Sunday, 27 June 2010

Daring Bakers Chocolate Pavlovas and Chocolate mascarpone Mousse



Summer holidays has started for my daughter, so my blogging and blog hopping is going to take a step back.
This is the last summer holiday before she takes her big step to college so I am planning to spend as much time with her as possible.

Every month I look forward to see what the DB challenge is for the month. Till now I have been lucky I enjoyed making and eating them :-)
And this month was no exception loved it.
As you all kno I am not a fan of the custard, but adding Sambucca converted me instantly :-)

The June 2010 Daring Bakers’ challenge was hosted by Dawn Nyman from Doable and Delicious.. Dawn challenged the Daring Bakers’ to make Chocolate Pavlovas and Chocolate Mascarpone Mousse. The challenge recipe is based on a recipe from the book Chocolate Epiphany by Francois Payard
Recipe 1: Chocolate Meringue (for the chocolate Pavlova):
3 large egg whites

½ cup plus 1 tbsp (110 grams) white granulated sugar
¼ cup (30 grams) confectioner’s (icing) sugar
1/3 cup (30 grams) cocoa powder (I didn't use this kept it plain)
Directions:
Place a rack in the center of the oven and preheat to 200º F (95º C) degrees. Line two baking sheets with silpat or parchment and set aside.
Sift the confectioner’s sugar and cocoa powder over the egg whites and fold the dry ingredients into the white. (This looks like it will not happen. Fold gently and it will eventually come together.)

Fill a pastry bag with the meringue. Pipe the meringue into whatever shapes you desire. Alternatively, you could just free form your shapes and level them a bit with the back of a spoon. (Class made rounds, hearts, diamonds and an attempt at a clover was made!)

Bake for 2-3 hours until the meringues become dry and crisp. Cool and store in an airtight container for up to 3 days.

Recipe 2: Chocolate Mascarpone Mousse (for the top of the Pavlova base):
1 ½ cups
(355 mls) heavy cream (cream with a milk fat content of between 36 and 40 percent
)grated zest of 1 average sized lemon
9 ounces (255 grams) 72% chocolate,
chopped1 2/3 cups (390 mls) mascarpone,
pinch of nutmeg
2 tbsp (30 mls) Grand Marnier (or orange juice)

Put ½ cup (120 mls) of the heavy cream and the lemon zest in a saucepan over medium high heat. Once warm, add the chocolate and whisk until melted and smooth. Transfer the mixture to a bowl and let sit at room temperature until cool.

Place the mascarpone, the remaining cup of cream and nutmeg in a bowl. Whip on low for a minute until the mascarpone is loose. Add the Grand Marnier and whip on medium speed until it holds soft peaks. (DO NOT OVERBEAT AS THE MASCARPONE WILL BREAK.)

Mix about ¼ of the mascarpone mixture into the chocolate to lighten. Fold in the remaining mascarpone until well incorporated. Fill a pastry bag with the mousse. Again, you could just free form mousse on top of the pavlova.

Recipe 3: Mascarpone Cream (for drizzling):
1 recipe crème anglaise½ cup (120 mls) mascarpone2 tbsp (30 mls) Sambucca (optional)½ cup (120 mls) heavy cream
Directions:

Prepare the crème anglaise. Slowly whisk in the mascarpone and the Sambucca and let the mixture cool. Put the cream in a bowl and beat with electric mixer until very soft peaks are formed. Fold the cream into the mascarpone mixture.

Recipe 4: Crème Anglaise (a component of the Mascarpone Cream above):
1 cup (235 mls) whole milk1 cup (235 mls) heavy cream1 vanilla bean, split or 1 tsp pure vanilla extract6 large egg yolks6 tbsp (75 grams) sugar

In a bowl, whisk together the egg yolks and sugar until the mixture turns pale yellow.
Combine the milk, cream and vanilla in a saucepan over medium high heat, bringing the mixture to a boil. Take off the heat.

Pour about ½ cup of the hot liquid into the yolk mixture, whisking constantly to keep from making scrambled eggs. Pour the yolk mixture into the pan with the remaining cream mixture and put the heat back on medium. Stir constantly with a wooden spoon until the mixture thickens enough to lightly coat the back of a wooden spoon. DO NOT OVERCOOK.
Remove the mixture from the heat and strain it through a fine mesh sieve into a bowl. Cover and refrigerate until the mixture is thoroughly chilled, about 2 hours or overnight.


Assembly:Pipe the mousse onto the pavlovas and drizzle with the mascarpone cream over the top. Dust with confectioner’s sugar and fresh fruit if desired

52 comments:

Ivy said...

Great job Happy Cook. Looks delicious.

Karen @ Citrus and Candy said...

