Yesterday was May 15th, so that means our fledgling group, Baking on the 15th has completed the first of hopefully many challenges ahead. Almost 20 bakers participated this round and with the group growing each week, I’m sure even more bakers will be involved in the next challenge, Individual Chocolate Soufflés with Crème Anglaise chosen by Host Baker, Dianne of Dianne’s Dishes.
In the meantime, here are some highlights from our experience as collected from the lively Facebook group:
- Some bakers opted to use a pâte à choux recipe from a familiar source.
- There were a couple of bakers who had never made choux before…
- …and one baker has written a cookbook about it!
- One baker took on the challenge at an elevation that exceeded 6,000 feet!
- Some halved the recipe and those who decided not to had quite a bit of choux left over.
- Several bakers made cream puffs as well.
- One baker made three different creations with the choux — one savory!
- Many opted to bake the choux in a circle instead of baking the sheet of choux first, and cutting the circle afterwards.
- Creativity abounded as cakes came in several sizes and shapes.
- Some cakes sported the twice-baked choux crumbs and others didn’t.
- There was a little discussion about the overall sweetness of the cake; it was lacking to some, perfect to others.
- We wanted to know if the choux could be frozen or not, before or after baking, filled or unfilled.
- Even when a result wasn’t as a baker hoped for (blame that choux!) the cake was enjoyed.
- Most bakers shared their cakes with others for a special occasion.
I’d call this a great success simply because so many people have shown an interest in baking. I love that! I know I’ve learned a few things about pâte à choux I didn’t know before. I hope others did as well. It’s been lovely to look forward to all of the chatting about baking throughout the week. It’s such a pleasant diversion.
Here are cakes and slices from many of the bakers who took on our first challenge.
Not all of our bakers blog, but many do. I hope you are able to take some time to visit and enjoy their beautiful Strawberry Choux Cakes.
Strawberry Cream Puff (Choux) Cake from Creative Culinary
Triple Berry Choux Cake from Barbara Bakes
Choux Cake Challenge Accepted from Once a Time a Time…
Baking on the 15th: Strawberry Choux Cake from Dianne’s Dishes
Strawberry Choux Cake from sass & veracity
If you’d like to join us for the next challenge, anyone who is interested in baking is welcome. And if you’re not a fan of Facebook, then let this be your place to chime in about anything related to what we’re baking. Just post in the comments.
Until June 15th, happy baking!