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.
When I saw the announcement for this month challenge, I immediately checked my Alain Ducasse book. I recall seeing it in the book. I was right, although he didn't write the recipe, there is an explanation, and also the photo how the dessert look like. In his book, he explain what component goes into this dessert. Most component are very familiar among most people, such as; whipped heavy cream (let me know if you don't have any idea what heavy cream is), marmalade (in this case bitter orange marmalade), sweet tart pastry, and caramel-orange syrup. These are not a strange components for the Daring Bakers member, although, many of us perhaps, never really made our own marmalade, right? There you go, the challenge is right there!
I made marmalade using oranges that I harvested from my garden. Not much, but enough to eat for all of us, and some left to make bitter orange marmalade. Nothing beat home made marmalade, and I had to hide some of my marmalade for this challenge, my family are just too greedy for anything that has citrus flavor in it.
Since my blood orange trees are organic, no fertilizer, no pesticide, the fruit are very small, and they are a little challenging to cut them into segments. So, I just peeled them and sliced into round sections. I also was trying to play around, and covered this dessert with chocolate. They were pretty nice too.
Thanks for the challenge Jennifer, this was utterly delicious! For Yvonne and Lis, thank you for creating the most daring baker challenge event!