The April 2011 Daring Bakers’ challenge was hosted by Evelyne of the blog Cheap Ethnic Eatz. Evelyne chose to challenge everyone to make a maple mousse in an edible container. Prizes are being awarded to the most creative edible container and filling, so vote on your favorite from April 27th to May 27th at http://thedaringkitchen.com!
Our first Daring Bakers Challenge! We were prepared...except for the vital foil to line to cups. We decided to use parchment rather than run out for foil, which was a very fiddly and undesirable task. Made my dad do it, 'natch.
My mom loves meringue so she was more than happy to help with that portion of the project.
A few issues: our cups were much bigger than instructed, so the nut mix didn't go very far up the sides. We ended up with more nut saucers than nut cups. The cups were also pretty hard after being baked. The flavor was good, but you had to cut them with a knife. I wonder if some butter in the recipe, or crushing the nuts finer, would help this.
I piped little meringue monograms for each person, and encouraged everyone to decorate their own dessert with chocolate.
I think next time I make these I'd use salted roasted peanuts for the cups, to get that salty/savory contrast to the maple that is lacking when you don't use the bacon.
Overall, very fun and tasty! We'll look forward to the next challenge!