Classic Chocolate Cake(rich and moist) 古典巧克力蛋糕

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Christmas is coming and then welcoming new year 2019. How to celebrate?To me, a classic moist, and rich chocolate cake with some nice decoration and share with my close friends.

I love flower.Every ladies should love flower as gift. My husband does not buy me much bouquet, that explains I love my dessert to look like any kind of beautiful petals. ( One of my self-comforting methods, embarrassed )

 

This classic chocolate cake is extremely, confidently and no hesitation for me to crown it as : The  most moist, rich, softest and chocolatey cake I ever tasted, more than one positive descriptions. Yes, you may taste this cake from somewhere in a good bakery shop. We were not aware of what kind of chemicals or softening agent they might added into those moist cakes. This cake is definitely 100% chemicals-free from any softening agent. My husband and I had to thumbs up for this classic chocolate cake. Remember: Moist, rich, softest, and cottony are those words I can find.

3 little components, shall we start?

 

 

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3 components:

  • Classic chocolate cake
  • Dark chocolate mousse
  • Chocolate glacage/glaze

 

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Dark Chocolate Mousse:

@makes 1 X 6cm diameter half sphere

  • 30g egg yolks
  • 20g sugar
  • 10g water
  • 30g Cadbury baking dark chocolate  ( or any baking dark chocolate)
  • 70g  Bulla whipping cream ( or any dairy whipping cream)

1)Melt chocolate over bain marie(a pot of simmering water sits underneath the bowl of chocolate without allowing water touches the chocolate)

2)How to make Pate a bombe(a):

a)Beat  egg yolks till foamy stage with hand whisk.

b)Heat up sugar and water in a pot till reached 117C.

c)Add in to beaten egg yolks slowly and keep whisking fast until slightly pale like picture shown.This is called pate a bombe.

3)Fold in the melted chocolate into pate a bombe(a)from step (2).(It will slightly turned thick  a little)

4)Beat cream in a mixing bowl till soft peaks formed. Fold  whipped cream into chocolate mixture from step (3) in 2 additions. Pour into a 6cm diameter silicone half sphere mould. Freeze to harden.

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Note:

(a)What is Pate a bombe:

A pâte à bombe is the French term for a mixture used as a base for making chocolate mousse and other mousse-like desserts.

It is made by pouring a sugar syrup that has been cooked until it is 117C degrees celsius over egg yolks and whipping the mixture until it is completely cold and has transformed into an uniform, unctuous, airy mass.

b)While comes to mixing pate a bombe and chocolate with the whipping cream, you will find the mixture is slightly hard to whisk at first, but if you keep whisking together, it will tend to loosen up a little.So do not panic,when you fold in the remaining cream, it will give you a smooth, velvety and heavenly chocolate mousse.

 

 

Classic Chocolate Cake:

@makes one 6″ round cake pan

  • 67g  Cadbury baking dark chocolate ( or any baking dark chocolate)
  • 50g  Western  Star unsalted butter ( any unsalted butter)
  • 25g  Bulla whipping cream ( or any dairy whipping cream)
  • 50g  egg yolks
  • 136g  egg whites
  • pinch of cream of tartar
  • 40g  castor sugar
  • 20g  cake flour
  • 20g  Hershey unsweetened cocoa powder ( or any unsweetened cocoa powder)

1)Melt chocolate, cream and butter  over bain marie(a) (double boiler) until all dissolved. Mix well.

2)Lightly beat egg yolks and slowly add into chocolate mixture from step (1). Sift in cake flour and cocoa powder.

3)Beat egg whites and pinch of cream of tartar until foamy, slowly add in castor sugar and continued beating to soft peaked formed.(this is called “Meringue”)(b)

4)Fold in 1/3 of meringue from step (3) into chocolate mixture (You might find the mixture is slightly hard to mix but keep whisking until well combined.) Fold in remaining meringue till all incorporated.

5)Oil the 6″ round cake pan and line with grease-proof paper on the bottom and sides.

6)Pour in the cake batter into cake pan and bake in water bath(d) at 140C for 70-80 minutes or until inserted skewer in the middle comes out clean.

7) Once baked, remove from oven and inverted to cooling rack.Allow to cool completely.

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This cake is undeniable: RICH, chocolatey, MOIST, SOFT and exquisite. You can just eat all by it’s own. No lie.

Note:

(a)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.

(b)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.

c)Always remember when folding meringue into chocolate 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.

(d)To prepare a water bath for baking, put your filled cake pan in a larger pan and add enough boiling-hot water to reach halfway up the side of the smaller cake pan. I am using normal round cake pan.If you are are using removable cake pan, remember to wrap the bottom with 2 layers of aluminium foil to prevent water seepage.

 

Chocolate Glacage/glaze:

  • 20g Hershey unsweetened cocoa powder ( or any unsweetened cocoa powder)
  • 40g sugar
  • 30g water
  • 30g  Bulla whipping cream(  or any dairy cream )
  • 3g gelatin leave, soaked in cold water until soften

1)Boil water, cream and sugar. Slowly sift in cocoa powder. Mix well.

2)Bring back to heat on medium heat until just boil.Remove from heat.

3)Squeeze out water from soften gelatin leaves. Fold in gelatin leaves into chocolate mixture. Strain, and allow to cool.

 Note:

  • It is best to cool down the chocolate glaze till 28-33C  to glaze the mousse(frozen).
  • Stir the glaze now and then before glazing to prevent skin forming.
  • you can chill the glaze overnight to rest before using.The glaze will be jelly like texture form.
  • Carefully warm up with bain-marie or microwave until liquid and no trace of lump.(Remember to cool down to the optimum temperature when glazing)

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Prepared chocolate petals:(Decoration is optional)

  • some Cadbury baking dark chocolate ( or any baking dark chocolate)
  • rectangular acetate sheets
  • A small baking tray
  • rolling pin

1)Melt dark chocolate in microwave on high heat.Bring out to stir well every 10 seconds until all melted.

2)Spoon one dollop of melted chocolate over the acetate sheets.By using small palette knife, lightly make a swirl circulation motion on the dollop of chocolate, then drag outside of the circle chocolate petal and lift your palette knife to make a pointy tail from the petal.Repeat few more chocolate petals on each acetate sheet.

3)Align the acetate sheet  with the chocolate work on one side of the baking tray,by using a rolling pin to press down one side of the acetate, so it curls up the chocolate petals. Allow to harden in fridge.Once hardened, peel off every petals from acetate sheet.Repeat this step to make 40-60 petals altogether.

 

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Assemble:

1)Remove chocolate mousse from silicon mould.Place on to a rack, pour the chocolate glaze over the harden chocolate mousse.Allow to drip excess.

2)Pipe some whipped cream in the middle of classic chocolate cake. Place the chocolate mousse on the whipped cream.

3)Decorate with chocolate petals around to form a flower.(optional this part if you do not prefer any flower decoration.)

If you prefer no chocolate petals, you can whip some Chantilly cream (Which is cream, sugar and vanilla) then pipe around the chocolate mousse which is above the chocolate cake to replace the chocolate petals.Then to cover the whiteness of the whipped cream, you can shave some chocolate and cover the Chantilly cream or sprinkle with some almond flakes onto the whipped cream.IT is purely my suggestion.You can do however you prefer.Just enjoy the process.Go wild with your own imagination.

4)Serve.

Assemble

 

 

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Note:

(a)If you want to eliminate the mousse, welcome to just bake the moist chocolate cake.

(b)Decoration is for your own imagination, you can decorate however you love because that is your cake now. ^_^

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MERRY Christmas and HAPPY new year 2019 everyone !

 

Love,

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Raspberry & Hazelnut Delice

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By sivia

This dessert although seem familiar, it is an absolute challenging task for me when lack of proper equipment. The chocolate task definitely is the time consuming work.That has taken me days to complete and practice due to insufficient acetate sheets.(I have to pipe one,set in freezer, peel off from acetate sheet and repeat this for 5 more).Acetate sheets, it is not easy to find in Sydney. Everytime I go back to Malaysia, that is the only way I can top up my baking material. Acetate sheets become one of my essentials that I need to use it thrifly. Other than that, to make the sponge, cremeux and glaze are really easy to make.

