The inspiration of this creation really dated back to chocolate making from VCC. I met a wonderful young lady, lets call her GN. It’s fairly rare that one found someone with so much enthusiasm and passion about their craft that she’s in a class of her own. From day one, I felt her passion and zest for pastry spill into me. Her positivity radiated outwards and outshone the rest of the students. After the course I would go visit her or chat about pastry, our true love. 😛 If it weren’t for her constant encouragement and challenging me to push my boundaries, I would not be were I am today in baking. Through our endless chats about pastry chefs and baking, Tony Wong came into the picture. Apparently he was hailed as one of the forthcoming pastry chefs in Hong Kong with numerous accolades. Curious about him, I bought his books. The rest was history. All his recipes were immaculately detailed to the point of temperature and time. His photos were stunning and beautifully illustrated detailing many intricacies. Yes, this was one of my favourite books to this day.
Wong took on a asian approach to pastry making with a french flare. While his creations were less sweet and more light in comparison to North American desserts; nonetheless, each dessert was constructed beautifully with complexity and the flavours complimented each other well. My first project was making the Mango Mascarpone Mousse Cake. The cake was combination of cheese, mousse and dacquoise.
The dacquoise was made by sifting icing sugar, then adding the coconut and toasted ground almonds. Egg whites and sugar were beaten until stiff prior to folding in the coconut mixture. The completed mixtures was then pipped into rounds for baking at approx. 330F for 20 mins.
The shape the disks, I just used a circular cutter to them the dacquoise when it was warm.
Next came the mousse/cheesecake. Gelatin was first softened in cold water. The puree was split in half with the 1st 1/2 of the puree warmed with the sugar. As a tip, don’t boil the mixture as you would loose the delicate taste of the mango. The remainder was warmed up with the cream cheese. It is crucial to heat the cheese with the puree until smooth prior to adding in the gelatin. As another note, whisk the mixture until fully incorporated. Combine the two mixtures, cool and fold in the whipped cream. Place a disk of the dacquoise at the bottom and pipe in the mousse. Insert the another piece of daquoise in the middle and repeat with mousse. Chill until set.
The mirror comprised of mango puree and neutral mirror; the ratio was 2:1. Temperature was crucial Warm mixture to 50C and cool down to 35-40C prior to pouring onto the set mousse.
As for decoration, I added a mango ball, white chocolate and freeze dried raspberries as decoration. As an accompaniment, 2 chocolate straws where added with a scoop of Raspberry and Strawberry Sorbet.
Mango Cheese Mousse (adapted from Tony Wong)
Fresh Mango Puree 100g (I used 170 g)
Granulated Sugar (I used 40 g)
Mascarpone Cheese (I used cream cheese)
Whipping Cream 150 g
Gelatin Leaf 6 g
Ground Almond 57 g
Coconut 55 g
Icing sugar 112 g (I used 110 g)
Egg white 150 g ( I used approx. 170 g)
Sugar (I used 40 g)
The cake was sensational, creamy, light and refreshing. The delicate mango mousse tickled my taste buds and was complimented by a sweet aromatic coconut dacquoise; a smell that lingered in our house when it was baked. For me this recipe is definitely a keeper. Thanks to the chef who created such an astounding dessert 🙂