The August 2010 Daring Bakers’ challenge was hosted by Elissa of 17 and Baking. For the first time, The Daring Bakers partnered with Sugar High Fridays for a co-event and Elissa was the gracious hostess of both. Using the theme of beurre noisette, or browned butter, Elissa chose to challenge Daring Bakers to make a pound cake to be used in either a Baked Alaska or in Ice Cream Petit Fours. The sources for Elissa’s challenge were Gourmet magazine and David Lebovitz’s “The Perfect Scoop”.
I have mixed feeling about this challenge. I loved the brown butter pound cake, but not so much the actual petit fours. I used strawberry ice cream using a vanilla base and adding a fruit puree at the end – AMAZING! I also didn’t completely cover the cakes because I felt like the chocolate was a little too strong and I didn’t want it to overtake the pound cake flavor. Enjoy the pictures!