I know I have said it before, and I am pretty certain I will say it again, but I really love being a part of the Daring Kitchen. It is so wonderful to be in a community where people want to work together and ave a good time. Last month it was brought to the community's attention that the host for the April Daring Baker's challenge had gone MIA, and we were at risk for not having a challenge to do. There were a bunch of suggestions offered by Bakers, and then one stepped up and offered to prepare and host a challenge with only a couple of weeks time to research, prepare and coordinate it. Having hosted a challenge, I can tell you this is not a small undertaking! Please, no matter who you are, stop by Natalia's blog and give her huge cyber-hugs for such an amazing job, especially in such a short amount of time!!This month's Daring Baker's challenge was something I had never heard of, but not something that was entirely new to me. It was a lot of fun, a lot of work, and really yummy!
Ok, now on to the regular post...!
Natalia of Gatti Fili e Farina challenges us to make a traditional Savarin, complete with soaking syrup and cream filling! We were to follow the Savarin recipe but were allowed to be creative with the soaking syrup and filling, allowing us to come up with some very delicious cakes!
I had never heard of Savarin before, but I have used a cake-soak for a plain cake, so the idea of it wasn't too intimidating. The cake, though, kind of was! The savarin recipe Natalia gave us was for a very plain yeasted cake. One with a sponge, lots of egg yolks added one at a time, various rises... then the baking, cooling, soaking and filling! The hardest part of getting ready to make this challenge was finding the time to do it all! Here are all of the steps, as best as I could capture them.
Glazed with a simple powdered sugar/soy milk glaze, filled with dairy-free chocolate pudding, dusted with powdered sugar:
Thank you so much, Natalia, for stepping up and teaching us about this wonderful dessert! I an in awe of the hard work you put in, and of the generous support you offered all month long. I can't wait to see what the rest of the Daring Bakers created!!