I'm happy to report I'm now officially a Daring Baker, having held up my right hand and swearing on a bag of sugar not to divulge the monthly challenges before the designated reveal dates. And today, I completed my first Daring Baker Challenge.
Unfortunately, my results fell flat. Literally.
Backing up a bit, let me explain that the challenge for this month was to bake Chocolate Éclairs. (Yum!) But when I had a look at a traditional recipe for Pâte à Choux (the puff pastry used in éclairs) I knew I was in for some seriously creative baking. All the eggs in traditional choux pastry provide puffy layers and lots of lift. Although I've got mad skills replacing eggs in traditional baking, I was a little stumped as to how I was going to get the same results from such an egg-reliant recipe.
I decided to go ahead and use my little lady-finger looking, flat-but-fabulous creations and topped them with a chocolate glaze. I then filled them with a banana crème and called 'em done.
So now, I'm choking on the gauntlet that is vegan pâte à choux. I've got to find or create a recipe that works. A recipe that yields light and puffy layers of pastry goodness. I've also learned that I'm not the baking rock star I thought I was, and next month I won't wait 'til the last minute to start working on the Daring Bakers Challenge.
Despite my baking bust, however, I had lots of fun. I learned. I baked. I ate. So it's not a total loss by any stretch. Bring on the next challenge!