Saturday, March 27, 2010

DB: Orange Cranberry Tian(ne)







This dessert has the same name as me!!! It's like play on my own name - Tianne (rhymes with Dianne) - or Tia for short :)

A tian is a baked French dish composed of many layers of vegetables and herbs. The name comes from the earthenware dish it was traditionally cooked in but tians can be made in any kind of deep dish such as a casserole, dutch oven or baking pan. The dish originated in the Alpes-Martitimes region of Southeast France and tians are popular across Provence and throughout France.

The 2010 March Daring Baker’s challenge was hosted by Jennifer of Chocolate Shavings. She chose Orange Tian as the challenge for this month, a dessert based on a recipe from Alain Ducasse’s Cooking School in Paris.



This was a lot of fun to make. Many little components went into it but preparation could be broken up over several days. A few of the tweaks I made:

  • Used half whole wheat flour for the dough
  • Topped the Tians with homemade cranberry sauce instead of orange segments (a great complement to the orange marmalade)
  • Used vanilla ice cream instead of whipped cream for some of them. I think I preferred the ice cream filled ones.

    I could definitely see making these for the holidays. The color and presentation were beautiful and I like how versatile this dessert is. Thanks for a great challenge! I found this short version of the recipe to be a helpful guide to making the Tian.
  • 38 comments:

    Mary said...

    How nice to share your name with such a gorgeous dessert! Cranberries and orange go so well together, so this would be fantastic for the holidays, especially since you can make them ahead. Nicely done!

    Mimi said...

    This is the third tian I have seen this morning and it is just as pretty as all the rest of them! I love that yours was cranberry.

    Ruth H. said...

    What a good idea, using cranberries! I love cranberry and orange, so this must have been amazingly yummy! And using ice cream would make this into something my husband would want at least once a week!
    Great job!

    Happy Cook said...

    Beautiful colour and looks so so yumm.

    teafactory said...

    Orange & cranberry tian looks stunning! I bet this was tasty!

    ap269 said...

    OMG, you used cranberries! Where do you live - I'll have to knock on your door. I LOVE cranberries. Good job on the challenge!

    Joanne said...

    I love that you used cranberry sauce for you tian! That would be my ideal sauce for this. It looks delicious.

    Tara said...

    you're tians look 12892719% better than mine! haha.
    I like the look of the cranberries on it, very pretty!

    crumbsoflove said...

    Great idea with the cranberries. I bet it tasted super...

    Valerie said...

    I love oranges and cranberrie, especially togther. The colours are beautiful! And how cool that it's named after you! :)

    Marcellina said...

    The cranberries give your tian the most beautiful colour! I think the icecream is a good choice, too!

    anjelikuh said...

    wonderful cranberry idea! And pairing it with vanilla ice cream is another pair made in heaven. Great job on the challenge!

    chef_d said...

    Ohh wow!! Yummy looking tian, I love the beautiful red color and I can only drool and imagine how the cranberry sauce tasted with the orange marmalade!

    Jeanne said...

    The cranberries look amazing, what a brilliant idea! I love the combination of oranges and cranberries, so I bet that it is super delicious!

    poonam,,, said...

    The red of the berries looks lovely against the cream,,im sure it is super yummm!!

    natalia said...

    Ciao Tia ! You made a wonderful choice using cranberries ! I love your tian !

    Paris Pastry said...

    I bet ice cream was a nice addition! They look mouthwatering. Can I have a bite?

    Natalie... said...

    Oooh cranberry and orange :D wow that definately sounds good, the colours look so pretty as well :).

    shaz said...

    Hi Tia, Lovely to meet you. Great variation on the given recipe and so pretty, I love the colour of the cranberries. Plus ice-cream sounds perfect!

    kate the bake said...

    Your tian looks beautiful. I love the idea of wholewheat flour in the base too, so much more flavour - a great idea :)

    Baking Addict said...

    Such a beautiful name. Love your cranberry and orange version.

    Anna said...

    The cranberries are beautiful, what a great idea!

    Debo said...

    Ohh, I'm really feeling the ice cream idea, I will definitely try it! Congratulations on your beautiful variations

    Rosa's Yummy Yums said...

    Nice job! I love your take on that recipe!

    Cheers,

    Rosa

    Kathleen said...

    This looks gorgeous! I'm late this month for daring bakers:(

    Penny said...

    It looks so pretty with the cranberries! It would be so good for Christmas too.

    Jess @ My Sweet Gems said...

    The ice cream idea sounds great! I'm a big fan of ice cream and adding anything too it makes it better.

    Evelyne @ CheapEthnicEatz said...

    Oh lovely idea to use cranberries instead. You tian is awesome

    Lori said...

    Orange cranberry! Great idea!

    The Betz Family said...

    Wow, your cranberries look gorgeous against the whipped cream. I never would have thought to use cranberries but they do go so well with oranges. Great job!

    annmartina said...

    I like your ice cream idea. I thought next time I'd make a cake base instead of pate sablee. BTW, I love the name of your blog : )

    Lyndsey said...

    Yours turned out gorgeous! I love the colors! It looks scrumptious! I do admire you daring bakers!

    Yvette said...

    Your cranberry tian looks really nice:)
    and i love the ice cream idea!

    perfectingpru said...

    Wow Tia they look great. I love the idea of using cranberries and have seen some great variations so I will definently be trying them again.

    Thanks for the comment on my blog.

    Lauren said...

    Gorgeous Tian(ne) =D. Love the colour from the cranberries!

    outoftheoven said...

    I love the idea of a cranberry tian for the holidays! Great job on the challenge!

    Elle said...

    cranberries are so classic with orange...and so delicious! Beautiful tians! I'll bet the ice cream was a good substitution.

    Basht said...

    I LOVE that you used cranberries