Winter, such a good weather for all the chocolate work but not a pretty time to snap some pictures. Waiting for a sunny day during these cloudy winter has put many task in pause modes. Now almost into summer in Sydney. I miss the heat from summer.

This dessert produces 6 pieces. Decoration is up to your imagination. I wanted to learn, so I did. Just wish I have more acetate sheets for me to practice.

Let’s get started! Don’t fret over this long process, alright?

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Components you need:

  • Raspberry puree
  • Raspberry mousse
  • Chocolate sponge
  • Hazelnut biscuit macaron
  • Chocolate rectangles
  • Dark chocolate cremeux
  • Raspberry glaze
  • Simple sugar syrup

Rapsberry Puree:

  • 125g raspberries ( fresh or frozen)
  • 13ml water
  • 13g castor sugar
  • 1/2 tsp lemon juice

1)Process raspberries to puree.

2)Bring water and sugar to boil. cool slightly.

3)Pour warm syrup and lemon juice into puree. Mix well.Strain.Leave to cool.

Note: Raspberries puree can be stored in airtight container for 2-3 days.

Raspberry Mousse:

  • 2g gelatin leaves
  • 84ml Bulla whipping cream( or any dairy whipping cream )
  • 2 tbsp raspberry puree
  • 14g castor sugar

1)Soak gelatin leave sin cold water.Let it soften. Squeeze the water out. Microwave on high heat for 30 seconds until melted.

2)Beat whipping cream  and sugar to ribbon stage.[ picture shown in step 2 ]

3)Mix in  the melted gelatin into raspberry puree.Stir till dissolved.Strain.

4)Fold in whipping cream.Mix well. Pour into piping bag.

5)Make 2 acetate tubes that are 1.5cm( 1/2 inch) in diameter and 30cm long by curling acetate into cylinder and securing with sellotapes. Secure base of the cylinder with cling film. [Picture 6 and 7 ]

6)Gently fill the prepared acetate tubes,ensure there is no air pockets inside.Secure another ends of tubes with cling film. Allow to set in freezer for at least 2 hours till harden.

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Chocolate Sponge:

  • 75g wholes eggs
  • 19g egg yolks
  • 30g castor sugar
  • 10g ALDI brand plain flour, sifted ( or any plain flour )
  • 10g corn flour, sifted
  • 12g Hershey unsweetened cocoa powder (or any unsweetened cocoa powder )
  • 38g Western Star unsalted butter ( or any unsalted butter )

1)Preheat oven to 190C, line baking paper on a 26cm X 16.5cm rectangular baking pan.

2)Put eggs , yolks and sugar over a bowl, whisk over bain marie (a) (Double boiler) until 37C. (Remember to keep whisking without scramble the egg.)

3)Remove from heat, continue whisking eggs mixture to ribbon stage (b)[ picture 2 ], this is also called SABAYON (c).

4)Fold in all the flours using spatula through whisked sabayon mixture from step (3).

5)When flour is 3/4 folded through, scoop out some mixture and add into melted butter.

6)Add butter mixture  from step (5) to sabayon mixture until smooth.

7)Pour into prepared pan.Bake for 15 minutes or till sponge springs back when pressed gently.Cool down and trim into 6 pieces of 13cm X 4cm of rectangle.

Chocolate sponge

Note:

(a)Bain marie ?  also known as water bath. Set a bowl over saucepan of simmering water. It is important that the base of the bowl does not touch the water while cooking in the bowl.

(b)Ribbon stage? Aerated of eggs with sugar by whisking it. As you lift the egg mixture, it will fall back on itself and a trail of “ribbon” will be left across the surface. The ribbon will hold shape for a moment and then sink back into the mixture. [Shown in step 2 in picture above]

(c)What is sabayonSabayon is the French name for zabaglione, a light, mousse-like Italian dessert that’s made by whisking eggs and sugar over gently boiling water until the eggs thicken but do not scramble. [ Shown in step 3 in picture above]

Hazelnut Biscuit Macaron:

  • 72g egg whites
  • 50g castor sugar
  • 28g  Lucky ground hazelnut ( or any hazelnut meal )
  • 15g ALDI plain flour (or any plain flour )
  • 40g icing sugar
  • 40g Lucky ground almonds ( or any almond meal)

1)Preheat oven to 190C and line baking paper on a 26cm X 16.5cm rectangular baking pan.

2)Beat egg whites and sugar to soft peak meringue(a) formed. [step 2 in picture shown]

3)Mix ground hazelnut, flour, icing sugar and ground almonds together.

4)Fold in  meringue into hazelnut flour in 3 additions until well combined.

5)Spread mixture on prepared pan. Bake for 12-15 minutes. Cool down and trim into 6 pieces of 13cm X 4cm of rectangle.

Hazelnut Biscuit macaron

Note:

(a)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.

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Dark Chocolate Cremeux:

  • 170g Cadbury baking dark chocolate button
  • 84ml milk
  • 190ml Bulla whipping cream ( or any dairy whipping cream )
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla essence
  • 60g egg yolks
  • 30g castor sugar
  • 22g Western Star unsalted butter ( or any unsalted butter )

1)Put chocolate in a bowl.

2)Bring milk, cream and vanilla paste to just boil.Off heat.

3)Beat yolks and sugar til light in colour with hand mixer.

4) Add in half of the hot cream into egg mixture, whisking till smooth. Pour in remaining hot cream mixture and keep whisking until all combined.Return over low heat, stir the mixture and cook till it coats the back of a spoon (or till 82C-84C) [Picture in step 4 ]

5)Switch off the heat. Strain over chocolate. Mix until smooth.

6)Add in butter, mix till smooth.

7)Spread into a shallow tray, cover with cling wrap, leave in fridge to semi-set for piping later. Pour into a piping bag with round nozzle.

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Preparing Chocolate Rectangles:

  • some  Cadbury baking dark chocolate, chopped ( or any baking dark chocolate)
  • 12 pieces of 14cm x 4cm rectangular  acetate sheets
  • small palette knife

1) Melt chocolate over bain marie/double boiler or microwave every 10 seconds in high heat (keep stirring every time comes out from microwave) till melted smoothly.

2)Spoon few dollop of melted chocolate into acetate sheet. Thinly and gently spread the chocolate over the sheet. Allow to semi-set then transfer into a baking tray. Place a piece of baking paper onto arranged chocolate rectangles followed by another baking tray to keep it flat while it sets in the fridge. Once chocolate has fully set, carefully peel the acetate away from the chocolate.

Chocolate rectangles

Note:

Remember to keep the chocolate in airtight container in the  fridge before using it.

Raspberry glaze:

  • some neutral glaze/ mirror glaze
  • some raspberry puree
  • 2 tbsp of water

1)Mix all into together to well combine.

Simple sugar syrup:

  • 1 tbsp castor sugar
  • 2 tbsp hot water

Mix all together til sugar dissolved.

Assemble :

1)Once raspberry mousse is hardened, remove from freezer.Peel off the acetate tubes. Cut into 6 piece of 10cm long raspberries cylinders. Place back in freezer for few minutes. Brush the raspberry glaze onto all the raspberry mousse.Place back in the fridge.

2) Place the cut Hazelnut Biscuit Macaron onto a tray,brush with simple sugar syrup.Pipe 3 small bulbs of Dark Chocolate Cremeux on top of the Hazelnut Biscuit Macaron.

3)Place the piece of Chocolate Sponge on top , then soak the sponge with simple sugar syrup.

4)Pipe 3 small bulbs of cremeux on top of the Alhambra Sponge and top with one of the prepared chocolate rectangles.

5)Pipe 2 rows of large bulbs of Cremeux along the top of chocolate rectangles.Top with another chocolate rectangle, then place a small line of cremeux in the centre of each chocolate rectangle.

6)Remove raspberry mousse from fridge and use a small palatte knife to place them into the middle of the chocolate.Decorate with prepared chocolate hoops as desired.

7)Place back in fridge for 30 minutes. Serve.

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Note:

(a) This dessert is definitely  interesting. I love the dark chocolate cremeux , smooth and silky. The raspberry mousse is my first try in tubes, goes well with all the chocolate. The sponge and biscuit macaron are not suppose to be super soft, it has a very different dimension in the texture and flavour.Overall, I love it.

