The May 2011 Daring Bakers’ challenge was hosted by Emma of CookCraftGrow and Jenny of Purple House Dirt. They chose to challenge everyone to make a Chocolate Marquise. The inspiration for this recipe comes from a dessert they prepared at a restaurant in Seattle.
Wow! How many of us know what a Marquise is? What is it supposed to be like?
 I don’t.
Well, that is until now!
The May 2011 Daring Bakers’ challenge initiated we Daring Bakers’ into a world of restaurant quality desserts. A chocolate marquise consists of chocolate, eggs, heavy cream and sugar. Basic ingredients that form a rich decadent dessert. Combine this with other components such as toasted, marshmallow meringue, crunchy, spicy nuts and a tequila flavoured caramel sauce and you have a dessert any restaurant would be proud of.
When I first read through this recipe I again (as usual) considered not completing this challenge – too hard, too complicated, too many components and too many serves! Too many of everything. However regarding the serves, which reflects commercial restaurant quantities, fellow Daring Baker, Audax came to the rescue scaling down the recipe into half and quarter quantities. So, my curiosity got the better of me and I decided to tackle the challenge. I really did want to taste this chocolaty spicy combination and besides, I had a bottle of Tequila not doing too much in the pantry! 
I decided to mold the marquise in a cupcake paper and top with a swirl of meringue – so that the cute and sweet appearance belies the spiciness of the dessert ( I think the dried chilli would a dead giveaway, though!).  And while this recipe is detailed and has many components, I did find that each component  was not that difficult and can be prepared ahead. A blow torch is required for toasting the meringue however I don’t own one though I plan to soon. Instead I piped the meringue onto silicone baking paper then popped them into a very hot oven for two or three minutes. I could then pick the shapes up and position them onto the chocolate marquise bases. 
I know you too will be curious and if you accept the challenge you can find the recipe here.  Even if you don’t prepare the entire dessert do make the tequila caramel…mmm… I could it by the spoonful!
Thank you to our wonderful hosts Emma and Jenny for an amazing challenge. This is certainly a dessert I would never normally attempt!

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