Monday, October 29, 2007

Bostini Cream Pie Adventures

Custard and Chocolate



Five reasons not to make Chiffon Cake while watching The Health Channel Veria:

1- You will start talking weirdly and using terms you rarely use, like: metabolism, healing your body and macrobiotic diet.
2- You will feel guilty about baking chiffon cake and you will look for a way to make it “healthier” by adding whole-wheat pastry flour.
3- You will blame yourself for not excising in months when you see people walking and running outside, and you will take your anger on your egg whites by over whipping them.
4- You will convince your husband that a salad for lunch is all we will have while he wonders if he did something wrong.
5- You will forget to add sugar to the batter, and notice it after you put the cake in the oven. You over whip your cake for the second time.

Yes, this is what happens when you watch Veria. Needless to say that my experience with chiffon cake was one to remember.

Bostini Cream Pie


I waited until yesterday to make the cake thinking it’s an easy challenge and I will have no bumps along the road. Oh how I was wrong!

My first mistake was to replace white cake flour by a whole-wheat one. It gave me a lumpy and thick batter that I had to strain before baking it.

My second mistake, as mentioned earlier was to forget the sugar. Picture this: I put my batter in my tiny ring molds. I put them in the oven and when I turn back to start cleaning the mess I made, here it is. My sugar is still on the scale wondering: “ Where do I come in? Isn’t my turn yet?”

I had to quickly take my molds out of the oven, invert them into my mixing bowl and “gently” fold in the sugar. Although the dough has already been beaten and strained and badly treated.
Surprisingly the cake turned out not as bad as I imagined it would be, but obviously not as moist as a chiffon cake should be.

Oh! And did I mention I forgot to add half the juice? I didn’t? (Sigh!) No wonder it was a bit dry. I went out for some fresh air after this.

Thankfully there was the custard and the melted chocolate on top to save the day; otherwise I would be crying and blaming it on everything but myself. Like blaming it on... a TV Channel!

Bostini Cream Pie


Thanks Mary for a challenge that made me feel like the real daring baker sketched on our logo. It was fun.

Don’t forget to hop over to her blog for more details on this fabulous Bostini cream Pie. And be sure to check out other daring bakers Chefs-d’oeuvres.

Happy week everyone!

50 comments:

Quellia said...

How lovely!
Yes, every cook knows how you can be distracted by something so little when trying to bake. Oh well, it happens.

Anne said...

your photos are absolutely stunning as always! you created such a lovely and elegant bostini cream pie :)

Janet said...

Wow looking at your pictures makes me want to cry that I sat this one out... :(

Claude-Olivier said...

comment ca parler de métabolisme et de tout ca c'est pas courrant ???? Mais si, je te jure, moi je le fait tous les jours ;-) Je préfèrerais parler de cette recette...version sans oubli et facile ;-) biz

Lydia said...

At least you dared to try to make this! I'm always in awe of the Daring Bakers.

Meeta said...

Absolutely awesome Rose. Love the pic of the custard an chocolate. Nice job!

Nabeela said...

Oh, I am so sorry things did not work out well...but the cake still looks delicious. I kinda giggled at the thougt of your husband wondering what he did wrong when you served salad :D

Cheryl said...

What a great job. You sure made up for forgetting those two ingredients. It looks delicious.

Shivapriya said...

Nice pic Rose. If I were you, I would have thrown all the stuff and start from the scratch.

By the way we serve wheat dosa with chutney or spicy Indian pickle for spicy version. I don't like the sweet version but you can serve it with syrup or jam. It taste really good

Brilynn said...

And despite all your mishaps the cake still looks lovely! Well done!

Shandy said...

Rose, you are sooo funny! I can just picture your husband peeking around a corner at you wondering what the heck??! I am still laughing while trying to type. . .not a good combination. . .re-editing as we speak. (Smile) For all the woes you went through with the chiffon cake - well, it turned out beautifully in the picture! WoW! Your first picture with the black chocolate glaze in a spoon and the lemon yellow custard next to the spoon is just color perfect! I *love* it! Thank you for the chuckle, it was great =D

Shandy (Pastry Heaven)

slush said...

That is exactly why I refuse to put a tv in our kitchen. I forget to add stuff all the time without the distractions.

Well done and the pics are simply perfect!

Shayne said...

Rose, your BCP photos are beautiful!

Shayne said...

Oh and I am so sorry that this challenge was such a challenge for you. Once you have 2 little helpers then you can blame them when this happens. LOL I have had many a day where I have baked like this that is why I claim to be a cook not a baker.

winedeb said...

Rose your pie looks great! I "pat you on the back" for your paitence! If it were me, that cake would have been in the garbage and me out the door! You daring bakers are awesome!

Annemarie said...

Ah, I completely empathize with your chiffon disappointments, but despite your best attempts at making it a disaster your cake still looks completely beautiful and very, very tasty.

Anh said...

Rose, despite the prob with the cake, yours turned out perfect! I almost forgot my sugar int eh egg yolk mixture. But I whip it with the egg white instead...

Laura said...