(b)What is chocolate delice?Chocolate Delice is a form of dessert that is made from chocolate and a host of other ingredients like whipped cream, berries and nuts, caramel, eggs, milk and icing sugar. It is a popular dessert in the UK.

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Another alternative of decoration with much easier effort

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p/s:If there is any mistake and doubt of my work, do let me know, I will try rectify it.This work has been constructed under taking multiple medications which could cause drowsiness. My deepest apology.

 

 

 

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Rich Chocolate Tart

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It has been long for posting my recipe, since I got my viral flu from my husband, and unfortunately sick for more than month and I still have not recovering from my coughing.Why the virus has been so strong in Sydney?Why the doctor insisting not prescribing any medicine:”I am sorry, there is nothing we can do for the viral flu.”Both of us were told by the doctor. Every night all I did is coughing , lack of sleep, how am I going to heal my dear doctor in Sydney? The only thing is to make my body immune to any sickness…Healthy food, and healthy lifestyle, plenty of sleep and no dessert for a while.Sorry my dear blog.

Here is one of the recipes I tried before I was sick, just to share with you.I am going into a big transition very soon and I am going to miss some of the genuine readers due to I owe it to my health. Gosh…

Enjoy baking,dear folks! Not sure how long I can bla bla bla here so much. Going to miss you guys.

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Components you need:

  • Rich chocolate mousse
  • Sable breton (Sweet Pastry)
  • Chocolate glaze

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Rich Chocolate Mousse:

  • 225g  Cadbury baking milk chocolate,chopped ( or any baking milk chocolate)
  • 100g egg yolks
  • 60g castor sugar
  • 30 ml water
  • 280 ml Bulla whipping cream ( or any whipping cream)

1)Melt chocolate over bain marie(a pot of simmering water sits underneath the bowl of chocolate without allowing water touches the chocolate)

2)How to make Pate a bombe(a):

a)Beat  egg yolks till foamy stage with hand whisk.

b)Heat up sugar and water in a pot till reached 117C.

c)Add in to beaten egg yolks slowly and keep whisking fast until slightly pale or ribbon stage like picture shown.This is called pate a bombe.[Picture 6].Continue to beat the mixture until it is cool.

3)Beat cream in a mixing bowl till soft peaks formed[picture 7].

4)Fold in whipped cream into pate a bombe(a)[picture 8].

5)Fold  1/3 of cream mixture into melted chocolate from step (1).(It will slightly turned thick  a little).Fold in remaining cream mixture into chocolate mixture.

6)Pour the mousse into a prepared 6″ round cake ring sitting under a tray lined with parchment paper.Allow to freeze for 4 hours or overnight.

Rich Chocolate mousse

Note:

  • Ensure to pour in the sugar syrup slowly into beaten egg, otherwise pouring too fast of  hot sugar syrup will curdle the beaten egg.
  • (a)What is Pate a bombe:

A pâte à bombe is the French term for a mixture used as a base for making chocolate mousse and other mousse-like desserts.

It is made by pouring a sugar syrup that has been cooked until it is 117C degrees celsius over egg yolks and whipping the mixture until it is completely cold and has transformed into an uniform, unctuous, airy mass.

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Sable Breton: (Rich sweet pastry)

  • 100g plain flour
  • 3g baking powder
  • pinch of salt
  • 75g unsalted butter, softened in room temperature
  • 30 egg yolks
  • 65g castor sugar

1)Sift together flour, baking powder and salt.

2)Beat the butter until soft and creamy.

3)Beat egg yolks and sugar in another bowl, beat till light in colour.

4)Add in softened butter into egg mixture, and mix to well combined.

5)Fold in the sifted flours.

6)Mix into forming a dough.

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7)Lightly press the dough between 2 sheets of parchment paper.Allow to rest in refrigerator for an hour.

8)Transfer the dough the work bench, roll the dough into roughly 8mm in thickness. Cut into a 8” diameter round disc.

9)Place the pastry  on a baking tray lined with parchment paper.

10)Bake in a preheated oven of 180C for 25 minutes until golden brown. Transfer to a cooling rack once baked, allow to cool completely.

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Note:

  • Lightly dust some flour between the 2 sheets parchment paper before roll the dough to desire thickness to prevent stickiness.
  • Do not over roll or work the dough otherwise it might cause shrinkage during baking in oven.
  • You can allow the dough to rest in the fridge for about 15 minutes again before bake if the dough becomes sticky due to hot weather.
  • This pastry should be used the same day as it is made, or can be frozen for up to a month after wrapped properly.
  • (a)What is Sable Breton:

This pastry is enriched by using egg yolks and flavoured with some salt. The pastry is definitely rich, buttery and crispy. It is from France and famous for the addition of salt.

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Chocolate Glaze:

  • 9g gelatin leaves /or  gelatin powder(Dissolve powder into enough water to mix into paste)
  • 117g water
  • 150g castor sugar
  • 50g Hershey unsweetened cocoa powder( or any unsweetened cocoa powder)
  • 85g Bulla cream ( or any dairy cream)

1)Bloom gelatin in ice cold water till softened.Squeeze to remove excess water when use.

2)Bring water and sugar to just boil , immediately reduce to low heat to simmer for 2-3 minutes.

3)Add in cocoa powder and cream.

4)Bring it back to boil and simmer for 4-5 minutes on low heat.

5)Remove from heat, add in softened gelatin(Same goes to the gelatin powder if using powder instead).Stir until dissolved.

6)Strain, Leave to cool to 25C.

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Note:

  • It is best to cool down the chocolate glaze till 28-33C  to glaze the mousse(frozen).
  • Stir the glaze now and then before glazing to prevent skin forming.
  • you can chill the glaze overnight to rest before using.The glaze will be jelly like texture form.
  • Carefully warm up with bain-marie or microwave until liquid and no trace of lump.(Remember to cool down to the optimum temperature when glazing)
  • You can store in an airtight container in fridge and use in 4 days.

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Assemble:

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

2)Place mousse back to freezer for 15 minutes.

3)Pour the chocolate glaze over the harden chocolate mousse.Allow to drip excess.

4)Transfer to the cooled sable breton(Pastry disc).

5)Decorate fresh raspberries around the mousse, and place some chocolate square piece on the top, more raspberries. Dust with some edible gold powder.

6)Allow the mousse tart to bring back to edible temperature in refrigerator for 30 minutes before serve.Enjoy this rich, chocolaty and buttery tart.

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Hope you enjoy this alternative of rich chocolate tart, it is so rich and melt into your mouth. Hope you like this sharing.

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Love,

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Rich Chocolate Tart

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It has been long for posting my recipe, since I got my viral flu from my husband, and unfortunately sick for more than month and I still have not recovering from my coughing.Why the virus has been so strong in Sydney?Why the doctor insisting not prescribing any medicine:”I am sorry, there is nothing we can do for the viral flu.”Both of us were told by the doctor. Every night all I did is coughing , lack of sleep, how am I going to heal my dear doctor in Sydney? The only thing is to make my body immune to any sickness…Healthy food, and healthy lifestyle, plenty of sleep and no dessert for a while.Sorry my dear blog.

Here is one of the recipes I tried before I was sick, just to share with you.I am going into a big transition very soon and I am going to miss some of the genuine readers due to I owe it to my health. Gosh…

Enjoy baking,dear folks! Not sure how long I can bla bla bla here so much. Going to miss you guys.

 

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Components you need:

  • Rich chocolate mousse
  • Sable breton (Sweet Pastry)
  • Chocolate glaze

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Rich Chocolate Mousse:

  • 225g  Cadbury baking milk chocolate,chopped ( or any baking milk chocolate)
  • 100g egg yolks
  • 60g castor sugar
  • 30 ml water
  • 280 ml Bulla whipping cream ( or any whipping cream)

1)Melt chocolate over bain marie(a pot of simmering water sits underneath the bowl of chocolate without allowing water touches the chocolate)

2)How to make Pate a bombe(a):

a)Beat  egg yolks till foamy stage with hand whisk.

b)Heat up sugar and water in a pot till reached 117C.

c)Add in to beaten egg yolks slowly and keep whisking fast until slightly pale or ribbon stage like picture shown.This is called pate a bombe.[Picture 6].Continue to beat the mixture until it is cool.

3)Beat cream in a mixing bowl till soft peaks formed[picture 7].

