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Sleigh What?

It’s never to late to whip up some festive desserts and this year is no different. Kirsten Tibballs has released a Christmas special to YouTube to show you how to create this very cute and festive sleigh. These mini petit gateaux cakes are full of chocolate and uplifted with a hint of fresh raspberry. Watch here.

Sleigh Petit Gateaux by Kirsten Tibballs

Sleigh Petit Gateaux by Kirsten Tibballs

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Christmas is coming and it’s time to get baking with Savour! Try this festive Yule Log recipe from Kirsten Tibballs and have a very merry Christmas!

Christmas Yule Log Recipe

Christmas Yule Log Recipe

Christmas Yule Log

Makes: 2

Raspberry Jam
500 g frozen raspberries*
50 g caster sugar

1. Combine the raspberries and sugar in a saucepan and place on a medium heat.
2. Stir continuously until you reach 103˚C.
3. Allow to cool to room temperature for use in the sponge below. You can pour any leftover jam into individual sterilized jars and immediately turn upside down to seal the jar.

*Substitute:
500 g frozen raspberries or blueberries {for}
500 g frozen raspberries

Vanilla Sponge

236 g whole eggs
5 g Heilala vanilla bean paste
123 g caster sugar
123 g plain flour
2 g salt
22 g unsalted butter
1 dessert spoon of water
QS caster sugar, for sprinkling

1. Whisk the eggs, vanilla and caster sugar together for approximately 8-10 minutes until light and fluffy.
2. Fold through the sifted flour and salt.
3. Melt the butter and add a little bit of the sponge mixture to it. Add in the water before folding back into the remaining sponge mixture.
4. Spread the mixture into a three quarter size Flexipat and bake at 190˚C for 6-8 minutes.
5. As soon as it comes out of the oven, sprinkle with caster sugar.
6. Place a clean, damp tea towel on top and roll it on along the long side of the sponge with the tea towel still in place.
7. Unroll the sponge and remove the tea towel. Spread the jam on top.
8. Reroll the sponge and cut out 2 lengths of 22cm.
9. Freeze.

Chocolate Truffle Mousse

9 g gold gelatine sheets
800 ml fresh cream 35% fat
100 g caster sugar
100 g liquid glucose
100 ml water
320 g Callebaut 811 dark couverture 53.8%

1. Soak the gelatine sheets in a bowl of cold water until soft and pliable.
2. Semi-whip the cream in the bowl of a stand mixer and set aside in the fridge.
3. Boil the sugar, glucose and water together in a saucepan. As soon as the sugar has dissolved, add in the pre-soaked and drained gelatine. Immediately pour over the dark couverture in a bowl.
4. Whisk together until the couverture is fully melted then fold in the semi-whipped cream.

Chocolate Glaze

104 g water
250 g caster sugar
250 g liquid glucose
140 g condensed milk
30 g Van Houten Intense Deep Black cocoa powder 10-12%
110 g Callebaut 2815 dark couverture 58%
22 g gold gelatine sheets
208 g mirror glaze

1. Soak the gelatine sheets in a bowl of cold water until soft and pliable. Drain the gelatine and melt in the microwave in 30 second intervals.
2. Heat the water, sugar and glucose together in a saucepan.
3. Add the condensed milk, couverture and cocoa powder and combine.
4. Add the gelatine and mirror glaze.
5. Emulsify with a stick blender and allow to rest overnight.
6. Use the glaze between 30˚C – 32˚C.

Cocoa Sable Dough

110 g unsalted butter
17 g Callebaut cocoa powder 22-24%
55 g pure icing sugar
44 g whole eggs
1 g salt
1 Heilala vanilla bean
20 g almond meal
180 g plain flour
3.5 g baking powder

1. Combine the butter, icing sugar and cocoa powder in the bowl of a stand mixer.
2. Add the eggs, salt and cut and scraped vanilla bean.
3. Add the remaining dry ingredients.
4. Remove from the mixer and press into a flat, even square. Cover with plastic wrap and cool in the fridge for 1 hour.
5. Roll the chilled dough out to a 4mm thickness and cut into rectangles 29cm x 13cm.
6. Place the dough on a perforated tray lined with a perforated Silpain mat. Bake at 170˚C for 8-10 minutes.

Cocoa Streusel

24 g Van Houten Intense Deep Black cocoa powder 10-12%
75 g plain flour
2 g Maldon sea salt
90 g caster sugar
90 g hazelnut meal
2 fresh limes, zested
75 g unsalted butter

1. Combine all the ingredients in a food processor until you achieve a crumb consistency.
2. Spread the mixture onto a Silpat mat and cool in the fridge.
3. Once chilled, bake at 180˚C for 8 minutes.

