Sunday, June 27, 2010

Chocolate Pavlovas “Chocolate Meringue” with Chocolate Mascarpone Mousse

It is that time of the month again, here is the next Daring Bakers challenge. 

The June 2010 Daring Bakers’ challenge was hosted by Dawn of Doable and Delicious. Dawn challenged the Daring Bakers’ to make Chocolate Pavlovas and Chocolate Mascarpone Mousse. The challenge recipe is based on a recipe from the book Chocolate Epiphany by Francois Payard. 

I had never heard of Pavlovas before but after looking it up in Wikipedia it stated, “Pavlova is a meringue-based dessert named after the Russian ballet dancer Anna Pávlova. It is a cake similar to meringue with a crispy crust and soft, light inner. The dessert is believed to have been created to honour the dancer during or after one of her tours to Australia and New Zealand in the 1920s. Where it was created and the nationality of its creator has been a source of argument between the two nations for many years, but research indicates New Zealand as the source. The dessert is a popular dish and an important part of the national cuisine of both countries, and is frequently served during celebratory or holiday meals such as Christmas lunch.” 

Also in Sweden we have something similar to this it is called Marängtårta  and sometimes Pinocchiotårta.  Which translates to meringue tort Pinocchi torte.  But in Sweden we basically have a meringue cake base and either have ice cream or whipped cream in between and then different kinds of fruit. 

The Pavlovas dessert is delicious and I had a fun time creating it, there are so many variations you can do with this.  You can make it to a cake, you can make small bite sized meringue or you can even make it to little parfait glasses.  Either way it was fun making this and it is a dessert you can make the night before for your guest and not have to worry about it since it keeps nicely in the refrigerator. 

I did destroy the Crème Anglaise first time I made it, I overcooked it and it turned into scrambled eggs.  So watch your pot, stir frequently, and do not over cook. 

Enjoy!

Chocolate Pavlovas “Chocolate Meringue” with Chocolate Mascarpone Mousse 

Preparation time:
The recipe can be made in one day although there are several steps involved. 
1. While the pavlovas are baking, the crème anglaise should be made which will take about 15 minutes. 
2. While it is cooling, the chocolate mascarpone mousse can be made which will take about 15 minutes. 
3. There will be a bit of a wait time for the mascarpone cream because of the cooling time for the Crème Anglaise. 
4. If you make the Crème Anglaise the day before, the dessert should take about 2 hours including cooking time for the pavlovas.

Chocolate Meringue (for the chocolate Pavlova):  

3 large egg whites 
½ cup plus 1 Tbsp sugar 
1/3 cup cocoa powder 

Directions:
1. Place a rack in the center of the oven and preheat to 200º F. Line two baking sheets with parchment and set aside.
2. Put the egg whites in a bowl and whip until soft peaks form. Increase speed to high and gradually add granulated sugar about 1 tbsp at a time until stiff peaks form. (The whites should be firm but moist.)
3. Sift the cocoa powder over the egg whites and fold the dry ingredients into the white. (This looks like it will not happen. Fold gently and it will eventually come together.) 
4. Fill a pastry bag with the meringue. Pipe the meringue into whatever shapes you desire. Alternatively, you could just free form your shapes and level them a bit with the back of a spoon. 
5. Bake for 2-3 hours until the meringues become dry and crisp. Cool and store in an airtight container for up to 3 days. 

Chocolate Mascarpone Mousse (for the top of the Pavlova base):  

1 ½ cups heavy cream
Grated zest of 1 average sized lemon
9 ounces semi sweet chocolate, chopped
1 2/3 cups mascarpone
pinch of nutmeg 
2 Tbsp Grand Marnier (or orange juice) 

Directions:
1. Put ½ cup of the heavy cream and the lemon zest in a saucepan over medium high heat. Once warm, add the chocolate and whisk until melted and smooth. Transfer the mixture to a bowl and let sit at room temperature until cool.
2. Place the mascarpone, the remaining cup of cream and nutmeg in a bowl. Whip on low for a minute until the mascarpone is loose. Add the Grand Marnier and whip on medium speed until it holds soft peaks. (Do not over beat as the mascarpone will break). 
3. Mix about ¼ of the mascarpone mixture into the chocolate to lighten. Fold in the remaining mascarpone until well incorporated. Fill a pastry bag with the mousse. Again, you could just free form mousse on top of the pavlova. 

