Lemon Shells Stuffed With Ice Cream

Refreshing chocolate and lemon treats, served in the natural lemon shells. If you wish to serve them in a la cafe gourmand style, use small lemons, surprise your friends.

Lemon Shells Stuffed With Ice Cream

Natalija
It will be easier to work with lemon sorbet and chocolate ice cream if you remove it from the freezer 3 minutes before.
Prep Time 20 mins
Total Time 1 hr 20 mins
Servings 6 servings

Ingredients
  

  • 6 lemons
  • 1 (300 g) lemon sorbet
  • 1 (300 g) chocolate ice cream

Instructions
 

  • Cut off the top of the lemon. Hollow out each lemon by using a teaspoon. Remove juice and flesh, but be careful not to puncture the lemon skin.
  • Spoon some lemon sorbet into shells and press firmly with teaspoon. Fill the rest of the lemon with chocolate ice cream.
  • Place stuffed lemons in the freezer with the hats on top. You can serve this fancy dessert in as little as one hour, or when the lemon shells are completely frozen.
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Vanilla Creme Brulee

Absolutely amazing what a little cream, a little sugar and couple of eggs can turn into….  Perfect restaurant quality dessert. A rich custard topped with a hard layer of caramel.  This Vanilla creme brulee is very easy to make if you follow all the steps correctly.

It will perfectly complete your  cafe gourmand if the crème brûlée is served in small ramekins.

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Vanilla Crème brûlée

Natalija
Use vanilla extract instead of vanilla bean, if you don’t have vanilla bean. You could add 2 Tbsp. of rum into the cream if desired. If you don’t own a blow torch, you can always use your broiler as well. You will need to move the top rack in your oven up as high as it will go.
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 1 min
Total Time 6 hrs 11 mins
Servings 6 servings

Ingredients
  

  • 8 egg yolks
  • 120 g granulated sugar
  • 1/2 vanilla bean
  • 640 ml whipping cream
  • 6 tsp granulated sugar

Instructions
 

  • Preheat oven to 250 degrees F. Split the vanilla bean in half and scrape the seeds into the cream. In a medium bowl, combine together sugar, eggs yolks, vanilla and whisk.
  • Add the cream a little at a time and stir. Remove the scum with a tea spoon.
  • Strain the mixture through a fine sieve and pour it into the ramekins. Divide cream mixture among ramekins (about 6 ramekins).
  • Arrange the ramekins in a baking pan with deep sides. And carefully pour water around ramekins so that the water level must reach about 2/3 of the ramekins.
  • Bake for 1 hour and 30 minutes. You will know its ready when the custard is wobbly and jiggle from side to side when nudged (it looks like jello).
  • Remove the custard from the water bath and let cool completely, cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate for 6 hours (overnight).
  • Before serving, cover each cold creme brulee evenly with sugar (1 tsp). Caramelize using a propane torch. If you don’t have one propane torch, use the broiler: put the oven rack about 6 inches away from the broiler. Place the custards on the baking sheet and broil for about 3-5 minutes, or until sugar bubbles and turns golden brown. (Keep a close eye on them, they can burn quickly)

Notes

With remaining eggs white, you could make some Coconut cookies.

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French Chocolate Mousse

Only 2 ingredients are needed to prepare this delicious French chocolate mousse. No dairy products and no sugar added; all you need is dark chocolate and eggs. So simple and so tasty! The only downside is that you should allocate about 4 hours to chill the mousse before serving.

In small individual glasses, the chocolate mousse will be perfect for a cafe gourmand!

French Chocolate Mousse

Natalija
Use very fresh eggs and do not refrigerate the mousse for more than 24 hours. I recommend keeping the mousse in the freezer if it needs to be stored for an extended period of time.
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 2 mins
Total Time 4 hrs 17 mins
Servings 6 servings

Ingredients
  

  • 200 g dark chocolate chips (60-70% cocoa) or break dark chocolate into small pieces
  • 6 fresh eggs (at room temperature)
  • 1 pinch salt

Instructions
 

  • Melt chocolate in a microwave (or use a double boiler) until the chocolate is completely melted. If you use a microwave: put the chocolate in a large microwave-safe bowl, microwave for 25 seconds, then stir. Microwave for 25 more seconds and stir again. Continue microwaving and stirring until the chocolate is liquid, smooth, and shiny.
  • Separate egg yolks from the egg whites. Add egg yolks in melted chocolate and mix well.
  • Whisk egg whites with salt until stiff.
  • Carefully fold the egg whites into chocolate using a spatula.
  • You should have a smooth and fluffy mousse.
  • Divide the mousse among individual glasses. Refrigerate your dessert for 4-6 hours.
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Mini Pavlova

Pavlova is a dessert, named after the Russian ballerina Anna Pavlova, who toured Australia and New Zealand in 1926. It is a meringue dessert with crisp crust and soft light inside, topped with cream and fresh berries.

