Sunday 15 January 2012

Trying to be a MasterChef

Coconut cream with passion fruit jelly, lime curd, mango mousse and pineapple
It is Sunday morning and here i am sitting and writing a post for my blog.
You would be saying what are you doing writting a post on a sunday, normally on a sunday I hardly have time to come near the computer ( I am sure I have written that I never check on blog post on weekend) well this sunday is a exception.
I am home alone can you see my sad face :-) well Shyama went back to her college yesterday after beeing at home for 3 weeks and her exams starts on Tuesday, and Hans is having a Orchestra day so he left early morning.
So what do I do, I just vegetate infornt of the computer and then decided I will write a new post for my blog.
Oh I do have lots of work at home just that I am not in a mood to do all the houshold c

Now to the recipe, from the time they Started Showing in BBC Master Chef The Professionals and this year it has been the same.
And especially when it reach the semifinals then I watch it every evening.
So in the end I make hans watch it too not that he can escape it as when he comes home in the evneing I will say you know which programme is on TV and I watch it and he watch it with me as I tell him if i can watch all this Documentry etc.... he can watch this programme with me too.
So as Christmas was nearing, and the Masterchef was in full swing , he told me as I have been forcing him to watch the programme and making him drool for the food he sees in TV i should try something from the programme for the Christmas eve Dinner so that is what I did.
Made this super Delicious dessert, which did take a bit of time and effort but it was worth it as everybody LOVED the Dessert.
The recipe was from Steve one of the finalist and while eating the dessert Hans remarked now I know what they are tlaking about when the judges taste the dishes, the judges talk about diffferent taste, texture and taste exploding in their mouth, he said well when you eat this dessert you really know what they are tlaking about :-)

Normally when I make a dessert for a dinner party I hardly have time to take a picture, but this time I thought as i put so much effort into making this delicious dessert I should take the picture fast.
The pics don't do justice to the dessert as I was in a hurry to take them.

This tropical fruit dessert is the ultimate way to bring some island sunshine into the kitchen.


For the coconut cream
  • 4 gelatine leaves
  • 250ml/9fl oz double cream
  • 80g/3oz caster sugar
  • 250ml/9fl oz fresh coconut purée
For the passionfruit jelly
  • 2 gelatine leaves
  • 75ml/2½oz passion fruit purée
  • 55g/2oz caster sugar
For the mango mousse
  • 1½ gelatine leaves
  • 175ml/6fl oz double cream
  • 18g/¾oz icing sugar
  • 125g/4oz mango purée
For the lime curd
  • 2 free-range eggs
  • 60g/2oz sugar
  • 50ml/2oz double cream
  • 2 limes, juice and zest
For the coconut tuile
  • 45g/2oz sugar
  • 20g/1oz butter   at room temperature
  • 1 free-range egg white
  • 15g/½oz flour
  • 17g/½oz desiccated coconut
To serve
  • fresh pineapple, chopped
  • fresh mango, chopped

