Strawberry and Mango Entremet

18 Jul

Strawberry and Mango Entremet.

Strawberry and Mango Entremet

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What a wonderful weekend. The skies are crystal blue and clear and everywhere is blooming….ahhhh this is how life is in the summer. Been so busy at work and with no time for baking, my appetite for baking was sky rocketing again. My little fingers agree with me as they wildly flip and tear through pages looking for inspiration. Heart beating with anticipation, it sings as I look through the delicious photos. I finally rested ton the tropical mango mousse cheesecake dessert again. Complimented by the succulent aroma of coconut, it truly reminded me of the tropics. This time I decided to add in strawberry to the mix as I found strawberries and mangoes go well together. DSC_0710 I first made the coconut dacquoise. Then I made the mango mousse. To make the mango mousse, I first softened the gelatin with cold water. Next I pureed some fresh mangoes. Once the mangoes were pureed, cream cheese and sugar were beaten together till softened and then the mango puree was mixed in. Beat until homogenous and set aside. By now the gelatin has softened. Squeeze out the water and heat to dissolve the gelatin. When the gelatin has dissolved, add it to the mango/cream cheese mixture and set aside. Whip up the cream and fold into the mango/cream cheese mixture. DSC_0712 Place a disc of dacquoise at the bottom of the cake pan and pipe in the mango/cheese mousse. Place the next disc of dacquoise on top. The Strawberry cheesecake mousse came next. The process is the same for the strawberry mousse cheesecake as the mango mousse. Steps are as follows: puree the fruit, soft and melt the gelatin, whip the cream cheese and sugar to soften, add in the fruit, combine the gelatin to the mixture and whip and fold the cream in to the strawberry cream cheese mixture. Once the mixture is complete, pipe on top of the second dacquoise and place in fridge to set. To decorate, I sliced up some mangoes and arranged them into a rose shape. Voila.

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Coconut Dacquoise

Ground almond 57g
Dessicated coconut 55g
Icing Sugar 112g
Egg White 150g
Sugar 50g

Mango Cheese Mousse

Fresh Mango Puree 100 g
Granulated Sugar 50 g
Cream Cheese 150 g
Whipping Cream 150 g
Gelatin Leaf 6g

Strawberry Cheese Mouse

Fresh Strawberry Puree 100 g
Granulated Sugar 50 g
Cream Cheese 150 g
Whipping Cream 150 g
Gelatin Leaf 6g

Result:  OMG, this recipe was a keeper as everyone loved the combination of strawberry and mango.  The coconut suited both flavours quite well.  Next time one could try the combination of strawberry and litchee as summer was here.

Bon Appetit!!!!

Strawberries and Pistachioes-Pierre Herme

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In light of recent events, I am making another dessert. This time I am making something from Pierre Herme again. A couple of years ago I bought his book on Pastries and have not regretted it since. The book was filled with stunningly beautiful photos of desserts and enough to make one salivate. Amongst the post it notes tagging recipes that I wanted to try was the Montebello. In his words it is the modern rendition of the Fraisier. The recipe was a combination of two of my favorite ingredients to use, pistachios and strawberries. It was composed of a dacquoise, pistachio mousseline and strawberries. Because my family is partial to all that buttery goodness, I am making a partial montebello. I am making the dacquoise and filling it with a creme patissiere.

To make the pistachio dacquoise, I toasted some almonds and pistachios after which I grounded them with a coffee grinder. Next I measured the dry ingredients and separated the eggs. I then measured the pistachio paste and left it to warm up. The icing sugar was sifted and combined with the almonds and pistachios. *Note: in the recipe, the ratio of almonds to pistachios 2:1 but because I preferred pistachios I changed the ratio to 1:1. Next I whipped up the egg whites and added in the sugar; whipping it till stiff peaks formed. Part of the egg white mixture, not alot, was used to soften the pistachio paste. Finally I folded in the icing sugar/nut mixture. Note: Fold until it is homogenous and you do not see the dry ingredients. Pipe into a 9 inch 3/4 inch deep ring and bake at 340F for 30 minutes.

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Once the dacquoise was baked and cooled, I poured the finish pastry onto it and decorated it with strawberries and pistachios.

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Montbello Pastchio Dacquoise (Adapted from Pierre Herme)

1/4 cup (25g) pistachios ( I toasted and grounded mine and altered the ratio to 1:1 Pistachios and Almonds)
1 1/8 cups (135g) Icing sugar (I used only 130 icing sugar)
1 1/4 cups (115 g) ground almonds
5 egg whites
1/4 cup (50 g) sugar
4 tsp (20g) pistachio paste
Extra Icing Sugar for sprinkling

Creme Patissiere

500 ml milk
100 g sugar
40 g Corn Starch
2 egg yolks
.5 piece vanilla bean

Result: It was delicious. The dacquoise was perfect, soft and crispy. It had a strong pistachio flavour and complimented the strawberries well. While it was a bit sweet, next time readers can adjust the icing sugar to 100 g instead to reduce the sweetness. I believe one the sweetness is reduce, the nuts would be more pronounced and work even better with strawberries. Pierre Herme definitely knows his flavours well!!!!