You can make meringue shells ahead of time and freeze them. I usually make the cream the same day I want to serve my Mini Pavlova. And as always this dessert is a perfect mini dessert for my  Cafe Gourmand.

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Mini Pavlova

I rarely use food coloring when baking. I like my desserts to have their original color. But if you are cooking for Valentine's Day or for a Princess party, you may add some food coloring to your dessert. This time I used one tiny drop of red coloring to make the cream pink.
Course Cafe gourmand, Dessert
Prep Time 35 minutes
Cook Time 1 minute
Total Time 36 minutes
Servings 8 servings
Author Natalija

Ingredients

Meringue

  • 4 egg whites (room temperature)
  • 1 pinch of salt
  • 220 g confectioner's sugar

Cream

  • 200 ml heavy whipping cream ( 35%) very cold
  • 100 g mascarpone cheese
  • 1,5 Tbsp sugar
  • 1 drop red food coloring (optional)
  • Fresh berries raspberries, strawberries, blackberries, blueberries...

Instructions

Meringue

  • Using mixer, begin beating your egg whites and salt on a low speed, steadily increasing up to medium high.
  • While beating on a medium speed, slowly add the confectioner's sugar, about 1-2 Tbsp at a time. Once all the sugar is added, keep beating until the egg whites hold stiff peaks.
  • Preheat oven to 230 degrees F. Draw circles of approximately 4-8 cm diameter (you can use a pint glass as a guide) on each of the parchment lined sheets.
  • Spoon meringue into piping bag, fitted with 3/4 inch tip. Pipe meringue to cover circles on prepared baking sheet. Pipe two more rings of meringues on top of outer edge to form walls of Pavlovas.
  • Bake in center of oven until dry and crisp, about 1 1/2 hours.
  • Turn off the oven and let the meringues completely cool in the oven. Once cooled, you can top them with whipped cream and berries.

Filling

  • With mixer, beat together very cold heavy cream and mascarpone cheese, until whipped gradually adding sugar. Add food coloring. Don't overbeat the cream, or you will end up with butter.
  • Spoon cream into piping bag.
  • Right before serving, pipe frosting on the pavlovas and top with fresh berries.
  • If you have some leftovers cream, you can pipe it into a small glass and garnish with some fresh berries.

Notes

Pease don't waste your egg yolks, you can always make Creme brûlée.
 

Chocolate Hazelnut Truffles

Chocolate Hazelnut Truffles is one delicacy that no one can refuse. The roasted hazelnut compliments the rich cacao powder. Store the truffles in container in the fridge for up to 5 days, but they will disappear from the fridge a lot faster, trust me on this.

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Chocolat Hazelnut Truffles

If you don't have hazelnuts, feel free to use almonds, cashews, walnuts or any other nuts you like. Just don't forget to roast them in the oven before making the truffles. Fresh nuts taste way better.
Course Cafe gourmand, Dessert
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 2 minutes
Total Time 3 hours 22 minutes
Servings 45 pieces
Author Natalija

Ingredients

  • 30 g hazelnuts
  • 220 ml heavy whipping cream
  • 250 g dark chocolate (60-70% cacao)
  • 2 Tbsp cacao powder

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Spread the nuts in an even layer on the baking sheet, and roast it for 10-15 minutes. Stirring every 3 minutes. Check the nuts. You are looking for the color to be a few shades darker. When the nuts are browned and smell nutty, remove from the oven and transfer onto a plate. Cool it and clean from the flakes. I like my truffles extra tiny, so I cut each hazelnut in half. You don't have to cut them if you are making large truffles.
  • Bring the heavy cream to a boil. Pour the cream over the chocolate chips. Wait 1-2 minutes until chocolate melts.
  • Whisk until smooth. Place it in the frizzer for about 2 hours, until firm enough to roll.
  • Use a teaspoon or small cookie scoop to portion the ganache, hide one hazelnut inside each piece, roll the balls between hands, until smooth and place on a plate.
  • Roll in cacao powder.
  • Refregirate for at list 1 hour.

Easy Madeleines

Very light, fluffy and tasty French cookies. Classic small sponge cakes shaped like seashell, usually made with lemon zest. I love lemon, but I decided not to add any to my madeleines. I just like them plain.

You can find molds for mini-madeleines. That’s really nice and you can savor them for a cafe gourmand.

