Green Tea and Azuki Bean Mousse- Curley

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Yippee!!! Its still warm and sunny. My corn patch was finally flourishing and filled with baby corns. Nothing was sweeter than to see your own creation blossoming in the warm summer sky. To make it sweeter, my order for a baking book came. I immediately flipped through the pages and stopped on the green tea azuki mousse cake. I had always wanted to learn to make a green tea azuki mousse cake so now was the best time ever :)

I first made the cake and then worked on the filling. The azuki mousse came first. Blossom the gelatin in cold water and whipped the cream first. Warm up the azuki paste so it became spreadable or easily whipped up. By the time the azuki cream warmed up, add the blossomed gelatin. Cool the mixture prior to adding the whipped cream as you want the mixture smooth not grainy in appearance. Once the azuki mixture/cream mixture is smooth and incorporated, spoon the mixture into silicon mould.

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The green tea mouse came next. The methodology was similar to a custard when incorporating in the ingredients. Though similar, let the tea and the cream steep for approx 1 hour first

Keys

Separate the eggs and egg white
Combine the matcha and water. Keep mixing the matcha powder with the water until paste like. Lumps are very unappealing.
Have the chocolate in a bowl and keep aside until the custard is ready. Pour hot custard to the white chocolate. Cool set aside.
Use this time to whip up the cream and then fold in the cooled custard

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Assembly:
1. Place the cake at the bottom
2. Pipe in the mousse
3. Add a layer of cake on top of the mousse
4. Spread the Azuki/red been paste
5. Place the azuki mousse on top.
6. Pipe the mousse to the top and cool in fridge prior to making the glaze.

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7. When the cake has coolded sufficiently, pour the glaze over the mousse cake and decorate lightly.

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Green Tea Mousse(adapted from William Curley)

290 ml whip cream
10 g green tea leaves
155 white chocolate
3g match powder (Could be 3-5 depending if you want a strong matcha taste
5 ml water
3 g gelatin
35 egg yolks
10g caster sugar.***

***35 egg yolks, 10 caster sugar used to make the sugar/yolk mixture light in colour.

I found this cake superb especially the fact it had red bean mousse in it. It was quite light as the green tea mousse toned down the sweetness. While it may be taxing on time, the results are delicious. A keeper to whom loves matcha tea and red bean dessert. Bon Appetit.

White Chocolate and Almond Truffles

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Summer is almost gone as the evenings are cooler and the sun sets at an earlier time. I am back from basking in the sun. Looking at my book pile, I finally realized that I have collected a huge pile of them. As I flipped the pages of recipes, I landed on the White Chocolate and Almond truffles by Will Torrent. As I was making them I realize the recipe called for butter. In the beginning I did not realize butter’s part in the recipe, then the obvious came out at me. The added butter increases the smoothness of the chocolate.

When baking or making with chocolate, do not put water in the ganache as it will seize up and nothing can be done with it. Making sure of that tip, I went ahead in making the ganache. Once they are all piped, I let them chill. While the middle was chilling, nuts were toasted and grounded. They were the coating for the chocolate. Making sure the almonds were toasted to the right level, I then took out the chilled ganache and dipped them in the tempered white chocolate and almond for decoration.

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White Chocolate and Almond Truffles (Adapted from Will Torrent)

100 ml/scant 1/2 cup whipping cream
2 tbsp butter
a pinch of salt
550 g white chocolate chopped
250 g almonds

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Result these were the best truffles I tasted; they were extraordinary. The texture was smooth and to be enhanced by the toasted almonds… wowwww. I am surely going to be keeping this for either birthdays or holidays. Enjoy the rest of the weekend.

Mille-feuille-Raspberry and Chocolate

7 Sep

What weather we been getting. Just finished a trip up to Kraus Berry Farms and must I say it was always a treat to go to a farm as the experience will never change. Being in the countyside, rest and peace is always aparant as many families go there to either relax, re-energize and admire the environment. For me it was an absolutely stunning enviroment; nothing an beat natures bounty, beautiful cloudless sky, fragrant flowers and berries. There were also tables with covering for the customers to sit in and snack on waffles, shakes while relaxing and socializing away.

