Daring Bakers

Christmas with the Daring Bakers: French Yule Log

Given the timing, it wasn’t a surprise that this month’s Daring Bakers challenge was a Yule Log, or Buche de Noel. It also wasn’t a surprise that this was the most time-intensive, complicated Yule Log I’ve ever made. Most yule logs that I’ve seen are comprised of a thin sponge cake rolled around a mousse…

The Daring Bakers: Lavash Crackers With Two Types of Hummus

I think it’s fair to say that this month’s Daring Bakers challenge had me a little kerfluffled. The challenge was to make a vegan (and, optionally, gluten-free) flatbread called lavash, and a dip of our own choosing. Lots of people were psyched about it, but I was decidedly more…meh. Let’s run down the evidence: I’m…

The Daring Bakers Do Éclairs

You know you belong to a hardcore baking group when you’re assigned to bake éclairs and everyone sighs with relief and gushes about how easy the challenge will be this month. As soon as this month’s challenge was announced, there was a sigh heard ’round the world, and I could almost hear the hundreds of…

The Daring Bakers: Hazelnut Gateau with Praline Buttercream

Ooooh the Daring Bakers challenge this month was right up my alley! I love all things cake (with extra frosting, please) and hazelnut-chocolate is one of my favorite flavor combinations. So I was really excited to see that our challenge was to make a hazelnut layer cake with praline buttercream. The cake part turned out…

Danish Braids with the Daring Bakers

Work has been horribly hectic, leading me to ignore this poor blog for nearly a month. Fortunately I have the monthly Daring Bakers challenges to motivate me and to ensure that I’m blogging at least a minimal amount. This month we made Danish Braids. What is the secret to making tasty danishes, you ask? Lots…

The Daring Bakers Challenge: Opera Cakes

May was my first month as part of the Daring Bakers group, and what an introduction! Our challenge this month was to make an opera cake. Opera cakes usually involve thin layers of sponge cake alternating with chocolate or coffee buttercream and mousse, but the challenge specified “no dark colors or flavors,” so I decided…

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