Originally Posted by indesertum
post recipes. sounds delicious
It was delicious. The apple tart was super easy. I made a medjool date butter with medjool dates, brown sugar, and creamed butter. Then make a basic pate brisee. Then just half an apple, core it, peel it, etc etc. Take the tart dough and rub the bottom with the medjool date butter, add the apple on top, close the tart dough up and bake it at 325 until done, probably 25-30 minutes for the apple to get completely soft. The toffee is a basic recipe, brown sugar, butter, cream, simple syrup. The ice cream is just a basic creme anglaise (ice cream base) except I put a bunch of star anise pieces in the cream and let it steep overnight, then right before putting it into the ice cream machine I added some ground star anise.
Dulce de leche is incredibly easy. Just take a can of condensed milk and boil it for four hours. That's not a really authentic dulce, but it's close enough and delicious. Make sure the can is completely submerged in water though, because the pressure can cause the can to explode if part of it is outside the water. I've found Carnation brand and Eagle brand work best. The others can be pretty inconsistent in how they turn out. This is also really versatile.... around four hours will make it a relatively solid caramel, 3 1/2 will make it a very soft caramel, and around 2 to 2 1/2 hours will make it the same consistency of like ice cream caramel topping.
For the one bit lemon tart, I made a graham cracker tart crust. Basically take a cup of softened but not melted butter, cream it in a mixer, then add 1/4 cup brown sugar and a 1/4 cup granulated sugar and continue to cream it. Add 1/4 cup honey until it's mixed in well. Then combine 1/2 cup all purpose flour and 2 cups wheat flour, 1/4 teaspoon salt, and 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon. Add the dry ingredients in two or three batches, scraping the sides of the mixing bowl with a spatula after each addition. Then chill the dough so it firms up, roll it out to 1/8 inch, punch out the size you need for your tart shells, chill the shells again, and bake at 325 until brown and crispy-- around 20-25 minutes.
The fennel/lemon pastry cream was (from memory so I could be off on something here) made by zesting two lemons, very finely chopping a fennel bulb, and mixing those two in with a cup of sugar with your hands to coat them well. Put that over a double boiler and add to it a cup of freshly squeezed lemon juice and 4 eggs. Whisk this constantly until it comes up to 175-180 degrees. It will be very easy to whisk at first but as the eggs cook it will become thick and once you can make track marks in the mixture with your whisk, it should be around the right temp and done. Put it into a mixing bowl and allow it to cool down to 140. Once it's at 140, slowly add 5 oz of softened butter, one or two pieces at a time. The butter is what takes it from a basic lemon curd recipe to a rich, velvety pastry cream. I didn't think the fennel was noticeable enough, though, so I'm going to play around with that. I don't know if I want to use the fronds, for fear that it might turn the mixture green. I am going to try juicing the fennel next time and using 1/4 cup fennel juice and 3/4 cup lemon juice, but I also fear that will turn the cream green. Not sure what to do about that.
The mint chocolate truffle is a basic ganache recipe with the addition of 2 tablespoons of a very intense mint simple syrup. Once the ganache is made and cooled, use a melon baller to get them to the size you want and then form the perfect circles in your hands. Put them back in the fridge to chill. Temper about a pound of chocolate and have a bowl of cocoa powder ready. Put a glove on one hand, and dip that hand in the chocolate, then take a ganache ball and roll it around in your gloved hand until it's covered in the melted chocolate, then immediately toss it in the cocoa powder to cover. Protip: Try not to let any of the excess tempered chocolate drip into the cocoa powder or it will clump up on you.
I wasn't happy with how subtle the mint was in this recipe, either, so I'm going to try steeping mint into the cream for the ganache overnight next time I do this stuff.