4)Fold in whipped cream into pate a bombe(a)[picture 8].

5)Fold  1/3 of cream mixture into melted chocolate from step (1).(It will slightly turned thick  a little).Fold in remaining cream mixture into chocolate mixture.

6)Pour the mousse into a prepared 6″ round cake ring sitting under a tray lined with parchment paper.Allow to freeze for 4 hours or overnight.

Rich Chocolate mousse

Note:

  • Ensure to pour in the sugar syrup slowly into beaten egg, otherwise pouring too fast of  hot sugar syrup will curdle the beaten egg.

 

  • (a)What is Pate a bombe:

A pâte à bombe is the French term for a mixture used as a base for making chocolate mousse and other mousse-like desserts.

It is made by pouring a sugar syrup that has been cooked until it is 117C degrees celsius over egg yolks and whipping the mixture until it is completely cold and has transformed into an uniform, unctuous, airy mass.

 

 

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Sable Breton: (Rich sweet pastry)

  • 100g plain flour
  • 3g baking powder
  • pinch of salt
  • 75g unsalted butter, softened in room temperature
  • 30 egg yolks
  • 65g castor sugar

1)Sift together flour, baking powder and salt.

2)Beat the butter until soft and creamy.

3)Beat egg yolks and sugar in another bowl, beat till light in colour.

4)Add in softened butter into egg mixture, and mix to well combined.

5)Fold in the sifted flours.

6)Mix into forming a dough.

sable breton(sweet pastry)

7)Lightly press the dough between 2 sheets of parchment paper.Allow to rest in refrigerator for an hour.

8)Transfer the dough the work bench, roll the dough into roughly 8mm in thickness. Cut into a 8” diameter round disc.

9)Place the pastry  on a baking tray lined with parchment paper.

10)Bake in a preheated oven of 180C for 25 minutes until golden brown. Transfer to a cooling rack once baked, allow to cool completely.

 

sable breton

Note:

  • Lightly dust some flour between the 2 sheets parchment paper before roll the dough to desire thickness to prevent stickiness.
  • Do not over roll or work the dough otherwise it might cause shrinkage during baking in oven.
  • You can allow the dough to rest in the fridge for about 15 minutes again before bake if the dough becomes sticky due to hot weather.
  • This pastry should be used the same day as it is made, or can be frozen for up to a month after wrapped properly.

 

  • (a)What is Sable Breton:

This pastry is enriched by using egg yolks and flavoured with some salt. The pastry is definitely rich, buttery and crispy. It is from France and famous for the addition of salt.

 

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Chocolate Glaze:

  • 9g gelatin leaves /or  gelatin powder(Dissolve powder into enough water to mix into paste)
  • 117g water
  • 150g castor sugar
  • 50g Hershey unsweetened cocoa powder( or any unsweetened cocoa powder)
  • 85g Bulla cream ( or any dairy cream)

1)Bloom gelatin in ice cold water till softened.Squeeze to remove excess water when use.

2)Bring water and sugar to just boil , immediately reduce to low heat to simmer for 2-3 minutes.

3)Add in cocoa powder and cream.

4)Bring it back to boil and simmer for 4-5 minutes on low heat.

5)Remove from heat, add in softened gelatin(Same goes to the gelatin powder if using powder instead).Stir until dissolved.

6)Strain, Leave to cool to 25C.

 

chocolate glaze

Note:

  • It is best to cool down the chocolate glaze till 28-33C  to glaze the mousse(frozen).
  • Stir the glaze now and then before glazing to prevent skin forming.
  • you can chill the glaze overnight to rest before using.The glaze will be jelly like texture form.
  • Carefully warm up with bain-marie or microwave until liquid and no trace of lump.(Remember to cool down to the optimum temperature when glazing)
  • You can store in an airtight container in fridge and use in 4 days.

 

 

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Assemble:

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

2)Place mousse back to freezer for 15 minutes.

3)Pour the chocolate glaze over the harden chocolate mousse.Allow to drip excess.

4)Transfer to the cooled sable breton(Pastry disc).

5)Decorate fresh raspberries around the mousse, and place some chocolate square piece on the top, more raspberries. Dust with some edible gold powder.

6)Allow the mousse tart to bring back to edible temperature in refrigerator for 30 minutes before serve.Enjoy this rich, chocolaty and buttery tart.

 

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Hope you enjoy this alternative of rich chocolate tart, it is so rich and melt into your mouth. Hope you like this sharing.

 

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Moist Chocolate Cake with Coffee Mousse

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by Sivia

I love chocolate and coffee.

What     about      you?

Nothing much to describe for these two simple combination.It just as though a magical chemistry reaction occurred once slip into your mouth, you will fall in love when you love both so deeply.

The moist,rich and chocolatey cake, combined with the addictive coffee aroma,ice cream-like coffee cream, as though you are having ice cream soft cookies in your mouth, the closest words I could describe.

Oh yeah, although it sounds rich, apparently not too overly sweet.

Girls love flower, and so do I.

This is my another experimental chocolate work.

Shall we get started?

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Few components you need:

  • Moist Chocolate cake
  • Coffee mousse
  • Dark chocolate glaze
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Moist Chocolate cake:

@makes one 5″ round cake

  • 45g  Cadbury baking dark chocolate ( or any baking dark chocolate)
  • 35g  Western  Star unsalted butter ( any unsalted butter)
  • 18g  Bulla whipping cream ( or any dairy whipping cream)
  • 35g  egg yolks
  • 90g  egg whites
  • pinch of cream of tartar
  • 28g  castor sugar
  • 14g  cake flour
  • 20g  Hershey unsweetened cocoa powder ( or any unsweetened cocoa powder)

1)Melt chocolate, cream and butter  over bain marie(a) (double boiler) until all dissolved. Mix well.

2)Lightly beat egg yolks and slowly add into chocolate mixture from step (1). Sift in cake flour and cocoa powder.

3)Beat egg whites and pinch of cream of tartar until foamy, slowly add in castor sugar and continued beating to soft peaked formed.(this is called “Meringue”)(b)

4)Fold in 1/3 of meringue from step (3) into chocolate mixture (You might find the mixture is slightly hard to mix but keep whisking until well combined.) Fold in remaining meringue till all incorporated.

5)Oil the 5″ round cake pan and line with grease-proof paper on the bottom and sides.

6)Pour in the cake batter into cake pan and bake in water bath(d) at 140C for 40-60 minutes or until inserted skewer in the middle comes out clean,depending on individual oven.

7) Once baked, remove from oven and inverted to cooling rack.Allow to cool completely.

Note:

(a)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.

(b)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.

c)Always remember when folding meringue into chocolate 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.

(d)To prepare a water bath for baking, put your filled cake pan in a larger pan and add enough boiling-hot water to reach halfway up the side of the smaller cake pan. I am using normal round cake pan.If you are are using removable cake pan, remember to wrap the bottom with 2 layers of aluminium foil to prevent water seepage.

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Coffee Mousse:

  • 230g Bulla whipping cream ( or any whipping cream)
  • 4g gelatin powder
  • 26g Liddells Lactose free full cream milk ( or any milk)
  • 2 tbsp castor sugar
  • 1 tbsp coffee powder ( or  decaffeinated coffee powder)

1)Dissolved coffee powder into milk. Add in gelatin powder. Microwave for 10 seconds on high heat until gelatin and coffee powder dissolved.Set aside.

2)Beat cream to ribbon stage, then add in coffee mixture. Beat till soft peak formed.

Assemble I:

1)Once cake cooled, place a 6″ cake ring onto a baking tray lined with baking paper. Pour in the coffee mousse into the ring, then place the moist chocolate cake onto the mousse.Fill up the gap with remaining coffee mousse. Smooth out the mousse with palate knife.

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

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Dark Chocolate Glaze:

  • 6g gelatin leaves
  • 78ml water
  • 60g castor sugar
  • 33g Hershey unsweetened cocoa powder ( or any unsweetened cocoa powder)
  • 57ml Bulla whipping cream ( or any cream)

1)Bloom gelatin till soft in cold water.

2)Put sugar and water in a saucepan, bring to boil, then continue to simmer over low heat for 2-3 minutes.

3)Add the sifted cocoa powder and the cream. Mix well.

4)Bring back to the boil, simmer for 4-5 minutes.

