The May 2011 Daring Bakers challenge was a decadent chocolate marquise on meringue, garnished with caramel and spiced nuts. I chose a Mexican chocolate theme with cinnamon and dulce de leche that turned out beautifully.
The February 2011 Daring Bakers challenge was panna cotta and oatmeal florentine cookies. I made a simple presentation with maple-balsamic caramel, an apple pie panna cotta, and a German chocolate panna cotta cake with yogurt.
An incredibly labor-intensive dish, fresh pasta (my own egg-free version with garbanzo beans!) is filled jelly-roll style with ricotta, kale and ham, boiled like a sausage, and then sliced and baked with a rich tomato…
The December 2010 Daring Bakers challenge was stollen, a traditional German Christmas bread. Mine contained dried cherries, pistachios, and candied ginger, and was shaped into two different varieties of wreaths.