Friday, August 22, 2014

Matcha and french Glacé cherries entremet-inspired dessert

Earlier this year I was invited to a masterclass on French Glacé cherries with fellow food blogger Cindy Robert from Petit Gateau. One of the recipes she showed us was how to make jaffa cakes using glacé cherries instead of oranges for the jelly. I was impressed by it and waited an opportunity to try it again. So when I was approached by French glacé cherries again to take part in a recipe development competition, I knew I was going to make the jelly again.
The preparation method of the glacé cherries uses only natural ingredients and the taste is as close to the natural as possible.
Thinking of Japan and sakura, my idea was to hide the cherry jelly between layers of green tea and chocolate mousse, creating something like an entremet - the highly skilled and time consuming French dessert. I have always wanted to make an entremet, ever since I read and saw the amazing creations of Japanese genius patissier Hidemi Sugino but I have never had enough non-divided-attention time to spare for the preparation of these elaborate desserts.
However, the second invitation from French glacé cherries and some extra help I had with the kids allowed me to make an attempt to prepare something more time consuming. I still couldn't make the joconde imprime base I have been planning, but instead tried a new biscuit base I've always wanted to try.

I loved the result! And the cherries and matcha were a perfect match.

I adapted recipes from Cindy Robert for the French glacé cherries for the cherry jelly and from talented Lace Zhang from Baked by Lace for the crust and the Matcha mousse.


(makes one 8 inch high spring form, or one 7 inch and one small personal size one)

For the Biscuit Base:
80 g butter
80 g sugar
2 eggs
80 g ground almonds
15 g plain flour
10 g corn flour

For the Glacé cherry jelly:

70 g French Glacé cherries - chopped
100 ml grenadine syrup 
100 ml warm water
3 leaves gelatine

For the Matcha mousse:

300 g whipped double cream
2 flat tbsp matcha powder
80 ml water
50 g Demerara sugar
100 g white chocolate
3 gelatine leaves

For the Chocolate mousse:
160 g melted dark chocolate
300 ml double cream
50 g icing sugar
1 leaf gelatine

For the matcha latte jelly:

1 tsp matcha powder
100 ml hot water
1 tbsp Demerara sugar
100 ml full fat milk
3 leaves gelatine 


First, start with the cherry jelly as it will take more time to set and in the ideal case it should be hidden inside the ready dessert so it makes sense to let it set in a smaller dish and then transfer to the big mould/spring form. Chop the glacé cherries and soak in the grenadine syrup. Add the warm water. In a cup with lukewarm water dissolve the leaves gelatine for about 5 minutes. Drain and add to the cherry mix. Transfer to a dish lined with plastic wrap and leave to set.

Then, make the biscuit base - combine all ingredients with a mixer starting with the butter and sugar and gradually adding the rest. Spread evenly with a thickness of 1 cm on a flat baking sheet and bake for about 15 minutes at 180 degrees C.

In the meantime prepare the matcha mousse: 
Heat the water and add the matcha powder and sugar. Remove from heat and add the chocolate chopped into evenly sized pieces. Stir continuously until dissolved. In another bowl beat the double cream until stiff. Then carefully combine the two mixtures. Soak the gelatin leaves in water for 5 minutes, drain them and add to the mousse. 

When the base has cooled down cut the appropriate amount and line the base of the spring form. Cover with the matcha mousse and leave to set. When set and hard, transfer the cherry jelly on top. 
Then make the chocolate mousse. 

Melt the chocolate in a microwave very carefully at intervals of 30 seconds. Beat the double cream with the sugar and add the melted chocolate. Soak 1 leaf gelatine in water for 5 minutes then add to the mousse, mix and leave so it starts to set for 3-4 minutes. Then transfer in the mould. and leave to set in a fridge. 

Finally, when the chocolate mousse is set make the matcha latte jelly - heat the water and dissolve the matcha and sugar in it. Add the milk and mix well. Proceed the same with the gelatine leaves as before, drain and add to the matcha liquid. coll down for 2-3 minutes but do not leave to set, instead transfer over the chocolate mousse to make a smooth reflecting surface. 
Set in the fridge for 12 hours. 
Decorate with glacé cherries and enjoy!


Fiver Feeds said...

Looks lovely! And it seems easy to make, I'll give it a try :)

Sneige said...

Thank you Fiver Feds, really appreciate this! :)

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