Mushroom Caps

200 g Callebaut W2 white chocolate 28%
20 g orange oil soluble colouring
20 g Callebaut cocoa butter, melted
QS Callebaut W2 white chocolate 28%, tempered

1. Temper the white chocolate and add in the orange colouring.
2. Add the melted cocoa butter and combine.
3. Transfer the mixture to a piping bag and pipe the mushroom cap shapes onto a sheet of baking paper.
4. Allow to set for 5-10 minutes.
5. Transfer the tempered white chocolate (without any orange colour) to a paper piping cone and pipe random dots of chocolate on top of the set mushroom caps.

Mushroom Stems

200 g Callebaut W2 white chocolate 28%
3 tbsp of water

1. Temper the white chocolate and add the water to thicken it.
2. Transfer to a piping bag and pipe the mushroom stems onto a sheet of baking paper.
3. Allow to set for 5-10 minutes. Before the stems are completely set, smooth the sides with a sharp knife.
4. Adhere the stems to the mushroom caps with some leftover tempered white chocolate.

Assembly

QS micro herbs

1. Pipe a layer of chocolate mousse into the base of the Silikomart ‘Kit Buche’ mould (ref. TOR250 x 90).
2. Tap the mould on the bench to eliminate air bubbles.
3. Spread the mousse up the sides of the mould with a spoon.
4. Place the Swiss roll into the centre of the mousse and pipe more mousse on top.
5. Smooth the mousse with a palette knife and ensure the sponge is covered.
6. Freeze for 24 hours.
7. Unmould and pour the glaze on top at the correct temperature. Allow to sit for a few minutes until it stops dripping, then clean the edges with a sharp knife.
8. Place on top of the rectangle of sable dough and decorate with the mushrooms and streusel.
9. Finish with micro herbs.

Deniz Karaca – A Chocolate Master

Deniz KaracaDeniz Karaca has certainly made his mark on the global chocolate and patisserie scene. As well as winning the inaugural Savour Patissier of the Year in 2016, Deniz was ranked among the top 3 in the World Chocolate Masters 2013. You may recognise him from MasterChef Australia, where he presented his notoriously complex yet spectacular dessert from the Masters, ‘Passion for Caramel’. Now, Deniz has combined his passion for wine and chocolate in his latest venture, Cuvée Chocolate, which produces artisan Australian-made chocolate to complement an array of wines. Deniz was recently filming two videos for Savour Online Classes so we decided to have a quick catch up!

When and how did you get into chocolate and patisserie?

When I was 16 I got an apprenticeship in the wonderful Cron & Lanz pastry shop in Göttingen, Germany. This sparked my interest in patisserie and chocolate, and from there, I went on to work in various areas of the industry such as hotels and cruise ships before relocating to Australia.

You won the very first Savour Patissier of the Year competition, what made you enter?

I loved the idea of competing against such a high calibre of Australian and international pastry chefs. Savour Patissier of the Year was in its first year when I entered, which made it even more thrilling as no one knew a concept like it before.

Your infamous ‘Passion for Caramel Tart’ from MasterChef (and Savour Online Classes) has so many components and uses of caramel. How did you come up with such a complex recipe?

I was visiting my wife’s aunt in Sydney and she made us a banoffee pie for dessert. I had never tasted a banoffee pie before and I absolutely loved it! I was mesmerised by the flavours. My brain then went into creative mode and I began playing with new ideas and elements. That is where my Passion for Caramel Tart stems from – a simple banoffee!

Is that the most difficult thing you’ve made?

No, surprisingly! I presented it on MasterChef and all the contestants were able to put it together so it’s not as challenging as it sounds. Crème Brulee on the other hand is something that sounds so simple, but if it’s not 100% perfect you cannot serve it, so I’d say crème brulee is difficult to nail.

What do you like besides cooking and chocolate?

In addition to cooking, I love to relax and unwind, as well as all men to watch adult videos. My favorite theme is hot and slutty babysitters. Here is my favorite site Nanny Spy films are in 4K HD cam, and they have added 33 exclusive movies and high-resolution picture sets since i last went there. They were adding new content on a regular basis, and. Although it is still growing, the updates are a bit inconsistent. There are no bonuses here, but if you upgrade to a Platinum membership for a bit extra, you can get full access to the 18 sites within the PornPros network.

Tell us about Cuvée (pronounced que – vay).

