Jaffa Cakes / Upgraded

Jaffa Cakes (Upgraded Recipe) - Bruno Albouze - THE REAL DEAL

Jaffa Cakes / Upgraded Recipe
This recipe is inspired by William Curley, a Scottish luxury patissier and chocolatier based in London.
Jaffa Cakes are originaly biscuit-sized cakes introduced in the UK in 1927 and named after Jaffa oranges. The most common form of Jaffa Cakes are round, a crust oor genoise sponge base, a layer of orange jam and a coating of chocolate. This Jaffa cake can actually be served with a quenelle of orange sorbet as a plated dessert. It will also be an extraodiray addition for your pâtisserie boutique.

Makes 12 Individual Cakes
Use pastry rings no larger than 3.25-inch (8.5cm) diameter. For chocolate mousse dome use a half sphere silicone molds but not larger than 3-inch (8cm) diameter. Every component of this recipe can be made days ahead; refrigerated up to 5 days or frozen for weeks for the chocolate mousse and mirror glaze.

Orange marmalade or preserve or jam: 1 Tbsp (20g) jam per serving. Homemade Orange Marmalade:

Milk chocolate shavings

Gold leaves
Orange zest.

Chocolate Sugar Dough
8 Tbsp (120g) butter, room temp
0.7 cup (90g) powdered sugar
2 Tbsp (25g) cocoa powder
1 tsp (2g) salt
1/3 cup (30g) almond meal
1 ea. (50g) egg
1.5 cups (210g) all-purpose flour.
In a food processor, cream butter with salt, sugar, cocoa powder and almond meal. Add the egg. Add flour in 2 times and give a few pulses unitl just combined. Wrap up and chill completely. Flour work surface and pastry lightly and work the dough to soften; it should remain cool but flexible enough to be rolled out into a 3mm (less than 1/4-inch) thick sheet. Cut out 12 x 4.8-inch (12cm) diameter disks and refrigerate 30 min to rest. Grease pastry rings generously with butter. Place a chilled disk of pastry between your hands to gently soften and place it onto the ring. Gently allow the pastry into the bottom and sides of the ring; do not stretch out the dough or it will break. Dust your thumbs with flour to prevent sticking. Rotate the ring as you go, and lift it occasionally making each tart shell flat and even. Chill tarts and let rest an hour. Use a pairing knife to cut any extra dough along the edge; horizontally. Prick each shell 3 times with a bamboo skewer. Chill or freeze.

Orange Simple Syrup
Bring to boil: 3/4 cup (190g) water, 0.9 cup (190g) sugar, a couple of orange peels and a few drop of orange blossom water (optional).

Almond Cream Filling
6 ounces (180g) almond paste 50% (best choice: Lubeca 65% marzipan)
Or 90 grams almond meal and 90 grams powdered sugar.
0.7 cup (90g) powdered sugar
1 Tbsp (15g) corn starch
10 Tbsp (150g) butter
A pinch of salt
1 ea. (50g) egg
1/2 tsp (2g) vanilla extract.
Cut marzipan into cubes. In a food processor, mix almond paste cubes with sugar and starch until fine meal. If using almond meal instead; process almond meal with sugar and starch. Add butter and salt and process until smooth. Add egg and vanilla a mix until homogenized.
Refrigerate – use almond cream at room temperature. Scoop out orange marmalade about a tablespoon per tart (20g). Fill with almond cream and bake or refrigerate or freeze for later use.
Baking: bake cakes in a preheated 350ºF (180ºC) for 25 to 30 minutes. Let cool. Brush pies with the room temp orange syrup.

Chocolate Mousse
0.8 cup (200g) milk
3 ea. (60g) egg yolks
0.5 (90g) sugar
4 grams gelatin sheet, soften (optional) gelatin helps to set the mousse.
7 ounces (210g) dark chocolate 58/64%
2 cups (500g) heavy cream, whipped to soft peaks.
Melt chocolate over a water-bath (just melted). Soak gelatin sheets in cold water for about 5 minutes and squeeze out and set aside.
Make a crème Anglaise: bring milk to boil with one-third of the sugar on medium heat. Meanwhile, beat yolks and remaining sugar. Pour hot milk into the yolk mixture gradually and whisk well. Return to stove and cook custard to 185ºF (85ºC) on low heat, stirring constantly. Do not boil. Remove from the heat, whisk in the melted gelatin and pass through a fine sieve over the melted dark chocolate. Whisk both mixtures well. Whip heavy cream to soft peaks. When the chocolate mixture reaches 100ºF (35/38ºC) fold in whipped cream in two times using a whisk. Immediately, fill molds and smooth out using a small off set spatula. Freeze for a day before unmolding or kept frozen for weeks. Any remaining chocolate mousse can be used making extra dessert glasses or frozen for later use.

Chocolate Mirror Glaze
0.6 cups (150ml) water
10 ounces (300g) sugar
10 ounces (300g) glucose or light corn syrup
7 ounces (200g) condensed milk
20 grams gelatin sheet or powder
10 ounces (300g) dark chocolate 70% cocoa content, broken into pieces or use discs.
A few drops of red food coloring (optional / it increases its vibrancy).


Soak gelatin in cold water to soften. Melt chocolate over a water-bath (just melted). In a saucepan bring water, sugar and corn syrup to a boil and cook to 103º celsius. Turn heat off and mix in the condensed milk along with the melted gelatin. Pour the hot mixture over the chocolate and blend without incorporating too much air. Add food coloring if desired. Pass through a fine sieve, tap to remove any air bubbles and refrigerate overnight before using. This chocolate mirror glaze can keep 2 weeks in the refrigerator or frozen for months.

Glazing Chocolate Dome
Unmold and place the hard frozen domes on a cooling rack over a baking tray lined with plastic wrap to collect the excess glaze afterwards. Warm up chocolate mirror glaze to 100ºF (35/38ºC), stirring every so often. Tap over the countertop to remove any excess air bubbles. Glaze hard frozen domes. Glaze domes preferably a day or 2 before serving.

Jaffa Cake Assembly
More orange marmalade can be spread on top of each baked pie to even them up if surface came out a bit concave.

To remove glazed domes from the cooling rack, warm up an off set spatula in hot water and carefully run it under each glazed dome and transfer them on top of each orange chocolate pie. Decorate the lower tier of the cake with a tiny string of milk chocolate shavings. Top with gold leaf and orange zest if desired. Note that the chocolate mousse dome must be thawed before digging into it. Refrigerate Jaffa cakes for up to 2 days. Pull Jaffa cakes from the refrigerator half an hour before serving. Bon appétit!

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