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Madeleines

To make an authentic madeleine, you will need a madeleine pan. But you can use a muffin pan or any cake pan.
Course Cafe gourmand, Dessert
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Servings 24 pieces
Author Natalija

Ingredients

  • 4 eggs
  • 220 g sugar
  • 120 ml milk
  • 200 g all purpose flour sifted
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1 pinch of salt
  • 120 g unsalted butter melted

Instructions

  • In a medium bowl combine eggs and sugar. Whip until light. Add milk and mix well.
  • Carefully fold in the flour, baking powder and pinch of salt.
  • Add melted butter and mix throughly until smooth. Let the batter rest in the fridge for about 15 minutes.
  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Butter madeleine pan. My pan makes 12 cookies at a time. From this receipe you'll make 24 cookies.
  • Spoon batter into the prepared molds, filling 3/4 full. Bake in the preheated oven for 10 to 12 minutes or until the edges are golden and the tops spring back. Remove the madeleines from the oven and let cool for 2 minutes.
  • With a knife or fork carefully loosen the madeleines from the pan and then tip the whole pan out to a prepared plate.
  • If you want to make it in a loaf pan, it will take much longer, about 30 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center of the cake come out clean.

Three Layer Chocolate Mousse

Dark chocolate, milk chocolate, white chocolate… Each layer has different taste and texture. You can use any size glasses you desire. And of course, as always, I choose mini portions. Ideal for a Cafe Gourmand.

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Three layer chocolate mousse

Course Cafe gourmand, Dessert
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 6 hours 35 minutes
Servings 6 serving
Author Natalija

Ingredients

Dark chocolate ganache

  • 120 ml heavy whipping cream
  • 100 g dark chocolate

Milk chocolate mousse

  • 100 g milk chocolate
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 pinch salt

White chocolate mousse

  • 150 ml heavy whipping cream
  • 100 g white chocolate

For garnishing

  • 6-8 fresh raspberries

Instructions

Dark chocolate ganache

  • In a small pan, boil the heavy whipping cream. Pour the boiling cream over the dark chocolate. Wait for one minute and mix it until the mixture is smooth.
  • Divide dark chocolate ganache among six glasses. Refrigerate for one hour.

Milk chocolate mousse

  • Separate egg yolks from the egg whites.
  • Melt milk chocolate in microwave until the chocolate is completely melted. Add egg yolks in melted chocolate and mix well.
  • Whisk egg whites with salt until stiff.
  • Carefully fold in the egg whites into chocolate.
  • Remove glasses from the fridge, spoon the mousse over the chocolate gonache and chill for another hour.

White chocolate mousse

  • Bring the heavy whipping cream to a boil. Pour the hot cream over the white chocolate. Wait 1-2 minutes until white chocolate melts.
  • Whisk until smooth. Place white chocolate in the fridge for about 45 minutes. Chocolate should chill completely but at the same time still liquid.
  • Beat the chilled chocolate until soft foam.
  • Using piping bag or small spoon, spread the mousse into the glasses.
  • Refrigerate your dessert for 4-6 hours.
  • Before serving, garnish each glass with fresh berries. If the portion is mini, you can cut raspberries into 2 pieces.

Profiteroles With Vanilla Ice Cream And Chocolate Sauce

Profiteroles – French cream puffs filled with vanilla ice cream and topped with chocolate sauce. Chocolate sauce on this profiteroles is the “live jazz”. Don’t let the long recipe scare you, it is very easy and worth all the time involved. It is a great dessert you can impress your family and friends with. 

Profiteroles With Vanilla Ice Cream And Chocolate Sauce

Natalija
For chocolate lovers, use chocolate ice cream instead of vanilla.
Prep Time 35 mins
Cook Time 45 mins
Total Time 1 hr 20 mins
Servings 50 mini puffs

Ingredients
  

Dough

  • 200 ml water
  • 1 pinch salt
  • 100 g butter
  • 120 g sifted flour
  • 3-4 eggs

Filling

  • 800 g chocolate or vanilla ice cream

Chocolate sauce

  • 250 ml milk or heavy cream
  • 300 g dark chocolate (60% cacao)

Instructions
 

The dough

  • Preheat oven to 390 degrees F. Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper.
  • In a medium pot, add water, butter and salt. Bring to a boil and remove from the heat.
  • Add sifted flour and mix well.
  • Mix until the dough comes away from the walls and forms into a ball.
  • Add the eggs, one by one and mix well. (If the eggs are large, use only 3 eggs.)
  • The dough should become smooth and shiny. Return saucepan back on the heat and keep mixing for about 30-50 seconds, to dry out the moisture. Remove from the heat.
  • Transfer the dough to a piping bag to pipe specific shapes (size of the walnut is the best). Space the puffs slightly apart on the baking sheet, because the dough will rise.
  • Bake for about 20 minutes or until the puffs are puffed and golden brown in color. Do not open the oven while baking. Remove from the oven, let it cool completely and carefully transfer to a flat surface.

