Wednesday, 31st March 2010

Blood Orange and White Chocolate Tian

I know the reveal date for the Daring Bakers challenge was 4 days ago. Since I was in Nuremberg again for family festivities, I didn’t had the time to post it. Since I’m still short in time because of learning, I hope you will forgive me, that this is not the best and longest post. But I’m feeling guilty. And since I’d done the challenge in time, I must blog it.

The 2010 March Daring Baker’s challenge was hosted by Jennifer of Chocolate Shavings. She chose Orange Tian as the challenge for this month, a dessert based on a recipe from Alain Ducasse’s Cooking School in Paris.

Blood Orange and White Chocolate Tian

As I read the challenge a month ago, I was disappointed. Whipped cream with some citrus isn’t something I would eat or order or bake. But a challenge also means to try things you normally wouldn’t. So I gave it a try. For safety reasons I only made the half amount.

Making the (blood) orange marmalade was easy. I used Gelierzucker (jam sugar), instead of sugar and pectin. Gelierzucker is common here in Germany and always used for making jam. I wouldn’t have known where to buy pectin (and it’s already in the Gelierzucker).

The marmalade tasted very good, not a hint of bitterness. It smells intensive of oranges. Unfortunately it smells more as it tastes of oranges. Maybe because of the blanching.

Blood Orange and White Chocolate Tian

I don’t know why, but my paté shrunk in the oven and so it was a bit too small for my cookie cutters. I added some shredded white chocolate in the whipped cream (of which I used the double amount, since it was not enough), which added a nice, slightly sweet flavour. The hardening of the cream with the gelatine didn’t really work. I used leaves instead of powder, but I cannot imagine, that this was the mistake. So I added a sachet of Sahnesteif (stabilizer for whipping cream) for more stiffness and let it stay some more time in the freezer.

In the end it tasted good and it was a light dessert. You could have eaten two in a row. But we didn’t ;-).

But probably I won’t do it again. It costs a lot of time just for this small dessert, which is eaten in no time and not as satisfying, as what I would expect from a good dessert. But anyway it was fun to do and to learn something new.

Blood Orange and White Chocolate Tian

Recipe

Orange Tian

for the pate sablee

Ingredients:

  • 2 medium-sized egg yolks at room temperature
  • granulated sugar 80 grams
  • vanilla extract ½ teaspoon
  • Unsalted butter 100 grams ice cold, cubed
  • Salt 1/3 teaspoon
  • All-purpose flour 200 grams
  • baking powder 1 teaspoon

Directions: Put the flour, baking powder, ice cold cubed butter and salt in a food processor fitted with a steel blade.

In a separate bowl, add the eggs yolks, vanilla extract and sugar and beat with a whisk until the mixture is pale. Pour the egg mixture in the food processor.

Process until the dough just comes together. If you find that the dough is still a little too crumbly to come together, add a couple drops of water and process again to form a homogenous ball of dough. Form into a disc, cover with plastic wrap and leave to rest in the fridge for 30 minutes. Preheat your oven to 350 degree Fahrenheit.

Roll out the dough onto a lightly floured surface until you obtain a ¼ inch thick circle.

Using your cookie cutter, cut out circles of dough and place on a parchment (or silicone) lined baking sheet. Bake for 20 minutes or until the circles of dough are just golden.

for the marmalade

Ingredients:

  • Freshly pressed orange juice ¼ cup + 3 tablespoons; 3.5 oz; 100 grams
  • 1 large orange used to make orange slices
  • cold water to cook the orange slices
  • pectin 5 grams
  • granulated sugar: use the same weight as the weight of orange slices once they are cooked

Finely slice the orange. Place the orange slices in a medium-sized pot filled with cold water. Simmer for about 10 minutes, discard the water, re-fill with cold water and blanch the oranges for another 10 minutes.

Blanch the orange slices 3 times. This process removes the bitterness from the orange peel, so it is essential to use a new batch of cold water every time when you blanch the slices.

Once blanched 3 times, drain the slices and let them cool.

Once they are cool enough to handle, finely mince them (using a knife or a food processor).

Weigh the slices and use the same amount of granulated sugar . If you don’t have a scale, you can place the slices in a cup measurer and use the same amount of sugar.

