Astheroshe, from the blog Accro, asked all Daring Bakers to prepare a Biscuit Joconde Imprimé or Entremet. It is quite an easy confection if you only are an artist in the Kitchen. Not my case. So this was THE real challenge. Can you make a sponge cake? Yes, We Can. Can you make a mousse type filling? Yes, We Can. Can you make it fancy and smart? Yes, We Can. Can you set up this Joconde Imprimé or Entremet? Let's see...
I looked for a decoration pattern book we had at home (you know, a wall paintings, tissues and other patterned items book). I chose one and simplifed it. I think the final result is worthy the careful preparation steps and, besides, I've learnt a lot on myself.
- to look for a batter that stays soft and springy;
- and to get a sturdier consistency for the coloured batter than the one to be spread on top as to keep the pattern clear before and after baking.
100 ml water
- I designed the main pattern with a pencil and a ruler over my baking paper. I preferred the paper to the silicom mat, and it turned out great. The paper let me draw the design and be more confident in the results. It was clean, quick and easy.
- While drawing, my oven sheet was in the freezer, so it got very, very cold. When I finished drawing, I turned the baking paper upside down and fixed it to my baking sheet with a pinch of margarine, acting as temporary glue (remember, the sheet was frozen-cold), just for piping the joconde dessign over the already drawed paper.
- I chose two patterns: the one for the sides of my cake; the other for the bottom of the cake. The bottom one was simple, as it was just to be seen as a cross section. So I did concentric circles of the two batters.
- I put the sheet in the freezer for 5 supplementary minutes before spreading the batter over the imprimée pattern. It went into the oven, for 10 minutes (it was so cold the sheet it needed this 2 more minutes) at 190º.