Taste of Italy

  • Preparation Time90 mins
  • Cooking Time135 mins
  • Serves6
  • DifficultyHard

For the hazelnut biscotti

125g butter
1/2 orange, zested
175g caster sugar
100g ground toasted hazelnuts
2 large yolks, room temperature
1 large egg, room temperature
1 tsp vanilla essence
325g plain flour
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
3 tbsp melted butter

For the nutella ice cream

1 litre milk
1 litre cream
100g glucose
30 egg yolks
500g light brown sugar
1 piece vanilla bean
1/2 tsp salt
1 jar nutella

For the olive oil ice cream

1.25 litres milk
500ml double cream
250g caster sugar
7g ice cream stabilizer
250g glucose powder
1/2 tsp salt
135g dry milk
250g whole eggs
55g trimolene
260ml extra-virgin olive oil

For the milk chocolate spray

500g cocoa butter
500g 50 percent chocolate
Pinch salt

For the chocolate sauce

375ml water
260g caster sugar
75g glucose
160g cocoa powder
400ml double cream
260g 72 percent chocolate

For the confit kalamata olives

1.5kg sugar
750ml water
75g glucose
260g blanched kalamata olives

For the white chocolate foam

1.35 litres milk
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
60g caster sugar
1/2 tsp salt
3 lecithin capsules
370g white chocolate valhrona (35 percent)

For the tempered chocolate garnish

260g tempered 64 percent valhrona chocolate

For the plating

Gold leaf
For the hazelnut biscotti:
1) Cream together the butter, orange zest and caster sugar in a bowl of a stand mixer with a paddle attachment.

2) While this is creaming, place the toasted hazelnuts in a food processor and chop finely. Add the eggs and mix well. Scrape the sides of the bowl.

3) 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.

4) Preheat the oven to 160 degrees C/gas mark 3.

5) Line a half baking tray with a silpat and sprinkle the mixture onto it.

6) Place into the oven and bake until golden brown, approximately 15 minutes.

7) Cool completely, place into a food processor and finely grind. In a bowl, mix together 220g of the crumbs with the 45g of the melted butter.

8) Press the crumbs into the bottom of a 30cm round metal cake ring that is sitting on a flat half baking tray lined with a silpat. Place the pan into the oven and bake for 10 minutes. Cool by placing into the freezer.

For the nutella ice cream:
1) In a saucepan, place the milk, cream, and glucose. Bring it to a simmer.

2) While the milks are heating, place the egg yolks in a bowl with the caster sugar.

3) Set up an ice bath for cooling the anglaise.

4) Once the milks are hot, whisk some of the milk into the yolks and caster sugar to temper. Place the mixture back into the pot, and cook until thick enough to coat the back of a wooden spoon.

5) Strain the anglaise into a bowl and place the bowl in the ice bath. Stir to cool down.

6) 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 1/4 of the nutella into the ice cream working quickly.

7) Spread the ice cream while soft onto the frozen biscotti crust, about 2.5cm thick. Reserve the remaining ice cream.

8) Place it back into the freezer and freeze until hard, at least 1 hour.

For the olive oil ice cream:
1) Place the milk and cream into a saucepan. Mix the caster sugar and stabilizer together and then whisk it into the milk. Add the glucose powder, salt, and dry milk to the pan.

2) Heat the mixture to 85 degrees C.

3) 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.

4) 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.

5) 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.

For the 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 2 together and burmix. Add the salt, and strain through a fine sieve. Set aside until ready to use. Keep in a warm location.

For the chocolate sauce:
1) In a medium saucepan bring the caster 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 percent chocolate. Allow it to sit until the cocoa is cooked. Whisk the chocolate well, and then combine the 2 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.

For the confit kalamata olives:
1) In medium saucepan place the caster 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.

For the 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.

For the tempered chocolate:
1) Spread the tempered chocolate onto a sheet of acetate 10 by 10cm in size.

2) 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.

For the 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 7.5cm long logs by 1cm thick. 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.

For the plating:
1) Have your plates ready. Heat the chocolate sauce, and brush strokes across the plate.

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

3) Place 2 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 sauce on the ice cream.

4) Spoon the foam around the bars of ice cream. Serve.

A viewer, who may not be a professional cook, provided this recipe. The Food Network Kitchens chefs have not tested this recipe and therefore, we cannot make representation as to the results.

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