Ep 70: Gaytime Goes Nuts
360g caster sugar
15g bicarbonate of soda
1 Line a deep large baking tray with baking paper .
2 Place sugar, glucose and water in large saucepan and cook, stirring occasionally over medium heat until sugar dissolves.
3 Bring to the boil, without stirring, then cook until mixture just begins to change colour. Agitate the pan to circulate the colour. You want a very pale yellow colour (as when the bi-carb is added the honeycomb will cook quickly and burn).
4 Remove the pan from the heat, add bi-carb and whisk quickly. Pour into prepared tray and leave to cool.
5 Break into large chunks and store in airtight container until required.
Honeycomb ice cream
700ml pure cream
8 egg yolks
300g caster sugar
250g chopped honeycomb
1 Place cream and milk in a saucepan and bring to a gentle boil.
2 Whisk yolks and sugar in a metal bowl until thicken and pale, gradually pour in hot cream and whisk constantly to combine.
3 Place the bowl over a saucepan of simmering water, ensuring water doesn’t touch the base of the bowl. Cook the custard, stirring with a wooden spoon until mixture coats the back of the spoon.
4 Cool over a bowl of iced water or in a shallow tray in the blast chiller until cold.
5 Pour into a pacojet cannister. N.B. Make sure it is not filled above the safety line. You need to allow room for the ice cream to expand. Place cannister in blast freezer until set solid in the centre, about 1 hour 30 minutes or overnight in a freezer. Churn in pacojet. N.B. Make sure you press the release button before removing from machine or you will damage the machine. If you don’t have a pacojet, churn in an ice-cream machine following manufacturer instructions.
6 Line a 16 x 25cm base measurement 3cm-deep slice tin with cling wrap or baking paper. Fold honeycomb through churned ice cream. Spread ice cream into one half of the tin. Make sure you have enough for 4 x 4.5cm disks. The caramel ice cream will fill the other half.
7 Place in blast freezer until firm. When firm, use a round cookie cutter to cut out 4.5cm discs, place on a tray and blast freeze discs until firm.
Caramel ice cream
300g caster sugar
750ml pure cream
9 egg yolks
90g caster sugar
1 Place sugar and water in a saucepan over a medium heat and bring to the boil, agitating occasionally to ensure sugar is dissolved before mixture reaches the boil. Continue to boil until mixture reaches a deep caramel colour.
2 Meanwhile, place cream and milk in a saucepan and bring to a gentle boil.
3 Whisk yolks and sugar in a metal bowl until thicken and pale, gradually pour in hot cream and whisk constantly to combine.
4 Place the bowl over a saucepan of simmering water, ensuring water doesn’t touch the base of the bowl. Cook the custard, stirring with a wooden spoon until mixture coats the back of the spoon.
5 Pour in hot caramel and whisk until smooth and combined. Cool over a bowl of iced water or in a shallow tray in the blast chiller or freezer until cold.
6 Pour into a pacojet cannister. N.B. Make sure it is not filled above the safety line. You need to allow room for the ice cream to expand. Place cannister in blast freezer until set solid in the centre, about 1 hour 30 minutes or overnight in a freezer. Churn in pacojet. N.B. Make sure you press the release button before removing from machine or you will damage the machine. If you don’t have a pacojet churn in an ice-cream machine following manufacturer instructions.
7 Spread into the unfilled half of the 16 x 25cm base measurement 3cm-deep slice tin. Make sure you have enough for 4 x 4.5cm disks. When firm, use a round cookie cutter to cut out 4.5cm discs, place on a tray and blast freeze until firm.
50g egg yolks
25g caster sugar
125ml pure cream
1 To operate thermomix, press time first, then temperature, then speed. Place egg yolks and sugar in thermo jug, set 20 seconds, then speed 7.
2 Add cream and milk, and set for 7.5 minutes, then 80 °C button and then speed 4. Light will stop flashing once anglaise comes up to temperature.
Hazelnut chocolate mousse
150g base anglaise
2 leaves gold-leaf gelatine, softened in cold water
250g Valrhona gianduja hazelnut chocolate, chopped
200ml pure cream, whipped to soft peaks
1 Pour 80 °C base anglaise into a large metal bowl, add softened gelatine, stirring to dissolve the gelatine, then cool over ice to 45 °C.
