Carpe Diem…Seize the Pastry

Okay, so let me be honest with you I am not a baker.

I can easily go into the kitchen and whip up a dinner for five without a recipe, but the shear thought of having to bake sends shivers down my spine.  I don’t know what it is about baking that gets me in a tizzy, but it certainly has an affect on me and my nerves.  I mean I first showed interest in cooking because I used to help my grandmother bake, so it makes no sense.  But I know that if I want to be a well rounded chef one day I need to get over my fears and get in that kitchen.

Well the time finally arrived on the night of October 7, 2010 because I decided to compete in my company’s Annual Bake Off!  I know it was quite ambitious seeing as though I really have never really baked on my own, but hey you gotta start somewhere.

So I consulted my mother on a recipe and figured out what I could make that would wow the judges but would prove to be pretty simple to make.  That is when she came up with the perfect recipe, what I like to call the Golden Ring!

Golden Ring Golden Ring Part 2

It was the perfect dessert for a competition because every judge could have their own portion.  The dessert was basically a big circle of individual eclairs fo everyone to enjoy.  I started by making the pastry cream and placing it in the refrigerator to cool while I worked on the pastry dough.  After I prepared the dough and let it bake it was time to assemble it all.  Not to mention the chocolate sauce to drizzle over the top.  Take a look at the process.

The Ring Filled With Cream A single serving

After hours in the kitchen I was finally finished with the eclair ring and all I had to do was wait and see what the judges had to say.

eclair ring eclair ring

Unfortunately, I didn’t place in the competition, but I considered this a moral victory. The recipe that I used was a photo copy, so bare with me I will post the recipe ASAP.

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