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Christmas Wreath | Recipe by Kirsten Tibballs

Kirsten Tibballs' Christmas wreath

INGREDIENTS

130g Callebaut 811 Dark Couverture
12 roasted hazelnuts, quartered
18 whole almonds with skin roasted
18 pistachios
18 golden raisins
6 glace cherries, quartered
ribbon

METHOD

Temper the dark chocolate by melting it in a plastic bowl on high in the microwave for 30 seconds at a time until you have half liquid chocolate and half solid chocolate.

Stir it vigorously without additional heat until all the chocolate is melted.

If you have some stubborn pieces of unmelted chocolate, gently melt them for a few seconds with a hair dryer.

Use a silicon ring or silicon doughnut mould and place all the fruit and nuts in the base. Pipe the prepared chocolate on top and place it in the fridge for 10 minutes to set.

Unmould and tie ribbon on to hang.

Chocolate Ghost Lollipops | Recipe by Kirsten Tibballs

Ghosts

Makes: approximately 30 truffles

Plastic Chocolate

500g    Callebaut W2 white chocolate, melted
100g    Callebaut cocoa butter, melted
150g    glucose
20g      white oil soluble colour (titanium dioxide)
50g      water
Callebaut white chocolate truffle shells

Place the chocolate, cocoa butter, glucose and white colour in the bowl of a food processor and pulse until the mixture reaches an even consistency. Add the water and emulsify again. Pour the mixture onto a tray lined with plastic wrap and cover with a second sheet of plastic wrap. Allow the mixture to crystallise at 16˚C for 24 hours.

To use the plastic chocolate, knead it with your hand to get an even consistency and softness. Store the plastic chocolate at room temperature, wrapped in plastic wrap to prevent it from drying out.

Milk Chocolate Honey Ganache

87g       Bulla Pure Cream
20g       Honey
½ tsp    vanilla bean paste
150g     Callebaut 823 Milk Couverture
300g     Callebaut White chocolate W2, for dipping

Place the cream and honey in a saucepan, add in the vanilla bean paste and bring to a boil. Place the milk couverture in a bowl and pour the boiling cream over it. Whisk by hand until all the chocolate is melted and combined with the cream to create a ganache. Cover with plastic wrap touching the surface of the ganache. Leave at room temperature until it cools. Transfer the prepared ganache into a piping bag and pipe it into each of the truffle shells, filling to the top.

Temper the white chocolate and add in the titanium dioxide, mixing together until fully incorporated. Transfer some of the chocolate to a paper piping cone and pipe a small amount of the chocolate on top to seal the truffle shells. Stick the lollipop sticks into the base of the truffles immediately before the chocolate sets. Once the chocolate sets, dip each truffle shell into the tempered white chocolate and place onto a lollipop stand or stick into a polystyrene base.

Ghost Eyes and Mouth

50g      Callebaut 2815 Dark Couverture

Temper the dark chocolate and transfer to a paper piping cone. Pipe a small amount of the chocolate in the shape of eyes and a mouth onto a piece of baking paper or a guitar sheet on top of a baking tray. Allow to cool.

 Assembly

QS       cornflour or corn starch, for dusting
50g      Callebaut W2 White Chocolate

Lightly dust the top of the bench with cornflour. Roll out the plastic chocolate to a round shape 10-13cm and 2-3mm thickness. Temper the white chocolate and transfer some to a paper piping cone. Pipe a small amount of the chocolate on top of the truffle shells to ensure the plastic chocolate sticks to the shell. Cover the outside of the truffle shell with the plastic chocolate and create the desire ghost shape by immediately curving it with your hand. Finally stick the eyes and the mouth onto the body of the ghost, securing with the tempered chocolate. Leave the plastic chocolate until it sets completely.

Decadent Chocolate Tart by Kirsten Tibballs

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Kirsten TibballsMy Decadent Chocolate Tart is a classic and indulgent dessert designed to hit the spot.

It’s perfect for various occasions from afternoon tea to dinner parties and mid-week treats.


Biscuit Tart Base

Baking Time: 15 minutes

250g      Chocolate Ripple BiscuitsDecadent Chocolate Tart
15g        Desiccated Coconut
110g      Unsalted Butter, melted

Crush the biscuits and combine with the coconut and melted butter. Press the mixture into the base and sides of a 25cm fluted flan tin and cool in the fridge for 10 – 15 minutes to allow the base to set.

Crispy Almonds

70g         Caster (Superfine) Sugar
50g         Water
250g       Almond Splinters

Preheat the oven to 160°C. Boil the sugar and water together in a small saucepan until all the sugar has dissolved. Pour the prepared sugar syrup over the almonds that have been placed in a bowl and mix together. Place the slithered almonds onto a lined baking tray and roast into the oven for 15-18 minutes or until golden brown. Turn the almonds every 5 minutes to ensure they roast evenly. Remove from the oven and leave at room temperature to cool.

Chocolate Filling

150ml     Bulla Thickened Cream
395g       Condensed Milk
30g         Unsalted Butter
400g       Callebaut Dark Chocolate
135g       Crispy Almonds (recipe above)

Boil the cream in a medium saucepan. Once the cream has boiled, immediately add in the condensed milk and butter. Using a spatula, stir gently over a low heat for a couple of minutes. Remove from the heat, add in the chocolate and whisk to combine. Pour the mixture into a bowl and add in two thirds of the slithered almonds. Mix until combined and pour into the prepared tart base. Place in the fridge for 3-4 hours to set.

Finishing

1 block          Good Quality Milk Chocolate
1 Piece          Fresh Coconut
10 Pieces      Fresh Raspberries
QS                  Remaining Crispy Almonds*

Using a vegetable peeler, create some chocolate shavings with the chocolate block. Use the same technique to create some coconut shavings. Sprinkle a combination of the shavings, fresh raspberries and almonds on top of the tart just prior to serving.

