Hazelnut Shaped Dessert

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Hazelnut Shaped Dessert Recipe

Makes 10 / Make 3 days ahead.
This dessert is glazed with a thin cocoa butter-milk chocolate coating; creating a crunchy shell. Then carefully brushed with a wire brush, dusted with edible golden powder and wrapped in a thin tempered dark chocolate leaf.

Soft Caramel
1.3 cups (330g) heavy cream
1/3 cup (85g) milk
1/4 cup (50g) sugar
2 ounces (50g) corn syrup or glucose
4 grams fleur-de-sel (optional) or 2 grams Kosher salt
1 tsp vanilla paste or powder or one vanilla bean (scrape seeds out)

3/4 cup (150g) sugar
7 ounces (200g) corn syrup or glucose.
1 stick (115g) butter.

Heat up cream, milk, sugar, corn syrup, salt and vanilla; keep hot. Meanwhile, in a large saucepan make a dark caramel with sugar and glucose (no water) – cook to 355ºF (180ºC). Very carefully, when the caramel is ready – turn the heat off and pour the hot cream mixture in thin stream (wear gloves to prevent burning). Turn heat back on and cook the caramel mixture to 221ºF (105ºC). Pass through a sieve and cool to 158ºF (70ºC), add butter and blend well. Set aside.

Soft Caramel For The Inserts
10 ounces (300g) caramel
3 Tbsp (50g) milk.
Mix milk in caramel to soften it up. Keep at room temp. Refrigerate leftover caramel for later use. If using a blast freezer, fill the 1/2 ounce (1 Tbsp/15grams) half-sphere inserts and keep hard frozen. If not, follow the instructions in the Hazelnut Assembly paragraph.

Hazelnut Paste or Butter*
5 ounces (150g) hazelnuts, toasted and preferably warm.
Blend until it form a paste. (Add a few drops of vegetable oil to ease the process). Keep at room temp.
* Make more if desired and use leftovers for spread.

Hazelnut Praliné (Caramel-a-sec method / Caramel without water)
10 ounces (300g) skin on hazelnuts, toasted
3/4 cup (150g) sugar
4 grams fleur-de-sel (optional) or 2 grams Kosher salt.

Toast nuts in 350ºF (180ºC) oven for about 20 min; cool. In a hot saucepan make caramel a sec – Melt and cook 1/3 of sugar to light brown caramel, then add the second third and cook likewise stiring as less as possible. Add remaining sugar and cook to caramel. Throw in nuts and coat them all with caramel and transfer caramelized nuts onto the work surface lined with parchment or silicone mat. Let cool. Chop into pieces and throw in a running food processor. Let run until it turns into paste (praliné); it should take a few minutes. Blend in fleur-de-sel. Keep at room temp.

Hazelnut Ganache Montée (Mousse)
6 grams gelatin sheets or powder (see packaging for instructions)
0.8 cup (200g) milk
2.7 ounces (80g) toasted hazelnuts
4.3 ounces (125g) white chocolate couverture (high cocoa butter content), just melted
2.7 ounces (80g) hazelnut paste
2 cups (500g) heavy cream.

Soak gelatin sheet in cold water for about 5 minutes or more; drain and set aside. Heat up milk, throw in toasted hazelnuts and blend well. Cover and let infuse 20 min. Drain pressing down solids to extract as much flavor as possible. Save solids for your breakfast if desired. Add one-third of the heavy cream into the hazelnut flavored milk; heat up (almost to the boling point) and pour in white chocolate and blend well. Add softened gelatin and the hazelnut paste; blend well. Add remaining chilled heavy cream; blend – chill overnight. Beat on high until soft peaks form. Do not over work.

Soft Hazelnut Biscuit (Sponge)
3 Tbsp (50g) butter, softened
3 Tbsp (50g) hazelnut paste, at room temp
3 ea. (70g) egg-yolks
3 Tbsp (30g) sugar
3 ea. (90g) egg-whites, at room temp
1/4 cup (50g) sugar
1/2 Tbsp (6g) flour, sifted
1/2 Tbsp (6g) corn starch, sifted
1.7 ounces (50g) hazelnut, crushed.

