Strawberry White Chocolate Mousse Cake(Flourless/Gluten free)草莓之恋

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It is the strawberries season and I loaded more berries during my groceries shopping. I wish everyday is berries day so I can decorate my cakes with these juicy, vibrantly colourful berries.

This cake is designed for  playing the fresh , red and juicy strawberries as the main component. Moreover, I want to create a flourless(or gluten free) cake by implementing the hazelnut and almond dacquoise. This dacquoise produces the best hazelnut aroma with a slight crunch to it ,which giving a new depth of texture to a normal mousse cake.

I have made this cake couple of times and I received very generous and amazing comments such as :” I am hiring your wife for my wedding cake!”,” I do not mind eat this everyday!”,” I have eaten half of the cake by myself “. I never thought men could  love strawberry flavour mousse cake that much. Guess I must done something right to prove men can choose strawberry shakes too. 😛

I am over the moon for anyone accepting my creation with such positive comment.I am blessed.

So I do hope you all like it too. ^_^

(this recipe has been made for couple of times since 2015 till now)

 

Few components you need:

  • Raspberry-strawberry gelee
  • White chocolate mousse
  • Hazelnut and Almond dacquoise
  • Strawberry mousse
  • Pink glacage/glaze

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Raspberry-Strawberry Gelee:

  • 100g raspberry frozen
  • 60g castor sugar
  • 100g fresh strawberry puree
  • 1/4 tsp lemon juice
  • 6g gelatin leaves (soak in cold water until soften)

1)Heat up frozen raspberry  together with castor sugar until thickened.

2)Blend the mixture into puree.Add in strawberry puree and gelatin.Mix well.Add in lemon juice.Mix well.Strain.

3)Pour into 5″cake ring(which wrapped with cling wrap at the bottom) sits underneath a tray lined with baking paper.

4)Allow to set in freezer for at least 4 hours or more.

raspberry gelee

White Chocolate Mousse:

  • 60g Cadbury baking white chocolate ( or any baking white chocolate)
  • 1  small egg, room temperature
  • 1 tbsp castor sugar
  • 100ml Bulla whipping cream ( or any whipping cream)

1)Beat whipping cream to soft peaks.

2)Melt white chocolate.

3)In a bowl: Beat egg and sugar until ribbon stage(a) over bain marie(b).(Ensure water is 40C )

4)Fold egg mixture through the whipped cream.

5)Scoop out one ladle of egg-cream mixture from step (4) and fold through melted white chocolate to well combine.Then fold it back to remaining egg-cream mixture.

6)Pour onto the hardened raspberry-strawberry gelee earlier and allow to set in freezer for at least 4 hours or more.

 

white chocolate mousse

 

Note:

(a)What is ribbon stage?

A term referring to the thickness of a whipped/cooked batter (typically with eggs)or cream.When the batter is lifted it should fall in ribbons or smooth sheets that will hold their shape momentarily before falling into the batter.

(b)Bain marie or double boiler means a pan of hot water in which a cooking container is placed  above it for slow cooking. Please remember do not allow the hot water touches the bowl of chocolate mixture while using slow heat cooking it.

 

Hazelnut and Almond Dacquiose:

  • 25g hazelnut meal
  • 25g almond meal
  • 10g Western Star unsalted butter ( or any unsalted butter)
  • 50g castor sugar
  • 6g corn flour
  • 40g egg whites
  • Icing sugar for dusting

1)Preheat oven to 170C. Line baking tray with baking paper or non-stick baking mat.

2)Melt butter. Mix hazelnut and almond meals with half of the castor sugar together.

3)Beat egg whites in a clean mixing bowl till bubbly foam, and slowly add in sugar while beating to stiff peaks meringue(c).

4)Fold in meringue into dry ingredients in 3 additions.

5)Add in spoonful of meringue mixture into melted butter.Fold together.

6)Pour butter mixture into rest of meringue mixture.Mix well.Pour into a piping bag.

7)Pipe  in circular motion into a 5″ round disc .Dust with generous amount of icing sugar.

8)Bake for 18-20 minutes until lightly golden brown.

 

hazelnut&almond dacquoise

Note:

(a) Dacquoise is a dessert made with layers of almond and hazelnut meringue and whipped cream or buttercream. It takes its name from the feminine form of the French word dacquois, meaning ‘of Dax‘, a town in southwestern France.

(b)If cannot find hazelnut meal, you can kindly eliminate hazelnut meal and increase almond meal to 50g.

(c)what is meringue?

Meringue means  egg whites and castor sugar are beaten to airy texture with alot of air pockets trapped inside.Usually to double or tripled of volume.

(d)Always remember when folding meringue into flour mixture,it has to be done slowly and gently without deflating the air pockets, usually by using spatula to fold from bottom to upwards in slow motion until both mixture are well combined without any trace of meringue has been seen. Deflating the air pockets will not produce a well risen cake as result.

