The June 2010 Daring Bakers’ challenge was hosted by Dawn of Doable and Delicious. Dawn challenged the Daring Bakers’ to make Chocolate Pavlovas and Chocolate Mascarpone Mousse. The challenge recipe is based on a recipe from the book Chocolate Epiphany by Francois Payard.
I will admit, I am not typically a huge fan of meringue. There’s just something about the texture of it that bothers me. HOWEVER, I’ve discovered that Pavlova is an entirely different beast all together. I absolutely loved this dish. I think the creamy of the mouse paired with the crunchy of the meringue is what did it for me. All three of my kids tore into this dish with reckless abandon and Nick let out a tribal yell after finishing it exclaiming quite loudly that this was the best dessert I had ever made for him.
Not only was it loved when eaten, but my four year old played quite an active role in helping me cook it. He helped make the meringue and loved helping decide what shapes to make them.
Thank you, thank you Dawn for such a lovely and delicious challenge. We enjoyed making it almost as much as we enjoyed eating it!
These pavlova had multiple pieces to them, so we’ll take it one recipe at a time. First up, the meringue. Here’s what you’ll need:
1/2 Cup plus 1 Tbsp of Sugar
1/4 Cup of Confectioners Sugar
1/3 Cup of Cocoa Powder
The Grated Zest from 1 Lemon
9 ounces of 72% Chocolate, Chopped
1 2/3 cups Mascarpone
A Pinch of Nutmeg
2 Tbsp of Triple Sec or Grand Marnier
1 Cup of Heavy Cream
1 Vanilla Bean, Split or 1 tsp of Pure Vanilla Extract
6 Large Egg Yolks
6 Tbsp Sugar
2 Tbsp of Kahlua
1/2 Cup of Heavy Cream
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This is quite the recipe! I have never been a huge fan of pavlova, but after seeing your pictures, I want to give it another try. I loved seeing Alex too!
That looks delicious. I have never made pavlova or any meringue-y type things. This looks decadent and yet light!
The Betz Family says
That looks yummy! I love how the cream is running down in little rivers. Great job on the challenge!
Lovely challenge.Best part was to see the little one having fun 😀
Yummyyyy! This looks great! i could just eat that right now!
I've been wanting to do a mousse post (amongst others) for a while now but i went to sweetbay the other day and i was asking for heavy whipping cream and cream of tartar only to be told that no one has ever heard of these things and that prehaps they dont sell them in the US. I was then pointed in the direction of 'cool whip'! Now after seeing your pic of HEAVY WHIPPING CREAM, i know im not a mad woman for asking for it! I felt like a moron when i asked for it and no one knew what it was!
Your pavlovas look delicious! Great job on the challenge!
You pictures are amazing. They make me want to go make this. Thanks for sharing!!
P.S. I'd love for you to link it up to my tasty tuesdays this week if you can.
alicia @ a beautiful mess
Wonderful job on this pavlova!! I love all your step by step pictures. It was too intense of a recipe for me to do that with the chocolate one. And I am a BIG fan of pix of chopped chocolate. Great job on this challenge!!
Great job. Wonderful, thorough documentation of the whole process. And your little one is too cute.
oh julie, that looks to die for! you must have used every pan in your kitchen!!
Happy Cook says
He is so so cute. The dessert looks really yumm.
Well done on this months challenge, looks like youve done a great job, i love all the step by step pictures as well 😀
if i could keep myself from guzzling the creme anglaise, i'm sure i'd really enjoy all the components joined together. however, that's a big 'if'… 🙂
Chef Bee says
Great job. It does look like quite a challenge. But I think those are always fun.
A SPICY PERSPECTIVE says
Love the handsome little helper! Beautiful and decadent recipe!
M @ Betty Crapper says
Alex looks so happy and proud to be your helper. I can't wait for my daughter to be old enough to help. She's 10 months old.
Great job. Your pavlova looks awesome.
Wow, beautiful step-by-step pictures. But the best is the final product, good job 🙂
lovely shapes n great step-by-step pictures 🙂
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Ma What's 4 dinner says
You had me at Kahlua!!!! Are you still on vacay??? I'm so confused!
Lots of yummy love,
Alex aka Ma What's For Dinner
Sarah @ Mum In Bloom says
Your pictures are so gorgeous. What kind of camera do you use? Isn't it fun to bake with your kids. I loved your description of them enjoying it. What a sucess this was for your whole family, eh?
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i think your recipes are just too good and simple, the way you have showed how they are made, make all the difference, i loved your mousse recipe by the way
WOW! How detailed! Love your Sous chef! Cute! Your final pav is mouthwatering! Great job!
Hey Sarah! I use a Canon Xti but I'm hoping to upgrade to a better camera body for my xmas present this year.
This was a really fun challenge and I loved having a sous chef! Thanks everyone for the kind words!
Thanks for linking this up! I would love to be one of your kids…yummy recipes always!