In the Nov/Dec issue of ACD, our By the Book column was on Payard Desserts, where many of the recipes are contemporary versions of French classics, such as this “Soufflé of Puff Pastry with Orange- Scented Pastry Cream, Candied Pecans and Caramel Butter Sauce.” We featured Chef Payard’s recipes for Puff Pastry and Pastry Cream, but here’s the full dessert those two components contribute to.
Chef Payard notes: “Daniel Boulud always had a preference for classic French desserts, so I developed this recipe for the lunch menu when I was pastry chef at Daniel. The dessert itself is very simple: We bake an undocked, thick round of puff pastry, letting it puff up high, and serve it hot, filled with Orange- Scented Pastry Cream and topped with a buttery caramel sauce and a few Candied Pecans. The puff pastry rounds should be baked à la minute, never ahead of time, though the dough can be rolled out and cut in advance, and stored, covered, in the refrigerator for up to a day. Sometimes the best desserts are the simplest.”
Orange-Scented Pastry Cream(see the Nov/Dec issue of ACD)
Caramel Butter Sauce
Puff Pastry Rounds (see the Nov/Dec issue of ACD)
Caramel Butter Sauce
1½ Tbsp (12 g/0.42 oz) cornstarch
2 cups plus 2 Tbsp (500 g/17.6 oz) water
1 cup (225 g/8 oz) firmly packed light brown sugar
1 vanilla bean, split lengthwise and seeds scraped
2 Tbsp (30 g/1 oz) unsalted butter
Pinch of salt
1 Tbsp (15 g/0.5 oz) Myers’s dark rum
1. In a small bowl, combine the cornstarch with 2 tablespoons (30 g/1 oz) of the water.
2. In a small saucepan, combine the brown sugar, vanilla bean pod and seeds, and remaining 2 cups (470 g/16.5 oz) water and bring to a boil over medium-high heat. Add the cornstarch mixture and cook, whisking, for another minute. Remove the pan from the heat and whisk in the butter, salt, and rum. Keep the sauce warm until serving, or refrigerate it, covered, and rewarm before serving.
1¼ cups (125 g/4.4 oz) pecan halves
¼ cup (60 g/2.1 oz) water
¼ cup (50 g/1.76 oz) granulated sugar
1. Preheat the oven to 350°F (177°C). Place the pecans in a medium bowl and set aside.
2. In a small saucepan, combine the water and sugar and bring to a boil over medium-high heat, stirring, just until the sugar has dissolved. Pour the syrup over the pecans and toss until combined. Spread the coated pecans on a half-sheet pan and bake for about 8 minutes, tossing once during baking, until browned and fragrant.
Puff Pastry Rounds (page 343)
Confectioners’ sugar, for dusting
1. Preheat the oven to 400°F (204°C). Line a half-sheet pan with a silicone baking mat.
2. On a lightly floured work surface, roll the puff pastry out to a thickness of ½ inch. Using a 3-inch round pastry cutter, cut out 10 rounds from the dough. Arrange the rounds on the prepared sheet pan and top with another silicone baking mat and half-sheet pan; this will allow the rounds to rise evenly. Bake for 45 to 55 minutes, or until the rounds are browned and nicely puffed. Remove the top sheet pan and baking mat. Preheat the broiler and dust the rounds liberally with confectioners’ sugar. Place the rounds under the broiler until they are caramelized. Assemble the desserts immediately.
While the Puff Pastry Rounds are still hot from the oven, split them in half. Scoop out any undercooked dough from the center of each half and pipe a generous amount of cold Orange-Scented Pastry Cream on the bottom half of the puff. Replace the top of the puff. Place the dessert on a plate and spoon some Caramel Butter Sauce on top of the warm pastry. Garnish with some Candied Pecans.
Apple & Passion Fruit Crumble
In the Sept/Oct issue of ACD, our Madelaine interview was with James Satterwhite, the executive pastry chef at the Charlotte Country Club, who mentions that two of his favorite flavors are apple and passion fruit. It turns out this is a very popular combination in the Southern Hemisphere with lots of recipes to choose from originating in New Zealand and Australia. Now that apples are coming into season here in the U.S. we thought it might be worth mixing up some of our old apple standbys with this Down Under flavor combo. And don't worry if you can't find fresh passion fruit...lots of the recipes we spotted included a note that canned or jarred pulp was a perfectly acceptable substitution.
