Sunday, October 24, 2010

Chocolate macarons

200gr egg whites
230gr almond powder
400gr powder sugar
28gr cocoa powder

Sift the powders
After sifting

Whipping the whites
 Equipment, a sheetpan with parchment paper, a bowl scraper, a silicon spatula, a pipping bag with a tip (asteco 806).

The whites stiff peak

Add the powders in two steps
Use the bowl scraper or the silicon spatula for the mix
First step of the mixing

End of the mixing the batter is a little runny and shiny
Trick, tuck the bag inside the tip to prevent the batter from running out
Once filled
Un-tuck the bag from the tip
Leaving space between the macarons, will help a proper baking
Crusting in front od the oven

Checking on the crusting
The batter does not stick to the finger
Baking about 10 minutes at 330F
Coming out of the oven
ready for the filling
a bit of ganache
 and Voilà

Rillettes Bouchées with chocolate glaze

Deconstruction & Combinations

Pairing of Chocolate with meats

Stage 1
Making Rillette  approximately 6 hours
Slow cooking in rendered fat (Duck Fat)

Stage 2 - The adding of additional flavor profiles - Sultana
                           raisins and coco powder

Ganache Recipe STEP 1
- 500 grams Water
- 100 grams Milk Powder  
 50 grams Cocoa Powder
-10 grams Pectin
- 5 grams Salt  
- 5 grams Sugar

STEP 4, when the glaze is cooled to 140°f add the bloomed gelatin (10 sheets)
STEP 5, when the glazed has cooled down to 90°f it is ready to be used

Using a ladle or chocolate funnel apply the chocolate to the turned out spheres  over a screen, parchment and sheet pan

Seattle Chocolate Festival

For the time Seattle is having a Chocolate Festival, we are participating,
Saturday October 23rd Chef Wynne is demonstrating a rillette bouché with a bitter chocolate glaze.
Sunday October 24th Chef Rondenet is demonstrating how to make Parisian Macarons.
Both recipes and detail pictures will be posted soon...

Saturday, October 2, 2010

IBIE wrap up

Last wednesday was the last day of IBIE, in Las Vegas, the two baking teams going to France are
Perou for South America and
The United States for Central and North America (see picture)
Bread Showpiece from Team USA
The national selection of the Chocolate Masters was won by Sylvain Bortolini (see picture).
Chef Bortolini's Showpiece

 Both competitions, (bread and chocolate) will carry on in Paris at the 2012 Europain/Intersuc exposition...
to be continued.