Ice-Cream Snickers Bars

Ice-Cream Snickers Recipe - Bruno Albouze - The Real Deal

Frozen Snickers Chocolate Bars Recipe.
Makes a 13”x9”x1” (32x23x2.5cm) baking tray. Serves 22. / 1.2”x4.3” (3x11cm) bars. Makes 2 days ahead.

Caramelized Peanuts
200g peanuts, toasted
130g sugar
60g water.
Cook sugar and water to 118ºC. Toss in the peanuts and cook until caramelized stirring constantly. Let cool and keep it sealed at room temperature.
Peanut Butter: Process 3.3 ounces (100g) toasted peanuts to paste with a pinch of salt. Set aside.

Nougat Ice-Cream (Parfait*)
Peanut Chocolate Spread
3.3 ounces (100g) peanut butter
2 ounces (60g) bittersweet chocolate, just melted to ≈ 92ºF (32/33ºC).
Italian Meringue
3 ea. (90g) egg whites, room temp
1/2 tsp (1g) cream of tartar or a few drops of lemon juice (it stabilizes the meringue)
1 Tbsp (10g) sugar
0.7 cup (180g) honey, cooked to 130ºC.
7 ounces (300g) heavy cream, chilled
1/2 tsp (2.5ml) vanilla paste.
*A parfait mixture is an unchurned ice-cream.
Mix peanut butter with melted chocolate; keep at room temp. In a clean mixing bowl, beat the room temperature egg whites with cream of tartar and sugar on medium-low speed. The meringue must remain in the foamy stage until honey is cooked. Meanwhile, cook honey to 266ºF (130ºC), increase the speed to high and carefully pour the hot honey in thin stream. Continue to beat on high for 2 min, then lower the speed and beat on medium speed until the meringue cools to room temp. Transfer meringue to a large bowl and chill the mixing bowl (no need to clean it). Beat heavy cream along with the vanilla on high speed to soft peaks. Fold one-third of the Italian meringue into the peanut-choco spread, fold in the second-third then the whipped cream and remaining meringue. Spread evenly onto a baking tray lined with plastic wrap and silicone mat. Freeze overnight. Cut into 22 bars and keep frozen.

Chocolate 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 then needed (for 400g needed, melt 600g or more). Use chocolate couverture; it is a high-quality class of chocolate, containing a high percentage of cocoa solids and cocoa butter, and precisely tempered. Couverture chocolate is used by professionals for dipping, coating, molding, filling, sauce and garnishing.
Use ≈ 12x17-inch (30x44cm) acetate plastic sheets*. Each sheet gives 4x10 / 40 plaques (2 plaque per dessert); make 2 sheets.
Line work surface with a large silicone baking mat and place the acetate plastic sheet on top.
*Acetate plastic sheets can be found online or through refined bakeries, patisseries, confectioneries and manufactures chocolate confections.

Tempering Milk Chocolate
1.5 lb. (600g) milk chocolate disks or block, chopped
An extra of 10 grams of cocoa butter can be added (optional).

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 7 ounces (200g) tempered chocolate per sheet. 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.
Before cutting; if the chocolate sheet takes too long to set, refrigerate for a couple of minutes; it will be ready as soon as it does not stick to the touch and it must remain supple otherwise it will break into pieces. Cut into four 4.3-inch (11cm) rectangles and 1.2-inch (3cm) plaques / 40 per sheet. Cover the chocolate plaque sheet with a large 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. Keep remaining chocolate warm to (84/86ºF / 29/30ºC) to make another sheet.

Soft Caramel Sauce
0.9 cups (210g) heavy cream
1/4 cup (60g) milk
1/4 cup (50g) sugar
1.1 ounces (35g) corn syrup or glucose
3 grams fleur-de-sel (optional) or 2 grams Kosher salt
1 tsp vanilla paste.

1/2 cup (100g) sugar
4.5 ounces (140g) corn syrup or glucose
2.7 ounces (80g) butter
Some extra milk to soften up caramel before using.

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. Before using mix chilled caramel with some milk; a tablespoon at the time. Do not make it too soft. Keep it chilled.

Assembly & Plating
Sandwich each frozen parfait bar with 2 chocolate plaque (shiny side up), do 6 bars at the time. Pipe out some soft caramel sauce and crushed caramelized peanuts. Store finished snickers in the freezer to harden and arange them in a large container, seal well and freeze for up to 3 months. Serve snickers bars frozen solid as is or paired with a dollop of sour cream or some frozen nougat shaped into bars as well. Enjoy😋!

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