Chocolate Pavlovas and Chocolate Mascarpone Mousse (Daring Baker Challenge June 2010)

Rose pavlova with black olive chocolate mousse

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

These were delicious – the mascarpone mousse was a real treat.

I made a few varieties –

Rose pavlova with black olive chocolate mousse (saltiness of the olives worked well in contrast to the sweet meringue)

Matcha pavlova with blueberry white chocolate mousse (bitter green tea also worked well to conteract sweetness)

Chili & pink peppercorn pavlova with lime chocolate mousse (too much chili – i had to throw this one out)

Chocolate mint pavlova with passionfruit white chocolate mousse (this was my favourtie)

chocolate & vanilla marbled meringue

chocolatey chocolate pavlova (which I had for breakfast…)

Recipe Source: Chocolate Epiphany by Francois Payard

Preparation time: The recipe can be made in one day although there are several steps involved.

While the pavlovas are baking, the crème anglaise should be made which will take about 15 minutes.

While it is cooling, the chocolate mascarpone mousse can be made which will take about 15 minutes.

There will be a bit of a wait time for the mascarpone cream because of the cooling time for the Crème Anglaise.

If you make the Crème Anglaise the day before, the dessert should take about 2 hours including cooking time for the pavlovas.

Equipment required:
• Baking sheet(s) with parchment or silpat
• Several bowls
• Piping bag with pastry tip
• Hand or stand mixer

Recipe 1: Chocolate Meringue (for the chocolate Pavlova):

3 large egg whites
½ cup plus 1 tbsp (110 grams) white granulated sugar
¼ cup (30 grams) confectioner’s (icing) sugar
1/3 cup (30 grams) cocoa powder

Directions:

Place a rack in the center of the oven and preheat to 200º F (95º C) degrees. Line two baking sheets with silpat or parchment and set aside.

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.)

Sift the confectioner’s sugar and 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.)

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.

Bake for 2-3 hours until the meringues become dry and crisp. Cool and store in an airtight container for up to 3 days.

Recipe 2: Chocolate Mascarpone Mousse (for the top of the Pavlova base):

1 ½ cups (355 mls) heavy cream (cream with a milk fat content of between 36 and 40 percent)
grated zest of 1 average sized lemon
9 ounces (255 grams) 72% chocolate, chopped
1 2/3 cups (390 mls) mascarpone (don’t forget we made this a few months ago – get the printable .pdf HERE)
pinch of nutmeg
2 tbsp (30 mls) Grand Marnier (or orange juice)

Directions:

Put ½ cup (120 mls) 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.

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 OVERBEAT AS THE MASCARPONE WILL BREAK.)

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.

Recipe 3: Mascarpone Cream (for drizzling):

1 recipe crème anglaise
½ cup (120 mls) mascarpone
2 tbsp (30 mls) Sambucca (optional)
½ cup (120 mls) heavy cream

Directions:

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.

Recipe 4: Crème Anglaise (a component of the Mascarpone Cream above):

1 cup (235 mls) whole milk
1 cup (235 mls) heavy cream
1 vanilla bean, split or 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
6 large egg yolks
6 tbsp (75 grams) sugar

Directions:

In a bowl, whisk together the egg yolks and sugar until the mixture turns pale yellow.

Combine the milk, cream and vanilla in a saucepan over medium high heat, bringing the mixture to a boil. Take off the heat.

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.

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.

Assembly:
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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10 responses to “Chocolate Pavlovas and Chocolate Mascarpone Mousse (Daring Baker Challenge June 2010)

  1. You made 6 kinds of pav – but the one I like the most is the black olive chocolate mousse with rose pav superb flavour profile and the others are almost as good stunning effort on this challenge. Cheers from Audax in Sydney Australia.

  2. These were the most delicious of confections. Its great that you used so many flavours. Wow, pink peppercorns – how do you acquire such an exotic product? Hopefully you’ll make more pavlova’s soon 🙂

  3. Wow, you came up with some wonderful variations – how impressive! I ‘m pleased to read that I’m not the only one who ate pavlova for breakfast 😉 xxx

  4. So many creative varieties of pavlova! I think my favourite is the same as yours–yum! Anything with passionfruit is my choice. Very nicely done!

  5. OMG..most creative pavlova flavors in the challenge. I’m really loving the matcha with white chocolate blueberry mousse. They all look beautiful!

  6. I can’t believe you made so many different types. There are some very creative flavours there. Chili and pink peppercorn with lime – wow.

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