Our rewards for this trip was blackberries, raspberries, strawberries and corn. Too take advantage of this good weather and berries, I made a Mille-Feuille. Mille-Feuille had always been partnered with custard between layers but in the recent years, there seems to be some variation to the traditional dessert. I had made mille feuille with custard before but this time, I decided to be more adventurous and walk dowm the same road that chefs walked down. This time I made the puff pastry but instead I made a white chocolate mousse and combined it with raspberries.

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Since the internet was with recipes on mille-feuille, I opted to leave the recipe out. Same goes for mousses. The mousse I had hear was white chocolate mousse. As for individuals who like to get tips on the pastry you can see it here. . While puff pastry can be a challenge to make since the pastry was quite finicky, pure joy in seeing it raise and layers make up the difference. As for me, I would be looking out for more recipes to try. Until then, I can be spotted out at the farms and relaxing with a Strawberry Milkshake.

Baked Ribs and Wings

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What a long weekend!!! Weather was absolutely wonderful.  Had a chance to go to the fair and my favorite spot; watching the little chicks and ducklings swim and sleep.  I don’t know why I am so attracted to them; maybe because they were babies but moreover soft, squishy and puffy.  One quack or chirp I hear, I melt away.  The annual fair was quite the gathering spot for locals and tourists as there was something for everyone.  For me, it was cotton candy and baby animals but alike all things, it came to an end.   

As I walked around the fair and gazed at what the vendors were offering, I realize the over abundance of sweets. It made me realize that I too have been making too much sweets lately. My  perfect excuse, I am trying various recipes and enhancing my baking abilities. The truth was I love sweets to a detriment of cavities. To to save myself from sugar high and a growing belly,I decided to make a main dish.

Recently, a local superstore had a promotion on wings and ribs thus I bought some. Deciding to bake them I first marinated the wings and ribs.  I used soy sauce, sugar and salt and BBQ sauce to bake the ribs and wings. The key to making a flavourful dish was to prepare it the night before and bake the next day. In this case thus I marinated the wings and ribs the night before. Next day, I took them out to bake. Bake at 350 degrees and then glaze them with honey.

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Yum was the reaction that I got. The crispy glaze sure made the dish for delicious. I think next time I will try them with bourbon or more honey.

Bon Appetit.

Puff Pastry with Caramelized Gianduja Mousse

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Wow August so soon!!! It’s almost like July blazed through and I did not do anything. Well that’s a lie, I actually went to pick berries at its best.

With steady sunlight and warmth, it is always a joy visiting the farms and bask in the warm sun light while picking. The farms which I normally or Vancouverites visit are Emma Lea Farms or Krause Berry Farms. Though it can be tiring at times crouching under the hot sun but the reward will be all smiles, relaxation and a bucket full of round plump blue berries. They are huge in comparison with store bought berries. After a hard afternoon of berry picking, a delicious strawberry milkshake hit the spot. I will distributing my pick with family. Blue berry muffins will be coming shortly :) but prior to that, I decided to make puff pastry.

Over the course of the summer, I bought a couple of books. As I sifted through the pages, I found a recipe on Caramelized Gianduja. Being low on gianduja, and being adventurous I decided to beat up some inverted puff pastry and use the gianduja as a basis to form a mousse.

Keys to Puff Pastry Inverted

-as the butter is hard, chop or dice it to a size from which one can handle

-French inverted puff pastry has the butter dough outside while the dough is inside.

-once ready, roll the dough into a rectangle.

-if the butter becomes to warm or unworkable, place it back to the fridge allowing the butter dough as hardened again.

-do not roll too thin

-do not over fold 3-5 folds is good enough

-for every turn and fold one takes make sure to allow the dough to rest in the fridge. It will prevent the softening of the dough

-when rolling and folding the turns, make sure to be gentle with the dough.

-As an extra step, place the finished dough in the freezer to allow it to rest and solidify the butter a bit.  Putting the pastry in the freezer to rest while waiting for the oven to reach 400 F is a plus.  Think warm air as it expands in the layers; as air expands, it will raise the pastry as well resulting in better volumes.  it will raise the pastry as well.
-Bake about 20-25 mins at 390-410 degrees F.