5)Take pan off the heat, add the soften gelatin and stir till dissolved.

6)Strain, leave to cool.

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Note:

a) Remember to stir the glaze on and off to prevent thick skin formed.

b)Best glaze to used at temperature of 28-33C. I used my glaze at 28C.

Assemble II:

1)Take mousse out from freezer, heat the outer ring with hair dryer or warm towel for seconds. Remove the cake out from the ring( put the mousse onto a bottle, gently push the ring downwards). Put the mousse back to freezer for 20-30minutes.

2)Take out the mousse, and pour the  dark chocolate glaze all over the mousse.Allow glaze excess to drip off.

3)Decorate with chocolate flower and spray with edible gold spray.

Note:

a)How to prepare glazing work area:

1) Put a jam jar into a big mixing bowl. Place mousse onto the jar, and glaze.

2) Place cooling rack onto a baking tray.Place mousse onto the rack and glaze.

b)Decoration is up to your own imagination.

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by Sivia

Hope you like this sharing.

Your comments and visit are so much appreciated. Thank you for dropping by ^_^

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Ferrero Rocher Mousse

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How many of you love these small little monster “Ferrero Rocher” chocolate balls?

I love it! Everytime seeing these exquisite advertisement on Ferrero Rocher, it has just drawn me closer to my own little fantasy lane “making it”.

My aim is to make into a bigger version of Ferrero Rocher Mousse balls. Bigger the better, what do you think?

If you are interested, let’s have a look of my version?

 

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Components you need:

  • Chocolate wafer
  • Milk chocolate cremeux
  • Chocolate cream chantilly
  • Chocolate ganache
  • Edible gold spray

 

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Chocolate wafer:

  • 23g rice pop
  • 90g  Cadbury baking milk chocolate( or any baking  chocolate)

1)Melt the chocolate in microwave on high heat, bring out and stir well every 10 seconds until completely melted.

2)Pour in the rice pop into melted chocolate and mix well.

3)Pour into 4 x 7cm diameter of hemisphere silicon moulds. Spread the mixture around the mould to form a thin layer around the hemisphere.(Remember to leave small gap for other fillings)

4)Chill in freezer until completely harden.

ferrero rocher mousse step 1

 

Milk Chocolate Cremeux:

  • 50g Cadbury   baking milk chocolate button ( or any baking milk  chocolate )
  • 22ml Liddells Lactose free full cream milk ( or any milk)
  • 95g Bulla whipping cream ( or any dairy whipping cream )
  • 18g egg yolks
  • 9g castor sugar
  • 9g Western Star unsalted butter ( or any unsalted butter )

1)Put chocolate in a bowl.

2)Bring milk and cream to just boil.Off heat.

3)Beat yolks and sugar til light in colour with hand mixer.

4) Add in half of the hot cream into egg mixture, whisking till smooth. Pour in remaining hot cream mixture and keep whisking until all combined.Return over low heat, stir the mixture and cook till it coats the back of a spoon (or till 82C-84C) [Picture in step 4 ]

5)Switch off the heat. Strain over chocolate. Mix until smooth.

6)Add in butter, mix till smooth.

7)Spread into a shallow tray, cover with cling wrap, leave in fridge to semi-set for piping later. Pour into a piping bag with round nozzle.

Dark chocolate cremeux 1

 

Dark Chocolate cremeux 2

Assemble I:

1)Once the mixture become semi-set, pipe onto the rice pop mixture to fill up the gap. Arrange and lightly press in 2 whole  hazelnuts into the middle of  cremeux on 4 separated hemisphere. Leave to set in the freezer for 4 hours.

ferrero rocher mousse step 2

 

Chocolate Cream Chantilly:

  • 200g Bulla whipping cream (or any whipping cream)
  • 4 tsp Hershey unsweetened cocoa powder ( or any cocoa powder)
  • 4 tsp castor sugar

1)Beat everything together to firm peaked. Pour into piping bag.

 

 

Assemble II:

1)Pipe around 4  x 8cm diameter hemisphere silicon moulds. By using a spoon, lightly spread the cream evenly with a spoon to ensure no gap was found otherwise you might see air trap inside the final mousse when peel off.

2)Take out the 7cm  hemiphere silicon moulds out from freezer. Remove each hardened mousse from moulds. Gentle press the hardened mousse into the chocolate cream chantilly. Remove excess cream chantilly and smoothed out. Keep in the freezer for at least 4 hours or overnight until hardened.

ferrero rocher mousse step 3

 

Chocolate Ganache:

  • 150ml Bulla whipping cream ( or any whipping or thickened cream)
  • 125g Cadbury baking milk chocolate ( or baking milk chocolate)
  • 13g Western Star unsalted butter ( or any unsalted butter)

1)Bring cream to boil. remove from heat.

2)Pour into chocolate. Mix well until chocolate is melted.

3)Stir in butter.Mix well.

4)Allow to cool until 30C.

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Assemble III:

  • 80g hazelnut, chopped finely

1)Take out the hemisphere mousse from freezer, remove from the moulds.

2)Press the chopped hazelnuts all around the mousse.(You can let the mousse bring back to room temperature for few minutes, then press the hazelnuts around to it stick to the mousse)

3)Stack 2 hemisphere altogether into a sphere. Repeat this for making another sphere.

4)Pour the chocolate ganache all over the hemisphere mousse.Allow to drip off excess.

5)Spray edible gold spray all over the 2 spheres Ferrero Rocher mousse. Chill in fridge for an hour before serving.

6)Remember to share with few person.

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Note:

(a)If you do not have edible gold spray, you can remove from the recipe.

(b)If you preferred more hazelnuts, you can sprinkle more nuts onto the chocolate ganache as well.

(c)This is a crazy idea that I fantasized for awhile, so go crazy with any other ingredients you prefer.

 

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Chocolate Banana Mousse Cake 巧克力香蕉慕斯蛋糕

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by sivia

                             I remembered how Chocolate Banana mousse cake enticed me  once I tasted .The velvety and chocolatey mousse combined with the soft cottony sponge. I love mousse cake.I think sponge and mousse are heavenly compatible to each other,one cannot lost the other. The banana definitely is one of the main  flavour  to the entire cake.Can’t complaint.This is how I fall in love to mousse cake,madly in love.
                          Chocolate banana cake is classic, everyone has their way of doing it. I have been baking this couple of times in my life  evolving from using instant sponge cake mix(17 years old) to making it from scratch (now).And this is another version of it. Hope you all like this sharing ^_^
Let’s get started, shall we?
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Components you need:

  • Chocolate sponge
  • Torched banana/ fresh banana
  • Coffee chocolate round disc (optional)
  • Chocolate mousse
  • Chocolate glacage/glaze

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Chocolate Sponge: 

  • 2 egg yolk
  • 10g castor sugar
  • 15g salad oil
  • 30ml Liddells lactose free milk ( or any milk)
  • 15g cake flour
  • 10g Hershey unsweetened cocoa powder ( or any cocoa powder)
  • 2 egg white
  • drop of lemon juice/white vinegar
  • 20g castor sugar
1) Sifted flour and cocoa powder. Line a 7″ cake pan with baking paper. Preheat oven to 180C.
2)Whisk yolk and sugar together to well combine.
3)Add in oil and milk.Mix well.
4)Add in sifted flours in 2 additions, mix to well combined.
5)Beat egg whites and a drop of vinegar in a clean bowl to foamy stage, add in sugar slowly , continued beating to stiff peak.
6)Scoop out one-third of meringue(a) to mix with yolk-mixture at step (4).Fold in remaining meringue to batter in 2 additions to well combine.
7)Bake: 180C, 10-15 minutes depending on individual oven.
8)Remove cake from oven to cool down. Remove baking paper and cut into slightly smaller than 6″ in diameter.( We are going to use 6″ cake ring, so we need to cut into a round sponge slightly smaller than 6″ in diameter)
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Note:
(a)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.

