Monday, June 14, 2010

June 2010 Daring Cook's Challenge

Our hostesses this month, Evelyne of Cheap Ethnic Eatz, and Valerie of a The Chocolate Bunny, chose delicious pate with freshly baked bread as their June Daring Cook’s challenge! They’ve provided us with 4 different pate recipes to choose from and are allowing us to go wild with our homemade bread choice.

What an exciting challenging this month! I have made bread before but this is my first time making french baguettes! It was quite time consuming but I must say the end product is pretty worth it!

I was quite happy with the result, the crust was very crunchy and the bread pretty tasty!

Traditional style french baguette

Epi style baguette which is made to look like a stalk of wheat and comes apart quite easily into smaller buns!

This is also my first time attempting a pate and I decided to try the trout and shrimp pate, a departure from the traditional liver pate. It was quite a joy cooking the pate and I must say this was my first time using the technique of flambeing and I have to admit I almost burnt my hair off! But all is well and the result was delicious!

Nice succulent prawns with a hint of orange from the Grand Marnier.

Cutting into the pate.

Absolutely delicious!


Audax said...

WOW that pâté looks so juicy and luscious wonderful effort on this challenge and I have to admit your breads looks very very good love the epi style (which I did also) superb work. Cheers from Audax in Sydney Australia.

Maranda said...

Wow! I love the epi style bread. Your pate looks amazing! Great job on this challenge!!

julie said...

Nice work! That's one beautiful pate and I really love your bread! Congrats on a successful challenge!

Valérie said...

Love the épi! Sorry the flambéing process was a little scary, I'm glad you're okay! The pâté looks beautiful! Thank you for cooking with us!

Mary said...

Your seafood pate looks amazing! Great work on the bread too--the epi is perfect!