Daring Bakers, May: Marquise on Meringue

The May 2011 Daring Bakers’ challenge was hosted by Emma of CookCraftGrow and Jenny of Purple House Dirt. They chose to challenge everyone to make a Chocolate Marquise. The inspiration for this recipe comes from a dessert they prepared at a restaurant in Seattle.

Daring Bakers, May: Marquise on Meringue
My flavors were peanut butter, honey, and cinnamon--chocolate marquise with peanut butter caramel sauce and honey-roasted cinnamon peanuts to garnish.

Daring Bakers, May: Marquise on Meringue
I plated the dessert with a square meringue . . .

Daring Bakers, May: Marquise on Meringue
And a round one.

Daring Bakers, May: Marquise on Meringue
I froze my marquise in an olive oil dish--the kind you pour olive oil and vinegar into and serve with sliced, crusty bread for dipping. I was too lazy to unmold it correctly, just setting it out on the counter to thaw. I hadn't set the mix into saran wrap or anything to help the unmolding--I'd hoped it would just slip out. It sort of just plopped out.

Daring Bakers, May: Marquise on Meringue
It was tasty, though. =)

Overall, I thought this was tasty, but it was a lot of work for what turned out to be a simple dessert. A lot of cooks joke about how Martha Stewart recipes often have more steps than necessary--I sorta felt like this recipe fit that bill at times. I noted that my marquise tasted like a fudgsicle, but making it was a bit involved for something that was too pudding poppish. Because I couldn't help thinking that about thawed pudding pops as I ate this. The meringue was more complicated than other meringue recipes, but gave the same result. My favorite, favorite aspect of the dessert was the peanut butter caramel sauce, and that wasn't part of the original recipe, which used tequila caramel. The peanut butter caramel sauce was an adapted Bobby Flay recipe.

*I used a quarter recipe, since I had no purpose for 22 or however servings this made. The marquis keeps in the freezer . . . and tastes like a pudding pop/fudgsicle. Anyway, it's tasty.

*With the quarter recipe, watch your cook times--the caramel/sugar mixtures cook up in just a few minutes.

*Since I was plating only two servings, I baked the rest of the meringue into hard shells, which keep in an airtight container for several days, as do the honey-roasted cinnamon peanuts. The peanut butter fudge keeps in the fridge.

Visit my fellow DBers to see their variations and beautiful platings of this luscious dessert.


Lizzy said…
Love that you varied the flavors...and I had to giggle about your marquise plopping out! I messed up the meringue, so I can relate :) Still an impressive dessert~
shelley c. said…
Oh my goodness, I love the flavor combination that you chose - peanut butter and honey and cinnamon? YUM!!! Your finished dessert looks fantastic, too - really great work on the challenge!
Bourbonnatrix said…
Wow, that peanut butter flavor sounds amazing! Great job!
Peanut butter and chocolate rocks! And lol, the original serving size was um, a bit over the top with 15 eggs! Thank goodness for the quarter recipe!
Anonymous said…
I thought that this had way too many steps for the outcome, as well. To me it was a semifreddo- but certainly delicious. Love the peanut honey sauce. Best, Sandie

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