Cacao Evolution

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Topic: Relax, Recharge, Refuel

Flavors: This boutique dessert features the fresh combination of a powerful Chios Mandarin (PGI) confit, with two strong cocoa flavored chocolates, Inaya 65% and Alunga 41%. The chocolates are introduced in three different textures (cremeux, mousse, soft biscuit). The whole is also completed with a Cardamom Cacao Crumble and Mandarin Infused Dried apricot for their interesting textures and health benefits.  

This dessert is designed with functionality in mind. It is a bio-active dessert that aims to provide powerful ingredients and functional qualities without sacrificing taste, as it usually happens with some healthier foods. The idea is to create a chocolate delight that is not a “guilty pleasure” but is both beneficial and tasty as well.
The cremeux and mousse are both bio-active, completely covering the recommended individual daily needs of probiotics. Due to the nutritional yeast in the biscuit, half of the daily needs of important B vitamins are covered (B12, B6, B2). 

Chios Mandarin (PGI) is one of the most aromatic citrus fruits in the world (TasteAtlas 2022), and its aroma is known to relieve stress. In this instance it is paired with a variety of functional spices to boost the antioxidant content, together with the chocolates and pure cacao nibs. 

The design of the dessert puts an artistic highlight on the cacao pod as a protagonist, and shows how versatile cacao can be when combined with other elements.

 

Recipe components

Intense Chios Mandarin (PGI) Juice Blend

PreparationIngredients
Preparation

Step 1. Take juices with a slow-juicing machine and strain.

Ingredients
  • 8piece(s)
    Chios mandarin
  • 3piece(s)
    passion fruit
  • 1piece(s)
    lime
  • 3piece(s)
    lime peel
  • 2piece(s)
    lemongrass stalks

Pure Mandarin Vesicles

PreparationIngredients
Preparation

Step 1.  Submerge the mandarin wedges in the solution until the skin has dissolved. 

Step 2. Flash - freeze and break the wedges in vesicles.

Ingredients
  • Q.S.
    mandarin wedges
  • Q.S.
    water-pectinase solution

Mandarin-Infused dried apricots

PreparationIngredients
Preparation

Step 1. Microwave together, covered for 1 minute.

Ingredients
  • 200g
    Diced dried apricot
  • Q.S.
    Chios mandarin squeezed Juice

Fortified Soft Chocolate Biscuit

PreparationIngredients
Preparation

Step 1. Make meringue with the egg whites, albumin and demerara sugar.

Step 2. Melt Inaya 65% and emulsify with the cream and yolks.

Step 3. Add the meringue to the chocolate mixture.

Step 4. Add Plein arome, soft flour, nutritional yeast and coriander previously sieved together.

Step 5. Spread on a baking sheet and sprinkle with Pure Cacao-Cardamom Crumble. Bake at 175oC for 8 min and cut.

Ingredients
  • 150g
    egg whites
  • 2g
    albumin
  • 60g
    demerara sugar
  • 60g
    egg yolks
  • 120g
  • 84g
    35% cream
  • 24g
    soft flour
  • 24g
    yeast
  • 4g
    coriander

Pure Cacao-Cardamom Crumble

PreparationIngredients
Preparation

Step 1. Mix all the ingredients with the paddle.

Ingredients
  • 43g
    82% butter
  • 46g
    demerara sugar
  • 54g
    soft flour
  • 24g
    hazelnut powder
  • 1g
    salt
  • 4g
    coriander

Bio-Active Inaya-Alunga Cremeux

PreparationIngredients
Preparation

Step 1. Melt the couvertures together.

Step 2. Bring milk, honey, vanilla pods and salt to a boil, add Gelatin mass 180 Bloom and make ganache with the couvertures. Add the yogurt below 40oC.

Step 3. Add the fermented cream and let it set.

Ingredients
  • 117g
  • 180g
    greek yogurt 5%
  • 90g
    milk
  • 14g
    honey
  • 2piece(s)
    Vanilla pod
  • 0.9g
    salt
  • 9g
    gelatin mass 180 bloom
  • 144g
    fermented greek yogurt cream

Bio-Active Alunga-Inaya Mousse

PreparationIngredients
Preparation

Step 1. Melt the couvertures together.

Step 2. Bring milk, honey, vanilla pods and salt to a boil, add Gelatin mass 180 Bloom and make a ganache with the couvertures. Add the yogurt below 40oC.

Step 3. Whip the fermented cream.

Step 4. Add sabayon to the ganache, then add the whipped fermented cream.

Ingredients
  • 130g
  • 200g
    greek yogurt 5%
  • 100g
    milk
  • 16g
    honey
  • 2piece(s)
    Vanilla pod
  • 1g
    salt
  • 20g
    gelatin mass 180 bloom
  • 80g
    honey sabayon
  • 200g
    fermented greek yogurt cream

Fermented Greek Yogurt Cream 35%

PreparationIngredients
Preparation

Step 1.  From the previous day, heat the cream at 40oC and mix with the yogurt.

Step 2. Let it ferment for 3 hours outside the fridge.

Step 3. Put it in the fridge for a night.

Ingredients
  • 40g
    greek yogurt 5%
  • 400g
    cream 35%

Honey Sabayon

PreparationIngredients
Preparation

Step 1. Warm the mix at 650C. Whip to a sabayon.

Ingredients
  • 50g
    Egg yolk
  • 57g
    eggs
  • 30g
    honey

Antioxidant Chios Mandarin (PGI) Confit

PreparationIngredients
Preparation

Step 1. Mix together pectin X58 and carob gum with palm sugar.

Step 2. Bring all the ingredients except for the acid to a boil and strain.

Step 3. Add citric acid solution and let it set completely.

Ingredients
  • 435g
    Chios mandarin squeezed Juice
  • 60g
    Chios mandarin zest
  • 0.96g
    Tumeric powder
  • 0.8g
    cayenne pepper
  • 208g
    palm sugar
  • 5g
    pectin X58
  • 3g
    carob gum
  • 9g
    50% citric acid solution

Assembly and finishing

Step 1. Cast custom made molds with Guayaquil 64%. 

Step 2. Fill cavities with Bio-Active Alunga-Inaya Mousse, Fortified Soft Chocolate Biscuit, Bio-Active Inaya-Alunga Cremeux. Add the Mandarin - Infused Dried Apricot bits and top up with the Antioxidant Chios Mandarin (PGI) Confit.

Step 3. Decorate with Pure mandarin vesicles, Chios mandarin powder, Melissa cress and chocolate decoration.