Puff Pastry Rolls

Once the pastry was cooked, the molds are be removed immediately. Through this way, the pastry was easier to be removed from the molds.

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Next came the caramelized praline.

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Caramelized Hazelnuts or Almonds (adapted from William Curly)

250 grams hazelnuts

100 sugar

40 ml water

Once the caramelized hazelnuts where done and cooled, they were ground in a processer until fine. Melted chocolate was then incorporated with the ground nuts until smooth and let cooled. With the gianduja cooling, I then whipped up some cream and folded in the gianduja and pipped into the cooled pastry rolls. When making the mousse, make sure the gianduja is cooled or it will melt the whipped cream. Place it in the fridge and allow the mousse to set.

Finish by pipping it inside the cone and decorate with pistachio and icing sugar.

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Result: When ones buy puff pastry, recommended ones come with a pastry or whipped cream in the middle. I experiemented with flavours and made a Gianduga Mousse instead. While different from a typical puff pastry cone, the gianduja for me made a hit. 

Bon Appetit.

White Chocolate Strawberry and Pistachio Entremet

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What warm weather!!! As a vacouverite, I am blessed with good weather and as always, whenever there is warm weather, my garden laps it up. The peaches and cream corn I planted about a month ago has started to form husks. It was a joy seeing my labor and hard work come into fruition. Every Vancouverite loves the summer. For me, I concentrate my time to the berry farms. Nothing tastes like fresh barries from a vine and visiting a farm to rejuvenate. To blast the heat while savouring on a delicious treat, I decided to make another entremet. This time, I made a Strawberry and White Chocolate entremet.

To start off I made the jaconde cake first. As the second step, I made the strawberry mousse. To add a contrast to the light pink, strawberry jelly was made. I topped it off with white chocolate mousse.

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Strawberry Mousse

160 ml Strawberry Puree
1 lemon juice
60 g sugar
5 g gelatin sheet (Gelatin in this form tend to be more stable.
200 ml whipping cream.

Result. This entremet for me was fabulous. it was quite light and the flavours complimented one other. One can never go wrong with strawberries, pistachio and white chocolate on a warm sunny day. The pistachio and strawberry was the star of this entremet.

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Pistachio and Apricot Entremet

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Just finished admiring my home grown corn. It is a bright and sunny day. Okay its time to make another entremet which contained seasonal fruit.

The jaconde cake was the first thing I made. In the jaconde cake, almonds were used but I substituted pistachios instead. The result was a beautiful green colour without any food colouring. To make finely ground nuts, I first toasted the pistachio and then ground them in a coffee grounder. Next I created a pistachio bavarian. I found this recipe from one of Herme’s book. The key was the infusion of the pistachio paste to the milk long enough that it had a nutty flavour to it. Once the milk was infused with the pistachio paste, it was poured on the egg yolks and return to heat. The raspberry jelly was then made. I chose to use raspberry for a couple of reasons. Its vibrant red colour contrasted with the green pistachio jaconde. Place the cake into the fridge for setting and the last pistachio jaconde was layered on. Finally came the apricot mousse.

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Pistachio Bavarois (Herme)
250 g milk
67 g of pistachio paste
90 g egg yolks
50 g sugar
6 g of gelatin leaves
7 g of Kirsch (optional)
225 g light cream

Raspberry Jelly

50 g strawberry puree
50 g raspberry puree
75 g sugar (adjust depending on the sweetness of the fruit)
1 tsp. gelatin (bloomed with 1 Tbs. water)

Jaconde Cake

40 g flour
140 g Pistachio (grounded and toasted)
140 g Icing Sugar (I used maybe 120 g)
4 egg yolk
4 egg white
40 g sugar
22 g butter

Apricot Bavaroise

80 ml Apricot puree
1 piece Lemon juice (Optional)
60 g sugar (I used approx 40 g)
5 g gelatin sheet ( Iused 3 sheets)
100 ml whipping cream

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This is an amazing treat that I would not mind making again. Each individual component complimented each other very well. The pistachio mousse complimented the raspberry jelly. Yes an entremet can be taxing as there are many recipes combined into one; however it was well worth the time and research involved.

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