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Old 01-22-2005, 10:56 AM   #1
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Calling Audeo

Do you have recipes for nougat, or for creme centers that use fruit flavoings suitable for chocolate truffles. I'd like to try my hand at making fuit-creme centers using fresh wild fruit-in-season, such as blueberries, rasperries, etc. Maybe I'll try banana, orange, etc as well.

Let me know. Thanks in advance.

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Old 01-23-2005, 07:39 AM   #2
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Greetings, Goodweed!

Yes, I do have a few for you. I'll type them up and post them later this morning for your fun and frolic to come!
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Old 01-23-2005, 04:40 PM   #3
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At a boy, Goodweed! Give it a whirl!

I’m not sure if you want the chewy texture of a Nougat, or the melt-in-your-mouth cream center of a fondant. I’ll give you both, but start with the latter…

As the aerifying basis, you will first need to make Mazetta, which is the homemade version of marshmallow crème. (Feel free to substitute the store-bought version, Goodweed. I prefer to do it the old-fashioned way, but not everyone wants to do that! And this is one recipe where it is certainly not necessary – the jarred stuff works equally.)

Mazetta

2 egg whites, at room temp
Âľ cup light corn syrup
ÂĽ cup water
½ cup sugar

In the scrupulously clean bowl of your stand mixer, beat the egg whites until stiff.

In a 1-quart saucepan, wipe a ring of butter inside the pan about half-way up (this will help keep sugar crystals from forming), then combine the corn syrup, water and sugar. Place over high heat and stir constantly with a wooden spoon until the mixture comes to a full boil. (If you see sugar crystals along the sides, wipe them down with a damp pastry brush.)

Clip on your calibrated candy thermometer and cook the syrup to 242 degrees (F) (120C) (soft-ball stage).

Return to the beaten egg whites and turn the mixer on to medium speed. Then slowly begin to drizzle the hot syrup into the egg whites. Continue beating several minutes after all is incorporated until the mixture holds its shape.

Use immediately, refrigerate in a air-tight container in the fridge for up to 2 weeks, or freeze for 2 months.

Now…the Grand Opera Creams

1 cup heavy whipping cream
1-1/2 cups milk (divided)
½ cup light corn syrup
4 cups sugar
ÂĽ teaspoon salt
½ cup Mazetta (or marshmallow crème)
1 Tablespoon vanilla extract

Set aside a 9x13” ungreased baking pan for use later…

In a heavy 4-quart saucepan, wipe a ring of butter about half-way up the sides of the pan, going all the way around for about a 2” width. Place the pan over LOW heat and combine the cream, 1 cup of the milk, corn syrup, sugar and salt. Stir constantly with a wooden spoon until the mixture comes to a full boil. (This will take quite a few minutes over low heat, but a necessary evil to prevent scorching.) (If you see sugar crystals around the inside of the pan, wipe them down with a damp pastry brush.)

Clip on your calibrated candy thermometer and continue to cook over low heat, stirring occasionally, until the mixture turns a medium-tan color (about 30 minutes). Stirring constantly, slowly pour in the remaining ½ cup of milk and continue cooking to 238 degrees (F) (115C) (soft ball stage). Now immediately remove the pan from the heat and, WITHOUT STIRRING OR SCRAPING, pour the mixture into the baking pan. Ever so gently, without excess movement, either place the pan in the refrigerator to cool, or be prepared to leave it on a wire rack for several hours.

When the bottom of the pan is just lukewarm to the touch, begin stirring the fondant with a wooden spoon. (You don’t have to stir fast, just keep the mass moving gently.) After about 15 minutes of gentle exercise of stirring, add the Mazetta (or marshmallow crème) and stir well to incorporate…then add the vanilla. And if you intend on flavoring the entire batch, add your flavorings after the Mazetta is blended. Continue to stir until the fondant becomes very stiff and loses its gloss (won’t take long at all after the Mazetta is added). At this point, the stuff has set up.

If it is too stiff to handle, break the stuff up into quarters and begin to manhandle and knead the stuff. It should soften up nicely. Then bring all the group together and knead some more to reform a smooth mass.

If you have stirred the fondant for what seems like forever and it still hasn’t set up, let it rest for 15 minutes or so and often this will begin the crystallization process. If resting the fondant doesn’t work, it is most likely undercooked. (There’s an easy way to recooking over- or under-cooked fondants, which I will happily share if you need me to.)

If you want to use more than one flavor, divide the fondant into 3 or 4 portions and combine your flavorings into each. Typically, this will be various extracts or liquors.

