This dessert is a work of art and as such requires some simple art supplies and assembly. In this case, a half-dozen metal rings, roughly 3 in (7.6 cm) wide and 2.5 in (6.3 cm) high, are required to bring this to the table.
4 1/2 oz (125 g) semi-sweet chocolate
4 free-range eggs, whites and yolks separated
6 Tbsp (90 mL) sugar
1/4 cup (60 mL) 35% cream
1/2 Tbsp (7 mL) butter
Pre-heat oven to 350 F (180 C).
Melt chocolate with butter in a double boiler over low heat.
Whip egg yolks together with 1/4 cup (60 mL) of sugar until ribbons begin to form. In a separate bowl, whip cream until soft peaks appear. Whip egg white with the remaining sugar until the consistency of a meringue.
Mix melted chocolate and egg yolk mixture together. Add whipped cream to the mixture and fold in remaining whipped egg white. Parchment a pair of 9 x 12-in (23 x 30-cm) baking pans and spread mix evenly. Bake in oven for eight minutes.
1 can (300 mL) condensed milk
4.4 oz (125 g) mascarpone
1 gelatin leaf
1 cup (250 mL) 35% cream
Boil can of condensed milk for 3 hours, adding hot water as needed to keep the water at least 2/3 the way up the can. Place mascarpone cheese in a bowl and soften using a spatula. Whip cream until stiff peaks form. Place gelatin leaf in cold water to soften.
Mix the now-caramelized condensed milk into the bowl with the mascarpone cheese.
Place gelatin leaf in a pan with a tablespoon of water and melt over low heat, taking care not to overheat the gelatin.
Spoon a little of the mascarpone mixture into the melted gelatin and stir until totally incorporated. Stir the gelatin mix into the mascarpone/caramelized milk mixture. Fold in the whipped cream and set aside in fridge.
Blood Orange Sauce
1/4 cup (60 mL) sugar
Peel and segment 3 oranges, then puree in a processor. Strain liquid into a saucepan heated to medium-high and add sugar. Let simmer until thick.
Spiced Chocolate Sauce
1 cup (250 mL) 35% cream
9 oz (250 g) semi-sweet chocolate
1 cinnamon stick
Chop semi-sweet chocolate and melt in a double boiler. In a separate pan, bring cream to a boil, then mix the cream with melted chocolate. Add the cinnamon stick to the mixture. Set aside.
To the Plate
Cut chocolate sponge cake with the metal rings and set aside 12 rounds. Cut 6 pieces of parchment sized to fit around the inside of the six metal rings and place the lined metal rings on a parchment-lined sheet tray.
Place one chocolate sponge disc inside each metal ring and top with an inch of dulce mousse. Top with another chocolate disc and finish with a final topping of dulce mousse. Place in refrigerator to set for 3 hours.
To serve, place a filled metal ring in the centre of each dessert plate, then slide the ring mould out. Unwrap the cake and drizzle orange glaze around each. Add spiced chocolate sauce as and wherever desired.
source: "Everything Old is New Again", alive #295, May 2007
While sablefish’s texture and fat content stand up admirably to the heat of the grill, this firm fish is also delicious poached. For this recipe, sablefish’s luxurious taste is combined with a light fragrant broth of lemongrass and ginger punctuated with the heat of Thai chili. Sustainability status Sablefish, also known as butterfish or black cod, is a rich and satisfying fish, plentiful in omega-3s and sourced sustainably from the Pacific Northwest. Skin and bones Sablefish has large pin bones. Ideally, your fishmonger will remove them, but if not, before you begin, locate them along the fish’s centreline and, using a pair of needle nose pliers, grasp them firmly to remove. You can leave the skin on for this recipe, which may help the fish hold together a little better while cooking, but it can be tricky to peel the skin away from the cooked fish and discard before plating. I opted to remove the skin first and simply keep a close eye on the cooking time, being careful to remove the fish from the poaching liquid before it flakes apart.
These mildly spiced salmon tacos served with sweet and spicy pumpkin seeds will bring a party together. Make a small quantity of salmon go further when you pair it with a fresh red cabbage slaw featuring citrus and cilantro. Drizzled with some bright lime yogurt, the flavours come together perfectly. Sustainability status Wild salmon from the Pacific Northwest and Alaska are considered among the most sustainable, as the fishery is subject to limited harvests. With salmon stocks in decline, supporting managed fisheries such as these can help maintain populations into the future. That may also mean eating salmon less often than we do now. Salmon is a favourite Salmon is the most popular variety of fish in Canada and the second most popular in the US.
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