Milk chocolate palette with honey crisp apples and chestnuts

  • Preparation Time180 mins
  • Cooking Time60 mins
  • Serves4
  • DifficultyHard

For the chocolate sable

55g butter
1 3/4 tbsp icing sugar
1/3 tsp brown sugar
1 tsp grated lemon zest
1/2 tsp fresh lemon juice
1/4 tsp sea salt
1/2 tsp salt
450g flour
1/2 tsp cocoa powder

For the lemon chocolate feuilletine

80g high-quality chocolate (40 percent cocoa), chopped
7g high-quality chocolate (72 percent cocoa), chopped
5g butter
2 tbsp salt
1 1/2 tbsp praline paste
1/2 tsp grated lemon zest
20g feuilletine

For the apple custard

120ml double cream
60ml apple puree
3 egg yolks
2 1/2 tsp sugar
1/3 tsp powdered gelatine, bloomed
1 tsp Apfel Korn liqueur
Pinch salt

For the apple dice

3 1/2 tbsp honey
3 1/2 tbsp dry white wine
2 1/4 tbsp water
1 3/4 tbsp sugar
1/2 vanilla bean
1 1/2 tsp fresh lemon juice, strained
2 3/4 tbsp Apfel Korn liqueur
2 apples, peeled and held in an ice water bath to avoid oxidation

For the apple mousse

120ml apple puree
1 sheet silver gelatine, bloomed
1 tsp Apfel Korn liqueur
Pinch salt
1 1/2 tbsp sugar
1 egg white
1 1/2 tbsp creme fraiche, whipped to soft peaks

For the chocolate glaze

155ml simple syrup, made by boiling 165g sugar with 175ml water
6 tbsp double cream
2 1/2 tbsp milk
2 1/4 tbsp glucose syrup
1 tsp grated lemon zest
2 sheets silver gelatine, bloomed
250g high-quality chocolate (40 percent cocoa), chopped
88g pate a glace

For the chestnut ice cream

3.3kg sweetened chestnut puree
4L milk
2L cream
550g sugar, divided
125g trimoline
2 tbsp stabilizer
42 egg yolks
4 tbsp salt
Strained juice from 1 1/2 lemons
Special equipment: ice cream maker
For the chocolate sable:
1) In a medium bowl, cream together the butter, icing sugar, brown sugar and lemon zest. Add the lemon juice, salt and sea salt.

2) In a small bowl, sift together the flour and cocoa powder. Add the flour mixture to the creamed butter mixture in intervals, mixing well; don't overmix or the dough will become dry.

3) Roll out the dough between two sheets of parchment until it's 0.5cm thick. Put aside until ready to cook.

For the lemon chocolate feuilletine:
1) Gently melt the chocolates and butter together in a mixing bowl set over a pan of hot water. Stir in the salt, praline paste, and lemon zest. Gently fold in the feuilletine.

2) Roll the mixture between two sheets of greaseproof paper until it's 0.5cm thick.

For the apple custard:
1) Heat the cream and apple puree in a small saucepan to just below a boil.

2) In a small saucepan, mix together the yolks and sugar. Stir in the cream mixture very gradually to temper the yolks. Cook over medium heat until the mixture thickens, being careful not to overheat; it should be thick enough to coat the back of a wooden spoon. Allow to cool slightly.

3) Add the bloomed gelatine and then strain through a fine mesh sieve into a bowl.

4) Stir in the Apfel Korn and salt. Cool on ice, stirring often, until cold but not set.

For the apple dice:
1) In a saucepan, heat the honey, wine, water, sugar and vanilla bean and bring up to a boil. Strain. Let cool until just warm. Add the lemon juice and Apfel Korn to the honey mixture.

2)Preheat the oven to 80–95C/Gas 1/4 or as low as it will go. Put the apples and the Apfel Korn-honey syrup in a baking dish and cover. Bake until fully cooked but still firm. Allow to cool. Cut the apples into small dice.

For the apple mousse:
1) Heat the apple puree in a saucepan. Add the bloomed gelatine and stir until dissolved. Stir in the liqueur and salt. Leave to cool.

2) In a small saucepan, heat the sugar to 125C. Meanwhile, beat the egg whites to soft peaks in a bowl. When the sugar syrup reaches temperature, beat the whites to stiff peaks, and then reduce the mixer speed and carefully pour the sugar syrup over the whites. Beat until the meringue is stiff but still slightly warm.

3) Add the meringue to the apple puree and fold in the whipped creme fraiche.

For the chocolate glaze:
1) Bring the simple syrup, cream, milk and glucose to a boil in a saucepan. Add the lemon zest, cover, and let steep for 10 minutes. Bring back up to just below a boil, allow to cool just slightly and add the bloomed gelatine. Strain.

2) Put the chocolate and pate a glace in a bowl and pour the syrup mixture on top. Buzz with a hand blender. Cool the glaze over a bowl filled with ice.

For the ice cream:
1) In a large saucepan, combine the chestnut puree, milk, cream, half of the sugar, trimoline and stabilizer. Bring to a boil and then strain.

2) In a bowl, mix together the remaining half of the sugar and the yolks. Add the chestnut liquid gradually to the yolk mixture to temper it.

3) Pour the mixture back into the saucepan and cook over medium heat until it reaches 80C. Strain again. Put immediately over ice to cool.

4) Add the salt and lemon juice and freeze in an ice cream maker.

For the palette assembly:
1) Preheat the oven to 180C/Gas 4. Bake the chocolate sable dough on a small baking sheet for 5 minutes. Leave to cool completely.

2) Place a lemon chocolate feuilletine layer on top of the sable layer. Put in the oven for 15 seconds, just to adhere the crisp layer to the sable layer. Allow to cool again.

3) Spread the apple custard evenly over the crisp layer. Sprinkle the apple dice over the custard, gently smoothing it with a spatula so it lays flat in the custard. Freeze.

4) Pour the apple mousse over and smooth it out. Refreeze.

5) Cut the frozen palette into the desired shapes and refreeze.

6) Heat the chocolate glaze and pour it over the frozen palette to coat. Serve topped with a quenelle of chestnut ice cream.

This recipe was provided by professional chefs and has been scaled down from a bulk recipe provided by a restaurant. The Food Network Kitchens chefs have not tested this recipe, in the proportions indicated, and therefore, we cannot make any representation.

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