The following recipe is taken from ....it pleases us an sister-in-law blogging team based in Melbourne, Australia. But go ahead and do a search on apple and passion fruit...you'll be amazed at all the variations that show up!
Apple & Passion Fruit Crumble
3 passion fruits (or more to taste)
zest of 1 lemon
juice of 1/2 lemon
100g/3.5 oz sugar
(optional, depending on how sweet you like your dessert and how sweet your apples are)
100g/3.5 oz rolled oats
(or your preferred crumble topping, if so, ignore this and the rest of the ingredients below)
100g/3.5 oz brown sugar
50g/1.8 oz flour
70g/2.5 oz butter
50g/1.8 oz macadamia , roughly chopped (optional or use any other nuts)
1) Preheat oven to 180C/350F
2) Core and roughly chop the apples
3) Place apples in a baking dish with lemon juice, lemon zest and passion fruit pulp. Add sugar to taste
4) Mixed the rolled oats, brown sugar, flour, butter and nuts for the topping, or use your own.
5) Spread the topping over fruit mixture
6) Bake in the oven for approximately 30 minutes.
7) Serve warm with vanilla ice cream, whipped cream or yogurt.
Chef Hayden Groves Recipe Follow Up
We featured a recipe by Chef Hayden Groves, one of the finalists in the 2013 Craft Guild of Chefs National Chef of the Year competition, in our Sept/Oct issue, but didn’t have room to include his final two elements—the strawberry yogurt espuma and the selection of garnishes. So we’ve posted both of them here.
Strawberry Yoghurt Espuma
200g (7 oz) Strawberry puree
350g (12.3 oz) Greek yoghurt
Mix together and charge with one cylinder. Alternatively, a less long-lasting foam can be made with an immersion blender or whip.
1 Tbsp Fresh Origins Herb Crystals® Basil
50g Caramelized White chocolate chunks, with sea salt
Fraise des Bois, and coulis (optional)
White chocolate for micro plane
1. On the panna cotta, position some dried strawberries and place a portion of sorbet.
2. Make a little pile of white chocolate chunks and place the croquant.
3. Embellish with random dashes of espuma, coulis and strawberries.
4. Finish with micro basil, grated white chocolate and the crystallized basil.
Xanthe Milton, owner of Cake Girl, developed a cult following in her Notting Hill neighborhood for her beautifully iced cupcakes. She ran basic and advanced piping workshops on all three days of the Cake International show. Limited to six people each session, the workshops were both training exercises and mini-competitions, with Xanthe choosing a winner from each time slot for a special prize. She shares her recipe for Red Velvet cupcakes.
Red Velvet Cupcakes with Cream Cheese Frosting
Makes 12 cupcakes
140g (5oz) All-purpose flour
1 1/2 tbsp Cocoa powder
1/2 tsp Baking soda
1/2 tsp Baking powder
Pinch of salt
4 fl. oz Buttermilk
1 tsp Apple cider vinegar
1/2 tsp Vanilla extract
1/2 tsp Red food coloring past
170g (6oz) Sugar
55g (2oz) Unsalted butter, room temperature
1. Preheat the oven to 180°C/350°F
2. Line your muffin or cupcake tray(s) with your choice of liners.
3. Sift the flour, cocoa powder, baking soda, baking powder and salt into a medium bow. In a separate bowl, whisk the buttermilk, vinegar, vanilla and food coloring together until blended.
4. In a large bowl, cream the sugar and butter together until light and fluffy. Ad the egg beating until well mixed. Beat in the flour mixture, a third at time, alternating with a third of the buttermilk mixture everything is well mixed.
5. Spoon or pour the mixture into the lined cups. Bake in the center of the preheated oven for 20 minutes or until springy to the touch. Remove from the oven and turn the cupcakes out onto a wire rack to cool.
Cream Cheese Frosting
110g (4oz) Cream cheese, room temperature
85g (3oz) Butter, room temperature
12oz Confectioners’ sugar, sifted
Seeds scraped from 1/2 vanilla pod
1 tsp Vanilla extract
1. Beat the butter and cream cheese until smooth. Add the sugar and beat until combined. Add the vanilla seeds and vanilla extract.