Strawberry Mango Tart

6 Jun

Baking time again. Lately Vancouverites have been enjoying on some beautiful tropical fruits such as litchee, mango, watermelon etc etc. The weather certainly bodes well for picking them at their peak. With the strawberries and mangoes in season, I decided to make a strawberry mango tart. I first started to make the crust. As always I chose the pate sucre crust by Felder. I find that his recipe has the right levels of lightness and crispness to the pastry.

Key to a light and flaky pastry.

  • work the cold butter in with the flour until sand like texture than add the remaining ingredients

DSC_0720 Next I made the pastry cream to fill the tarts once the tart was cooled.

TIPS:

  • do not over cook the pastry cream.  Take it off the heat once the cream thickens and boils.  Whisk constantly as the pastry cream will burn.
  • To prevent lumps of cornstarch, mix the sugar with the cornstarch first prior to adding it into the milk

DSC_0721 Once the pastry cream has cooled, I then set to decorate the tart. DSC_0725 Pastry Cream Recipe

1 1/4 cups milk

1 egg

2 egg yolks

2 tablespoon cornstarch

1/4 cup castor sugar

1 tsp. vanilla essence. ( I chose to use a vanilla bean)

Result: This recipe is a keeper. Both strawberry and mango complimented each other. The pastry cream was light, smooth and creamy and added complexity to the dessert.

Have a lovely weekend all!!!!

Fruit Sorbet!!!

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The mercury is definitely rising these days but no complaints there. As the days get longer and nights shorter, summer is just around the corner. Yippee!!!! Soon I be able to stay out late and watch the sunset. With the mercury rising one can see lineups for ice cream and iced treats. While the lovely thought of gorging on iced treats outside the idea of having my wallet sucked dry stopped me he he he. Yearning for the refreshing iced cold treat to waken me up from the heat I decided to make some.

This time it is pineapple and raspberry sorbet. Yummmm….To make the sorbet I first pureed the fresh fruit. Next I prepared the sugar syrup to combine the fruit with. Yeah as mystifying as it is sorbet is just sugar syrup and fresh fruit. Mystique gone, I know disappointing isn’t it. But on the bright side you know is lots of fresh fruit. Once the sugary syrup boils, let it cool and combine with the fruit. Refrigerate the mixture until cold and pour into ice cream making machine.

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Sorbet Recipe

500 ml Stock Syrup (1:1 ratio, sugar and water)
500 ml Fruit Puree (Pineapple, Raspberry)
5 ml Lemon Juice

Happy Ice Cream Making!!!

Mango Cream Cheese Mousse Entremet

18 May DSC_0713

Happy Victoria Day!!! We are blessed with the sunshine we have been getting for the long weekend. It is warm and beautiful with the chickadees chirping and the flowers in full bloom. The beautiful weather has gotten me in good spirits so much so that I decided to make another dessert.

Mango season is here!!!! Nothing beats the sweet juicy flesh of the fruit. It is quite versatile as well as you can put it into salads and desserts. Today I am making a cream cheese mango mousse cake again. It is one of the better cakes I have tried and the recipe is to die for as the flavour combinations compliment each other.

For this cake, I am making a dacquoise as a base. Tony Wong’s recipe calls for a coconut/almond base for the mango mousse. So here goes. I first started to measure the ingredients of icing sugar, almond and coconut. I then sift the icing sugar, almond and coconut together. Next step, I beated the egg whites and sugar until stiff peaks formed and then added the icing sugar coconut mixture. Folding gently was the key otherwise the volume will deflate easily. Then I piped out the dacquoise onto ready made circle templates.

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Bake at 350 for roughly 20 minutes until the dacquoise is firm to touch. Mmmmmmmm….I can say this could not be a better choice by the chef. Wonderful aromas of coconut filled the room as the dacquoise baked.

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Now for the cream cheese mousse part, and nothing beats fresh fruit puree. Mangoes were pureed and combined with the cream cheese and sugar. Beat until smooth. Soak the gelatin in cold water to soften and warm up until it melts and add to the mango mixture. Next whip up some cream and fold in the mango cream cheese mixture to the whipped cream. Voila.

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Coconut Dacquoise

Ground almond 57g
Dessicated coconut 55g
Icing Sugar 112g
Egg White 150g
Sugar 50g

Mango Cheese Mousse

Fresh Mango Puree 100 g
Granulated Sugar 50 g
Cream Cheese 150 g
Whipping Cream 150 g
Gelatin Leaf 6g

Result: This recipe is definitely a keeper. Like mentioned before all the flavour elements compliment each other. It is a combination of rich and creamy with soft and crispy. As an addition, one could cut chunks of mango into the dessert for an added punch.

Happy Victoria Day All!!!!

Cinnamon Buns II

16 May DSC_0717

Happy Long Weekend. Hmmmmm….what to make this weekend. Cinnamon Buns it is. This time I added more butter to the dough for a moister texture. It would be delicious for breakfast. DSC_0713 DSC_0715 DSC_0716 DSC_0717 Cinnamon Buns

Dough 1 teasp. yeast ( I used active yeast)

1/2 cup sugar

1 1/4 cups warm milk

2 eggs plus 1 egg yolk

1 teasp. vanilla extract

4 cups flour plus extra for flouring work surface

1 teasp. salt

1 1/2 stick unsalted butter

Filling

1/2 cup dark brown sugar

3 tablespoons cinnamon ( I used 1 tbsp)

1 stick unsalted butter softened

Happy Baking!!!

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