble. Remove from the heat; add the chocolate and stir to melt. Pour through a strainer and keep warm.

To assemble:
Cut a thin slice from the top of each cake to create a flat surface. Place a cake flat-side down on top of each custard. Cover the tops with warm chocolate glaze. Serve immediately.

S

44 comments:

glamah16 said...

Good Job. It turned out to be a pleasant surprise.

Annemarie said...

I was definitely taken aback by the number of eggs as well. Still, custard is a great, great thing.

Dagmar - A Cat in the Kitchen said...

It looks very elegant when served in a Martini glass! I waited until last minute as well :-)

Anh said...

Lovely! I really adore the martini version. They look really classy.

Julius said...

Hi Sathya & Elizabeth,

I love how you used a martini glass to show the bostini. It really highlights the custard, which I agree is the best part of it - with all that cream and yolks, how could it not be :)

Please feel free to check out my bostini here. It's also my first DB challenge.

Brilynn said...

I halved the recipe and it still seemed like a whole lot of eggs! Well done!

Elle said...

Your custard does look perfect...and the whole looks perfectly delicious!

kellypea said...

Your bostini martini looks great. I procrastinated, too. But it makes it fun cooking, then eating, then posting.

steph- whisk/spoon said...

it looks very elegant in your tall glass!

Pille said...

I made mine last night, too - thank god nothing went wrong:) I love how you've served yours in a Martini glass - so elegant!

Anne said...

I didn't like the sound of it either - but I did like the finished result :)

Megan said...

I wasn't sure when I first saw the challange either. But it was great and the custard (First time I ever made it)was wonderful

DaviMack said...

I think it's terribly interesting to see how many waited until the last possible second to make this. I, too, waited until the night before, because it just didn't sound all that great. But looks are deceiving, I suppose. :)

Meeta said...

An incredible amount of eggs I know but hey this tasted so good. great job!

MyKitchenInHalfCups said...

Yes for bostini martini!!
I don't see anything but elegance here, oh and maybe a calorie or two!

Lis said...

Yay! I'm glad it turned out better than you expected!

Love the Bostini in the martini glass.. looks gorgeous. =)

xoxo

BC said...

It looks lovely.

The number of eggs required made me want to invest in chickens.

slush said...

I left mine to the last minute too bc I dont like chocolate/orange together. But it came together in the end.

Love the tini in the tini glass too. Beautiful!

Anita said...

So elegant in the martini glass! Very nice job!

Maryann@FindingLaDolceVita said...

Yes, too large a recipe (there are only 2 of us). I want a savory challenge next time. Good job!

Andrea said...

Oh yeah, the calories and fat in this one should definitely be ignored. :-)

Your presentation is quite elegant!

breadchick said...

Great job on your challenge this month. That custard recipe is a keeper isn't it!!!

broadcasting from a knitting parlour said...

Very elegant. I'll be making this again too. In, say, a year or so, after I work off this month's challenge fat.

Courtney said...

looks good, i too didnt think it sounded good but i ended up liking a little bit of it

Michelle said...

They look really cute in the martini glasses! Great Job!

Carrie said...

The custard was my favorite part as well and I agree, sooo many eggs!

Belinda said...

It was too many eggs for me as well, and I can't stand custard, but I love the Daring Bakers, and love learning new baking skills with each challenge, even in a case like this, when I knew I wasn't going to care for the result. Your Bostinis look perfect though...love the glass! :-)

Gabi said...

Lovely, lovely!
Great job!
xoxo

Deborah said...

It turned out beautiful! It seems like quite a few people thought they wouldn't like it but ended up enjoying it.

Tartelette said...

Great looking Bostini! I am glad you liked it in spite of all the eggs...me it was the cream, but I don't mind a DB sacrifice, ehehe! Great job!

Jen Yu said...

Beautiful job on the bostinis and I'm glad it worked out for you!

jen at use real butter

April said...

Your bostini looks so good!!

Christina said...

I'm glad you enjoyed making it! I wasn't sure if I'd like it but I surprised myself. (And I made a mental note to buy martini glasses for the next time I make a layered dessert!)

Rosa's Yummy Yums said...

Well done! It looks very yummy!

Cheers,

Rosa

Mary said...

Great job on the challenge this month. The martini glass ups the style factor. =)

Anne said...

The bostini look so elegant. Glad you liked the end result of the challenge :)

Sheltie Girl said...

You did a lovely job on your bostinis.

Natalie @ Gluten A Go Go

Claire said...

Glad you enjoyed it...looks great!

marias23 said...

Great presentation! I love your wallpaper and I think a little bit more light would make it look totally professional :)

Marye said...

your bostini looks great!

Dharm said...

yeah.. heaps and heaps of eggs! But I think the dessert was well worth the effort. Yours looks lovely. Well done!

Julie said...

It certainly looks delicious coming out of that glass!

Ivonne said...

Very nice! Love the presentation!

Dolores said...

I'm really glad this turned out to be worth the effort for you in the end. I agree with the other commenters... it surprised me how many folks procrastinated with this one.