Thursday, November 3, 2011

Poussière d’étoile: Chocolate and coffee tart with stardust!

I just got new books last month, large box from Amazon France ^^. I'm so afraid that I won't be able to get it because of the flood. One of the books that I looked foreword to read it is .............. a new book from .................... 

Poussière d’étoile
I love his creativity and his books, you might come across his creative desserts in the Japanese magazine "café-sweets (カフェ-スイーツ)" too. He writes many books on Pastry art. And if you ever read his biography, he started his apprenticeship in his teenage at the Litzler-Vogel in Strasbourg and after that working at Fauchon and Guy Savoy, he became a head pastry chef at the Hotel de Crillon, when he just 23 years old. He had been voted Best Pastry Chef in 1995 and in 2004 he received the honorary title of Chevalier des Arts et des Lettres by the Ministry of Culture. But you don't have to be afraid of his book, because most of them are made for home baker like us ^^.  And  if you can read French I suggest you should buy one of his baking bible :.....................too. It's a big book that will give you many things that you need in baking world. 
For this book, it contains a lot of stunning desserts that's not hard to make. They come with beautiful decorating idea that turn simple dessert into something special.
This recipe that I try is only a simple chocolate and coffee tart, but with the idea of using the semi sphere shape instead of traditional tart pan or ring, makes this tart looks so gooooood! But we can't pay attention only on the look, the taste of this dessert is remarkable too. The rich chocolate cream with a hint of coffee, with Chantilly au café and most of all the caramelized hazelnuts that work as a decoration and taste booster, a lot of it and you will fall in love with this desserts. Poussière d’étoile means stardust, and I think that he name it after the look of the  Chantilly au café that covered with caramelized hazelnuts. So if you want your dessert to be called stardust, don't skip it, it's not hard to make anyway, hehe.






Poussière d’étoile
Makes about 18-20 pieces




La Chantilly au café
500g .............................. Whipping cream
6g ................................... Instant coffee
6g ................................... Coffee extract
45g ................................. Sugar
La Pâte sucrée au chocolat 
95g ................................. Icing sugar
30g ................................. Almond powder
150g ............................... Unsalted butter, soft
......................................... A pinch of salt
1tsp ................................. Vanilla extract
1........................................ Egg
225g ................................. All purpose flour
15g .................................... Cocoa powder

Chocolate cream (Crémeux au chocolat noir)
150g .................................. Dark chocolate (60-70% cocoa mass), chopped
3 ....................................... Egg yolks
1tsp .................................. Instant coffee
40g ................................... Granulated sugar
150g ................................... Whole milk
150g ................................. Whipping cream

Les Noisettes caramélisées vanille
120g ................................. Hazelnut, skinned and chopped
50g ................................... Sugar
50g ................................... Water
 1tsp ................................. Vanilla powder



Les Noisettes caramélisées vanille:




Preheat the oven to 180°C
Roast the nut in the oven for 8 minutes, take the nut out of the oven and mix with vanilla powder.
Place the silpat over the sheet pan.
Put water and sugar in medium saucepan, and bring to boil, let it boil for 30 seconds.
Pour the nut into the pan and stir to recrystallize the sugar.
Keep the heat low and stir until all the sugar caramelize.
Take the saucepan out of the heat and pour the nut over prepared sheet pan.
Let it cool completely before keep in airtight container. 


La Chantilly au café:

Heat the whipping cream until boil, pour the instant coffee, sugar and coffee extract into the whipping cream, stir to combine, let it cool completely.
Refrigerate over night.


La Pâte sucrée au chocolat:
Sift together the cocoa powder with almond powder and flour.
Beat the butter with icing sugar, and salt.
Beat in the vanilla extract, and egg. 
Beat in the flour mixture, warp with plastic warp and refrigerate for 2 hours. 
Preheat the oven to 170°C
Roll the pastry over floured work space, until 3 mm thickness.
Prick several times with a fork. Cut into 7 cm circle and place over 5cm semi sphere silicone baking pan.
Refrigerate for 15 minutes.
Bake for 16 minutes.
Let it cool completely.


Chocolate cream (Crémeux au chocolat noir):

Whisk the egg yolks, sugar and instant coffee together in a small saucepan, boil the milk with whipping cream and slowly whisk it into the egg yolk mixture.
Put the saucepan over low heat, stir all the time and heat until 82°C.
Take the pan off the heat and stir in the chopped chocolate until melt.

Pipe the Chocolate cream (Crémeux au chocolat noir) in the pastry.
Keep the fridge until ready to use.
Whip the coffee flavor whipping cream until soft peaks form, put La Chantilly au café into a piping bag with star nozzle and pipe over the chocolate cream.
Decorate with Noisettes caramélisées vanille.


Poussière d’étoile

Very delicious when decorated with a lot of  Noisettes caramélisées vanille.


Poussière d’étoile: Chocolate and coffee tart with stardust!

10 comments:

Anonymous said...

those look pretty and delicious. looking forward to trying them

Anonymous said...

Hi,
Your tarts looks lovely, good work, can I seek your advise,normally do you use butter or corn oil to grease your pan for bread making, I used corn oil & it was quite abit & my bread after baking normally the base is wet could it be too much corn oil. TQ.

Priya said...

Elegant dessert..

dailydelicious said...

Hi, Anonymous
Thank you

Hi, Anonymous
Mostly I use butter to grease the pan or use the silicone baking paper than oil.

Hi, Priya
Thank you

travellingfoodies said...

Hi Pook!
Hope everything's ok at home despite the floods. I bought "Pâtisserie ! : L'ultime référence" as well two months back and its massive!!! But lots of good info inside with basic recipes. :)

Hope all is well at home!

dailydelicious said...

Hi, travellingfoodies

Thank you so much! ^^
I hope the flood problem end soon.
I really love that book, contains a lot of great recipe that I want to try, the only for it is it's too heavy, haha.

Cakebrain said...

Just discovered your blog! It is simply gorgeous! Love your photos and you make some really amazing desserts! Yum!

dailydelicious said...

Hi, Cakebrain
Thank you ^^

doesthebellyrulethemind said...

More beautiful things. They look seriously nice. I have Gordon Ramsay’s book Just Deserts, I recommend it, I bought it for £5 from Oxfam via EBay.
It may be some time before I attempt these, when I have more skills and confidence. I use Willie Hardcourt Couzes 100% cacao, it’s made in our region, Devon, superb flavour, superior beans. I have received 2 boxes of 100%Valrhona powder, from my girlfriend. So Cacao is on the menu, for sure. I will scan your great blog for ideas.

dailydelicious said...

Hi, doesthebellyrulethemind
This one is not that hard, hehe ^^, I think you can make it. I really want to try Willie Hardcourt Couzes 100% cacao too, anyway, will buy it when I go to Uk this year.

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