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Chocolate and orange pot with chocolate shavings
- 1 pouch of crème brulee (500g)
- 100g 72% Couverture
- 1 Orange zested and segmented
- 4ml Orange essence
- 200g 52% Couverture
- 20g Icing sugar
- Warm the crème brulee as per the instructions in the pack, pour into a jug and add the 72% chocolate and stir until all the chocolate has melted and the mix becomes a dark rich brown.
- Add the zest and essence of the orange, stir again and then pour into the shot glasses and place in the fridge to set.
- Lay a sheet of cling film on a clean kitchen top and start to temper the chocolate.
- Chop three quarters of the chocolate 150g on a chopping board, using a serrated knife or even better, use couverture in the form pistoles. Finely chop the remaining quarter.
- Place the roughly chopped chocolate in a bowl. Half fill a saucepan with hot water, and put the bowl over it, making sure that the bowl does not touch the bottom of the saucepan.
- Slowly heat the water, ensuring it does not boil. Stir regularly using a flexible spatula so that the chocolate melts smoothly.
- Check the temperature with a thermometer. When it reaches 55C-58C for bittersweet/ dark, or 45C- 50C for milk or white, remove the chocolate from the bain-marie.
- Set aside one-third of the melted chocolate in a bowl, in a warm place.
- Add the remaining finely chopped quarter 50g of the chocolate into the remaining two-thirds of the melted chocolate, stirring constantly. Bittersweet/ dark chocolate should reach a temperature of 28C-29C ; milk chocolate should reach 27C-28C and white or coloured chocolate should reach 26C-27C.
- Then add the melted chocolate that you have set aside to increase the temperature.
- Bittersweet/ dark chocolate should reach 31C-32C; milk chocolate should reach 29C-30C; an white or coloured chocolate should reach 28C-29C . Stir until the right temperature is reached.
- Once the chocolate has been tempered spread thinly with a pallet knife over the cling film and place over a bowl(or leave flat depending how much shape you want to give the chocolate) to set in the fridge.
- While the chocolate sets, place the segmented oranges and the sugar in a bowl pan and caramelise them.
- To finish place the orange segments and the chocolate shards on the top and serve
Strawberry and vanilla pots with berry compote
- 1 Pouch of crème brulee
- 200ml Strawberry puree
- 200g Mixed frozen berries
- Sugar as needed
- Defrost the berries overnight in a colander.
- Warm the crème brulee as per the instructions in the pack, pour into a just, stir and then pour into the shot glasses.
- While the crème brulee is still warm add a few drops of the strawberry puree to the centre of the shot glasses, then set aside in the fridge to set.
- While the brulee sets place the mixed berries in a pan and warm through, allow the berries to soften a little (but not turn to mush!!) add sugar to taste and then set aside to cool.
- To finish place a little compote on top of each brulee and serve.
Mini summer fruit and custard tarts
- 80 Canapé cups
- 1 pouch of crème brulee
- 80 Raspberries
- 40 Blueberries, halved
- 20 Strawberries, quartered
- Icing sugar as needed
- Warm the crème brulee as per the instructions in the pack, pour into a just, stir and then pour into the canapé cups and place in the fridge to set.
- Place the fruit on the top and serve with a dusting of icing sugar