Recipe: Koko Kabana chocolate dessert

Today our corporate chef Bruno le Gac pays tribute to the executive pastry chef of Constance Ephelia Resort, Seychelles Mr Shahine Mohamad. Shahine is a man of talent, a man of passion… and a true gentleman. He is also an artist.

Shahine Mohamad (left) and Bruno le Gac

Shahine Mohamad (left) and Bruno le Gac

Here, he shares with us his latest creation: ‘Koko Kabana’, a Seychellois-inspired name for a truly delicious dessert.

It’s a complex recipe but if you’re an experienced cook looking for a delightful dessert to make for Christmas, this could be it.

And for everyone else, trying it is only a flight away… to the gorgeous island of Mahé!

The recipe

Banana Maple Compote

  • 300g fresh banana
  • 130g maple syrup
  • 30g freshly grated coconut
  • 1 piece orange zest  

1. Heat up the maple syrup in a sauté pan and let reduce to half. Then add the sliced banana, the freshly grated coconut and caramelise them until soft. Remove from heat and add the freshly grated orange zest. Let cool.

Koko Kabana

Koko Kabana

2. Chocolate Mousse

  • 240g egg yolk                                 
  • 100g whole eggs
  • 200g sugar
  • 100g water
  • 800g fresh cream
  • 800g chocolate 55 %  Valrhona Equatorial Noir
  • 8g gelatin leaves

1. Soak the gelatin in very cold water for 20 minutes. Boil the sugar and the water in a sauce pan and bring to 121˚C, meanwhile beat the eggs and the egg yolk with an electric mixer.
2. Pour the sugar syrup over the eggs slowly and keep mixing until it thickens and cools down.
3. Melt the chocolate in a double boiler at 50˚C (water temperature)
4. Strain the gelatin from the cold water and melt in a sauce pan. Then fold in the egg/sugar mixture. Finally fold in the melted chocolate.
5. Whip the cream to a semi-whipped level then divide it into three portions. Mix the first portion vigorously into the mixture then slowly fold in the second portion. The third portion should be folded very carefully to keep the light texture.

Coconut Milk Jelly

  • 500g coconut milk
  • 50g caster sugar
  • 10g gelatin leaves

1. Soak the gelatin leaves in very cold water for 20 minutes then strain.
2. Boil 20% of the coconut milk with the sugar then add in the strained gelatin and mix until completely dissolved.
3. Pour in the rest of the coconut milk, then place in very small molds of 0.5 cm height and 3 cm diameter. Cool down in fridge.

Biscuit Breton

  • 300g butter
  • 120g icing sugar
  • 10g inverted sugar
  • 4g salt
  • 100g egg yolk
  • 250g flour T55
  • 10g baking powder
  • 50g almond powder

1. Beat in a mixer the butter, icing sugar, and inverted sugar until fluffy.
2. Gradually add in the egg yolk while continuously mixing.
3. Sift together the flour, salt and almond powder then fold them into the butter mixture.
4. Spread into a small tray of 0.5 cm height and bake at 170˚C for 25 minutes.Take out from oven and cut into cubes while still hot.

Coconut Milk Custard

  • 250g coconut milk
  • 50g egg yolk
  • 50g caster sugar
  • 1 piece vanilla bean

1. Mix the coconut milk, sugar and egg yolk together then strain and place them in a double boiler. Add in the vanilla bean and stir until the temperature reaches 85˚C. Remove from heat, strain and cool down as quickly as possible.

Chocolate glaze

  • 140g water
  • 360g sugar
  • 240g cream
  • 120g cocoa powder 22/24
  • 12.5g gelatin leaves

1. Boil together the water, sugar and cream, then pour in the cocoa powder and bring to 107˚C. Remove from heat.
2. Soak the gelatin leaves in very cold water, then strain and fold them into the mixture.

Salted milk chocolate flakes

  • 200g milk chocolate Jivara 40%
  • 5g Fleur de Sel

1. Temper the chocolate. Stir in the fleur de sel then spread thinly on an acetate sheet.
2. Once it starts to thicken cut discs of 7cm diameter.

Assembly
1. Mask in a flexi pan mould dome of 7cm diameter with a layer of chocolate mousse to cover the surrounding, and leave a hole in the middle.
2. Place the caramelised banana in the centre and top with the coconut milk jelly. Then cover with another layer of chocolate mousse. Place the milk chocolate disc on top and shock in the freezer for 20 min.
3. Take out of the freezer, and remove from dome. Glaze with the chocolate glaze,and  decorate with pieces of salted milk chocolate flakes and isomalt if desired.
4. Place on a plate and surround with coconut milk custard, freshly grated orange zest and biscuit breton.

Constance Christmas Log Cake Competition

Bruno le Gac, our executive corporate chef, reveals the winner of the Constance Christmas log cake.

