Saturday, March 27, 2010

Daring Bakers' Challenge #5: Orange tian

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.
I had never heard of a tian before, but it looked light and delicious, so I was keen to give it a try. The recipe required a few different components: Pâte sablée pastry circles, orange marmalade, stabilized whipped cream (I flavored mine with Grand Marnier) and orange segments for the top, all finished off with a drizzle of orange caramel sauce. To make it easy for myself (and to make a smaller portion) I used leftover pâte sablée, so I just had to make the other components. However I also had some lemon cream leftover from this tart, so I wanted to make a version with that as well, simply because it's the most delicious lemon cream ever. So I ended up making lemon and orange marmalades, one for each.
This dessert is quite easy to do, and is pretty as a picture, but a bit messy to eat. Even though the cream stands up to the weight of the fruit quite well, it's difficult to cut with a spoon without squishing all the cream outwards.

The lemon cream was not really intended for this use, as you can see from the picture below - but it does taste really good.

And finally, the cook got to enjoy this bite-size tian sandwich, made with pastry scraps!

10 comments:

bakercoz said...

I love your photos. Everything looks wonderful

Baking Addict said...

Your tian looks amazing, love the bite size sandwich.

shelley c. said...

Great use of leftovers - the bite sized sandwich looks great! :) Your tians look absolutely delicious. Great job!

Marcellina said...

Lovely tians and your caramel orange sauce looks so rich and golden. Thanks for popping over to my blog.

ap269 said...

A tian sandwich, what a cute idea! The caramel sauce looks wonderful!

Ellie (Almost Bourdain) said...

Lovely tian! Very nicely done!

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forkbootsandapalette said...

This looks incredibly delicious..i missed this month chalnge ...but u make it sound so simple..i feel I should have tried it..

krupa said...

Maya, I love your blog!! You are making so many delicious looking desserts. And that eggplant lentil dish looked so yummie! I will have to take some cooking classes from you :)

marriedtoadesi.com said...

Everything looks so yummy, I'm remembering the cake you made when you visited us in Chicago! Mmmmmmmn.