Torched Banana:

  • 1 and half banana, (depending on size, you can use more if you love banana, the more the better)
  • some brown sugar(optional)
  • torched gun
1)Peel off bananas and halve it.
2)Sprinkle with some brown sugar onto each banana.(ignore this step if prefer no sugar)
3)Caramelize each banana with torch.Set aside for later use.
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Coffee Chocolate round disc: (optional)
  • some  coffee chocolate button or some baking chocolate.
1)Melt some of the compound chocolate, and lightly spread on a sheet of baking paper. Put another sheet of baking paper ont op of the chocolate,and using a tray to lay on top(reduce the chocolate disc wobbles).Keep in refrigerate until set
2)When the chocolate is set, using a 5″ round cutter,dip the round cutter into warm water, wipe it to dry. Cut a round disc out.

Chocolate Mousse:

  • 300ml Bulla whipping cream( or any whipping cream)
  • 140g Cadbury baking dark chocolate ( or any baking dark chocolate)
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 tbsp of sugar
1)Melt the chocolate over a pot of simmering water(do not allow water to touch the bowl of chocolate)
2)Beat eggs and sugar in a pot of simmering water(do not allow the water touches the bowl of egg mixture). Keep beating the egg and sugar until fluffy and pale or ribbon stage(a)[Step 3 in picture below]
3)Fold the egg mixture step (2) into melted chocolate at step (1).
4)In a clean bowl: beat whipping cream until soft peak formed.
5)Fold whipped cream into egg-chocolate mixture at step (3) in 2 additions until a velvety chocolate mousse achieved. Pour into a piping bag.
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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.

Assemble (1): 

1)Place 6″ cake ring onto a baking tray lined with baking paper underneath.
2)Place the chocolate sponge, and pipe chocolate mousse onto the sponge to cover the sponge.
3)Place the coffee-chocolate round disc on (Optional if you dont want to add ),please jump to step (4).
4)Arrange torched banana slices all over the mousse.
5)Cover with remaining chocolate mousse.
6)Smooth the top and allow to freeze until set for at least 4 hours or overnight.
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Chocolate Glacage:

  • 260g Bulla cream ( or any cream)
  • 180g sugar
  • 60g Hershey unsweetened cocoa powder (Or any cocoa powder)
  • 6g gelatin leaves (soak in cold water till soften)

1)In a pot:add in cream, sugar, cocoa powder(sifted),keep cooking and stirring under medium heat.

2)After the mixture came to boil and cocoa powder has dissolved.Remove from heat.

3)Add in the soaked gelatin sheet(discard the water),stir till dissolved.

4)Strain the mixture and allow to cool to room temperature.Stirring occasionally to avoid skin form.

 

Note:

  • It is best to cool down the chocolate glaze till 28-33C  to glaze the mousse(frozen).
  • Stir the glaze now and then before glazing to prevent skin forming.
  • You can chill the glaze overnight to rest before using.The glaze will be jelly like texture form.
  • Carefully warm up with bain-marie or microwave until liquid and no trace of lump.(Remember to cool down to the optimum temperature when glazing)

 

Assemble (2):

1)Take out mousse cake from freezer, remove the cake ring by using hair blower to gently heat up all around cake ring for few seconds.
2)Place mousse cake onto a cooling rack sitting above a baking tray.
3)Pour the chocolate glacage all over the mousse.Allow to drip excess.
4) Decorate however you like.
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Note:
1.If you prefer slicing the bananas in smaller pieces, then arrange around the mousse, of course you can do that.
2.Do not sprinkle sugar onto sliced banana if preferred less sweet.
3.If you have no torch gun, you can just arrange sliced banana.
4. This  cake is preferably eaten fresh with the bananas inside.
5.Be generous and quick when glazing your mousse cake so it does not have air bubbles trap into your glaze which resulting wrinkles on the glaze.
6.Eliminate the coffee chocolate round disc from the recipe if preferred without it.
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by sivia

Hope you enjoy this another version of chocolate banana.
Thank you for dropping by and deeply appreciate your comments ^_^
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Banana L’Opera 香蕉欧培拉蛋糕

 

Banan L'opera

by sivia

I wanted to try second time of opera and the banana concept is the key from one of my readers here(U know who u r :P, thank you so much) I wanted to do it from how she told me: Strong banana and chocolate flavour,less on the coffee(unlike the classic one).I am aiming to reduce the sweetness by adding less buttercream onto this cake,but it still taste very delish!Here you go~

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by Sivia

 

Few components:

  • Banana Joconde
  • Coffee(Decaf) syrup
  • Coffee(Decaf) buttercream
  • Banana buttercream
  • Dark Chocolate Ganache Filling
  • Dark Chocolate Glaze

 

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Banana Joconde:

  • 63g almond powder
  • 63g icing sugar
  • 18g cake flour
  • 85g eggs
  • 1 ripen banana, mashed
  • 80g egg whites
  • 16g castor sugar
  • 18g Western Star unsalted butter ( or any unsalted butter)

Banana Joconde

 

1)Preheat oven to 200c.Line baking paper onto a 30cmX30cm baking tray.

2)Sift almond powder, icing sugar and cake flours.Set aside.

3)In a mixing bowl: beat eggs until ribbon stage(a), fold in the almond-icing-flour mixture and banana mashed.(Do not over mix)

4)In another clean mixing bowl: Beat egg white till foamy stage, slowly add in sugar and continued beating till stiff peak achieved.

5)Fold in 1/3 of meringue(b) into the egg-flour mixture to ligthen it.Then, fold in the remaining meringue.(Do not over mix otherwise deflate the air bubbles)

6)Pour in the melted butter and mix to just well combined.

7)Bake at 200C for 8-15 minutes,or to light golden brown,depending on individual oven.

 

Note:

(a)Ribbon stage? Aerated of eggs with sugar by whisking it. As you lift the egg mixture, it will fall back on itself and a trail of “ribbon” will be left across the surface. The ribbon will hold shape for a moment and then sink back into the mixture.

 (b)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.

 Simple  Coffee Syrup (Decaffeinated)

 

Simple coffee syrup

 

Italian Buttercream:

  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 30ml water
  • 2 egg whites
  • 225g Western Star butter,unsalted(room temperature) or any unsalted butter

 

1)Combine water and sugar in a saucepan over medium heat.Bring it to boil. Once it starts boiling, insert a candy thermometer.

2)Standby your butter cubes on other side.

3)Whip egg whites in mixing bowl of a mixer to soft peaks, at medium-high speed. (Goal: egg whites whipped to soft peaks by the time sugar reaches 112C.)

4)When sugar reaches 112C, add it to egg whites in a slow steady stream on medium speed. (Careful: Pour sugar directly into egg white without hitting edge or side of bowls or beater)

5)Increase speed to high and beat until cooled to room temperature. ( Test with thermometer if cooled meringue is at or lower than 35C.)

6)Reduce mixer speed to medium, start adding butter ,one at a time. Mix well and be patient.

7)When all butter has been added, continued beating at high speed until incorporated or a completely smooth buttercream is obtained.

 

italian meringue buttercream

Note:

(a)Do not panic if you see curdled during the stage where adding butter, keep beating at high speed ,you will see it comes back together and become smooth.

(b)Ensure you butter is cut into small cubes and it is in room temperature, not too soft and not firm to touch. When you touch it, it leaves a soft dent on the butter.

(c)If your kitchen happen to be hot, you can use a bowl of cold ice sits underneath the italian meringue while adding your butter into. It helps to prevent butter to split due to  the heat from italian meringue.

 

From Italian Meringue buttercream we prepared, we make into 2 different flavours:

 

a)Decaf Coffee Buttercream:

  • 2/3 of italian buttercream(prepared above)
  • few tsp of the decaf coffee syrup(prepared earlier)

1)Whip all these together to get a smooth decaf coffee buttercream.

 

b)Banana Buttercream:

1 ripen banana,mashed(or few drops of banana essence)

1/3 of italian buttercream(Prepared ealier)

1)whip all together to get a smooth banana buttercream.(notice: using banana mashed will see chunks of banana puree,it is ok.If want to avoid it,use banana essence)

Dark Chocolate Ganache Filling:

 

Dark chocolate filling

Dark Chocolate Glaze:

 

Dark chocolate glaze

Another version of Chocolate glacage:

  • 260g  Bulla whipping cream ( or any whipping cream)
  • 180g sugar
  • 60g Hershey unsweetened cocoa powder ( or any cocoa powder)
  • 6g gelatine leaves
  • 30g water (use to soak the gelatine)

1)in a pot:add in cream, sugar, cocoa powder(sifted),keep cooking and strring under medium heat.