Cream butter and hazelnut paste with a whisk. Separately, beat yolks and sugar and combine both mixture. Meanwhile, make a meringue with the egg-whites and sugar. Fold meringue into the yolk-hazelnut mixture in 2 times. Spread onto a small baking tray lined with a greased parchment. Top evenly with crushed hazelnuts and bake at 350ºF (180ºC) for ≈ 18 minutes. Cool.

Hazelnut Praliné Inserts (1/2 Mini Sphere)
Using a 1.18-inch (3cm) diameter cookie cutter, cut out hazelnut sponge disks; save leftovers. Pipe out a dollop of hazlenut praliné inside each mini (1Tbsp/15g) demi-sphere silicone mold, add hazelnut sponge disks and more hazelnut praliné – smooth out and freeze completely. Unmold and keep frozen.

Soft Caramel Inserts (1/2 Mini Sphere)
If using a blast freezer: The simple definition of a blast freezer is a freezer which is extremely cold use by some advanced professionals.
Fill up each mini demi-sphere silicone mold (1Tbsp/15g) with the soft caramel and blast freeze until it has hardened. Then, seal each with a frozen hazelnut praliné insert to form a sphere. Keep frozen.

For homecooks, the soft caramel insert is going to be achieved using a different technique as the video shows – See next paragraph.

Hazelnut Assembly / Using Silicone Molds (3D Ø58)
Fill each half 3D Ø58 sphere with the whipped hazelnut mousse. Freeze for about 30 minutes. Using a small ice cream scoop, make a cavity the same size as the mini silicone mold insert. Fill each hole with the soft caramel and freeze for 30 min.Top with a frozen praliné insert. Enclose with the half sphere silicone mold lid. Fill up each cavity with the remaining mousse. Freze for at least 6 hours or overnight. Unmold hazelnut spheres and flip (caramel side up). Shave off bottoms a bit to stabilize the cake. Pipe out a dollop of hazelnut mousse on top of each cake and carve out to mimic the shape of the hazelnut. Freeze. Using gloves, smooth out the surface of each cake. Keep frozen.

If using a blast freezer, place the finished one ounce sphere insert in the center (caramel side up) of the mousse; pressing down a bit. Enclose with the half sphere silicone mold lid and fill up each cavity with the remaining mousse. Blast freeze for 2 hours. Unmold hazelnut spheres and keep caramel side up. Shave off bottom a bit to stabilize the cake. Freeze. Pipe out a dollop of hazelnut mousse on top of each cake and carve out to mimic the shape of the hazelnut. Freeze. Using gloves, smooth out the surface of each cake. Keep frozen.

Milk Chocolate Coating Glaze (Enrobage)
10 ounces (300g) milk chocolate couverture, chopped or disks
10 ounces (300g) cocoa butter.

Melt cocoa butter to 175ºF (80ºC) first and pour in milk chocolate and blend. Pass through a sieve lined with cheesecloth. Keep warm – use at 113ºF (45ºC).

Insert a bamboo skewer, immerse frozen nut cake in milk chocolate coating in clockwise quick motions, lift up and rotate until the chocolate sets. Brush off the sides of the glazed cake using a wire brush. Remove bamboo skewer and make 4 more. Dust gold powder and refrigerate. Do likewise with remaining hazelnut cakes (x10 total).

Chocolate Hazelnut Leaf
Cut out plastic acetate sheet into 10 each 7.5 x 2 inch (20x5cm) strips. Temper about 1/2 lb. (225g) dark chocolate couverture. Melt dark chocolate over water-bath to 50ºC – Refrigerate a few minutes until temp reaches 26/27ºC – Carefully, rewarm chocolate to 31/32ºC. Drizzle some dark chocolate on the plastic strip, brush off sides to mimic hazelnut leaf – place the finished hazelnut cake in the center and wrap in contact carefully without any excessive pressure. Refrigerate to set. Store finished desserts in the refrigerator for 12 hours to thaw completely before serving or for up to 3 days. Enjoy!

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