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Croquembouche goodness

May 27, 2010


The May 2010 Daring Bakers’ challenge was hosted by Cat of Little Miss Cupcake. Cat challenged everyone to make a piece montée, or croquembouche, based on recipes from Peter Kump’s Baking School in Manhattan and Nick Malgieri.

The recipes I am using for this month’s challenge come from Peter Kump’s Baking School in Manhattan and were originally created by famed pastry chef, Nick Malgieri. Please note you must make your own pate a choux (puff pastry) and crème patissiere. And your piece montée needs to be a mounted structure with some height to it.

This was an amazingly exciting challenge, this was something that the Husband had wanted to make ever since an episode of Masterchef where they did it. So it was a challenge that he was going to get involved with. And, he did – big time! ended up with caramel burn for it and all. He was far to excited about dipping and building he rushed and burn resulted.

It however didn’t dampen his enjoyment, and so that was great! It wasn’t as difficult as I had always thought it would be so it was a lot of fun. And, we will defiantly be building it again! We went the traditional route of Vanilla Crème Patissiere with caramel glaze but next time we’re thinking of Coffee Pastry Cream with chocolate glaze!

Great Challenge!

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6 comments

  1. Great job! Lovely picture 🙂


  2. I think we can all blame Masterchef Australia for our renewed obsession with croquembouches. I still want to try Zumbo’s croquembouche with the chocolate swirl from Celebrity Masterchef!


  3. Your croquembouche looks very appetizing!! Well done and the photo is so impeccable.


  4. Well done on the challenge indeed. It’s beautiful!! Sorry your poor hub got caramel burn, but what a good sport he was! I did coffee cream and dark chocolate, and have to say that you must try it. Was like nirvana in dessert!


  5. Wow!! You (both) did a fantastic job!! Your caramel looks gorgeous… Matt Preston would love the crunch!! LOL 🙂 My hubby got involved too but he was into the fork flicking with the caramel – looked great but got toffee all over my kitchen! Can’t wait for next month! 🙂


  6. hmmmm… the caramel is mouthwatering!



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