2)After the mixture came to boil and cocoa powder has dissolved.Remove from heat.

3)add in the soaked gelatine sheet(discard the water),stir till dissolved.

4)Strain the mixture and allow to cool to room temperature.Stirring occasionally to avoid skin form.

 

 

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Assemble:

1)Cut the banana joconde into 3 equal parts.

2)Brush Decaf coffee syrup onto the first joconde.

3)Spread decaf coffee buttercream then spread the chocolate ganache.

4)Add 2nd layer joconde.

5)Brush with syrup,then spread banana buttercream.

6)Spread chocolate ganache.

7)Layer the last joconde,brush syrup.

8)Spread decaf coffee buttercream.

9)Set inside the fridge to chill for few hours till buttercream has harden.

10)Remove cake from fridge,warm up the chocolate glaze if harden.

11)Pour the chooclate galze on top of the buttercream layer.(Dont worry to run over the edges)

12)Trim the 4 sides.Set in fridge for 30 minutes.

13)Decorate how ever u like.Slice and serve.

Banana chocolate Opera assemble

 

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Note:

1)Since no added colouring,I suggest to eat this cake fresh,not to keep too many days because of the added fresh banana in buttercream. 🙂

2)If you prefer stronger coffee flavour,welcome to add more into your syrup(coffee essence also can be used,but I tried to keep everything natural)

3)Dear friends,if you prefer sweeter ,double the recipe for the buttercream. As you can see from my buttercream layers,it consists of 2 layers decaf coffee buttercream & 1 layer banana buttercream 🙂

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by Sivia

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by Sivia

 

Sometimes,life is so full of unspeakable series that we never expect.I want to dedicate this cake for my love one,my only husband:” You’ve been so tired these days.You’ve become much stronger from all the things we have been through. I love you today and everyday.Thank you.”

 

Happy Trying 🙂

 

Love Swiss Roll (Valentines Day) 爱的瑞士卷(情人节)

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After Chinese New Year, Valentines is around the corner. Hoping to catch up with you all the wonderful human being with this simple Japanese Swiss Roll.

Let me share all the love with the world.

Happy Valentines Day(an early one).

What to make for this valentines 2014?What about dark chocolate sponge sandwich with vanilla and raspberry mousse that melt into your mouth easily?

Let’s get started?Shall we?

Components you need:

  • Raspberry Mousse
  • Vanilla mousse
  • Chocolate sponge

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Raspberry Mousse:

  • 3 tbsp raspberry puree
  • ¼ tsp organic natural red food colouring
  • 2 tbsp sugar
  • 400g Bulla whipping cream( or any dairy whipping cream)
  • A love shape cookie cutter
  • Baking paper lined on a baking tray size of 27cm X 18cm

1)      Blend fresh raspberry into puree. Keep 3 tbsp puree to keep aside. Add in ¼ tsp food colouring. Mix to well combine.

2)      In a clean mixing bowl, start to beat the whipping cream, sugar and raspberry puree mixture from step (1) into firm peak.

3)      Pour the mousse into a prepared baking pan. Allow to set in freezer for 4 hours or more until hardened.

4)      Once hardened, cut out individual love shape mousse from the love shape cookie cutter.

5)      Stack each mousse piece on top of each other ,enough to make roughly 25cm long of love mousse. You have to be quick otherwise will melt. Once it is done, put back into freezer to allow to set for another 1 hour.

methods

Vanilla Mousse:

  • 400g Bulla whipping cream ( or any dairy whipping cream)
  • 1 1/4 tbsp castor sugar ( adjust to your own sweetness )
  • 1 tsp of vanilla essence

1)      In a clean mixing bowl, beat all the ingredients into medium peak. Pour into a piping bag.

 Assemble I:

  • 30cm X 25cm of an acetate sheet
  • Tape
  • 8cm in diameter of a round cookie cutter

1)      Make a cylinder cone by rolling the acetate sheet which enough to fit into the round cookie cutter, and tape it tight.

2)      Place the the cylinder acetate into the round cookie cutter.

3)      Line some baking paper onto a baking tray, place the cookie butter with the acetate cylinder on it.

4)      Pipe in half of the vanilla mousse into the cylinder.

5)      Remove the raspberry mousse from freezer, slowly place into the vanilla mousse , try to put in the middle of the mousse. Push the raspberry mousse until some of the vanilla mousse is pushing upwards.

6)      Fill up the rest of the vanilla mousse and smooth the top. ( do not worry it will cover the raspberry mousse. We will slice it once the swiss roll is done.

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Chocolate Sponge:

  • 30g Liddells lactose free milk( or any milk)
  • 10g oil
  • 3 large eggs , room temperature
  • 70g castor sugar
  • 50g cake flour
  • 10g Hershey unsweetened dark cocoa powder( or any coca powder)

1)      Line a 34cm X 25cm of a baking pan with baking paper. Make sure there is not crease.

2)      Sift the cake flour and cocoa powder for 3 times.

3)      Mix oil and milk together.

4)      Beat eggs and sugar until fluffy and pale, we called it ribbon stage. ( When you lift up your beater and the batter able to make a shape of 8 only after few seconds.)

5)      Fold in cake flour and cocoa powder in 2 additions. Mix well but gently folding it with plastic spatula.

6)      Scoop out some batter into oil mixture. Mix well, then pour back into flour batter, and fold gentle to well combine. (Do not fold it too much otherwise deflate the air pockets in the batter because cocoa powder has higher content of fat, it tends to deflate the air pocket more readily, so keep it gently.)

7)      Pour the cake batter into prepared baking tray. Tap the tray 10 times to remove air pockets. Smooth the top. Bake at preheated oven of 180C for 12- 13 minutes, depending on individual oven.

8)      Once sponge is done, remove the cake from tray.  Place the cake onto a new sheet of baking paper with the golden brown side faced down. Remove the baking paper which attached to the another side immediately, and cover with another sheet of new baking paper. Allow to cool down completely.

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Assemble II:

1)      Trim the four edges of the chocolate sponge into size of 30cm X 25cm or to the size able to wrap the cylinder mousse later. Allow the sponge sits on top of the baking paper.

2)      Beat 2 tbsp of whipping cream. Set side.

3)      Remove the mousse out from freezer. Lightly blow hot air around the mousse for few seconds, peel of the acetate sheet from round cutter.

4)      Spread the 1 tbsp of the whipping cream earlier from step (2) all over the trimmed chocolate sponge.

5)      Place the cylinder mousse onto the middle of the sponge, and wrap the mousse with the sponge around with the help of baking paper. Tape it nicely so it stays properly. If you want, you can wrap one more layer of aluminium foil over the roll to double secured the shape. Leave in freezer for 4 hours or overnight .

6)      Remove roll from freezer and let it defroze half way.Unwrap and slice.( This way, shape still remain) Serve and enjoy.

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Note:

1)      Always ensure the eggs are in room temperature before beating with sugar. Or you can put the refrigerated eggs into a bowl of warm water for 5 minutes.

2)      If you cannot manage to make a long mousse in first go, I highly suggest you to prepare two same size round cake cutter, prepare two acetate cylinders. So you can  easily stack the love shape mousse without worrying as well as you can place the stacked love shape mousse easily into vanilla mousse.

3)      This swiss roll will be pretty big in size. If you can find smaller love shape, you can try to reduce the entire recipe into half providing you can find smaller cake pans.

4)      The reason to beat 2 tbsp of whipping cream and spread all  over one side of the sponge because the hardened cylinder mousse unable to stick onto the sponge,we need extra cream to help in doing this otherwise sponge will not hold onto the mousse properly.

5)      If you cannot find acetate sheet, you can try cutting any frizzy drink bottle such as coke, sprite . Ensure the bottle is smooth on the surface, just cut the middle part out to be your cylinder.

6)      If you do not like raspberry flavor, you can substitute with strawberry puree too.

7)      The reason to cover both side of the freshly baked chocolate sponge with new baking paper because firstly to prevent the top golden brown side to dry up. Secondly, if you keep the older baking paper stuck onto the cake while cooling down, this side of the cake will crease and shrink during the cooling process.

Enjoy! Wishing all the love birds and loved one Happy Valentines Day! Muah~~~

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Today’s Word: 

My dear friends, stay strong and be truthful to yourself. Love yourself completely.