If you are planning on using fresh fruits, banana should work just fine simply pureed. But “wet” fruits with lots of moisture (berries, etc.) should be pureed, then reduced dramatically so as not to dissolve the fondant and make it runny. Jellies and Jams are used easily, so don’t worry overmuch. Just remove as much water from the fruit as you can and know that this will strengthen their flavors at the same time.

Now, if you really want a chewy Nougat (also outstanding dipped in chocolate)…

3 cups Mazetta (or marshmallow crème)
1-1/2 cups light corn syrup
1-1/2 cups sugar
ÂĽ cup butter, melted
1 teaspoon vanilla
1/8 teaspoon salt

Butter an 8-inch square baking pan and set aside.

Place the Mazetta in a large bowl and also set aside.

In a 1-quart saucepan (remember to ring with butter), combine the corn syrup and sugar. Place this over high heat and stir constantly with a wooden spoon until the mixture comes to a boil. (See any crystals? Get out the damp pastry brush!) (**This goes pretty quick.)

Clip on your calibrated candy thermometer and cook the syrup to 280 degrees (F) (140C) (or soft-crack stage). Remove from heat and let the syrup rest undisturbed for 2 minutes (to stabilize the temperature).

Without scraping, pour the entire batch into the Mazetta and stir gently with a wooden spoon until the mixture is smooth. Now add the butter, vanilla and salt and continue to stir until all of the butter is incorporated.

Pour this (you can scrape now) into the prepared baking pan and allow the stuff to rest over a rack at room temperature until firm (about 3 hours).

Now, if you are planning on adding fresh fruit reduced puree to this, I would add it right after blending in the butter and before pouring into the baking pan to cool. Again, I would suggest that you remove as much water as possible from the fruit…to a jelly/jam consistency.

I can’t wait to hear how this turns out!!! :D
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Old 01-23-2005, 08:10 PM   #4
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I sit here muching on a 3 inch by 1 inch chunk of extra sharp Canadian White Cheddart Cheese with a big smile on my face. I can now play with candy, heh, heh, heh. :D Watch out world, I'm now dangerous. And don't worry. I won't persnally be sampling much of the candy. I'm thinking of strawberry, blueberry, maple, peanut butter, caramel, chocolate, cherry, lemon, raspberry, and the list goes on.

Thank you so very much. I knew that if there was anyone who would be able to set me on the road to sweet creations, it would be ther ever popular, world famous, and extraordinary Audeo!

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Old 01-23-2005, 08:21 PM   #5
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...popular, world famous and extraordinary only to you, my friend, which is a huge honor and just fine with me!

Glad to see the affirmation that you won't be eating the stuff yourself!

Very best wishes and please do let us know how all of your creations take shape!

I have you and yours (and so many others here) in my thoughts daily.
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Old 01-24-2005, 10:08 AM   #6
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I will copy and paste, as I do with all of your candy recipies and advice. Thank you Audeo--you're the best!
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Old 01-24-2005, 09:56 PM   #7
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You might also like this recipe. It is quite versatile and fairly foolproof. Use the optional extract flavor and dried fruit to complement one another.

Fresh Fruit Creams
2 c Sugar
1/2 c Milk
2 tb Light corn syrup
2 tb Butter
1/2 ts Vanilla extract
1/2 ts Extract, opt flavor (coconut, pineapple, lemon, rum, almond, cherry, etc)
2/3 c Dried fruit or nuts, chopped (blueberries, cherries, strawberries, peaches, citron, pineapple, pears, mango, coconut, nuts, etc)
12 oz Semisweet chocolate chips, melted

1.In a 3-quart heavy saucepan, over low heat, combine sugar with milk and corn syrup, stirring until sugar dissolves.
2.Bring to boiling, then simmer until mixture registers 228F on a candy thermometer, melting sugar crystals as they form at edge of mixture with a wet pastry brush.
3.Remove pan from heat. Add butter, DON'T STIR - cool mixture to 110F .
4.Grease an 8-inch square baking pan; set aside.
5.Pour cooled candy mixture into the large bowl of an electric mixer. Add vanilla and flavored extracts. At medium speed, beat until candy loses its gloss.
6.With a spoon, stir in remaining ingredients except chocolate. Pour mixture into the prepared pan. Refrigerate candy until set.
7.With hands, roll about 1 teaspoonful mixture into a ball. Dip into melted chocolate. Place on a wax paper-lined baking sheet until chocolate sets.

Flavor options: (dried fruit and extract)
pineapple/pineapple
blueberry/almond
peaches/almond
cherry/almond
peaches/rum
coconut/pineapple
coconut/coconut
mango/coconut
pear/rum
strawberry/lemon
almond/almond
blueberry/lemon
coconut/almond
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