Monday, 15 October 2012

Chocolate Comfort....

Being a pastry chef , this post of mine is going to be on chocolate base or garnish that could be diverse on your plate. This preparation was made for the special lunch organized at my work place.

I had planned the menu 2 days prior to the lunch and was ready to try out some creativity on chocolate molding filled with special dessert in it. The imagination of making the dessert excited me.

This post is based on professional innovation and integration so please read and follow the recipe exactly the same.

Suggestions and comments from the readers are utmost desired.

"Chocolate Tear Drop"

1. Melt chocolate on double boiler
Preparation time : 20 min's                                           
Servings : 12  portion

Ingredients :-

Dark chocolate slabs - 100 gm
White chocolate slabs - 50 gm
OHP sheets - cut in rectangle form (as base)
Greased proof paper - cut in triangle form 
(as piping)

2. Melted chocolate 

Method :-

1.Melt dark and white chocolate by double boiler method.
2.After melting of chocolate, let the temperature of chocolate lower to 280 C (Lukewarm)
3. Place the OHP strips on the table and drizzle some white chocolate on it with the help of piping bag.
3. OHP rectangular transperancy sheet.
4.Take melted dark chocolate (temperature to be 280 C) and spread over the sheets as shown in the image.
5.Quickly mold the sheets by joining both the opposite ends together.
6.In few seconds, the applied chocolate will cool down and become firm.
7.The space in the chocolate mold can be filled with any sweet filling of your choice.

4. Pouring chocolate in handmade(cone)
pipping bag
5. Cutting the tip .

6. Drizzling of white chocolate
7. Spread of dark chocolate.

8. Molding chocolate
9. After set

10. Filling of strawberry mousse
11. Masking with chocolate glaze. 

"Be Mine" - Chocolate tear drops filled with strawberry mousse and masked with chocolate glaze. 

Variation :
Once the droplets are ready, savor them by filling with different flavored and color jams, mixed caramelized dry fruits or fresh fruits, small scoop of ice cream, piped out with any flavored mousse.

Tips :
Avoid water intervention while working with chocolate as it will spoil the preparation. Clean the equipments and tools with duster after your each activity. Please follow the images to apprehend the recipe precisely.                 

"Personalize the filling for every special occasion"

Wednesday, 3 October 2012

The Making of "Burfi"...

This was my first chaturthi celebration after marriage and I was at my in laws place for the same. There were variety of Mithai's flowing in the house from friends and relatives. I tasted most of the mithai, but still could not find,my favourite, chocolate burfi on the platter.

Its true, cravings can be really crazy. So I decided to try out my own version of chocolate Burfi. And I guess this was the right time to show off my culinary talent to my In laws and to be in good notion with them.

I  tried the recipe before so i was bit confident in making it...and my recipes goes like....

1.Haryali Mawa
Pista Chocolate Burfi :

Ingredients :

Haryali mawa - 500 gm
Normal sugar - 300 gm
Cardamon powder - 5 gm
Pistachio puree - 350 gm
Cocoa powder - 50 gm
Sliced pistachio - for garnish

2.Cooked mawa and sugar 
Method :
  • Fine grate the mawa and cook it in the frying pan with the perfect amount of sugar.
  • Cook the mixture for around half an hour on slow flame.(stir continuously)
  • The mixture should be lump free and thick in consistency.
  • Add the cardamon flavor and pistachio puree, mix well.
  • Pour the mixture in the greased rectangular mold.
  • Make the same mixture by adding cocoa powder and spread it over the pistachio flavor mixture.
  • Its the making of two layered burfi with different flavor and color.
  • Refrigerate the mixture for 3-4 hours. 
  • Demold it and cut into required shape and garnish it with warq and flakes of pistachios.
3. Pista spread
4. Chocolate spread

5. After set
I enjoyed making it and it almost took me 45 mins for the preparation. Burfi was looking awesome to me and thankfully it amazed my in laws too.
And finally I fulfilled my desire by eating a piece of burfi... :)
Hope you also enjoy the same.