2. Spoon the frosting into a piping bag with a star nozzle (or the tip of your choice) and frost the cupcakes, starting from the outside and work towards the middle. Decorate with your choice of designs to complement your liners.
Ice Cream Cupcakes
In the May/June issue of American Cake Decorating, Carla Bruno of Carlas Cakes Online spoke about how her love of travel sparked the idea for ice cream cupcakes, as she sampled gelatos and ice creams at destinations around the world. She sent in her process and suggestions for flavors.
12 cooked cupcakes
Your favorite ice cream
Any toppings (example: chocolate sauce, caramel sauce, strawberry sauce, chocolate chips, sprinkles, marshmallows, your favorite chocolate bar, peanuts, fresh berries etc)
A piping bag*
1M icing tip*
Carla notes: if you don’t have a piping bag or icing tip, you can use a zip lock bag and cut a small whole in the corner for piping.
1. Get your pre-cooked cupcakes and make sure they are completely cooled. Put the 1M tip into your piping bag and fill it with your favorite ice cream.
2. Pipe the ice cream onto the cupcake in a circular motion (as you would normally pipe icing).
3. Drizzle with some candy sauce, and top with your favorite toppings and immediately put into the freezer. Repeat steps 1-3 until all cupcakes are covered and topped. Freeze for about 4 hours or over night before serving.
Some great flavor combos from Carla:
Caramel Peanut Butter Crunch:
Vanilla Cupcake with Creamy Vanilla Ice Cream topped with some chocolate chips and Butterfinger Chocolate Bar with Caramel Drizzle.
Vanilla Cupcake with Vanilla Ice Cream topped with Strawberries and Raspberries and Strawberry Drizzle.
Chocolate Cupcake with Vanilla Ice Cream topped with Smarties and Rainbow Sprinkles
Chocolate Cupcakes with Vanilla Ice Cream Topped with Chocolate Chips, Marshmallow and Graham Cracker Crumbs
Vanilla Cupcake with Cherry Ice Cream topped with Cherries and Graham Crackers
Chocolate Cupcake with Strawberry Cheesecake Ice cream topped with fresh Strawberries and Drizzled with Chocolate Sauce.
Cookies and Cream:
Chocolate Cupcake with Vanilla Ice Cream topped with Chopped Cookies and Cookie Crumbs.
Chocolate Cupcake with Chocolate Ice Cream topped with Marshmallow, Chocolate Chips, Walnuts and Chocolate Sauce
||Jo Malone London has released five new limited edition scents based on popular English desserts. Known her balance of gourmand scents in her fragrances, these are the first to explicity evoke certain flavors, but even so, none of them are overly sweet or cloying. Check out all five scents from her Sugar and Spice collection and get the scoop from pastry chef (and creator of Estella Cupcakes) Natalie Estella Seldon on how to make these tasty treats. We’ve shown her Lemon Tart recipe below.
Lemon Meringue Tart
Makes 6 tarts
1 and 2/3 cup sweet shortbread pastry (recipe not included)
14 ounces lemon curd (recipe not included)
3 egg whites
2/3 cups refined sugar
1 tsp cornstarch
1 small lemon, cut into four wedges
powdered sugar for dusting
Preheat oven to 350°F. Roll out pastry to 1/8 inch thick and line mini tartlet tins. Trim excess off by using a rolling pin over the top, then allow to chill in fridge for 30 minutes. Line the crust with baking paper and fill with pastry weights. Bake for 12 minutes. Remove weights and paper, then cook for a further 5 minutes until the pastry is lightly golden. Spoon in lemon curd to fill the tart cases and return to the oven to cook for a further 6-8 minutes or until the filling is just set.
Meanwhile, make the meringue by placing egg whites in a large bowl. Whisk to soft peaks, then add half the sugar a spoonful at a time — whisking between each addition — being careful not to over beat. Whisk in the cornstarch, then add the remaining sugar as before until smooth and thick. When the tarts are ready, remove from the oven and, using either a piping bag or a spoon, place the meringue at the center of each tart (either as a piping swirl or peaks). Before serving, add a slice of lemon and a dusting of powdered sugar. Best eaten on the same day.