Filling

  • Cut puffs in half. Place one small scoop of ice cream ball on the bottom of each puff.
  • Replace the top. As soon as you done, place them in the freezer, until they are ready to be served.

Chocolate souce

  • In a small, saucepan bring milk to boil, remove from the heat and pour the liquid over the chocolate. Allow it to sit for 1 minute.
  • Mix it until the mixture is smooth.
  • Remove the profiteroles from the freezer. Arrange 3 puffs per plate. Drizzle each serving with chocolate sauce and Voilà! 😉 Bon appetite.
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Fresh whipped cream with blackberries

Treat yourself with this mini dessert that is perfect for any occasion. It takes minimum time to make and looks fabulous. Fruits can be fresh or frozen, don’t worry : it will taste the same. This fresh whipped cream with blackberries will be perfect with a cafe gourmand!

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Fresh whipped cream with blackberries

The proportion for this recipe is for the mini glasses. If you are using regular wine glasses you'll get 2-3 servings.
Course Cafe gourmand, Dessert
Prep Time 7 minutes
Total Time 7 minutes
Servings 8 servings
Author Natalija

Ingredients

  • 1 cup blackberries
  • 1 cup heavy whipping cream very cold
  • 2 tsp granulated sugar
  • 1/4 tsp cocoa powder

Instructions

  • Whip heavy cream fluffy, until soft peaks form, but not too firm.
  • Equally divide washed fruits into prepared glasses. Using the piping bag or small spoon, equally spread the cream into the glasses. Refrigerate if not serving it immediately.
  • Before serving, dust it with cacao powder.

French Chocolate Macarons

French Chocolate Мacarons (Macarons au chocolat) – elegant french cookie made with almond flour. There are hundreds of different fillings, but the chocolate ganache is the most popular. This recipe is simple enough to make, but they sometimes crack or have imperfect “feet”. Don’t worry they’re still delicious, and don’t give up, only practice will make them flawless.

Perfect for a cafe gourmand!

French Chocolate Macarons

Natalija
Please don’t eat your macarons right away, wait until they reach ambient temperature. Macarons can be stored in the refrigerator for 5 days. Remove from the refrigerator 30 minutes before serving.
Prep Time 50 mins
Cook Time 26 mins
Total Time 9 hrs 16 mins
Servings 25 macarons

Ingredients
  

Almond cookies

  • 75 g almond flour
  • 110 g powdered sugar
  • 1 Tbsp cacao powder
  • 2 large egg whites (about 70 g)
  • 1 pinch of salt
  • 50 g sugar

Chocolate ganache

  • 100 ml heavy whipping cream ( 35%)
  • 90 g chocolate chips (60%)
  • 1 tsp sour cream

Instructions
 

Almond cookies

  • Mix almond flour and powdered sugar in food processor (40-50 seconds).
  • Add cacao powder to almond mixture and pass through a fine sieve.
  • Add a pinch of salt to egg whites and beat until foamy.
  • Slowly add sugar and beat until firm peaks form.
  • Fold the dry mixture into the meringue, keep folding the batter until it reaches a honey-like consistency.
  • Transfer the batter to the pastry bag.
  • Line two baking sheets with parchment paper. To make all macarons look the same size, print out a 2.5 cm macaron template, place under parchment paper and trace the outlines. You can also use a silicone mat.
  • Holding the bag vertically and close to the baking sheet, pipe circles. Tap the baking sheet a few times on the counter to release any air bubbles, and to make them look round. Let them sit at room temperature for 30-45 minutes, until skin forms on the shells.
  • Preheat the oven to 320 degrees F. Bake for 15 minutes (one sheet at a time). Each oven temperature is different so keep an eye on them. Allow the cookies to cool completely on the baking sheet before removing them. Pair the cookies up according to size.

Chocolate ganache

  • Add heavy cream to a small saucepan and heat on high heat. Pour the cream over the chocolate chips. Allow to stand for 1 minute to soften the chocolate.
  • Stir briskly until smooth.
  • Add the sour cream and stir again.
  • Transfer ganache to the pastry bag or small ziplock bag. Allow to cool for about 2 hours at room temperature or 30 minutes in the refrigerator.
  • Pipe the ganache filling in the middle of one shell (about 1 tsp).
  • Sandwich it with empty shell. Store them in the refrigerator for at least 6 hours before serving. They’ll taste even better next day. 😉
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