The most challenging part in the Daring Bakers' challenges has been getting the post out the door.
This time is no exception, but there is always a next time and I have no travel plans for June just yet so, there is still hope the post will be on time next month. :)
The May 2010 Daring Bakers’ challenge was hosted by Cat of Little Miss Cupcake. Cat challenged everyone to make a piece montée, or croquembouche, based on recipes from Peter Kump’s Baking School in Manhattan and Nick Malgieri.
I was quite happy with the challenge; it sounded easy enough to complete. However I did cheat a bit by using tried and tested recipes for the choux pastries and the pastry cream since I was pressed for time with the traveling I had planned for this month.
Since I've made profiteroles a few weeks before May's challenge was announced I thought it would be nice to try and make coconut-flavored pastry cream. Pretty easy to do; just substitute coconut milk for whole milk in the recipe and voila!
All in all it was a fun challenge, but next time around I will just dip the profiteroles into chocolate glaze and be done with it. :)
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