Star Anise infused Maple Mousse in a Blueberry and Lemon Tuile Cup topped with White Chocolate Whipped Cream: A Daring Bakers’ Challenge

by Irvin on April 27, 2011 · 27 comments

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Ahh… The Daring Bakers’ Challenge. Once a month a bunch of bakers set out to make a dessert, theoretically all the same, but vastly wildly different in real life. This challenge was pretty unique, as it was fairly open ended in terms of what we could do with it AND there was a prize involved! How does that work? Well all you had to do was submit a photo of your Daring Bakers’ Challenge before midnight East Coast time (9pm here in California) April 26th and you were entered. So what did that mean for me? It meant I was baking up until 8:30pm and frantically trying to get AJ to take some photos. Nothing like a race to the last minute eh? I hit the “Post Reply” button the Daring Bakers’ Challenge forum at 8:54pm. Six minutes to spare people. SIX. MINUTES. 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. My entry? A Star Anise infused Maple Mousse in a Blueberry and Lemon Tuile Cup topped with White Chocolate Whipped Cream.

Star Anise infused Maple Mousse in a Blueberry and Lemon Tuile Cup topped with White Chocolate Whipped Cream

You would think that I would get my act together and maybe come up with something ahead of time, but I like to live on the edge. Also, as I was telling my friend Tea over at Tea & Cookies, I seem to be inordinately busy with absolutely no spare time. And yet, I am still broke. How is that? Oh well, at least I still eat like a rich person (and I have the waistline to prove it)!

Star Anise infused Maple Mousse in a Blueberry and Lemon Tuile Cup topped with White Chocolate Whipped Cream

But enough about my woes. Let’s talk about this Daring Bakers’ Challenge. I love a good challenge. “Requirements” included making the maple flavored mousse and an “edible container” to put the mousse in. You should see some of the awesome stuff that the people came up with! Gorgeous. But for mine, I decided to make a tuile cup. I’ve actually never made a tuile before, much less a tuile cup, and let me tell you, it was super fun to make but you gotta have asbestos hands for those suckers! I was pretty happy with the way the tuiles came out. You can’t really see, from the beauty shot, but the cups are pretty darn nifty looking. The blueberry and the lemon work so well in the tuile, and the star anise maple mousse and white chocolate whipped cream all play well together, like a bunch of happy-go-lucky kids in a playground.

Star Anise infused Maple Mousse in a Blueberry and Lemon Tuile Cup topped with White Chocolate Whipped Cream

Of course, making the tuile cups didn’t quite work out as perfectly as I thought they would. So I just took some of the “unsuccessful” ones and used them as a decorative topping on the whipped cream. Go me! I’m all about turning a fail into a win (and despite what it seems on this blog, I have a lot of fails).

Star Anise infused Maple Mousse in a Blueberry and Lemon Tuile Cup topped with White Chocolate Whipped Cream

So I’m going to kick back and relax a little bit with this here challenge. The maple mousse is a bit sweet, but sometimes you need a little sugar rush when you’re trying to beat a deadline right?

Star Anise infused Maple Mousse in a Blueberry and Lemon Tuile Cup topped with White Chocolate Whipped Cream

 

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Rosa April 27, 2011 at 5:55 am

Oh, so pretty! I love those colorful cups. What a fantastic idea.

Cheers,

Rosa

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Marie April 27, 2011 at 7:31 am

You are sooo gonna win this one! Your dessert looks yummy and absolutely gorgeous!

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Lisa @ GF Canteen April 27, 2011 at 10:26 am

swoon. really.

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Lisa Mary April 27, 2011 at 12:34 pm

Yum, Irvin. Yours look great and I just want to EAT them!

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PrerrnaMirchi April 27, 2011 at 12:40 pm

What a perfectly executed challenge. Love the colours!

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sandie April 27, 2011 at 1:41 pm

The star anise infused mousse sounds really yummy!

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Lael Hazan April 27, 2011 at 3:28 pm

Beautifully executed and I love how you created a “win win”! Congratulations on becoming a finalist for the Saveur 2011 Best Food Blogs. Well done.

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Adrianna from A Cozy Kitchen April 27, 2011 at 3:37 pm

This would be a challenge–no joke. Those cups look gorgeous! And the mousse? Yum-town.

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Inma Miranda April 27, 2011 at 5:17 pm

Looks AMAZING and sounds LUSCIOUS!!!

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Jimena April 27, 2011 at 5:42 pm

Gorgeous as usual…love the colors in the tuile.

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Cathy/ShowFoodChef April 27, 2011 at 10:07 pm

Great ideas with this challenge. Love the anise infusion :D

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the food doctor April 27, 2011 at 10:51 pm

The combination of blueberry and lemon for the tuile is just brilliant..your whole creation looks amazing

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bake in paris April 28, 2011 at 3:44 am

Gorgeous presentation! I am particularly love the blueberry and lemon tuile cup.

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Brian @ A Thought For Food April 28, 2011 at 4:14 am

And you had to ask why you were nominated for the Saveur award? Really? Gorgeous as always, Irvin!

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Fujiia April 28, 2011 at 11:58 am

It seems you allready have a lot of fans, I will add to the hype and congratulate you on the beautifull tuiles (and the white chocolate cream too, I have got to try it!)

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pity April 28, 2011 at 3:20 pm

wonderful and colorful, greeat job! cheers from london

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kellypea April 28, 2011 at 4:30 pm

Well you could’ve fooled me that the tuiles didn’t work — they’re gorgeous! Wish I had someone here to “wake” up and take photos. Nope, I’m chief cook and washer woman :) Gorgeous dessert you’ve got here. Nice job on the challenge.

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Erin April 28, 2011 at 10:49 pm

Amazing job on the challenge! Love your take on it! The colours in the tuille cups are spectacular and really contrast nicely with the colour of the mousse. :) Also, I love your choice of plates for the photos. :D

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Pat April 29, 2011 at 6:00 pm

Beautiful. But then you know they are. (For some reason I am almost viscerally put off by star anise — not a handy problem to have in this Asian-rich region — so I imagined the mousse without that and it still “tastes” good!)

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Emmie April 29, 2011 at 11:18 pm

Fancy, fancy!! Those flavors sound delicious.

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Aparna April 30, 2011 at 5:34 am

I like your idea of “living on the edge” of a “rich” life. :)
Seriously, I like your flavour combinations. The bluberries lend a lovely colour to the tuiles andI’m thinking the lemon must have cut down on the sweetness of the mousse.

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Morgan May 1, 2011 at 10:35 am

Love the colors and all those different flavors sound amazing!

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make my day May 2, 2011 at 2:18 am

you’re so clever!! the colours are beautiful as per ususal.i wish i could morph through my laptop, across the ocean and steal a bite! especially love the shot with the flower plate! cheers kari

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Jenné @ Sweet Potato Soul May 3, 2011 at 9:01 am

These are just as beautiful as they are impressive! I’m a newbie to your blog, and I like it a lot.

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Bourbonnatrix May 3, 2011 at 11:04 am

I love the color you got on those tuile cups! beautiful!

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Phuoc'n Delicious May 9, 2011 at 1:04 am

That’s so creative! I was put off by the challenge because of the bacon cups so I didn’t have a go at it but I totally should have thought of something like tuile to use instead! I seriously need to whack myself on the head!

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Janelle May 13, 2011 at 7:28 am

Hello there…just discovered your blog (via With Style & GRace); I’m loving what you did here. I especially like the shape and colour of the cups. Also like how it is presented in the third picture with the black background.

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