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July 06, 2020 Words: Anton Egger

Lots of Chocolates

Culinary Inspiration From Sea

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Lots of Chocolates

Ganache of White, Milk and Dark Chocolates, Summer Berries, Chocolate Crumble, Maldon Sea Salt Fudge Brownies
Serves 2

Chef Tony Egger shares his story on how he created this sweet and delicious dessert. We hope it inspires you create this dish at home!

The inspiration for this chocolate recipe came from a trip to Europe visiting my friend's chocolate shop in France. As we hadn't seen each other for many years, he had me taste many different chocolates, and each of them was truly amazing. The one chocolate that stood out the most was silky and had a velvety texture, as well as a chocolate cake scented with sea salt, which had taste and textures that blew me away. This new dish will be on the menus at Earth & Ocean at the Patio™ when we return to sailing! I hope you will enjoy this recipe as much as I do.

Ingredients needed…

White Chocolate Ganache

• 2 oz / 57 grams white chocolate couverture / chips or small chopped
• 2.5 oz / 71 grams heavy whipping cream

Milk Chocolate Ganache

• 2 oz / 57 grams milk chocolate couverture / chips or small chopped
• 2.5 oz / 71 grams heavy whipping cream

Dark Chocolate Ganache

• 2 oz / 57 grams dark chocolate couverture / chips or small chopped
• 2.5 oz / 71 grams heavy whipping cream

Maldon Sea Salt Fudge Brownie

• 1.5 oz / 43 grams unsalted butter
• 1 oz / 28 grams bittersweet / or dark chocolate couverture / chips or chopped
• 1 oz / 28 grams all-purpose flour
• 3 oz / 85 grams sugar
• 0.5 oz / 15 grams unsweetened cocoa powder
• 1 medium whole egg
• ¼ teaspoon baking powder
• few drops vanilla extract
• ¼ teaspoon Maldon sea salt flakes

Chocolate Crumble

• 2 medium-sized dark chocolate cookies (break into small crumbles)

Garnish

• 2 handful mixed berries, fresh
• some mint leaves, fresh
• some powdered sugar
• some dark chocolate cookie crumbles
• some chocolate couverture shavings
• pinch Maldon sea salt flakes

Let’s make it…

Step 1- Oven on

• Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit / 175 degrees Celsius

Step 2 - Preparing the Brownies

• Line a square baking pan with parchment paper, leaving an overhang on two opposite sides. This helps when removing the baked brownies from the pan, once cooled.
• Spray with cooking spray.
• Melt the butter and bittersweet chocolate couverture over a hot water bath, stirring occasionally.
• Add the cocoa powder, sugar, eggs, vanilla extract, Maldon sea salt and flour and whisk to combine
• Pour the batter into the prepared pan and smooth the surface with a rubber spatula.
• Sprinkle a little extra Maldon sea salt on top of the batter and let rest for 5 min.

Step 3 - Baking the Brownies

• Bake the brownies for 20 to 25 minutes or until a toothpick can be inserted into the center and come out with a few moist crumbs.
As a visual test, brownies are done when the edges will look dry and the middle still looks slightly under baked.
• Allow brownies to cool in the pan for 15-30 minutes.
• For the cleanest lines when cutting, place into the freezer for 15 to 20 minutes to firm up.
• Cut into desired squares and set aside.

Step 4 - Preparing the three different Chocolate Ganaches
Tip - use the same procedure as below for white, milk and bittersweet chocolates.

• Place finely chopped chocolate into a heat-proof glass, metal or porcelain bowl.
• In a small sauce pan, heat up the heavy cream on the stovetop until just simmering (do not boil).
• Once you see little bubbles around the edges, turn off the heat and immediately pour the warm cream over the chocolate. Let the two sit for 2-3 minutes before stirring.
• Stir until smooth and transfer to the refrigerator and let completely cool for about 30 minutes.

Step 5 - Whisk up the three different Chocolate Ganaches

• Remove the chocolate and heavy cream mixture from refrigerator.
• Either whisk it by hand or in the bowl of a small stand-mixer fitted with the whisk attachment. Add the chilled chocolate - heavy cream mixture, and whisk at medium-high speed for about 2-3 minutes until the mixture turns to a soft peak. It will take about 3-4 minutes.
• Once you see the chocolate mixture turns thicker, nice and shiny; stop immediately and transfer to a small serving dish.

Tip - If you over beat/whisk the chocolate ganache mixture, it will break and create small lumps in the ganache and lose its shine. This is not a problem. Just heat up and melt the chocolate mixture again in a small sauce pan on the stove-top and then chill and whisk again, and watch this time not to over beat/whisk it.

Step 6 - Serve the Chocolate Ganache

• Use a small table spoon and create little oval dumplings (quenelles) of each chocolate ganache and place one each nicely onto each serving plate. (You can also use a piping bag and pipe the chocolate ganache nicely decorative onto the serving plate.)
• Assemble the mixed summer berries randomly, around the three chocolate ganaches.
• Using a micro plane or vegetable peeler, grate some chocolate couverture shavings on top of each chocolate ganache as extra texture.
• Garnish with some fresh mint.
• Dust the berries with some powdered sugar.
• Place a few chocolate cookie crumbles around the plate.
• Sprinkle a little extra Maldon sea salt flakes randomly over the entire plate.
• Serve with the Maldon sea salt fudge brownies on the side and enjoy!

Happy “Stay Home” Cooking! with Chef Anton Egger

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