Ferrero Fantasia

Ferrero Fantasia Dessert - Bruno Albouze - The Real Deal

Ferrero Fantasia Recipe
Serves 6.

Sweet Dough / Pâte Sucrée
125g butter, room temp
A pinch of salt
80g powdered sugar
30g almond meal
1 ea. (50g) egg
2g vanilla
210g all-p flour.

Pastry rings used in this video: Valrhona Perforated Tart Ring - 4.25 inch Diameter, Set of 6 units
In a food processor, cream butter and salt – add sugar and almond meal; blend to smooth. Add the egg and vanilla and blend well. Add flour and process until combined. Wrap up the pastry and chill a couple of hours or until firm.

Work the chilled pastry over a floured work surface until it turns supple but still cool. Cut out strip of dough slighlty higher than the pastry ring and its diameter (1”x14” / 2.5x35.5cm). Chill pastry for about 30 min. Carefully, apply each pastry strip against the sides of each greased ring. Trim off any excess from the bottom of the ring first and chill for 30 min. Trim off excess pastry from the top and freeze before baking. Save leftover pastry for later use – it can be stored in the freezer for weeks.

Bake pastry rings at 350ºF (180ºC) for 12 minutes. Then carefully, flip pastry and put back in the oven for 6 min more. Total baking time ≈18 min. Cool.
Take extra care regarding the baked pastry rings, these are fragile!..

Praliné (Hazelnut Spread)
10 ounces (300g) whole hazelnuts
8 ounces (200g) sugar.

Using Caramel a-sec- Method (caramel without water)
Toast nuts. Cook sugar in a hot frying pan to caramel stage. Toss in warn nuts, turn heat off and transfer onto a silicone baking mat to cool.
In a running food processor, blend caramelized nuts with a pinch of salt until it turns into paste. Set aside.

Hazelnut Ganache Montée (Quick mousse without eggs) / Make a day ahead
2 ea. (6g) gelatin sheet, soaked in cold water and drained
0.8 cup (200g) milk
3 ounces (90g) hazelnuts, toasted
4 ounces (120g) hazelnut praliné
4.5 ounces (130g) white chocolate, just melted
1.6 cup (400g) heavy cream; split in half.

Heat up milk and throw in hazelnuts; bring to boil and blend. Pass through a sieve and press down to extract as much hazelnut milk. Save solids for later use.
Bring back hazelnut milk to the saucepan, add half of the heavy cream and bring to boil. Pour hot liquid in the chocolate and blend. Add gelatin and blend. Add praline and the second half of the cool heavy cream. Blend well and refrigerate overnight.
Whip the chilled hazelnut ganache to soft peaks. Fill up pastry rings or three 3.14” (8cm) diameter x 0.80 inch (2cm) height silicone molds and freeze for 4 hours or more. Save leftover mousse for later use. Unmold the frozen hazelnut mousse; cut in half and freeze.

Crunchy Milk Chocolate Glaze
10 ounces (300g) milk chocolate
3.3 ounces (100g) cocoa butter
2 ounces (60g) hazelnut crumbs or praliné grain.

Melt milk chocolate and cocoa butter to 113ºF (45ºC) in a bain marie (water bath) on low heat (water should not touch the bottom of the bowl). Wipe off bottom of the bowl and chill it for 5 to 10 min or until the sides of the bowl begins to set, give a good stir and check the temperature; it should be at 77/80ºF (25/26ºC). Quickly rewarm chocolate to 84/86ºF (29/30ºC) and add hazelnut crumbs.

Using the tip of a bamboo skewer, dip frozen hazelnut mousse halves in tempered chocolate up to its edges leaving its surface uncovered. Let set and refrigerate to thaw or freeze for later use.

Chocolate Plate / Plaque
Working with chocolate can be a challenging experience especially when the room temperature is exceeding 77ºF (25ºC); the cooler the better; 64/75ºF (18 to 23ºC). Prior working with chocolate, make sure that all the tools are clean and dry as well as a cleared and spotless work surface.
It is important to melt more chocolate than needed (for 200g needed, melt 400g or more; it can be reused anyway).
Use chocolate couverture; it is a high-quality class of chocolate, containing a high percentage of cocoa solids and cocoa butter, and precisely tempered.

Use a half sheet tray or larger acetate plastic sheets. Acetate plastic sheets can be found online or through refined bakeries, patisseries, confectioneries and manufactures chocolate confections. Florist wrapping plastic would do the trick as well; just ask for a couple of sheets.
Line work surface with a large silicone baking mat and place the acetate plastic sheet on top or oil the surface with a super thin film of oil; the plastic wont move while spreading the tempered chocolate.

Tempering Milk Chocolate
1 lb. (450g) milk chocolate disks or block, chopped. Add 10% of cocoa butter if desired.

Melt milk chocolate to 104/113ºF (40/45ºC) in a bain marie (water bath) on low heat (water should not touch the bottom of the bowl). Wipe off bottom of the bowl and chill it for 5 to 10 min or until the sides of the bowl begins to set, give a good stir and check the temperature; it should be at 77/80ºF (25/26ºC). Quickly rewarm chocolate to 84/86ºF (29/30ºC).

Use ≈ 5 ounces (150g) tempered chocolate per sheet (That will make plenty. Save leftovers for later use).
Spread chocolate evenly using a large off set spatula starting from 9 to 3 o’clock and 12 to 6 running the spatula straight and keeping the chocolate on board, repeat once; the layer should not be thicker than one milimeter. Carefully, move the chocolate sheet further on the countertop to finish to set. Meanwhile, scrape out chocolate left on the work surface and clean spatula – use a separate bowl.
As soon as the chocolate does not stick to the touch, cut into 3.35 inch (8.5cm) x 1 inch (2.5cm) plate/plaque. Cover the chocolate plaque sheet with a silicone mat or parchment, flip (acetate side up / shinny side). Top with a baking tray to prevent from curling and refrigerate for about an hour before using or store for weeks. Save leftover chocolate for the glaze.

Lemon Curd (Optional)
1 ea. organic lemon zest
1/4 cup (70g) lemon juice (about 4 organic lemons)
1/2 cup (100g) granulated sugar
2 ea. (100g) large eggs
2 ea. sheets (4g) gelatin, soaked in cold water and drained
6.5 Tbsp (100g) unsalted butter, cubed and chilled.

In a saucepan, on medium hight heat, bring to boil lemon juice, zest, sugar and eggs whisking constantly, the mixture will thicken up. Turn off the heat and whisk in the melted gelatin. Allow the lemon mixture to cool to 140ºF (60ºC) then throw in the cubed butter and blend well and chill.

Ferrero Cake Assembly
Before sending desserts out, place milk chocolate plate on a flat and cool surface. Pipe out dots of lemon curds, candied orange cubes, edible flowers, micro mint and small red fruits cut in half such as raspberries and blueberries; keep refrigerated for up to an hour.

Meanwhile, carefully place a glazed hazelnut mousse (thawed) inside the pastry ring. (To prevent mousse from falling, glue it with some marzipan or tempered chocolate. Very carefully, place the decorated chocolate plate onto the hazelnut mousse and serve. Enjoy!

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