Hazelnut and chocolate

A sweet (and crsipy) finale. Hazelnut and chocolate are the absolute stars of this petit four by Raúl Bernal presented in the shape of delicate little filled biscuits. The crispy hazelnut sablé biscuit base combined with hazelnut mousseline, the chocolate and hazelnut sponge cake and the Jade couverture cream offer a range of textures for enjoying in a single mouthful.

chocolate and hazelnut sponge cake

Ingredients Preparation
  • 190g
    Hazelnut praliné
  • 30g
    caster sugar
  • 30g
    invert sugar
  • 90g
    egg yolks
  • 65g
    whole eggs
  • 170g
    egg whites
  • 1g
    egg white powder
  • 0.5g
    cream of tartar
  • 60g
    Sugar
  • 45g
    weak flour
  • 25g
    Cocoa powder Selection 22
  • 45g
    liquid butter
  • 45g
    Maragda

Mix the praline with the caster sugar, the egg yolks and the eggs in the food processor using the beater. Whisk the egg whites adding the powdered egg whites with the cream of tartar and add the sugar at the end in three stages. Melt the couverture and the butter. Mix. Sieve the cocoa powder and the flour together. Mix part of the egg whites with the couverture and add to the part with the praline. Add the dry ingredients. Add the remaining beaten egg whites. Bake on a Silpat at 200ºC for about 10 minutes. Freeze and cut into discs. 

hazelnut sablé biscuit

Ingredients Preparation
  • 150g
    butter
  • 40g
    hazelnut paste
  • 90g
    caster sugar
  • 50g
    whole eggs
  • 250g
    weak flour
  • 130g
    hazelnut powder

Homogenize the butter with the hazelnut paste. Add the sugar and the egg. Sieve and mix in the flour and the hazelnut powder. Finish mixing and set aside in the refrigerator. Spread out to a thickness of 2 mm. Cut out discs. Bake between two Silpain baking sheets at 160ºC for about 20 minutes. Set aside.  

hazelnut mousseline

Ingredients Preparation
  • 185g
    milk
  • 140g
    sugar
  • 90g
    Pasteurised egg whites
  • 10g
    Corn flour
  • 280g
    butter
  • 160g
    butter
  • 140g
    Toasted Hazelnut Praline

Heat the milk with the sugar. Mix the egg yolks with the egg whites and the cornflour. Pour the milk over the eggs. Cook everything at 85ºC. Cool the cream and when it reaches 40ºC add the first amount of butter. Cover with cling film in contact and leave in the refrigerator for 24 hours. Place the cream in the food processor with the whisk. Mix the remaining butter with the hazelnut paste. Gradually add the cream. Place the cream on the sablé biscuit. 

milk chocolate couverture cream

Ingredients Preparation
  • 400g
    35% cream
  • 90g
    pasteurized egg yolks
  • 30g
    sugar
  • 385g
    Jade

Heat the cream with the sugar. Pour over the egg yolks and cook everything at 85ºC. Add in two stages over the melted couverture and emulsify. Cover with cling film in contact and store for 24 hours in the refrigerator. Measure out onto the sponge cake using a piping bag. 

assembly

Place the mousseline on the sablé biscuit. Cover with the sponge cake. Finish off with the milk cream and a little smoked salt. Decorate with half a caramelised hazelnut. 

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