Preparation method

  1. For the coconut cream, place the gelatine leaves into a bowl of cold water to soften.
  2. Place the cream, sugar and fresh coconut purée into a pan and bring to the boil. Reduce the heat and simmer for 1-2 minutes, then remove from the heat. Squeeze out any excess water from the gelatine and add to the hot coconut mixture, stirring until dissolved.
  3. Cover one end of four chef’s rings with a double layer of cling film and place onto a baking tray. Pour in the coconut cream, then place into the fridge to chill until set.
  4. For the passionfruit jelly, place the gelatine leaves into a bowl of cold water to soften. Heat the passionfruit purée and sugar in a pan over a medium heat, stirring until the sugar has dissolved. Squeeze out any excess water from the gelatine and add to the passionfruit mixture, stirring until dissolved. Pour the mixture into a tray lined with cling film and place into the fridge to chill until set. Before serving, cut the jelly into small cubes.
  5. For the mango mousse, place the gelatine leaves into a bowl of cold water to soften. Whip the cream with the sugar until soft peaks form when the whisk is removed.
  6. Heat 50g/2oz of the mango purée in a small pan. Squeeze out any excess water from the gelatine and add to the mango purée, stirring until dissolved. Stir this mixture into the remaining mango purée, then fold in the whipped cream mixture. Transfer to a container and place into the fridge to chill until set.
  7. For the lime curd, place the eggs, sugar, cream and lime juice into a heatproof bowl set over a pan of simmering water (make sure the bottom of the bowl does not touch the water), whisking continuously until the mixture thickens, about five minutes. Stir in the lime zest, then place into the fridge to chill until ready to serve.
  8. Preheat the oven to 180C/350F/Gas 4.
  9. For the coconut tuile, cream the sugar and butter in a bowl until pale and fluffy, then add the egg whites and beat until smooth and well combined. Fold in the flour and desiccated coconut until the mixture comes together to form a thick paste. Spread the mixture out on a silicone baking sheet, using a palette knife, until about 3mm thick. Bake for 8-12 minutes, or until golden-brown and crisp.
  10. Remove the tuile from the oven and set aside to cool for one minute before cutting out your desired shapes.
  11. To serve, carefully slide a knife around the inside of the chef’s rings, gently peel away the cling film and turn the coconut creams out onto serving plates. Make quenelles out of the mango mousse and place alongside the coconut cream, then dot the plate with lime curd and passionfruit jelly. Garnish the mousse with the coconut tuile, then scatter the fresh mango and pineapple around the plate.


    Angie's Recipes said...

    wow that's truly a masterpiece! Lots of work, huh?

    Priya Suresh said...

    Super elegant dessert, stunning and well presented..

    Gloria Baker said...

    I love all this have dear Finla and look spectacular and delicious !!! I wanna make!!

    Jaya M said...'s the same with husband now acting like one of the judges and saying about flavours whenever I do try something new :-D..This has lots of flavour coconut cream+mango mousse+fruit jelly..delicious..hugs and smiles

    Panfusine said...

    Definitely a Masterpiece! sounds & looks Divine!

    La Cuisine d'Helene said...

    You did really good. I love your plate!

    sra said...

    How elaborate!

    How much time did you take to write the post?

    Maria♥ said...

    Finla, that is one impressive dessert!


    indosungod said...

    Wow! that is indeed master chef. Looks fantastico.

    Finla said...

    Sra less than 1% of the time i spend for making the dessert :-)

    Cakelaw said...

    This is a gorgeous dessert Finla - hope it cheered you up.

    Bong Mom said...

    Wow, what a dessert. Just reading the ingred list wants me to run away :) you truly are a Master Chef !!!

    Bong Mom said...

    You truly are a Master Chef. Just reading that ingred list, wants me to run away :)

    Home Cooked Oriya Food said...

    awesome dessert... man if I serve something like this, it will be main dish I guess...
    looks heavenly...

    My Kitchen Antics said...

    that does look and sound like a lot of work..i love the coconut and passionfruit usage...maybe il try those 2

    Vanamala Hebbar said...

    looks so cute...lots of patience ..

    Cham said...

    An outstanding recipe Finla, I would never imagine to recreate such a dessert. You are a Pro- Dessert queen :)

    Anzz said...

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    Chitra said...

    wow, its looking gr8 :)

    Anonymous said...

    What a stunner of a dessert, Finla!! I think you should be winning all those master chef awards :) Amazing!!

    Uma said...

    wow, pretty looking dessert! Yum!!

    Miri said...

    Wow! Truly Master Chef quality of dessert!

    notyet100 said...

    Ummm this looks yum,..:)

    Jayashree said...

    Looks gorgeous, Finla....

    Swathi said...

    Looks perfect and awesome Finla.

    Unknown said...

    u r a master chef already Finla!....all the pieces fit together so beautifully! and yummily too!

    Vijitha said...

    Wow, that a brilliant work of art. An iron chef for sure. That looks like lot of work.

    lubnakarim06 said... are master chef now...with so many goodies in u r blog...

    Torviewtoronto said...

    colourful and delicious dessert

    Raks said...

    Great effort finla, looks superb and sinfully delicious!

    Dewi said...

    I think you just succeeded here FI. It shows on every images. Very pretty!