Beauty will triumph over frustation every time! And this is a thing of beauty.

Nora B. said...

You could have fooled me, Rose. Your bostini looks great!

Hillary said...

Mmmm I really like how your custard came out. It's much thicker than the some of the others I've seen. Great job!

Andrea said...

Are you and I somehow related? Because I swear that my usual mishaps in the kitchen involve errors of omission! :-)

In spite of everything, your Bostini looks beautiful.

Nan said...

Sorry about all your mishaps, but it still looks very nice! I am constantly forgetting ingredients, which can be very embarrassing, especially when people are watching me!

Dolores said...

Oh Rose... your cakes are BE-U-tiful, even if they're a little dry. And perhaps not too sweet. As always, your story is fun to read and your photography is magazine cover material!

Belinda said...

Oh, isn't it the truth that even the slightest distraction can lead to baking disaster, even when making something tried and true, let alone a new "challenge" recipe! I must say that you managed to save the Bostini in the end though...my goodness, it looks absolutely picture perfect from my vantage point! :-)

breadchick said...

I think it is these little "disasters" that make us keep coming into the kitchen. You never know what will be the fly in the ointment! Glad you got through the challenge and great job on this month's challenge!!

Tartelette said...

We would have never known just by looking at your Bostinis! Great job coming up with quick solutions and congrats on completing the challenge!

Mary said...

Yes, your chiffon drama was quite the experience but seems like you managed to save the cake. Nice job on your Bostinis.

DaviMack said...

Congrats on saving the day! I, too, used whole wheat pastry flour (shipped all the way from California to Scotland!), but I sifted it first, just 'cause it looked so lumpy to start with.

Did anybody like it?

Gloria said...

This looks so yummy Rose, and the pictures so beauty!!! Gloria

linda said...

They are very beautiful! I also like your first picture with the custard and the chocolate glaze.

Inne said...

Moral of the story: never watch health programmes! But it looks like your finished bostini more than made up for all the tragedies - it looks absolutely delicious.

marion said...

were ou a bit stressed for this recipe ;)
It looks really appaetizing, even with your ... adaptations :op COngratulations !

Deborah said...

Even with all of the challenges - it looks wonderful!!

Marce said...

oh yeah, health consideration and DB challenges never go hand in hand, so watching the health channel while making the DB challenges is a big no no hahaha
Your cake still turned out lovely and I´m sure the custard and the chocolate compensated for any dryness... and for any lack of calories!

Jen Yu said...

You know, despite the cake issues, I think it came out looking quite lovely. I've had to scrape batter out of the pan (sometimes before the oven, sometimes retrieving it from the oven) to add a forgotten ingredient. *Sigh* Well, you're a better baker for it! :)

jen at use real butter

April said...

Your bostini looks delish!

Christina said...

Brilliant pictures!

I really like the addition of the whole wheat pastry flour, even if it did come out lumpy at first. Was it noticeable or did it lend a nice, nutty taste?

kitten said...

I love your first photo of the deconstructed bostini... makes me want to scoop it right up !!

the pastry princess said...

so pretty! glad you experimented a bit from the recipe...always nice to see how different additions change the original. great job!

Sheltie Girl said...

You did a beautiful job on your bostinis. I'm sorry you were having challenges. I'll have to try out the Veria Health Channel, but make sure I don't watch while baking.

Natalie @ Gluten A Go Go

Rose said...

Thank you all for your kind and sweet notes.
The whole wheat pastry flour did add a nutty flavor to the cake but I would have had a better result in the texture if I had siffted it.

Ivonne said...

Rose, you are creative, brilliant, funny and too precious! Your bostinis are beautiful!

Lis said...

hahahahaa! Now that sounds like something I'd do.. okay.. well.. it is something I've done - although that cake did NOT come out fine after it's ordeal. =)

Beautiful Bosini, Rose! As always.. you always impress me with your gorgeous dishes!

xoxo

Michelle said...

You did have quite the adventure! Everything looks like it turned out perfectly though - awesome job!

marias23 said...

Haha! The Health Channel sure sounds interesting but not one to watch when you're baking a DB challenge :)

Even with your mis-steps, your bostini looks fabulous. Great photography and beautiful plating, dear!

Gabi said...

Well the Bostini is very beautiful even with your difficulties!
Your post reminded me of when I used to bake professionally and accidentally left the sugar out of batch of 25 lemon poppy seed cakes. They looked like little brains when I removed them from the oven. *blush* :)
Of well we all do it that way now and then.
Nice recovery!
xoxo

Anita said...

Rose, it looks like your bostini turned out lovely despite all your trials. I always learn something new when I'm in the kitchen!

Giorgia said...

What I can say? Gorgeous pie! I think it is "mental healthy". I think I try it the first time I will a bit sad... and out of diet!!!

Julie said...

Comedy of errors aside, it looks lovely, and it sounds like it tasted just fine! Kudos for your recovery! I enjoyed your post.

Peabody said...

LOL- I find the longer you wait on these challenges the more bumps you encounter! :)
Great job.