 

Strawberry Mousse:

  • 4g gelatin leaves(soak in cold water till soften)
  • 180ml Bulla whipping cream ( or any whipping cream)
  • 110g strawberry puree
  • 40g castor sugar

1)Process fresh strawberries into puree.

2)Beat whipping cream to ribbon stage. [Picture 1  ]

3)Put half of strawberry puree and sugar in a saucepan.Gently warm till sugar dissolved.

4)Squeeze water from soaked gelatin, add into saucepan from step (3).Stir well.

5)Strain into mixing bowl. Add the remaining strawberry puree in.

6)Pour in whipped cream. Fold to combine.

strawberry mousse

 

Assemble:

1)Lightly torch the edges of the 5″ cake ring containing gelee and white chocolate mousse. Remove the set mousse from cake ring.

2) Place the hazelnut-almond dacquoise onto the base of a 6″ cake ring lined with baking paper in a tray.

3)Pipe in strawberry mousse around the cake ring. Place the raspberry gelee-white chocolate mousse onto the dacquoise.(White chocolate mousse touches the dacquoise)

4)Pipe in remaining strawberry mousse, smooth the top. Allow to set in freezer for at least 4 hours or more.

 

assemble 1

 

Pink Glacage:

  • 125g Bulla cream ( or any brand of cream)
  • 10g castor sugar
  • 25ml glucose ( or corn syrup)
  • some pink food colouring
  • 100g Cadbury baking white chocolate
  • 3g gelatin leaves (soak in cold water till soften)

1)Bring cream, sugar and glucose to boil at 85C.

2)Add in chocolate in few additions.Combine.Stir

3)Stir in soften gelatin.Mix together with pink food colouring and strain.

4)Allow to cool down to 25C.

Note:

(a)Stir the glaze now and then before glazing to prevent skin forming.

(b)Remember to be quick and generous when pouring the glaze over the mousse.

 

Assemble II:

1)Remove the mousse from freezer, lightly torch around the cake ring for few seconds. Remove the mousse from ring.

2)Place cake back to freezer for 15 minutes.

3)Place a small cake ring onto a tray. Place the mousse onto the cake ring.

4)Pour the pink glaze over the mousse.Allow to drip off excess.

5)Decorate with some fresh strawberries and macaron shells, dust with some icing sugar  or decorate with however you, go wild with your imagination.

pink glaze

 

 

 

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Caramel Dacquoise with Candied Walnut 蜜枣核桃焦糖慕斯 甜点(gluten free)

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I want to have a quick dessert,mousse with sponge,then chocolate on it.The kind of cake takes short time to set up,no over the top decor,just simple that anyone can do.

Dacquoise is the sponge made of egg whites that has a strong body with either almond or hazelnut.

You will taste of smoothly and velvelty caramel soft mousse melt into your mouth together with the sponge finger,with candied walnut that provides you different direction of texture.Or  if you dare to challenge the sweetness of your taste bud, dare to crack the chocolate piece ,spoon together with the caramel mousse (chocolate and caramel are good buddies in dessert world) as well as the base of this entire dessert-dacquoise.

 

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Components you need:

  • Dacquoise
  • Caramel mousse
  • Candied Walnut
  • Chocolate piece

how to make dacquoise

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Caramel mousse: For the creme caramel

  • 134g Bulla cream ( or any dairy cream)
  • 2 tsp vanilla essence
  • 76g castor sugar
  • 44g glucose
  • 240g Bulla whipping cream(whip to soft peak) or any dairy whipping cream

For the sugar syrup:

  • 50g sugar
  • 24g water

For the pate a bombe:

  • 44g sugar syrup(prepared earlier)
  • 54g egg yolks
  • 8g gelatine sheets

1.For creme caramel,bring cream & vanilla to a boil.

2.Boil sugar and glucose till it starts to turn amber.

3.Turn off the heat,pour in cream immediately, whisking continuously till it is well combined.

4.Cool completely.

5.For the pate a bombe: place sugar syrup in a saucepan and bring to boil over medium heat.Beat yolks slightly in a mixer bowl to break them up. Increase the speed to medium high and slowly pour the hot syrup over the yolks.

6.Dissolve the gelatine over bain marie and add it to the pate a bombe(a),

7.Combine to whisk till the mixture is completely cold and thick.

8.Fold in whipped cream.

9.Pour into a piping bag.Chill in fridge.

Recipe of Caramel mousse is adapted from: Daily Delicious

 

Note: 

(a)What is pate a bombe?Egg yolks beaten with a sugar syrup, then aerated. It is the base used for many mousse and buttercream recipes.

 

Walnut Sucre / Candied Walnut

  • 50g walnut
  • 50g sugar
  • 15g water

1.Boil sugar and water in a pot until sugar dissolved. (brush the sides of pot with water to prevent crystalise of sugar syrup)

2.When reach 145C,turn off the heat.

