July 30, 2008

Daring Bakers: Filbert Gateau with Praline Buttercream

I joined the Daring Bakers this month. In addition to baking from Dorie Greenpan's book each week, each month I will be making a "daring" recipe along with all the other Daring Bakers.
A purpose in doing these daring recipes is to stretch my skills and try new techniques in the kitchen.
Chris at Mele Cotte
chose the Filbert Gateau with Praline Buttercream from Great Cakes by Carol Walter for this month's challenge. This was a very tasty introduction to the Daring Bakers. I wish I had written this post as soon as the cake was finished, but a busy summer schedule prevented that. As I am not confident with my writing skills when trying to remember something I baked 3 weeks ago, here instead, are some pictures of the gateau-ing process.

I actually needed (or chose to use) two mixers for this. It's been a long time since I've brought out the old Sunbeam.

Hazelnut mixture being processed.

  • hazelnuts
  • cake flour
  • cornstarch

Egg whites coming to soft-peak stage.

Combining the egg yolk and white mixture with the hazelnut mixture.

Ready to bake. I don't have a picture of the baked cake, but it fell as it cooled. I still tried to torte it into three layers. The third layer ended up looking more like a ring of cake instead of a complete layer. Once torted and layered with the scrumptious praline buttercream, I covered the cake with an apricot glaze...

and then ganache. I think ganache is my most favorite way to ice a cake. I used extra bittersweet chocolate, which made for a deep, smooth-tasting ganache.

Here's the end product. I made a whole recipe and shared with two neighbor couples, my aunt and uncle, and a few good friends. There was a lot of cake!


Francijn Brouwer said...

"There was a lot of cake" - haha, I agree! I shared it with collegues and family and there was plenty!
I like your pictures, by the way!

Christine said...

Welcome to DB! I to shared this cake with family and friends. Love your pics and great job!

marye said...

It looks great! Nce job..
It isn't alot of cake for will be gone by the end of hte day.

Speedbump Kitchen said...

Great job on your first challenge! I started out using my sister's Kitchenaid, but then had to break out my mom's 30 year old Oster because you really do need two mixers for this!

Carly said...

Great job on your first challenge! Looks amazing, welcome!

Jennifer said...

Welcome! This was only my 2nd challenge and I am finding myself loving the group.

Super jealous of TWO mixers!

Great job, it looked so prety.

Lorrie said...

Welcome to the group! Your cake turned out beautifully, fabulous job :)

HoneyB said...

Great job with your cake! Welcome to the DB!

Erik - Baking in Oregon said...

My first DB also this month. Your cake looks very nice. I love seeing the variety of talent out there.

Ruth said...

Great first challenge. The cake looks great and I love your photos!

silverrock said...

Mmm... your gateau looks beautiful. So good, I wouldn't mind having a slice right now. Great job on your first DB challenge!!

Lunch Buckets said...

Welcome to the the group! I wish I'd had an extra KITCHEN to finish this thing :)

Amy said...

Welcome to the Daring Bakers! What a lovely start

Eat4Fun said...

Congrats on completing your first DB Challenge!

Your cake look really nice! I also like the step-by-step photos in your post.

John (Eat4Fun - First time DB)

Lauren said...

Your cake looks wonderful! I love all of the step-by-step photos!

Lisa said...

That looks DELICIOUS! I want to be a real (scratch) baker when I grow up!