Crème Anglaise (a component of the Mascarpone Cream below):  

1 cup whole milk
1 cup heavy cream
1 vanilla bean, split or 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
6 large egg yolks
6 Tbsp sugar 

Directions:
1. In a bowl, whisk together the egg yolks and sugar until the mixture turns pale yellow. 
2. Combine the milk, cream and vanilla in a saucepan over medium high heat, bringing the mixture to a boil. Take off the heat. . 
3. Pour about ½ cup of the hot liquid into the yolk mixture, whisking constantly to keep from making scrambled eggs. Pour the yolk mixture into the pan with the remaining cream mixture and put the heat back on medium. Stir constantly with a wooden spoon until the mixture thickens enough to lightly coat the back of a wooden spoon. Do not overcook. 
4. Remove the mixture from the heat and strain it through a fine mesh sieve into a bowl. Cover and refrigerate until the mixture is thoroughly chilled, about 2 hours or overnight. 

Mascarpone Cream (for drizzling):  

1 recipe crème anglaise 
½ cup mascarpone 
2 tbsp Sambucca 
½ cup heavy cream 

Directions:
1. Prepare the crème anglaise. Slowly whisk in the mascarpone and the Sambucca and let the mixture cool. Put the cream in a bowl and beat with electric mixer until very soft peaks are formed. Fold the cream into the mascarpone mixture. 

Assembly:
This is your time to be artistic but the proper way is to pipe the mousse onto the pavlovas and drizzle with the mascarpone cream over the top. Dust with confectioner’s sugar and fresh fruit if desired.

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19 Responses to “Chocolate Pavlovas “Chocolate Meringue” with Chocolate Mascarpone Mousse”

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    pavithra — June 27, 2010 @ 9:18 pm

    Looks awesome and this makes me to eat once again… looks lovely.

    • Delishhh replied: — July 8th, 2010 @ 9:20 am

      Pavithra – thanks for coming by. I loved doing this dessert it was so much fun. I was just on your site and it is fabulous.

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    Audax Artifex — June 28, 2010 @ 1:08 am

    I liked the information about the Swedish versions of the is Classic Aussie dessert, and your version in a glass is amazing well done on this challenge. Your photo is very professional. Cheers from Audax in Sydney Australia.

    • Delishhh replied: — July 8th, 2010 @ 9:22 am

      Audax – i would guess you would like it 🙂 I just love stopping by your blog and reading what you have come up with. You always have some incredible amazing ideas every time for the Daring Bakers challanges. Keep it up!

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    Nachiketa — June 28, 2010 @ 9:23 am

    thanks for the info about the swedish desserts…. lovely living pots of desire 🙂

    cheers,
    The Variable, Crazy Over Desserts – Nachiketa
    Catch me on facebook @ Crazy Over Desserts

    • Delishhh replied: — July 8th, 2010 @ 9:26 am

      Nachiketa – Thanks for coming by i just thought your blog was great. Visit again.

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    Ruth H. — June 28, 2010 @ 9:31 am

    Beautifully done! I love the fruit on top – the color makes the dish pop! Sorry to hear about the scrambled eggs… looks like you recovered amazingly well!!

    • Delishhh replied: — July 8th, 2010 @ 9:28 am

      Ruth – You know i took the dessert outside to take pictures and it made a huge difference. Yeah the scrambled eggs, it went so fast. . .and then i had sweet eggs 🙂 Thanks for stopping by.

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    Juliana — June 28, 2010 @ 11:40 am

    Oh! I love the individual portion, although I think I’d take more than one 😉 Beautiful presentation!

    • Delishhh replied: — July 8th, 2010 @ 9:47 am

      Juliana – Thanks for stopping by. I love your blog! Very professional baking :). Hope you can come again.

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    Amanda — June 28, 2010 @ 4:12 pm

    Definitly a sight for sore eyes, the recipe looks delicious

    • Delishhh replied: — July 8th, 2010 @ 9:48 am

      Amanda, it is not very hard to make 🙂 Thanks for coming by and hope to see you soon.

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    Heavenly Housewife — June 29, 2010 @ 7:17 am

    What an excellent desert, these really are so pretty!

    • Delishhh replied: — July 8th, 2010 @ 9:48 am

      Heavenly Housewife – So glad you could come by. Thanks for the compliments.

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    D. @ Outside Oslo — June 29, 2010 @ 10:51 pm

    Those look delicious–a wonderful, creamy, fruity dessert for summer.

    • Delishhh replied: — July 8th, 2010 @ 9:49 am

      Outside Oslo – Yes, i agree with you. What are you up to this summer?

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    Dylan White — October 10, 2010 @ 9:45 am

    i’d love to munch those very big cheesecakes, they are really tasty and sweet*;~

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