Your meringues are so pretty but I can't help but stare at your bucket of strawberries. I love the look of the fruit and your tin bucket is just too cute :)

srikars kitchen said...

wow.. looks really great * nice clicks..

Natalie... said...

Mmm wow your pavlovas look delicious, so pretty! Great job on this challenge!

Adventures in Domestic Cooking said...

Fantastic job, they look great!!

Adventures in Domestic Cooking said...

Fantastic job, they look great!!

simply.food said...

Wlooks amazingly delicious.Perfectly made.

silverrock said...

thanks for the comment! your pavlovas look delish as well :) Way to go on this month's challenge!

shriya said...

wow HC, I am drooling here. Those looks absolutely divine.

Pavithra said...

So pretty and looks soo good with ur presentation.. Yummy!! Great job on this challenge dear..

Linda said...

Dear HC, as always I feel I am in the pastry shop here :):)

Wishing you and your dear daughter a wonderful summer ahead -- my daughter is heading to college too so I know how you feel :)

Enjoy!!

indosungod said...

Looks beautiful and oh so delcious. Looks like a long and hard procedure. You have done it very well.

Superchef said...

mindblowing!! such immense level of patience you have for all these!!

The Betz Family said...

Those look great! I love how your pavlova looks like a cup and the mousse sits in there so neatly! Nice job on the challenge.

Sharmila said...

Lovely! Delicious looking! :-)

Chef Dennis said...

you did such a great job with this challenge! your presentation is stunning! I bet they were delicious too!!

♥Aps♥ said...

Its mousse mousse everyver n m craving for it :D

Sushma Mallya said...

Looks yum and beautiful...

chef_d said...

Nice step-by-step pictures! Yummy looking pavlovas :)

Aparna said...

Your mini-pavlova look absolutely delicious. The strawberries are irresisitible.:)

Have a wonderful time with your daughter, and make the most of it.

Bombay-Bruxelles said...

This looks great!

Priti said...

Looks delish...fab pics

Priya said...

Cute looks pavlovas, loved ur chocolate mousse, yummy..Great work F..

Namratha said...

Wow, love your pavlovas, they look gorgeous! Brown on white is definitely a winner.

Rosa's Yummy Yums said...

What pretty pavlovas! So perfect and delicious looking!

Cheers,

Rosa

Rachel said...

Very prettily done ... Have a fun vacation!

elra said...

Beautiful challenge, they look delicious !

Renata said...

These look so lovely! I think strawberries are my favorite fruit for pavlovas, I'm sure it was delicious! Thanks for your lovely comment on mine! I wish all good luck to your daughter's new adventures in college!

Bong Mom said...

Whatever they are, they are so darn pretty :-) Do you share them with your neighbors, if "yes", you know where I am moving ;-)

Have fun with S

pigpigscorner said...

Strawberries are perfect for this, the colour combo is so pretty!

sadaf said...

I like presentation looks proffessionaly decorated and delicious too

Juliana said...

Wow, nice pavlovas...they look soooo cute.

Cakelaw said...

You did a great job Happy Cook!

sowmya's creative saga said...

looks pretty..you really have so much patience..

Sophie said...

Your pavlovas look like the real thing!! they looks quite fabulous & ooh so tasty too!

Enjoy your break & time with your family!!

sunita said...

Finla, your pavlovas look so pretty :-)

jayasree said...

You have done a marvellous job, HC. Gorgeous pics as always.

Malar Gandhi said...

Wow, my gosh...that luks gorgeous, amazing work.

Swapna said...

Your Pavlovas looking really delicious and cute Finla:)....

Angie's Recipes said...

The mini meringues look very pretty! You did a great job.

Sukanya Ramkumar said...

Gorgeous looking pavlovas. Nice recipe. So cool and mouthwatering... YUM!

Nachiketa said...

Awww.... What totally adorable plating... Your pavs look so nice :)

cheers,
The Variable, Crazy Over Desserts - Nachiketa
Catch me on facebook @ Crazy Over Desserts

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Usha said...

Yum ! This looks awesome :-)

Nicisme said...

That's a beauty, and well presented too. Very nice!

Maria♥ said...

Wow those desserts look amazing. Hope you have a wonderful summer with your daughter!

Maria
x

Barbara Bakes said...

What a beautiful presentation! They look heavenly. Enjoy this summer with your daughter.

Pravs said...

love the pic and you have done a good job.

PJ said...

Lovely job!!Looks perfect with tempting clicks!

Anisheetu said...

wow those are looking wonderful....

MaryMoh said...

Love your pavlovas. They look very pretty and irresistible. Thanks very much for sharing.

n33ma said...

beautiful click!too pretty to eat it :)