Sunday, February 6, 2011

Ira is now a Daring Baker!

On a whim, I decided to sign up to be a Daring Baker. I've seen the work of various DB bloggers throughout the net, but I always thought that their challenges were really really difficult. However, tonight I came across the January challenge - a jaconde imprime, and my mind was suddenly changed. Yes, the jaconde looks difficult, but after reading about some of the steps involved, I realized that it wasn't really that hard. Just a lot of tedious steps. Or, if you will, it was totally French. The entremet, well, that may be a different story. We'll see.

I think this will be a good challenge, because it will force me to work on my baking chops on a monthly basis. The results will have to be posted for the entire internet to see, and therefore I'll have to stick with the program or face public shame. What's also kind of neat is that the Daring Baker challenges are very hush-hush. Who knew? The challenges are posted in a private forum once a month, and EVERYONE on the DH blogroll (and there are are probably dozens if not hundreds) has to post about it. You have to complete 8 out of 12 challenges per year, and if you miss two you're automatically booted -- without warning -- from the blogroll. Shame!

It sounds pretty hardcore, I know, but let's face it, I've slacked off on the blog, and I'm always down to waste time and ingredients on new baking challenges. Case and point: I'm never making baumkuchen again...

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