3.Mix in walnut.

4.Using low heat,stir walnut with sugar syrup thoroughly.

5.Sugar will crystalized little by little.

6.After walnut becomes white, turn off heat.

7.Transfer to a baking tray with baking sheet.Cool completely.

 

Chocolate piece

  • 3/4 cup Cadbury baking dark chocolate ( or any baking dark chocolate)

1.Melt the chocolate in a clean bowl over bain marie until completely melted.

2.Lay a piece of baking sheet.Pour and spread the melted chocolate onto the sheet until thin layer.

3.Cool in fridge until hardened.

4.Take a knife,dip in hot water and dry.Slice the hardened chocolate into long strip.

Note:forgive me for not able to upload the  pictures on how to make the mousse as I forgotten to insert my memory card,AGAIN while talking on the phone….so sorry …

 

Assemble:

1.Place cooled dacquoise down. Pipe caramel mousse onto dacqouise.

2.You can either place the candied walnut on top of mousse or you can simple place chocolate piece.

3.Decorate however you like because this is a very simple dessert but nice to your taste bud.

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Mango Coconut Mousse cake

 

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Few components you need:

  • ·       Coconut Dacquoise

  • ·       Mango Gelee

  • ·       White chocolate mousse

  • ·       Mango Mousse

  • ·       Mango Glacage

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Coconut Dacquoise

  • ·       88g egg white
  • ·       25g castor sugar
  • ·       70g icing sugar
  • ·       68g coconut powder(process the desiccated coconut into powder form)
  • ·       18g cake flour,sifted

1.     Process dry desiccated coconut to fine powder if you cannot find coconut powder.

2.     Whisk egg white in a clean bowl to foamy stage,add in sugar slowly and continued beating to stiff peak.

3.     Fold in coconut powder and sifted cake flour into meringue(egg white) until well combined.(Be gentle and quick to avoid deflating the air)

4.     Pour batter into the lined baking pan.

5.     Dust with icing sugar, be generous.

6.     Bake for 180C for 15 minutes.

7.     Remove from oven and allow to cool completely.

Mango Gelee

  • ·       75g mango puree
  • ·       12g of gelatin sheet Or use 12g gelatin powder(remember to soak in tbsp water ,and melt undera bowl of hot water)
  • ·       2 tbsp hot water

1.     Soak gelatin sheet in cold water until soft.  Squeeze out excess water when need to use.

2.     Boil the mango puree and hot water at low heat until starts boil,turn off heat.

3.     Add in the gelatin sheet. Stir to well combine to ensure all gelatin melts.

4.     Pour into a 6” square cake ring, put into freezer to get harden.

 

White Chocolate Mousse

  • ·       200g Bulla whipping cream ( or any dairy whipping cream)
  • ·       100g Cadbury  baking white chocolate( or any baking white chocolate)
  • ·       5g gelatin sheet

1.     Soak the gelatin sheet in cold water till soft,squeeze out excess water when need to use.

2.     Whip cream to stiff peak. Chill in the fridge.

3.     Melt white chocolate , add in gelatin sheet. Mix well. Cool down a little.

4.     Add into whipped cream and mix to JUST well combine.

Assemble Part I:

1.     Using a slightly bigger square cake ring(I used 7.5’’),cut the dacquoise to the proper size in order to fit into the cake ring as base.

2.     Pipe in/or pour in the white chocolate mousse onto the dacquoise.

3.     Put the cake ring into the freezer to freeze for 4 hours or until harden lightly.(I freeze to overnight)

Mango Mousse:

  • ·       7g gelatin sheet(soak in cold water till soften,squeeze out excess water when need to use)
  • ·       150g  Bulla whipping cream( or any dairy whipping cream )
  • ·       1.5 Tbsp icing sugar
  • ·       150g mango puree
  • ·       1 tsp mango paste(optional)

1.     Place mango puree in a pot, let it simmer on low heat until some bubbles started to see, turn off the heat.

2.     Add in the gelatin you soaked earlier, stir to well combine.

3.     Whip the cream to soft peak, add in the mango mixture  and mango paste into whipped cream and mix to just well combined. Put in fridge.

4.     Remove the cake out ,place the mango gelee onto white mousse earlier.

5.     Pour in the mango mousse and allow to set in freezer.

Mango Glacage/Glaze:

  • ·       36g castor sugar
  • ·       4g gelatin sheet
  • ·       7ml glucose
  • ·       75ml water
  • ·       65g mango puree

1.     Boil all except gelatin sheet. Once boiled, turn off heat.Cool down little, add in soaked gelatin sheet.

Assemble part II:

1.Pour in this mango glacage onto the mango mousse layer for form a thin layer.Put back to fridge and allow to set.

2.Decorate however you like,it is your cake now.(I topped up with some cubed fresh mango,and white chocolate shave.Put back to fridge to set little.

3.Serve and enjoy.

Hope you like it 🙂

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