Surround with all the one who love you for who you are!

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RIP Princess Bunny 26.11.2013 ( Chocolate Ogura cake )

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Letter to our beloved Princess bunny: RIP 26.11.2013

I truly aware that bunnies life span is such short, couple of wonderful years and they will have to leave.

Some might question why a bunny?why not a dog or a cat?

It is never be my plan to ever meet this snow white bunny in my life this way

So I found her in the middle of nowhere
I met her and we started our journey as family
“So daddy and mummy will name you as Princess”
Our bond grew so much throughout these couple of months
Some might say: just a rabbit, just a couple of months,how deep is your love?
The moment I carry her in my hand    walking block by block
She did not struggle or let go of me
The time she started to lick my palms all over   I fall in love to this white bunny
The day I hold her in my arm    I think she found comfort in me
The time spend with her never seem never  enough for me
Our bond just grew each day
Our love become stronger each day
Until one day she seems to weak
I carried her in my arm  I think she is fallen sick
Rushing to the doctor she was in my arm
I never let go of her until she decided to let go of me
Until doctor told: “I am sorry  I am afraid she has to leave”
I cannot  believe this just happened so suddenly
I haven’t catch up with my breathe
She was laying there eyes wide opened
And I can feel the warmth of her white body
I was too silly tried to pump her heart
Hoping she will wake up again for me
I kept holding on her and never let go
My tears are soaking all over her white body
I know bunny lives short but it can’t be as short as this
These few days I was like body without the soul
I cried  I am hurt because we lost our bunny
So many things I would love to do together with her
Now that I can only hold on to both our memories
Yes she indeed a bunny
She has the best heart for a bunny I ever met
I shut myself down for these couple of days
Tried to be normal but I was hiding my true self
Until I find myself able to control my tears
I sit here quietly to  write down her memoir as much as I can
“We loved you Princess”
Please enjoy the fun in the hand of Lord Almighty
Chasing the birds and soaking under the sun
One day I will be meeting “you” once again
Love
mummy & daddy
bunny cremation
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bunny.cremation-flower

写一封给小白公主的信 :

我有好多好多话想对你说
我有好多好多的事还没做
如果你还能听见
如果人与小动物的遇见是缘份
那我们俩的分手是注定吗?

从第一次遇见你
你那雪白的毛衣闪烁在翡翠绿的草原里
我的灵魂仿佛被你可爱的样子吸引着
无法自拔    离不开你的视线
我耐心的守侯  等着你会跑到我身边
得知你迷失了好几天 无家可归
楚楚可怜的你 最后还是抱着你在我的怀里
一步一步地走回家
那短短15分钟的路程 你聆听我的呼吸声
那是我们第一次亲密联系 你没有摆脱

当你踏入我家 你就称我们俩:爸妈
把你带到兽医去检查 才得知你是我更想要的小公主
医生说你是个非常乖巧的兔妹妹
打从那一天 我就肯定你我是注定相遇

每一天和你的相处 更了解你多一些
你不喜欢洗澡  更不喜欢妈咪煮饭
每次打开炉灶或烤箱 你就躲开 动也不动
你不喜欢我们碰你的小家笼子
有时会发出不喜悦的声音 要我立刻停止
好奇怪 兔子应该不会发出声音
难道你会说话?

每天起床 会对你说声:早安 宝贝!
我就会看见你的喜悦
迫不及待的要我来疼爱你

你是个人见人爱的小白公主
朋友邻居小孩都喜欢你
你不是个捣蛋鬼 从来不破坏家具
喜欢你不断地保持洁净
你总是像婴儿般 那么清新自然

你喜欢爸妈每分每秒都扶摸你
当我们忽略你 你好不客气地摇晃你的笼子
发出声音  就想要我们俩来疼爱你

你喜欢在笼子里蹦蹦跳跳 仿佛在努力娱乐我们
你喜欢在草原里蹦跑 爸妈俩都追不上
跑得累了 你那雪白的身躯就躺下 深呼吸

当我唱歌给你听 你就乖乖地睡着去
看见你那迷人的粉红眼睛 逐渐垂下
是你给我的讯号 你睡着了

当你第一次舐我的手心 我们的爱就在此展开
你每次都至少舔上半小时 得知这是你对我的爱
我爱上你了 小白公主

跟你相处了第三个月的某一天
我情不自禁 把你抱在怀里
就好像妈咪抱着宝宝似的
不断扶摸你那迷人粉红的双耳双眼和鼻子
聆听你的深呼吸 你慢慢地睡着了
从此以后 就算有多忙
你会无时无刻地像闹钟般
要我抱着你 一起看电影 一起上脸书

爸也没料到你会乖乖投入我怀里
我再次爱上你

那天星期二 你突然走了
爸妈俩抱着彼此痛哭了好几天
不断嗅你用过的一切
还是不能接受突然间你的消失
捨不得又无可奈何

人走了会到天堂
而兔子走了会到何处?
每晚都守候着你的兔灵魂会出现
我不怕 而是后悔没有无时无刻陪着你

当你失去你爱的人
他会要你坚强的过每一天
那当你失去了一个你疼爱的动物
它还会记得你吗?

别人可能说:只是个兔子 只有那几个月 有多爱?
就算是捡回来的 就算是个兔子 就算是几个月
那彼此培养的爱 永不消失

爱了 失了 痛了 就只有回忆

希望上帝好好保护你 疼惜你
你是我生命里遇过最特别的小白兔 永不取代

你永远是我们的公主 永远地爱你

人说别等到人死了后才懂得珍惜 你会后悔 心痛
那如果你非常珍惜在生的它,当它亡身后,那种痛是无法形容的,你觉得呢?

我知道兔子的属命短暂 该有五六年
我在努力去爱宠它
却没料到它 突然离开
我改变不了过去

你走了的第六天 我的泪慢慢地被我控制下
我在学习接受没有你的日子

兔公主 愿你化为兔兔天使
照料天下小动物
保护它们

你是我生命里永远的小白天使

bunny with bell

When she quietly allow me to capture her for the first time. I loved the red bell on her, so I can know where I can find her around the house.
bunny looks at me
I adored her bright pink eyes with her pink nose and ears gazing up on us everytime we called her.
bunny licks my hand
 Princess loved licking my palms to show her affection to me. She can kept doing that for half an hour.
bunny resting
Princess was a tall lady,she loved to lay down comfortably in her safe house.
chocolate.ogura
Never know the last cake”pandan Ogura”  I baked together with her would be the last time .I missed her. I bake this chocolate Ogura to reminiscence the last time together with her.
Recipe for Chocolate Ogura cake for those who is interested:
  • 1 egg
  • 5 egg yolks
  • 70g milk
  • 45g corn oil
  • 60g cake flour
  • 10g  Hershey unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 5 egg whites (Ensure it is cold)
  • 80g castor sugar
  • 1/4 tsp cream of tartar
  1. By using hand whisk, mix egg yolk, eggs, oil and milk together to well combined. Fold in cake flour and cocoa powder. Mix well.
  2. Beat egg whites and cream of tartar , by adding sugar in 3 additions. Beat until soft peaks formed.
  3. Fold in this meringue(Egg whites mixture) into flour mixture( step 1).
  4. Pour into  an oiled 8″ square cake pan. Knock out excess air pockets.
  5. Bake at a preheated oven of 150C for 60-70 minutes  by water bath method, depending on individual oven.Every oven acts differently, make sure you know your oven pretty well because some can bake this cake at 160C for 50-60 minutes without cracks(water bath).
  6. Once baked, remove cake from the tray of water. Invert the cake onto cooling rack for 2 minutes, then re -invert to a tray to cool down.
  7. This cake is best place in refrigerator for best consumption.

My experience:

  • I only brush some oil onto the cake pan, and did not use any parchment paper because I realized that the appearance of the cake turned out best looking without parchment paper with my oven. Feel free use any method which suits you.
  • Once you notice first small crack on your cake , immediately lower down your oven temperature by 10C.
  • If you find most of your cakes which baked in water bath method usually turn out soggy bottom, you can try to remove the water bath for the last 15-20 minutes of every bake to avoid soggy bottom.
Love ,
hellosweetdessert(mummy and daddy)