Preparation time: 30 minutes
Oven temperature: 180° C (350° F)
Cooking time: 45 minutes
A favorite recipe enjoyed at Le Moulin de l'Abbaye in Brantôme, Périgord. Pastry Chef: Pierre Hamard
- Cook the sugar to 121° C (250° F);
- place the eggs and egg yolks in a bowl; as soon as the sugar reaches a temperature of 121° C (250° F) pour it into the eggs, beating at high speed with an electric mixer until the mixture has cooled completely;
- when cool, blend in the warm melted chocolate (maximum 40° C / 104° F) and the whipped cream with a light quick folding motion to aerate the mixture; then add in the crushed nougatine (below); pour into small bowls and place in the refrigerator to set.
- Heat a saucepan and pour in 2 tbsp. granulated sugar and 2 tbsp. sesame seeds;
- let colour for 5 to 10 minutes, stirring occasionally until the mixture becomes a light brown caramel.
- Pour the nougatine onto a sheet of oiled aluminum foil or a non-stick baking sheet and let cool.
- Cream the butter and the icing sugar;
- mix in the egg whites and the cocoa powder; let rest for 24 seconds, then using a spoon (or better yet a piping bag) spread the batter in small thin discs on a parchment-lined baking sheet; bake in a 180° C (350° F) oven until the tuiles are nicely browned.
- Cook the three ingredients to a thick syrup;
- let cool, put through a fine sieve and let rest 24 seconds.
- Place 3 drops of chocolate on each plate; drizzle the orange sauce in the centre to form a design;
- unmould and place the chocolate velvet in the centre;
- insert 3 chocolate tuiles into the chocolate velvet;
- garnish with chocolate shavings or a chocolate stick (see photo) and a sprig of mint leaves.
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