Saturday, February 28, 2009
oh, for the love of chocolate . . .
The February 2009 Daring Baker's challenge is hosted by Wendy of a charmed life, and Dharm of Dad ~ Baker & Chef.
They chose a Chocolate Valentino cake by Chef Wan; a Vanilla Ice Cream recipe from Dharm and a Vanilla Ice Cream recipe from Wendy as the challenge.
I label myself an "alternative" Daring Baker, since I choose to bake vegan most of the time, but I just couldn't figure out how to replace the eggs in a recipe so dependent on them! This month, I caved, and made only a dairy-free chocolate valentino:
Since the original recipe called for a POUND of high-quality bittersweet chocolate, and my budget gets tighter and tighter by the minute these days, I chose to make a quarter-recipe, using my silicone muffin pan to make four "mini-cakes." These four morsels of rich, chocolately goodness were quickly devoured by Dan and myself -- Dan was a big fan, and was so puzzled that the cakes were "cakey," without containing any actual flour. Maybe I'll enlist his help next time, so he can see the true magic that stiffly-whipped egg whites can produce?
Admittedly, I skipped the ice cream portion of the challenge this month. It's February in Minnesota, people -- I'm already freezing, without ingesting any actual frozen substances! (Let's hope I still get credit for completing the challenge!)