Thursday, January 27, 2011

Biscuit Joconde Imprime/Entremet


The January 2011 Daring Bakers’ challenge

This month challenge was to make the biscuit joconde imprime, to cut and fit it into a mold. With that we were allowed to be creative and use any filling we wanted. The JOCONDE IMPRIME is this outer layer of sponge where you can create the amazing unique designs.
Entremets (French baking term)- an ornate dessert with many different layers of cake and pastry creams in a mold, usually served cold. Joconde imprime is the outside cake wrapper of the Entremets dessert

While reading the recipe and all the procedure I though it can be hard and tricky, hard it was not but yes tricky it was. I used the biscuit joconde recipe provided but used my own pattern. Reading all the tips and suggestions from all the fellow DB’s saying that we should half the Décor Paste but I did not as I thought it will be enough for my family as I wanted to make this as a thank you for my uncle who recently got some stuff for me from dubai as I wanted them for so long.

Following the recipe was easy the only little problem I had was peeling off the parchment paper and a little spill from the molds. I made 2 kinds of fillings: 1 dark chocolate panna cotta and white chocolate mousse (that’s how I used the left over egg yolks), used 4 different molds, a circle, a square, oval and mini palsies.

Usually I really enjoy and have fun while baking and I used to make sure I tell me niece and she used to help but now I have to make sure my niece is not around while I bake! she loves chocolate and tasting everything I make but I have to keep her away cause of her diabetes. =(

My first taster was my mom and she loved it (she said so!) then my sister-in-laws and my sisters and their family they all loved it. The best complement I got was from my uncle and his wife which made me jump with joy, my uncle told my mom that it looked and tasted very good much better than the one he had in Dubai at Burj Al Arab. yahhOOOo!! =D

Thank you Astheroshe for this fantastic challenge!! And DB for bringing us all together!..

The January 2011 Daring Bakers’ challenge was hosted by Astheroshe of the blog accro. She chose to challenge everyone to make a Biscuit Joconde Imprime to wrap around an Entremets dessert.

Equipment required:

• Silpat
• ½ baking sheets or a 13” x 18” jelly roll sheet (rimmed baking sheet)
• Mixer (optional)
• Bowls
• Knives
• Offset spatula
• Regular spatula
• Pastry comb (optional)
• Rulers
• Spring form pan
• Biscuit cutter (or ring mold, or cut PVC pipe, or whatever else you can think of to mold individual desserts)
• Torte/ Entremets mold/ Springform pan/ Trifle dish (for larger desserts)
• Cling wrap
• Parchment paper
• Gel, paste or liquid food coloring (optional)

Joconde Sponge

YIELD: Two ½ size sheet pans or a 13” x 18” (33 x 46 cm) jelly roll pan


¾ cup/ 180 ml/ 3oz/ 85g almond flour/meal - *You can also use hazelnut flour, just omit the butter
½ cup plus 2 tablespoons/ 150 ml/ 2⅔ oz/ 75g confectioners' (icing) sugar
¼ cup/ 60 ml/ 1 oz/ 25g cake flour *See note below
3 large eggs - about 5⅓ oz/ 150g
3 large egg whites - about 3 oz/ 90g
2½ teaspoons/ 12½ ml/ ⅓ oz/ 10g white granulated sugar or superfine (caster) sugar
2 tablespoons/ 30 ml/ 1oz / 30g unsalted butter, melted

*Note: How to make cake flour:


1. In a clean mixing bowl whip the egg whites and white granulated sugar to firm, glossy peeks. Reserve in a separate clean bowl to use later.
2. Sift almond flour, confectioner’s sugar, cake flour. (This can be done into your dirty egg white bowl)
3. On medium speed, add the eggs a little at a time. Mix well after each addition. Mix until smooth and light. (If using a stand mixer use blade attachment. If hand held a whisk attachment is fine, or by hand. )
4. Fold in one third reserved whipped egg whites to almond mixture to lighten the batter. Fold in remaining whipped egg whites. Do not over mix.
5. Fold in melted butter.
6. Reserve batter to be used later.

Patterned Joconde-Décor Paste

YIELD: Two ½ size sheet pans or a 13” x 18” (33 x 46 cm) jelly roll pan


14 tablespoons/ 210ml/ 7oz/ 200g unsalted butter, softened
1½ cups plus1½ tablespoons/ 385ml/ 7oz/ 200g Confectioners' (icing) sugar
7 large egg whites - about 7 oz / 200g
1¾ cup/ 420ml/ 7¾ oz/ 220g cake flour
Food coloring gel, paste or liquid

COCOA Décor Paste Variation: Reduce cake flour to 6 oz / 170g. Add 2 oz/ 60 g cocoa powder. Sift the flour and cocoa powder together before adding to creamed mixture.


1. Cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy (use stand mixer with blade, hand held mixer, or by hand)
2. Gradually add egg whites. Beat continuously.
3. Fold in sifted flour.
4. Tint batter with coloring to desired color, if not making cocoa variation.

Preparing the Joconde- How to make the pattern:

1. Spread a thin even layer of décor paste approximately 1/4 inch (5 millimeter) thick onto silicone baking mat with a spatula, or flat knife. Place mat on an upside down baking sheet. The upside down sheet makes spreading easier with no lip from the pan.

2. Pattern the décor paste – Here is where you can be creative. Make horizontal /vertical lines (you can use a knife, spatula, cake/pastry comb). Squiggles with your fingers, zig zags, wood grains. Be creative whatever you have at home to make a design can be used. OR use a piping bag. Pipe letters, or polka dots, or a piped design. If you do not have a piping bag. Fill a ziplock bag and snip off corner for a homemade version of one.

3. Slide the baking sheet with paste into the freezer. Freeze hard. Approx 15 minutes.
4. Remove from freezer. Quickly pour the Joconde batter over the design. Spread evenly to completely
cover the pattern of the Décor paste.

5. Bake at 475ºF /250ºC until the joconde bounces back when slightly pressed, approx. 15 minutes. You can bake it as is on the upside down pan. Yes, it is a very quick bake, so watch carefully.

6. Cool. Do not leave too long, or you will have difficulty removing it from mat.
7. Flip cooled cake on to a powdered sugared parchment paper. Remove silpat.

Cake should be right side up, and pattern showing! (The powdered sugar helps the cake from sticking when cutting.)


Audax said...

I'm so glad that you enjoyed the challenge so much and it is so sweet of your uncle and his wife to so such charming things about your efforts. The design on your entremet is wonderful well done on this challenge.

Cheers from Audax in Sydney Australia.

Sue said...

Wow! It look s so beautiful! Well done!

Renata said...

When I saw your photos in the forum I was inspired by your "drops" and tried to make an acetate mold like thet, but it collapsed and I had to change my plans... I really love what you did!
Thanks for your kind comment!

Aparna said...

Very pretty shapes and that's a lot of work! Well worth all the effort.

Suzler said...

I love your drop-shaped entremets! They're so pretty & the white chocolate mousse looks amazing. I'm not surprised your uncle was so complimentary!

Namratha said...

Very professionally done, your entremets are perfect!

Anonymous said...

I love that you used panna cotta as one of your fillings

Lea said...

Wow, it's beautiful!
Great shapes, love them!
And from the inside!!!
It's just perfect!
Great job! It was a great challenge :)