Derek Aimonetto of Sweet Life Bakery in Madison, WI, worked with us on a vanilla article for the March/April issue. He developed two recipes that uses layers of vanillas in different ways. For his Vanilla Cheesecake Indulgence, you’ll need to check out page 42, but we’ve shared his variations on beignets below.
Makes 24-30 beignets
2 c whole milk
1 large egg
3 tsp Madagascar vanilla extract
1 tbsp sugar
3 c all-purpose flour
1 tsp salt
2 tbsp baking powder
6 c vegetable oil
½ c vanilla sugar
In a large mixing bowl, combine the milk, egg, vanilla extract, and sugar. Whisk until thoroughly combined and until the sugar is completely dissolved. In another bowl combine the flour, salt, and baking powder—stir together. One cup at a time, add the dry ingredients to the wet mixture and stir until the batter is smooth after each addition. Prepare a separate bowl with the vanilla sugar.
In a heavy pot, heat the vegetable oil to 350 degrees F. Carefully spoon the batter into the hot oil, cooking three beignets at a time. Test the temperature of the oil frequently to ensure it stays between 350 and 360 degrees, adjusting the burner to compensate for variations in the heat. Gently roll the beignets while they cook to achieve a golden brown color, approximately four to five minutes. Remove the beignets from the oil and drain briefly on a paper towel. While still hot, roll each beignet in the vanilla sugar until coated. Let rest for one to two minutes. Serve warm.
Charred Orange Sorbet with Warm Rum Sauce & Spiced Cookie Bars
From the 2013 McCormick Flavor Forecast, as detailed in the January 2013 issue of Slice, comes this light, but richly flavored dessert.
Prep Time: 30 minutes • Cook Time: 45 minutes • Refrigerate: 2 hours • Freeze: Overnight • Makes 16 servings.
CHARRED ORANGE SORBET:
1 seedless orange
2/3 cup plus 2 tablespoons granulated sugar, divided
1 1/4 cups orange juice
1 cup Thai Kitchen® Coconut Milk
1/2 cup half-and-half
SPICED COOKIE BARS:
1 1/4 cups flour
1 teaspoon McCormick® Ground Allspice
1/2 cup (1 stick) butter, softened
1/4 cup firmly packed brown sugar
1/4 cup granulated sugar
2 tablespoons black rum
1/2 teaspoon McCormick® Pure Vanilla Extract
3 tablespoons butter, divided
4 seedless oranges, peeled and sectioned
1/3 cup granulated sugar
1/4 cup orange juice
2 tablespoons black rum
1. For the Charred Orange Sorbet, grate orange peel. Set aside. Remove white pith from orange. Cut orange crosswise into 6 slices. Place on foil-lined baking pan. Sprinkle with 2 tablespoons of the sugar. Broil 4 to 6 inches from heat 7 to 8 minutes or until lightly charred. Cool orange slices then coarsely chop.
2. Place remaining 2/3 cup sugar and reserved grated peel in blender container; cover. Blend on high speed until well mixed. Add orange juice, coconut milk and half-and-half. Blend until sugar is dissolved. Pour into medium bowl. Stir in chopped orange.
3. Refrigerate 2 hours or until well chilled. Pour into an ice cream maker. Freeze according to manufacturer’s directions.
4. For the Spiced Cookie Bars, mix flour and allspice in medium bowl. Set aside. Beat butter and sugars in large bowl with electric mixer on medium speed until light and fluffy. Add egg, rum and vanilla; mix well. Gradually beat in flour mixture on low speed until well mixed. Spread in greased foil-lined 8-inch square baking pan.
5. Bake in preheated 375°F oven 20 to 25 minutes or until edges are golden brown. Cool in pan on wire rack. Cut into 4 squares then cut each square crosswise into 4 triangles.
6. For the Rum Sauce, melt 2 tablespoons of the butter in large nonstick skillet on medium-high heat. Place orange sections in skillet. Sprinkle sugar around oranges. Cook 10 minutes or until sugar begins to caramelize, gently stirring occasionally. Remove from heat. Add orange juice and rum. Cook 2 minutes, stirring occasionally. Remove from heat. Stir in remaining 1 tablespoon butter until melted. Serve Spiced Cookie Bar with a small scoop of Charred Orange Sorbet and drizzle with warm Rum Sauce.