Intensely chocolatey, this recipe uses two types of Valrhona chocolate, in three different techniques – a glaze, crémeaux and mousse. Each layer brings different textures and intensities of cocoa. This recipe was created by Valrhona.
Ingredients for the Hazelnut Streusel Crunch Serves: 15
Ingredients for the Ivoire 35% Vanilla Crémeux
- 50g whole milk
- 1g gelatine
- 85g Ivoire 35% chocolate
- 100g whipping cream 35%
Ingredients for the Caraibe 66% Light Mousse
Method for the Hazelnut Streusel Crunch
- Mix the brown sugar, ground hazelnuts, flour, salt, crêpe dentelle pieces, and the seeds from the vanilla pod. Cut the cold butter into small cubes. Add the butter to all the other ingredients and mix using the paddle attachment in a stand mixer until a ball of dough forms.
- Roll out to 4-5mm thick between two plastic sheets and cut out 4-5cm circles. Freeze for 30 to 45 minutes so that the circles of dough are easy to peel off.
- Place on a baking tray and bake at 160°C in a fan-assisted oven for approx. 15 minutes.
Method for the Ivoire 35% Vanilla Crémeux
- Heat the milk to a simmer. Soak then wring out the gelatine then add to the mixture.
- Gradually combine the mixture with the melted Ivoire 35% chocolate to obtain a smooth, shiny, elastic texture. Add cold whipping cream to this mix.
- Mix using a hand blender until a perfect emulsion forms, taking care not to incorporate any air bubbles.
- Pour immediately into half-sphere silicone moulds that are 3cm in diameter.
- Leave to set in the freezer
Method for the Caraibe 66% Light Mousse
- Soak the gelatine in a large quantity of water.
- Heat the milk to approx. 50°C and add the rehydrated gelatine.
- Combine approx. 1/3 of the hot liquid with the melted Caraibe 66% chocolate, stirring all the while to obtain a smooth, shiny, elastic texture – this is a sign that you are starting to make an emulsion.
- Once the mixture is at 35-40°C, incorporate the whipping cream which has been whipped until it has the texture of a mousse. Use immediately.
Method for the Caraibe 66% Glaze
- Melt the Caraibe 66% chocolate and mix with the grape seed oil.
- Reheat this glaze to 35°C before using. This glaze can be frozen and stored like chocolate with no problems. All you need to do is reheat it before using.
Method for the assembly of the Hazelnut Cake
- When the half-spheres of crémeux are frozen, remove them from the moulds.
- Then, place them in the middle of the silicone moulds that you will use for the mousses.
- Put them back into the freezer while you make the light mousse. As soon as you have made the Caraibe 66% mousse, pour it into the mould, filling up to the top. Freeze until completely set.
- Next, make the glaze. Then, turn out the mousses. Using a knife, dip them into the glaze (previously heated to 35°C). Straight afterwards, roll them in fine chocolate shavings. Then, place them straight onto a disc of hazelnut shortbread. Finish off the presentation by placing a couple of chopped hazelnuts on top of the mousse, in the middle.
- Let the mousse slowly defrost in the fridge before serving.