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Xmas Chocolate Ornament

Xmas Chocolate Ornament - Bruno Albouze - THE REAL DEAL

Christmas Chocolate Ornament, Passion Fruit Apricot Recipe

Make 3 days prior serving. Serves 10.

Chocolate Xmas Tree Cookies
2.3 cups (300g) all-purpose flour
2 Tbsp (30g) unsweetened cocoa powder
1.2 tsp (8g) baking powder
0.8 cup (170g) brown sugar
A pinch of salt
1/2 tsp (1g) allspice (optional)
1 stick (115g) butter, cubed and cool
4 Tbsp (70g) honey
1 Tbsp (20g) molasse
1 ea. (50g) eggs.

First, mix flour, cocoa powder, baking powder, sugar, salt and allspice. Mix in butter and add honey, molasse and eggs. Mix until just combined. Wrap up and chill. Divide pastry in 2. On a floured work surface, roll out each into a 0.12-inch/3 mm thick sheet*, no need to prick with a fork – square up – save and chill excess pastry for backup and freeze chocolate crust sheets. *The pastry sheets must be thin.
Prebake frozen sheet*, one at a time. Grease lightly using cooking spray, top with parchment or silicone mat and a baking tray; make sure the tray is in direct contact with the pastry. Prebake at 350ºF (180ºC) oven for 14 min. Carefully, transfer over countertop and cut into a 1.75x5” / 4x10cm rectangle and then triangle. Go easy when cutting over a silicone mat. Bake again for 16 min more; let cool. To smooth out biscuit use sand paper. Keep crust in a low humidity environment.
*Prebaking biscuit sheet prior cutting out parts provide sharp and clean cuts. These thin cookies can be enjoyed as is or used for different purpose…

Royal Icing
1 ea. (30g) egg whites
2 cups (200g) powdered sugar (sift if lumpy)
A few drops of lemon juice or white vinegar.
Beat on high speed egg white, lemon juice and sugar to stiff peaks (called bird’s beak/bec d’oiseau) – Add more sugar if necessary. Seal and set a side. Re-whip royal icing if it relaxes too much before using. Royal icing can be stored for weeks in the refrigerator.

Xmas Trees
Decorate chocolate triangle crust using Christmas theme stencils/pochoir. Let dry out 30 min or 10 min in warm oven. Stick parts together with royal icing. Keep in warm and low humidity place or in sealed container with silica gel for up to a week.

Passion Fruit-Apricot-Ginger Insert
1/2 cup (120g) water
1 Tbsp (20g) lemon juice
7 ounces (220g) passion fruit puree (Boiron/Sicoly/Ravifruit/Funkin..)
2 ounces (60g) apricot preserves
1/2 ounce (15g) fresh ginger, peeled and grated
0.4 cup (80g) sugar
0.5 tsp (3 grams) agar-agar.

2 ounces (60g) fresh passion fruit pulp ≈ 3 fruits
2 ounces (60g) dried apricot, diced.

Heat up water, passion fruit puree, sugar, lemon juice, apricot jam and ginger. Mix up sugar and agar-agar and whisk in warm passion mixture – mix well and bring to boil and cook for 2 min. Cool on ice water and chill completely. Transfer in a narrow container and blend to smooth out. Add diced dried apricot and passion fruit pulp. Scoop out and fill the mini demi-sphere silicone mold (1Tbsp/15g) and freeze completely. Unmold and seal them by two forming 10x one ounce (30g) inserts; keep frozen.

Chocolate Mousse / Ganache Montée
0.2 ounce (6g) gelatin sheet, soaked in cold water and drained
1.2 cups (300g) heavy cream, hot
5.4 ounces (160g) dark chocolate 64/66%, chopped and just melted
0.4 cup (100g) whole milk, cold*
0.4 cup (100g) heavy cream, cold*

*Or, 0.8 cup (200g) half/half, cold.

In a narrow microwave safe container, microwave chocolate stirring up every 30/40 seconds – stop heating when chocolate is just melted. Add hot heavy cream and blend well. Mix in gelatin then add cold half/half. Blend well, sieve and chill overnight before using.

Chocolate Mirror Glaze
0.4 cup (100g) water
1 cup (200g) sugar
7 ounces (200g) corn syrup or glucose
5 ounces (140g) condensed milk
1/2 ounce (14g) gelatin sheets, soaked in cold water and drained
7 ounces (210g) bittersweet chocolate
A couple drops of hidrosoluble red food coloring (optional).

Bring to a boil and cook for 2 minutes, water, sugar and corn syrup. Turn off the heat, stir in condensed milk and gelatin. Put chocolate in a narrow container, pour hot syrup, leave it to melt for 5 minutes and blend well keeping immersion blender down to prevent air bubbles. Sieve, cool and chill overnight before using.
Use mirror glaze at 95ºF/35ºC before using. Can be kept refrigerated for up to 2 weeks or frozen for months.

Chocolate Enrobage Glaze (Coating)
8 ounces (250g) chocolate couverture
8 ounces (250g) cocoa butter.

Melt cocoa butter first, stir in dark chocolate. Blend well and sieve; use at 113ºF/45ºC.

Montage
Whip chocolate ganache on medium-high to its early stage: soft peaks – the mousse should remain supple otherwise it wont spread well in the silicone mold cavities. No worries, the mousse gets its texture onces chilled. Fill silicone bottom spheres ø58 about halfway full. Insert frozen passion fruit-apricot-ginger marmalade. Press down gently – put the top and seal well. Fill up spheres making sure that no empty spaces are left behind. Save some mousse for afterwards touch up if some imperfections occure upon unmolded.This recipe makes 10 servings. Freeze for at least 6 hours before unmolding. Unmold and keep chocolate spheres frozen.

Use a 1.5”/4cm diameter marzipan or almond paste disk to create a foot to stabilize the finished ornaments.

Glaze 48 hrs max before serving. Glaze in chocolate enrobage first; let set for a few seconds and glaze in chocolate mirror right away. Place each glazed ball on a 1.5”/4cm & 1/4”/6mm thick almond paste or marzipan round to stabilize the dessert. Make baubles tops using marzipan. Thaw Christmas chocolate ornaments overnight in the refrigerator before serving. Use gold or silver leaf or sparkles for a fancy finish.. Chocolate Xmas trees cookies can be served along side with or in a separate tray… Merry Christmas 🎅🏻

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