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!
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.
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.
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.