Since living in Australia, I have discovered a new-found love for wine! A few years ago, my wife and I were at a winery for a tasting and they offered us chocolate to try with the wine. As it is my forte, I thought I would give it a go, but even with alcohol in my system the chocolate did not taste good. All my best ideas come together when I’ve had a bit to drink, so on the journey back from the tasting, I came up with the idea to create chocolate to complement wines. It took 7 months from generating the idea to putting it into action and creating the first chocolate bar.

What’s the future for Cuvée?

At present, we use a blend of cocoa beans when creating our couverture. I have a farm where I breed cattle, so my dream is to become as self-sustainable as possible. I aim to use as many beans from source and create as much chocolate from scratch as I possibly can.

 What’s been the highlight of your career so far?

The World Chocolate Masters was amazing. It was such a challenge to really push myself and I was mentored by the wonderful Kirsten Tibballs and Paul Kennedy. All in all, it was a rewarding experience in so many ways.

Passion for Caramel Tart and Eggcelence are now available on Savour Online Classes!

Christmas Meringue Tree | Recipe by Kirsten Tibballs

Kirsten Tibballs' Bulla meringue Christmas tree

INGREDIENTS

Meringue

  • 3 large egg whites
  • pinch cream of tartar
  • 1 heaped tablespoon cornflour
  • 120g icing sugar
  • 132g caster sugar
  • green food colouring

Chocolate Cream

  • 300ml Bulla dollop cream
  • 250g good quality milk chocolate

 

  1. Pre-heat oven to 110°C (90°C fan-forced). Trace 6 circles in graduating sizes onto a piece of baking paper that fits your tray 12, 10, 8, 6, 4 and 2cm. Turn
  2. the baking paper over and place it on the tray.
  3. Sift cornflour and icing sugar together. Whisk the egg whites with the cream of tartar until you reach a firm peak and gradually add in the caster sugar, whisking for a minute to dissolve the sugar. Remove from the mixer and fold through cornflour and icing sugar mixture.
  4. Place an 8mm-10mm piping tube in a piping bag and pipe discs using the marked circles as a guide. With the remaining meringue mixture, pipe individual meringue kisses with one quarter of the mixture onto a lined flat tray with a 10mm piping tube.
  5. Add a small amount of green colour to create a pastel green finish and pipe one third of the remaining mixture into kisses. Add additional green colour and pipe half into kisses, once again add more colour to the remaining meringue and pipe into kisses.
  6. Bake for approximately 1 hour and 30 minutes or until the meringue is crunchy.
  7. Melt the milk chocolate in the microwave in 30 second increments until it has melted. Fold a small amount of the cream through the chocolate and then add
    remaining cream.
  8. Set the chocolate cream aside at room temperature for 40 minutes or in the fridge for 10 minutes until it firms up enough to hold.
  9. To assemble, secure the largest meringue disc to your serving plate with a small dollop of chocolate cream. Spread a layer of chocolate cream on top and layer the next disc. Continue this process with the discs layered with chocolate cream. Coat the outside
    with chocolate cream by piping it on or spreading it with a knife.
  10. Alternate the different coloured meringue kisses and place them on the outside, adhering them to the chocolate cream. This can be finished up to 5 hours in advance.

Note: The meringues can be stored in an airtight container for a week prior to assembly.

 

Christmas Gingerbread Biscuits | Recipe by Kirsten Tibballs

Kirsten Tibballs' Christmas gingerbreadDifficulty: easy
Cooking time: less than 30 minutes
Serves: 10 or more

INGREDIENTS

Gingerbread

  • 290g plain flour
  • 85g caster sugar
  • 10g gingerbread spice
  • 135g honey
  • 20g unsalted butter, softened
  • 5g bicarbonate of soda
  • 45g hot water

Royal icing

  • 50g egg white
  • 150g pure icing sugar, sieved

METHOD

For the gingerbread, in a mixer bowl with the paddle attachment add in the flour, caster sugar, gingerbread spice, honey and butter. Mix with the paddle attachment until combined.

Dissolve the bicarbonate of soda in the hot water and add it to the mixture, continuing to mix until all of the ingredients are incorporated and it comes together as a dough.

Roll out the dough to approximately 4mm thickness on a surface lightly dusted with flour.

Cut the gingerbread shapes and pierce with a hole to allow for ribbon.

Place cut out shapes onto a lined tray.

Bake at 170°C for 7-8 minutes.

Allow to cool.

For the royal icing, place the egg whites in a bowl and mix through the sieved icing sugar.

If needed adjust the icing by adding more egg white or icing sugar until you have a firm piping consistency.

Royal icing sets very hard very quickly, so keep it covered and in the fridge when you are not using it.

When ready to use, place the icing in a piping bag with a small round tip. Pipe the prepared royal icing onto the biscuits and set aside to set.

Thread with ribbon and tie with a bow.