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!
So, can I tell you a secret? I'm not writing this at the last minute. It always seems that real life craziness gets in the way of my ability to complete the Daring Challenges until the very last minute (like the day it is due to be posted) and then I find myself up late after the kids are in bed trying to get the post finished. Not this time! I have more than a week to go before this post will publish. It feels kind of...strange actually. But I think I like it.
When I first read this challenge, I only skimmed over it assuming that it was the same as the Daring Cooks edible container challenge, except sweet instead of savory. I missed one key detail in reading the instructions where it said, "There are 2 mandatory components to this challenge. You must make one of the 2 maple mousse recipes listed below and you must make an edible container in which to place your mousse for presentation." They even put them in bold. Somehow I thought I could make any filling and it wasn't until the other day that I realized I was suppose to make a maple mousse.
When I realized the filling had already been selected for me I didn't really mind, but I wasn't able to get back to the store to get the real maple syrup that was required. Not seeing any time in the near future that would be convenient to pick some up and wanting to get started filling the bowls I had already made, I decided to go with Honey, which had been presented as an alternative. The dried pineapple bowls were inspired by the dried pineapple flowers on Martha Stewart's site, which I saw quite some time ago. Her recipe says you only need to dry them for around an hour which I found not nearly sufficient. Perhaps if you can manage to get your pineapple slices paper thin that will be fine, otherwise expect to check it every half hour or so until it is nice and dry and tacky.
I'm wondering if it would have helped to dried them flat for the first half hour or so before trying to flip them over and place them in my silicone muffin cups. Trying to fit the stiff, fresh pieces of pineapple was a little tricky because they wanted to tear and break but I noticed when I was checking on them that they had become much more pliable after a little time in the oven. Be sure that you dry your pineapple on some parchment paper, or a silpat, or something else that it won't stick to otherwise you will end up rather aggravated later. The muffin cups I used were a gift from one of my brothers (hmm, I seem to get a lot of cooking paraphernalia from those guys) and I don't get to use them often but they worked marvelously for this. I might make some individual sized fruit leathers in them soon.
Here I am rambling on and I haven't yet told you how wonderful the pineapple and honey went together! The mousse on it's own was incredibly sweet and I can't really see myself eating much of it that way. After I paired it with the dried pineapple I was surprised how much less sweet it seemed. Even though pineapples are a sweet fruit the acidity from the citrus really seemed to mute the sweetness of the mousse. The pineapple cups were a little chewy and I loved that next to the melting smoothness of the mousse.
Don't forget that this month's challenge is a competition! Browse around and see what some other creative souls from the Daring Bakers have come up with and make sure that you vote for your favorite from April 27th to May 27th at http://thedaringkitchen.com! And if you'd like to try it, find the challenge recipe here!