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Fraicheur Chocolat

Publié par Marie sur 8 Juillet 2013, 17:24pm

Catégories : #French inspired recipes

After the opening of Pierre Herme’s first shop in Hong Kong, I decided it was time to try one of his recipe.

I tried his macarons recipe from his book but it seems I still have some improvments to be done to be able to eat them ;) so here is a pastry cake and easier to bake than macarons I swear !

This is a 3-layers cake called “ Fraicheur Chocolat” for the one who love chocolate... and the others too!

You can find the recipe from P. Herme’s book or googled it and you will find plenty of explanations from baking addicts. I have found the steps as per this blog the most detailed and easy to follow (but it is in French sorry)!

Fraicheur Chocolat

You’ll need:

1st layer – the brownie

115 g of butter

70 g of dark chocolate at 70%

2 eggs

100 g white sugar

60 g flour

100 g whole hazelnuts

2nd layer – the chocolate cream

16 cl of milk

16cl of liquid full cream

2 egg yolks

50 g white sugar

125 g of dark chocolate at 70 %

2 gelatin sheets

3rd layer – the chocolate coating

115 g of dark chocolate

10cl of liquid full cream

10 g of butter

45 g of white sugar

12.5 cl of water

Here is the recipe; there are many steps but don’t worry this is not as difficult as it looks and you should try it too!

The brownie

Pre-heat the oven to 160 C.

Melt the dark chocolate with the butter in the microwave. At the same time, in another bowl, mix the sugar and the eggs together. Add the melted chocolate to the eggs.

Add the flour and make sure it is fully combined before adding the hazelnuts.

Spread the mixture in a round pan and bake for 15 minutes. Allow the biscuit to cool before removing it from the baking mould.

The chocolate cream

Melt the dark chocolate in the microwave.

At the same time, heat slowly the cream and the milk. Remove from the heat before the mixture is boiling and keep aside.

In a separate bowl, mix together the eggs and the sugar. Add the hot cream/milk mixture in the bowl and mix until fully combined. Put back the mixture in the pan and heat it slowly while stirring with a wooden spoon. Once the cream is becoming thicker, remove from the heat.

Add the melted chocolate and mix until fully combined. Add the melted gelatin to the hot cream.

Put back your biscuit in your round pan or in a circle ring. Pour the chocolate cream on top of the biscuit.

Allow cooling down for at least 4 hours in the freezer – leaving it for the night is perfect. I forgot about it and it stays in my freezer for 3 days ;) but I wouldn’t recommend keeping it there any longer than that as the biscuit and the cream might become too humid.

The chocolate coating

We are almost there, you will soon be able to eat your cake!

Melt half the chocolate with half the cream in the microwave.

Add the butter and stir with a wooden spoon until fully combined. Keep this mixture aside for now.

In a saucepan, pour the water, the remaining half of the cream and chocolate. Heat slowly the mixture until the chocolate is fully melted. Keep on the heat until the mixture thickens.

Add this hot mixture to the first chocolate mixture. Stir until fully combined with a wooden spoon.

Allow the chocolate coating to cool down for 45 min to 1 hour.

When the coating is not hot anymore but not yet solid, remove the cake from the freezer and pour the coating on top of the chocolate cream. You can either choose to remove the mould and pour the coating all over your cake and smooth it with a spatula (like I did with the cheerings of Mara and Xavier) or keep the mould and pour the coating on top of the chocolate cream.

Keep it in the fridge until it is time to serve it. This dessert is better served with a vanilla ice-cream or a vanilla custard cream!

Commenter cet article

plastic totes 26/12/2013 11:59

I love the local coconut chicken as it gives a real break after eating all the other country foods. Thanks for revoking my thought for a second at least. I will surely refer this site to my friends as well. Keep posting in the future as well.

earnest 26/12/2013 08:37


Lucile 04/08/2013 09:56

Hmmmmmmmmm!! Une bonne sieste ensuite, non? :)

Marie 06/08/2013 05:20

Oui ca aide a dormir effectivement! ;)


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