Saturday, March 27, 2010

Daring Bakers make Orange Tian

Orange Tian

Or wherein I turned the fancy Orange Tian into a good ole Icebox Creamscicle Pie.

Orange Tian

The Tian was a breezy late winter dessert. All the components of the dessert were old standards in our kitchen—homemade marmalade, supremes of orange, pate sable, and of course whipped cream. I made all the components late in the night, the general baking season for the working mom. It wasn’t until I plated the dessert up that I realized my error. The result looked fairly appealing, but something was off. In the sample photo, the orange slices were plump and lovely. Those that topped my tart had were, well, frozen solid.

Orange Tian

Orange Tian
The source of the confusion was quite clear. I read the recipe as carefully as someone can when they are hearing the hokey pokey sung sotto voce, though persistently, in their ear. Somehow I missed the line that said, “Freeze 10 minutes to set.” With a little spin, the folly with the said of some meringues became a nostalgia fueled success.

The 2010 March Daring Baker’s challenge was hosted by Jennifer of Chocolate Shavings. She chose Orange Tian as the challenge for this month, a dessert based on a recipe from Alain Ducasse’s Cooking School in Paris.

26 comments:

Y said...

Beautiful! I actually love the idea of freezing it for longer. It's so warm here at the moment that anything cooling/refreshing is most welcome!

Joanne said...

I love the idea of creamsicle as a tian. Orange creamsicles were always one of my favorite popsicles. They definitely take me back to my childhood. This looks quite delicious, even if the oranges are frozen :P

Rosa's Yummy Yums said...

Your family-sized tian looks fantastic! Great job here!

Cheers,

Rosa

Jeanne said...

Beautiful job on your tian! I love the meringues, they create a stunning presentation!

The Betz Family said...

Beautiful meringue. That is meringue, right? I also have a little one competing for my attention so I had to complete my challenge at naptimes and bedtime. Great job! Hopefully it tasted great.

Cakelaw said...

The heart shaped one is adorable!!

Cakelaw said...

I am sure it tasted delicious - a frozen creamsicle pie sounds good to me!

Dharm said...

Yay!! I love how your tian looks - especially the meringue!!

grace said...

i, for one, certainly wouldn't mind a creamsicle pie. :)

Aparna said...

Looks so pretty. Was thiss why you said your Tian was messed up? Because you froz eit for longer?
But that's fine as I froze mine for three days!
Just let them de-frost in the fridge for about a couple of hours and the orange popsicle will get back to segments. :)

Lauren said...

I did the same thing! Froze it for awhile (had to defrost a bit before you could eat them =D. I also made meringues - great minds think alike!

JennDZ - The Leftover Queen said...

Very COOL. :) I think it sounds like a lovely frozen pie! :) Looks lovely too.

Kathleen said...

I think your Tian looks gorgeous. I have yet to make mine becaused I have been deluged with 20 something year olds home from college on Spring break. You think the hokey pokey is distracting...being in the same house as a beer pong challenge makes you long for those days! LOL

Tia said...

looks SO GOOD! I love creamsicles.

angela@spinachtiger said...

I'm not sure I've ever heard of this dish, but it looks dreamsicalicious.

Swathi said...

I like your orange tian, love the whip cream toppings, thanks for visiting my blog

Lori said...

Yes! It was like an upscale creasmsicle. Very creamy, dreamy and delicious.

Mary said...

I love the name of your blog, and those meringue kisses were an inspired idea to add even more texture to this dessert. It was a bit like a fancy French creamsicle, wasn't it?

pragmaticattic said...

LOL! I also had toddlers distracting me and I also left the tian in the freezer too long. When the oranges started to unfreeze, the cream melted like ice cream. Argh! And, yeah, I got the creamsicle comparisons when I served it. Nice save with your presentation. Looks great.

MeetaK said...

oh this looks so elegant! love the vibrant color here. simply awesome!

Kate. said...

That's funny- I was thinking that it was an icebox pie too! And def. got the creamsicle comparison. I missed that part of the directions too, or rather, listened to my friend who did it first and said, freeze the heck out of that sucker! So I just froze it overnight! :) Whoops. It's a little better when it's thawed, huh?

tasteofbeirut said...

Loved your interpretation of tian! It looks good and tastes delicious and it is an American original now!
Bravo!

5 Star Foodie said...

It looks gorgeous and I would really like the frozen version (I've been freezing a lot of desserts lately actually).

Sophie said...

I think they actually look very cool frozen :). What a pretty treat!

lisaiscooking said...

This sounds fantastic as a creamscicle! Definitely a happy accident.

Foodycat said...

Well I think it sounds nice as a frozen dessert! I love your little alternating meringues.