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Mont Blanc

Mont Blanc Recipe - Bruno Albouze - THE REAL DEAL

Mont Blanc Cake Recipe.
The origin of Mont Blanc cake has been researched for recent centuries and it is probably invented like Marron Glacé, under the Kingdom of Savoy when Piedmont Region and France were united. Mont Blanc is a dessert of meringue, pureed chestnuts, whipped cream and marron glacé (candied chestnuts) to resemble of a snow covered mountain. A citrus marmalade is often added to make this dessert even more lucious. For this Mont Blanc recipe the sugar content has been reduced and flavors optimized.

Serves 10. / Make a day ahead.
French Meringue
3 ea. (100g) egg whites, at room temp
1/4 tsp (1g) cream of tartar, optional (it stabilizes the meringue)
0.8 cup (175g) super fine caster sugar
1/4 tsp vanilla seeds or paste or powder.

Method
Beat egg whites with cream of tartar and a tablespoon of sugar on medium speed for 5 min. Increase speed to high, add remaining sugar and vanilla gradually until stiff peaks form. Pipe out meringue onto a tray lined with a silicone mat or parchment using a French star pastry tip preferably # 866. The size may vary according dessert’s style.
Bake meringue at 190ºF (90ºC) for 2 hours then turn oven off and leave meringue inside to cool down. Store them in airtight container; it will keep out any moisture, which can cause meringues to lose their crunchy texture and become soggy. If it does happen, meringues can be reheated in 170ºF (80ºC) for about 15 min and re-store as suggested.

Quick Mandarine Marmalade
10 ounces (300g) mandarin or clementine (mandarin tastes better)
Water to cover.
0.4 cup (80g) granulated sugar
1/2 Tbsp (6g) pectin.

Method
Bring to boil mandarins, cook for 2 minutes. Cover and let sit over night to cool slowly. Drain, remove stems and slice. Discard seeds and any tough membranes left. In a food processor, give a few pulses – add sugar and pectin and pulse a few more times. Transfer orange mixture into a saucepan and cook for 3 minutes; cool and keep refrigerated for up to a month. It freezes well too.

Sponge Cake / Biscuit
3 ea. (100g) egg whites, at room temp
1/2 cup (110g) sugar
3 ea. (60g) egg yolk
0.9 cup (120g) cake flour, sifted or 80g all-purpose and 40g corn starch, sifted
1 tsp (6g) baking powder (to be sifted with flour)
5 Tbsp (80g) butter, melted.

Method
Beat egg whites until stiff peaks form; add sugar gradually. Lower the speed, add egg yolks and mix until incorporated. Fold in sifted powders (flour and baking powder). Mix a cup of batter with melted butter and fold back into remaining batter. Spread batter evenly onto a 9.5x13 inch (24x33cm) baking tray lined with a greased silicone mat or parchment. Bake at 375ºF (190ºC) for about 20 minutes. Chill completely. Trim off edges and cut sponge into 4.5x1 inch (11.5x2.5cm) bars or 3.5 inch (9cm) diameter for the rings and make a 1.5 inch (3.75cm) hole in the center. Wrap up and set aside.

Syrup
Bring to boil: 0.6 cup (150g) water with 0.4 cup (75g) sugar; cool and add 2 Tbsp (30g) dark rum or whisky (optional / sub for orange juice if desired).

Chestnut Cream Vermicelli
6.5 ounces (200g) chestnut paste
6.5 ounces (200g) chestnut cream
2 Tbsp (30g) dark rum or whisky (alcohol can be subsituted for orange juice)
5 Tbsp (80g) butter, softened.

Method
Mix by hand or using a food processor until it forms a paste. Pass through a sieve and set aside. Use at room temperature.

Whipped Cream
0.8 cup (200g) heavy cream
3 Tbsp (50g) mascarpone
3 Tbsp (50g) chestnut
1 mandarine zest.

Whip until soft peaks.

Chestnut Sauce (optional but it adds more texture)
2 ounces (60g) chestnut cream
0.6 cup (150g) heavy cream
2 Tbsp (30g) sour cream / creme fraiche.

Gently combine all ingredients; do not mix!.. the sauce must remain runny.

Garnishing
12 ea. marron glacé (candied chestnut)
Gold leaf (optional).

Assembly
Carefully, dip sponge half way through into the syrup (clean side down) and flip onto a plate. Spread some mandarin marmalade. Pipe out a thin layer of chestnut cream vermicelli using a tiny round plain tip or the traditionnal small grass pastry tip. Add some marron glacé pieces and alternatively, arrange 3 meringue and whipped cream. Add some more marron glacé pieces. Finish with more chestnut cream vemicelli. Top dessert with some crushed meringue to mimic the snow. Decor with gold leaves. Spoon out some chestnut sauce on the plate if making the bar or inside the ring if making the round. Bon appétit!

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