Coconut Hot Chocolate Recipe

160410 081500ml             Full Cream Milk
500ml             Coconut Milk
100ml             Bulla Thickened Cream 35% fat
400g               Callebaut Arriba Milk Couverture 39%
100g               Shredded Coconut

Bring milk, coconut milk and cream to a boil.

Fold in the shredded coconut and wrap with glad wrap leave for 30 minutes to infuse.

Strain and pour over the Callebaut Arriba milk chocolate.

Blend with a stick blender.

Reheat to serve.

Christmas with the Queen of Chocolate

Christmas Wreath from Cake Bake & Sweet Show Melbourne 2016

By Kirsten Tibballs at Savour
www.savourschool.com.au

 

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Makes 1 x mousse cake in the Silikomart Lady Queen mould

Equipment

  • Freezer
  • Microwave
  • Plastic bowl for the microwave
  • 5 x flat trays
  • Disposable piping bags
  • Scissors
  • Ladle
  • Small sieve
  • Assorted bowls
  • Stand Mixer x 1
  • Whisk attachment for mixer
  • Wire rack for glazing
  • Stone surface for chocolate work
  • Thermometer
  • Tweezers
  • Saucepans

Shortbread base

  • 150g      Unsalted butter
  • 250g      Plain Flour
  • 65g        Free Range Eggs
  • 100g      Icing Sugar
  • 25g        Almond Meal
  • Pinch of Salt
  • Plain flour for dusting

 

Combine the butter and flour in a bowl with a paddle attachment on a KitchenAid Mixer. Bring it to a crumb texture and add in the eggs and dry ingredients. Bring together as a dough and press into an even flat square. Place the shortbread in the fridge for up to an hour or until it becomes firm enough to roll out. Lightly dust the bench surface with flour and roll out the shortbread to a 3mm thickness. Cut a ring 50mm inside and 200mm outside. Bake 170°C for 10-12 minutes or until a light golden brown colour.

 

Raspberry Jelly

  • 22g        Gold Gelatine Sheets
  • 500g      Frozen Raspberry Puree, defrosted
  • 375g      Caster Sugar

 

Pre-soak the gelatine in cold water until soft and pliable. Place an additional 2 large frames on the prepared frames. Take one third of the defrosted raspberry puree and combine with the sugar. Heat until all the sugar is dissolved and then add in the pre-soaked gelatine. Remove from the heat and add the remaining defrosted puree and mix well. Place into a Silikomart Lady Queen insert mould and freeze.

 

Sugar coated almonds

  • 25g        Water
  • 35g        Caster Sugar
  • 125g      Almond Splinters
  • 10g        Pure Icing Sugar

 

Place the water and sugar into a saucepan and boil until the sugar dissolves. Remove from the heat and pour the sugar syrup over the slithered almonds and combine. Place the coated almonds onto a tray lined with a Silpat mat and dust with the icing sugar.

Place the prepared almonds into the oven and bake at 170°c. for approximately 10-12 minutes. In short intervals turn over the almonds with a spatula to ensure even roasting. Cool the almonds at room temperature.

 

Festive Mousse

  • 60g        Caster Sugar
  • 30g        Water
  • 60g        Egg Yolks
  • 2             Heilala Vanilla beans
  • 3.5g       Gold Gelatine Leaves
  • 130g      Callebaut White Chocolate Velvet
  • 25g        Glaze cherries
  • 25g        Glace orange
  • 25g        Sugar coated almond*
  • 25g        Dark Chocolate Chips
  • 345g      Bulla Thickened Cream 35% fat, semi whipped

 

Boil the sugar and water to 123°C. Pour over the whisked egg yolks, add the glaze cherries and glace orange and continue to whisk until it cools slightly (to create a pate bombe). Soak the gelatine in cold water until soft and pliable. Once soft drain off the excess water and heat in the microwave for 30 seconds or until melted, do not heat above 80°C. Melt the white chocolate to approximately 60°C and fold through ¼ of the semi whipped cream. Continue folding and add the pate bombe. Add a small amount of this mixture to the melted gelatine and mix together before adding back into the mousse and folding through. Lastly fold through the remainder of the semi whipped cream and add the vanilla beans. Weigh in 150g per mould on top of the raspberry jelly, level it out and place in the freezer.

 

Assembly

Pipe the festive mousse halfway into a Silikomart Lady Queen mould. Push it up the sides of the mould with a spoon. Place in the frozen raspberry jelly and fill to the top of the mould with remaining mousse. Freeze for a minimum of 6 hours.

 

Chocolate Glaze

 

Ingredients

  • 240g      Fresh Cream 35% Fat
  • 50g        Water
  • 360g      Caster Sugar
  • 120g      Callebaut Cocoa Powder 22-24%
  • 100g      Neutral Glaze
  • 10g        Gold Gelatine Sheets

Method

Pre-soak the gelatine in a bowl of chilled water until it becomes soft and pliable. Drain off the excess water and leave the gelatine at room temperature. Bring the cream, water and sugar to boil. Add the cocoa powder and neutral glaze and return to a boil. Emulsify with a stick blender, add the pre-soaked gelatine and strain. Place plastic wrap on the surface of the glaze. Allow the glaze to cool to between 32-35°C before glazing the frozen mousse.

Finishing

  • Chocolate holly leafs
  • Chocolate pinecones
  • Chocolate reindeers
  • Gold Metallic powder
  • 24 carat gold leaf
  • Chocolate bells
  • Red chocolate ribbon loops

 

Garnish the wreath with prepared chocolate garnishes and dust with gold metallic.