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The Chocolate Queen

Put it in your diary: Kirsten Tibballs is coming to SBS Food! Her television show The Chocolate Queen is hitting Australian screens 6pm weeknights from Monday June 3rd on SBS Food!

With Kirsten’s favourite tips and tricks, you don’t need to be a professional to make showstopping creations in your own kitchen. According to Kirsten, chocolate is THE most versatile ingredient out there and she proves it with a range of quick and easy recipes. From levelling-up dessert classics like chocolate mousse, to making a quick chocolate rose garnish using only plastic wrap, you’ll be a master in no time.

Kirsten may be a leader in the chocolate industry but having been baking since she was a child with her mother and grandmother, and now passing those recipes onto her son, she has a soft spot for wholesome homemade treats. The Chocolate Queen brings you reliable crowd-pleasers and family favourites from a decadent brownie to a chocolate taco, and even a chocolate toastie.

All the recipes from the show are available on the SBS Food website, so you can add them to your repertoire and create them for your loved ones at home. They’re sure to impress and will have your family and friends hanging out for more.

So, tune in and join the Chocolate Queen herself for some simple, yet beautiful, homemade chocolate recipes – including a banana split like one you’ve never seen before!

Australian Milk Supply Runs Dry

As a pastry chef I am committed to supporting local producers and milk and cream are ingredients I use in my work every day, but not often enough do I stop to think about the consistency of supply and where it comes from. Australia’s dairy industry is entering an uncertain future as the drought blazes on, stalling growth in milk production.

The milk shortage started back in 2016 when Murray Goulburn, one of Australia’s biggest dairy co-ops, buying milk from farmers and selling it both nationally and internationally left a lot of dairy farmers high and dry. Withholding information about global milk prices dropping, Murray Goulbourn slapped large debts on farmers, causing many to leave the industry which has contributed to today’s shortage in production.

The Australian milk shortage has been a somewhat hot-topic in the media in the past few years, with supermarket giants like Coles and Woolworths reducing their home-brand retail prices to $1 and $1.10 a litre, but the issue runs deeper as the drought continues to blaze through rural Australia.

With weather conditions effecting feed quality and quantity, skyrocketing prices of feed and water, there’s no drought-relief in sight. With the drought expected to worsen in the foreseeable future, the Bureau of Meteorology recorded 2018 as Australia’s 39th-driest from the year 1900, the input costs are expected to rise for Australian farmers. As a result, Rabobank reported that we’ve seen a 15% increase of Australian dairy farmers sending their herd off to meat markets, causing a 12% reduction in the Australian milk pool in the last 12 months.

Milk supply has not only been affected in Australia but has stalled the world over. As one of the global Big 7 exporters — along with the US, EU, New Zealand, Brazil, Argentina and Uruguay — we’ve seen the combined milk-supply growth continue to slow. Unfortunately, this isn’t expected to improve all that much in the next year.

According to Dairy Australia, Australia exports around a third of its overall dairy production but farmers are looking to nurture long-term relationships with Australian companies. John Hayes, the National Sales Manager of Bulla Dairy Foods, says ‘Over the past 2 years, Bulla Family Dairy have committed to increasing their direct supply from partnerships with Australian farms, rather than relying on co-operatives, as part of their commitment to integrity and sustainability.’ One thing we don’t consider when we talk about milk is how we also need milk to create cream. The market is seeing such a shortage of milk that Bulla, a family owned company, is one of the few in the Australian market still producing cream which many of their competitors have had to stop producing, instead focussing on other products.

To develop my recipes, I endeavour to use the highest calibre ingredients and in sourcing my milk locally I can be sure of its quality. As a business owner, I understand the mutually beneficial relationship between consumer and supplier and will continue to keep it local and support our dairy industry as they support me.

by Kirsten Tibballs

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

Subscribe to the Kirsten Tibballs YouTube channel for this recipe and even more over the coming months!



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.

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!