2 While anglaise is cooling, place chocolate in a metal bowl over water bath and heat to 45 °C.
3 Fold melted chocolate through anglaise until combined. Cool completely over a bowl of iced water, fold in whipped cream.
4 Divide into 2 plastic rectangle containers and refrigerate until firm. Do not blast freeze as it weakens the gelatine structure.
200ml pure cream
½ vanilla bean, split
100g caster sugar
25g unsalted butter, chopped
1½ cups hazelnuts, roasted and peeled, coarsely chopped
Vanilla salt, to taste
1 Place cream, glucose and vanilla bean in a saucepan over a medium heat until simmering.
2 Make a dry caramel by melting sugar in a deep frying pan over a medium heat. Bring to the boil, and continue to cook, agitating the pan occasionally until sugar reaches a caramel colour.
3 Pour in warmed cream mixture, stir to combine and cook for 5 minutes until caramel dissolves.
4 Add butter and stir to combine. Remove from heat and cool, stirring occasionally.
5 To serve, combine a few tablespoons of chopped nuts with a few tablespoons of caramel and season with vanilla salt to taste.
Chocolate collar wafers
240g liquid/pouring fondant sugar
160g Valrhona Caramelia chocolate, chopped
1 Preheat oven to 200
°C. Place a silver oven tray upside down in oven and allow to become very hot.
2 For toffee, place fondant sugar and glucose in a saucepan and cook to 180 °C. Add chocolate and mix until smooth, making a homogenous paste. Spread onto a silicone mat, roll to 5mm thick with a silicone rolling pin and leave to cool. Break set toffee into pieces and transfer to a bowl.
3 Take 1/3 of toffee and place in a mortar and pestle. Pound to rough 1cm pieces and transfer to a thermo mix or blender. Blitz to a fine powder. Tap jug on a bench to loosen and blitz for a further 10-15 seconds.
4 Spoon some of the powder into a fine sieve, place a rectangular 20 x 7.5cm stencil over a silicone mat on a flat baking tray that has one end open for easy transfer. Sieve mixture over stencil to 1-2mm thick. The powder should just be level with the thickness of the stencil.
5 Place one finger at one end of the stencil to keep in place and gently lift the opposite end, ensuring not to indent the powder. Lift the stencil away completely.
6 Take the upside down oven tray from the oven and place upside down on a flat bench. Gently slide the powder-covered mat onto the tray and allow powder to melt completely, this will take 60-90 seconds. If the powder doesn’t melt together completely place in the oven for 15-30 seconds.
7 Run a small crank spatula over the wafer to check consistency. You want it to be set and cool enough to be pliable and easy to roll but not hot enough that it stretches easily.
8 Lift up one end by gently flicking it with the spatula, lay a 5.5cm base-diameter squeezy bottle over hot wafer and roll up around the bottle. Gently press the join to the hot mat to seal and gently ease off the bottle. Repeat until you have the desired amount of wafer cylinders.
50g chocolate ripple biscuits
150g sponge fingers (savoiardi)
30g hard nougat
1 Blitz together to a fine crumb.
A bowl of gaytime dust
A tray of ice cream rounds, 4x honey comb and 4x caramel rounds
A small bowl or plate of chocolate wafer balls
Chocolate wafer collars
A small bowl of caramel
Chopped roasted hazelnuts
3 dessert spoons, for serving
A palette knife
A white cloth
A bowl of warm water, for quenelling
1 Place a spoonful of gaytime dust in the centre of a serving plate and flatten a central circle large enough to fit the chocolate collar wafer.
2 Take a round of honeycomb ice cream and place it in the centre. Dip the caramel ice cream in the chocolate wafer balls and place on top.
3 Gently ease the chocolate wafer collar over the ice cream to encase and fill with a little bit more ice cream if required to bring it to 1cm below the top of the collar.
4 Combine the hazelnuts and caramel and season to taste with vanilla salt. Spoon on to the ice cream to cover and bring to the top of the collar.
5 Place a spoonful of gay time dust over the caramel and top with a quenelle of mousse.