Taste of Italy

  • Preparation Time90 mins
  • Cooking Time135 mins
  • Serves6
  • DifficultyEasy
Hazelnut Biscotti:
About 4 ounces butter
1/2 orange, zested
About 6 ounces sugar
About 3 1/2 ounces ground toasted hazelnuts
2 large yolks, room temperature
1 large egg, room temperature
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
About 11 ounces all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
3 tablespoons melted butter
Nutella Ice Cream:
1 liter milk
1 liter cream
About 3 1/2 ounces glucose
30 egg yolks
1 pound light brown sugar
1 piece vanilla bean
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 jar nutella
Olive Oil Ice Cream:
About 44 ounces milk
About 17 to 18 ounces heavy cream
About 8 ounces sugar
1/4-ounce ice cream stabilizer
About 8 ounces glucose powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
About 4 1/2 ounces dry milk
About 8 ounces whole eggs
About 1 3/4 ounces trimolene
About 8 1/2 ounces extra-virgin olive oil
Milk Chocolate Spray:
About 17 to 18 ounces cocoa butter
About 17 to 18 ounces 50 percent Michel Clizuel chocolate
Pinch salt
Chocolate Sauce:
About 13 ounces water
About 8 1/2 ounces sugar
About 2 1/2 ounces glucose
About 5 1/2 ounce cocoa powder
About 14 ounces heavy cream
About 8 1/2 ounces 72 percent Michel Clizuel chocolate
Confit Kalamata Olives:
About 53 ounces sugar
About 26 ounces water
About 2 1/2 ounces glucose
About 8 1/2 ounces blanched kalamata olives
White Chocolate Foam:
About 47 ounces milk
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
About 2 ounces sugar
1/2 teaspoon salt
3 lecithin capsules
About 13 ounces white chocolate Valhrona (35 percent)
Tempered Chocolate Garnish:
About 17 to 18 ounces tempered 64 percent Valhrona chocolate
Other ingredients:
Gold leaf
Hazelnut biscotti crust:

1) Cream together the butter, orange zest and sugar in a bowl of a stand mixer with a paddle attachment. While this is creaming, place the toasted hazelnuts in a food processor and finely chop them. Add the eggs and mix well. Scrape the sides of the bowl. Sift all the dry ingredients, and then add them to the egg mixture. Mix on low speed until incorporated. Lastly add the hazelnuts, and mix.

2) Preheat the oven to 160C/Gas 3. Line a half sheet pan with a silpat and sprinkle the mixture onto it.

3) Place into the oven and bake until golden brown, approximately 15 minutes. Cool completely, place into a food processor and finely grind. In a bowl, mix together 3 cups of the crumbs with the 3 tablespoons of the melted butter.

4) Press the crumbs into the bottom of a 30 cm round metal cake ring that is sitting on a flat half sheet pan lined with a silpat. Place the pan into the oven and bake for 10 minutes.

5) Cool by placing into the freezer.

Nutella ice cream:

1) In a saucepan, place the milk, cream and glucose. Bring it to a simmer. While the milks are heating, place the egg yolks in a bowl with the sugar. Set up an ice bath for cooling the anglaise. Once the milks are hot, whisk some of the milk into the yolks and sugar to temper. Place the mixture back into the pot and cook until thick enough to coat the back of a wooden spoon. Strain the anglaise into a bowl and place the bowl in the ice bath. Stir to cool down.

2) Once cool, place into the ice cream machine. Spin until firm. While spinning place a metal bowl in the freezer to make it cold. Place the ice cream directly into the bowl and then fold a fourth of the nutella into the ice cream, working quickly.

3) Spread the ice cream while soft onto the frozen biscotti crust, about 2 1/2 cm thick. Reserve the remaining ice cream.

4) Place it back into the freezer and freeze until hard. At least 1 hour.

Olive oil ice cream:

1) Place the milk and cream into a saucepan. Mix the sugar and stabiliser together and then whisk it into the milk. Add the glucose powder, salt and dry milk to the pan. Heat the mixture to 85C.

2) While heating, crack the eggs into a bowl, and place the trimolene along with them. Set up a bain marie with olive oil in it and have an ice bath ready.

3) Once the milk is hot, whisk together the egg, trimolene mixture and temper the eggs very slowly, and put back on the fire for 30 seconds on low heat, stirring constantly. Strain the mixture into the bain over the oil. Stir to cool.

4) Pour the mixture into the ice cream machine and spin until firm. Allow it to set up in the freezer for at least 1 hour.

Chocolate spray mixture:

1) Place the cocoa butter into a bowl and put into the microwave to melt completely, approximately 2 to 4 minutes.

2) Melt the chocolate in a bowl in the microwave as well. Stir so that it doesn't burn, approximately 1 to 2 minutes.

3) Mix the two together and burmix. Add the salt, and strain through a fine sieve. Set aside until ready to use. Keep in a warm location.

Chocolate sauce:

1) In a medium saucepan bring the sugar, glucose and water to a boil. Be sure the sugar dissolves.

2) Add the cocoa powder and whisk it well to combine. Lower the heat to low, and cook for 10 minutes. Be sure to stir it often or it will burn.

3) While the cocoa is cooking, heat the cream in another pan and heat to simmer. Turn the flame off and add the 72 per cent chocolate. Allow it to sit until the cocoa is cooked. Whisk the chocolate well, and then combine the two cocoa mixtures together. Burmix them well, and strain through a fine sieve.

4) Pour into a bain marie, and place in an ice bath until cool. Once cold set aside at room temperature until ready to use.

Confit kalamata olives:

In medium saucepan place the sugar, water and glucose. Bring to a boil and then add the blanched kalamata olives. Allow the olives to cook slowly in the syrup for 45 minutes on low heat. Drain and cool completely. If the syrup gets too thick at any point add a bit more water. The olives should be soft and glossy when finished.

White chocolate foam:

1) Place all the ingredients except the lecithin and chocolate into a saucepan. Bring to a simmer and turn off the heat. Add the lecithin and chocolate, and allow it to sit for 5 minutes.

2) Burmix the mixture well and then cool it in an ice bath. Set aside until ready to use at room temperature.

Tempered chocolate:

Spread the tempered chocolate onto a sheet of acetate 10-by-10 cm in size. Using a cake comb, comb lines and once the chocolate is set, bend it around a wooden dowel. Chill, and remove dowel. Remove the acetate once ready to garnish.

Nutella ice cream bars:

1) Now it should be ready to be cut. If it is nice and firm in texture, using hot water and a long none serrated knife, pull the ice cream out of the freezer. Cut the ice cream into 8 cm-long by 1 1/2 cm-thick logs. Place it back in the freezer and prepare to spray the ice cream.

2) Pull the ice cream bars out of the freezer and spray them with the chocolate mixture. Place back into the freezer until ready to plate.


Have your plates ready. Heat the chocolate sauce, and brush strokes across the plate.

In a small saucepan, heat the foam until hot. Burmix until it creates a lot of bubbles.

Place two nutella bars in the middle of the plate and top with a scoop of olive oil ice cream. Garnish with the olives that have gold leaf on them, and chocolate work on the ice cream.

Spoon the foam around the bars of ice cream.


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