Nespresso Pave of Bitter Chocolate with Burnt Orange and Ristretto Coffee

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Nespresso Pave of Bitter Chocolate with Burnt Orange and Ristretto CoffeeI was sent this recipe by Nespresso and I can’t make it (there’s too much going on and I’m too clumsy) so I’m hoping one you, my intrepid readers, will make it and post in the comments how it went!

Preparation time: 90 minutes

25g raisins, chopped
65g crushed Hobnob biscuits
100g praline paste
35g milk chocolate, melted
10g unsalted butter
35g pistachios, roasted and crushed

300ml orange juice
1 double espresso of Ristretto
150g caster sugar
3 leaves gelatine
2 oranges, zest only

350g 64% chocolate
300g crème anglaise (see below)
450ml whipping cream
150ml whipping cream
150ml milk
3 egg yolks
30g caster sugar

75ml double cream
70ml Ristretto coffee
90g caster sugar
30g cocoa powder
1.5 leaves gelatine

300ml milk
3g agar agar
20g caster sugar

Preparation (feeds 10 persons – or, you know, a particularly hungry couple over the weekend 😉 which I think is more likely… and some kids sneaking a few pieces when no one is looking…)

Combine all of the ingredients for the base in a large bowl and mix until thoroughly combined. Tip the mix out onto a sheet of parchment paper, lay a second sheet of baking parchment over the top and use a rolling pin to roll the mix to a thickness of 2mm – and in the shape of the mould/tart ring you are using. Lift the top sheet off and press the mould into the mix. Trim away any excess mix from around the exposed edge. Set aside in the fridge. You can eat the excess base or, you know, lets the kids have a munch 😉

To make the jelly place 100g caster sugar into a heavy-based pan, place it over a high heat and take it to a dark golden caramel. Add the orange juice, remove from the heat, add the orange zest, remaining caster sugar and set aside. Soak the gelatine in cold water until softened and dissolve it in the hot coffee. Add to the orange mix and set the bowl over some iced water. At the point where the liquid is just starting to thicken, pour it onto the praline mix in the mould and leave it to set in the fridge

Make the anglaise by boiling the milk and cream and pouring it onto the egg yolks which have been whisked together with the sugar. Return the mix to a gentle heat and cook to 84ºC or until the custard has thickened – stirring constantly. Pour through a fine sieve into a bowl and set aside to cool to room temperature

To make the mousse, melt the chocolate in a bowl set over simmering water. Add the anglaise and stir to combine. Remove from the heat and set over a bowl of iced water and stir until cooled to room temperature. Whisk the cream until peaks form. Gently fold this into the chocolate mix until homogenous, poor it into the mould and if need be level the mousse with a palette knife. Chill in the fridge until set fully for 2-3 hours

To make the glaze put the sugar, cream and cocoa into a small pan, bring it to the boil, simmer for one minute. Soak the gelatin in cold water until soft, add to the cream, add the double espresso of Nespresso Ristretto and whisk thoroughly. Once cool, pour the glaze over the surface of the mousse and leave to set in the fridge

For the milk puree bring the agar agar, milk and sugar to the boil and simmer for one minute. Pour into a bowl and chill until set. Transfer to a blender and blend to a smooth puree

Once the glaze has set, run a hot knife around the mould, lift off the ring/mould and portion as required – using a clean hot knife each time. Serve the chocolate pave with a spoon of milk puree and a freshly made Nespresso Ristretto espresso Grand Cru
Oh and invite me over so I can try it too 😉 As you can see, this is a complex recipe with a lot of elements but the finished product will be amazing. Don’t be shy – let me know if you try it and how it turned out!

About Judith Lewis

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2 Responses to Nespresso Pave of Bitter Chocolate with Burnt Orange and Ristretto Coffee

  1. Sally Staff says:

    Thank you for this recipe and also for your blog posts.

    I am a 26 year old lover/addict of chocolate; Seriously, I have convinced everyone that I know that it is custom to have chocolate for breakfast when it is someone’s birthday – I figure that with over 7 billion people on the planet, there will always be enough birthdays to justify this!!

    …Unfortunately, as you may gather by that confession, I have to be very strict with myself and generally only allow myself chocolate once a week as my ‘Sunday treat’. This is where your blog steps in and saves my sanity – when ever I get a craving for something sweet, I visit your blog and (torture myself as I) read your entries.

    I have a love of all things coffee and chocolate and this recipe was used when friends came to visit this weekend – It was well worth the wait of a chocolateless week (ok, so I crumbled and I had Revels for breakfast on Thursday – I’m not perfect!).

    So thank you, not only for the recipe but also for getting me through the week and inspiring me to make the right choices when it really counts…Sunday treat day!!

    Lots of Love,

    • Judith Lewis says:

      Oh gosh so glad you made this! I’ll bet it was wonderful – was it as complicated as it looked? How long did it *really* take? I’m so tempted but time poor 🙁

      Thanks for sharing your experience!!

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