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Saturday, 27 March 2010

Baby Orange Tian for a Daring Bakers March 2010 Challenge

orange tian


I thought I'd never get this post up! I've barely finished taking the pictures of this today and writing this post just now. This month has been very busy. I was thinking of opting out but this challenge looked like a dessert I would enjoy, so I gave it a go.

What also attracted me into it is the homemade orange marmalade which was part of the challenge. I rarely make desserts with orange. Orange is something I just buy as juice cartons. Of the citrus family, I most of the time buy lemons, grapefruits, satsumas and clementines. So it was a nice change to have some real oranges at home after a long time!

The Daring Kitchen

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.

THE DARING BAKERS MARCH 2010 CHALLENGE: ORANGE TIAN



The homemade marmalade called for pectin which I couldn't find. There are some jam sugar in the supermarkets here but I didn't bother with that. I've made jams before with just the fruit and sugar and I really love it this way. I don't particularly like the jelly consistency of store bought jams and this is the reason I would make jam at home. I sometimes put a little agar flakes but this time I did not have any at home. I just used soft dark brown sugar and that was the only other ingredient apart from the oranges. More of a compote than marmalade maybe, but very nice!

The recipe suggested to slice the oranges with the peel, then blanch 3 times in water, pouring off the water each time, to get rid of the bitterness.
I, however, blanched the oranges whole, without peeling, 3 times, pouring the water off each time after 5 - 6 minutes of boiling. I found that the oranges retained more of their flavour in this way. And no bitterness at all, which I liked!

orange marmelade

The dessert is made of different layers: a pate sablee with orange marmalade, a flavoured whipped cream topped with fresh orange segments and served with a caramel and orange sauce. It is built upside down and then unmolded so that the bottom layer (the orange segments) becomes the top layer.

My version of the tian is a bitesize baby orange tian. I made them in empty tealight holders. I usually like to keep my tealight holders for some reason after the candles melted away. I sometimes use them as cookie cutters.

orange tian

I used a pate sablee recipe that did not contain any egg. I don't think pate sablee really needs any eggs. Well, anyway, I can't remember where I got the recipe from but the proportions of
flour : icing sugar : ground almond : (cold) vegan butter is
2:2:1:1.
Also a pinch of salt.

As I did not use any ground almonds, I increased the butter by a little.

As for the whipped cream, I made thick custard instead using custard powder, soy milk and sugar.

This dessert was really nice and I liked the simple combination of pate sablee, custard, marmalade, caramel and oranges into something really yummy! It was very refreshing!

The marmalade I will definitely make again!


orange tian

25 comments:

  1. Looks amazing!
    Debra @ Vegan Family Style
    PS There is a giveaway on my blog- ends in a few days.. check it out!

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  2. very unique! I'm a HUGE orange fan and this is very interesting and tasty. Thanks for posting!! I love hearing about non cookie/cake dessert recipes. :)

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  3. Those just look so beautiful, elegant, and professional...well done...I'm glad you didn't opt out of the challenge...I love orange marmalade.

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  4. Your baby tians look really pretty! Im sure they tasted great with the custard in the middle :)

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  5. Love your bite sized version. What a genius idea using empty tealight holders. Will make sure to keep a few next time.

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  6. What a beeeautiful dessert and awesome presentation...very elegant...

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  7. I did a mini raw vegan version but I never would have thought to use tea lights for a bite-sized tian. I can wait to use this trick in the future. Fantastic!

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  8. I love the tiny ones! They make me want to eat them all at once... nom nom nom

    Congratulations!

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  9. Love your itsy bitsy tian's great job!

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  10. Ahh, I love the idea of using the tealight holders. What a great idea!! Your tians are lovely!!

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  11. I love the bite sized tians! They look so amazing, really well done!

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  12. Thank you Lovlie Butterfly for stopping by...hope to see you more often. I love your pictures....Beautifully done.

    http://nuestracena-vegancuisine.blogspot.com

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  13. So cute! I love that you used tealight holders. I wanted to do mini tians too, but I couldn't think of a mold to use. Doh, I have stacks of tealights in the cupboard.

    They look gorgeous. :)

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  14. Hey VeganLovlie, I just found your blog through Preety, but it looks familiar. Maybe I've been here before?? Anyway, your Orange Tian looks great! I love that it's vegan...

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  15. Very cute tians! Great idea with the tealight holders, and I'm glad you found time to do the challenge!

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  16. I love those minis, just beautiful. And your pictures are so lovely! Bravo!

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  17. I never heard about tian before. It sounds and looks like the perfect dessert though! Must remember next time we have guests over.

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  18. Those bite sized versions are so cute! They could be dangerous though because you might think you're not eating as many as you really are. :)

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  19. Wow, it looks so perfect and love the picture too, totally tempting.

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  20. Hi...this is really beautiful and your presentation is fabulous, what more could I say...

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  21. looks real good...missed this months challenge...urs is just PERFECT!

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  22. These look amazing butterfly!
    I just drooled over my keyboard.
    :)

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  23. LOVE your miniature tians..bite sized is a perfect idea for this dessert. They look beautiful, especially with that gorgeous caramel drizzled so beautifully. Now I need to enter your giveaway. I'm dying to dive into and learn more about vegan cooking :)

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  24. this look so good the photo is great and the combinations with the orange flavour is real refreshing
    thanks!

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  25. They look stunning -perfect mouthfuls. I'm about to conquer a tian so I'm reading all the DB recipes!

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