In a pot over medium heat, add the minced orange slices, the sugar you just weighed, the orange juice and the pectin. Cook until the mixture reaches a jam consistency (10-15 minutes).

Transfer to a bowl, cover with plastic wrap and put in the fridge.

for the orange segments

For this step you will need 8 oranges.

Cut the oranges into segments over a shallow bowl and make sure to keep the juice. Add the segments to the bowl with the juice.

for the caramel

Ingredients:

  • granulated sugar 200 grams
  • orange juice 1.5 cups + 2 tablespoons; 400 grams

Place the sugar in a pan on medium heat and begin heating it.

Once the sugar starts to bubble and foam, slowly add the orange juice. As soon as the mixture starts boiling, remove from the heat and pour half of the mixture over the orange segments.

Reserve the other half of the caramel mixture in a small bowl — you will use this later to spoon over the finished dessert. When the dessert is assembled and setting in the freezer, heat the kept caramel sauce in a small saucepan over low heat until it thickens and just coats the back of a spoon (about 10 minutes). You can then spoon it over the orange tians.

[Tip: Be very careful when making the caramel — if you have never made caramel before, I would suggest making this step while you don’t have to worry about anything else. Bubbling sugar is extremely, extremely hot, so make sure you have a bowl of ice cold water in the kitchen in case anyone gets burnt!]

for the whipped cream

Ingredients:

  • heavy whipping cream 200 grams
  • 3 tablespoons of hot water
  • 1 tsp Gelatine
  • 1 tablespoon of confectioner’s sugar
  • orange marmalade 1 tablespoon

In a small bowl, add the gelatine and hot water, stirring well until the gelatine dissolves. Let the gelatine cool to room temperature while you make the whipped cream. Combine the cream in a chilled mixing bowl. Whip the cream using a hand mixer on low speed until the cream starts to thicken for about one minute. Add the confectioner sugar. Increase the speed to medium-high. Whip the cream until the beaters leave visible (but not lasting) trails in the cream, then add the cooled gelatine slowly while beating continuously. Continue whipping until the cream is light and fluffy and forms soft peaks. Transfer the whipped cream to a bowl and fold in the orange marmalade. [Tip: Use an ice cold bowl to make the whipped cream in. You can do this by putting your mixing bowl, cream and beater in the fridge for 20 minutes prior to whipping the cream.]

Assembling the Dessert:

Make sure you have some room in your freezer. Ideally, you should be able to fit a small baking sheet or tray of desserts to set in the freezer.

Line a small tray or baking sheet with parchment paper or a silicone sheet. Lay out 6 cookie cutters onto the parchment paper/silicone.

Drain the orange segments on a kitchen towel.

Have the marmalade, whipped cream and baked circles of dough ready to use.

Arrange the orange segments at the bottom of each cookie cutter. Make sure the segments all touch either and that there are no gaps. Make sure they fit snuggly and look pretty as they will end up being the top of the dessert. Arrange them as you would sliced apples when making an apple tart.

Once you have neatly arranged one layer of orange segments at the bottom of each cookie cutter, add a couple spoonfuls of whipped cream and gently spread it so that it fills the cookie cutter in an even layer. Leave about 1/4 inch at the top so there is room for dough circle.

Using a butter knife or small spoon, spread a small even layer of orange marmalade on each circle of dough.

Carefully place a circle of dough over each ring (the side of dough covered in marmalade should be the side touching the whipping cream). Gently press on the circle of dough to make sure the dessert is compact.

Place the desserts to set in the freezer to set for 10 minutes.

Using a small knife, gently go around the edges of the cookie cutter to make sure the dessert will be easy to unmold. Gently place your serving plate on top of a dessert (on top of the circle of dough) and turn the plate over. Gently remove the cookie cutter, add a spoonful of caramel sauce and serve immediately.

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5 Responses so far.

  1. I'm sure we'll all forgive you for a late posting! Looks good – do I see that you sprinkled white chocolate on top?

  2. Your tian looks beautiful. Love the colour of the blood oranges.

  3. Lisa says:

    I LOVE that you combined orange and white chocolate for your tian. I was initially going to do something like that myself, but then fell into something else. LOVE white chocolate with all fruit, so I'd scarf those in a heartbeat! Beautifully done!

  4. Better late than never, as my mother would say. You have a lovely tian here. Must compliment you on your blue plate – I have the same one! ;)

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