Constance Christmas Couture Handbag Cake

Constance Christmas Couture Handbag Cake

The whole process started more than 6 months ago, when I launched an internal competition amongst the pastry chefs of the company.

Inspired by what the top pastry chefs in Paris have been doing lately, we wanted to create a unique Christmas log cake that would be presented and served in all our resorts on Christmas Eve and on Christmas Day.

The Christmas Log challenge

The rules were quite simple: the mandatory ingredients for the cake were chocolate and tea (any kind). The chefs could choose the rest.

Our pastry chefs had to come up with something elegant, original and representative of the group. The use of pre-casted moulds, chocolate decors and commercial decorative features was not encouraged, as we wanted the chefs to express their creativity freely and to think out of the box. Finally, all components needed to be edible, even decorative ones.

Each pastry chef had the same amount of time to create, elaborate and present their own version of what the 2011 Constance Hotels Experience signature Christmas log cake should be.

And the winner is…

Chrystel Germain, pastry chef at Constance Le Prince Maurice

Chrystel Germain, pastry chef at Constance Le Prince Maurice

I had the very difficult task of choosing the winning team, based on design, originality and taste. All projects were very interesting and I was thrilled to see how well this project had been received by the teams in our different resorts.

And the winner is…. Constance Le Prince Maurice, and pastry chef Chrystel Germain, who created the Constance Christmas Couture Handbag Cake.

Constance Christmas Couture Handbag Cake

The cake is made out of a coconut ‘success’ biscuit, a body of milk chocolate with coconut tea and cardamom mousse, and a heart of Malibu mousse. It is decorated with laced milk chocolate that symbolizes woven leather.

The sides of the cake are decorated with a paste made out of icing sugar, cocoa butter and glucose syrup. This represents soft leather, and it takes the signature orange colour of Constance Le Prince Maurice.

 Chef Chrystel got his inspiration by passing by the beautiful Anya Hindmarch shop located in the lobby of the resort. Naturally, this is where we chose to take the photos of the winning cake.

The food experience – interview with Bruno Le Gac on Visit Mauritius

 

Bruno Le Gac

Bruno Le Gac

Are you passionate about fresh, top quality, locally sourced produce? So are we.

Bruno Le Gac, our Corporate Executive Chef, has given a great interview to the website visitmauritius.com.au.

Read about how we source the very best Australian beef to serve at our resorts, as well as wines. And find out more about the Australian chefs at Constance.

A foodie's Christmas wish list – Staub cookware

If you’re looking for the perfect present for the foodie in your life, look out for top quality, quirky Staub cookware.

Staub cocotte

Staub cocotte

Bruno Le Gac, our Corporate Executive Chef, gives us the lowdown on the pick of the crop from their latest range.

Cast iron cocottes from brand Staub are great and absolutely beautiful. They exist in plenty of cool colours and can be used for anything you want.

  • Mini cocottes to serve individual garnishes or sauces, soufflés or desserts. Gorgeous!
  • Large cocottes to cook your traditional family stew or basically anything you want. Get it in white for a modern twist or in titanium grey for a ‘techno’ look!
Pumpkin cocotte from Staub cookware

Pumpkin cocotte from Staub cookware

  • The cow cocotte. Braised beef brisket with sweet chili, capsicum and rosemary. Served with polenta.
  • The heart cocotte. For a special romantic dinner. The good thing with cast iron is that you just slide the cocotte in a gentle oven and food cooks by itself.
  • The pumpkin cocotte. Ideal for a ginger-flavoured pumpkin soup with garlic croutons.
  • The rooster cocotte. Great to serve a whole chicken basted with herbs with an onion jus.

Looking for inspiration?

If you’re in the mood for cooking, check out our Constance recipes - we post a delicious recipe from the heart of the kitchens every Friday. And don’t miss our video showing you how to make puri bread.

 

A foodie’s Christmas wish list – Staub cookware

If you’re looking for the perfect present for the foodie in your life, look out for top quality, quirky Staub cookware.

Staub cocotte

Staub cocotte

Bruno Le Gac, our Corporate Executive Chef, gives us the lowdown on the pick of the crop from their latest range.

Cast iron cocottes from brand Staub are great and absolutely beautiful. They exist in plenty of cool colours and can be used for anything you want.

  • Mini cocottes to serve individual garnishes or sauces, soufflés or desserts. Gorgeous!
  • Large cocottes to cook your traditional family stew or basically anything you want. Get it in white for a modern twist or in titanium grey for a ‘techno’ look!
Pumpkin cocotte from Staub cookware

Pumpkin cocotte from Staub cookware

  • The cow cocotte. Braised beef brisket with sweet chili, capsicum and rosemary. Served with polenta.
  • The heart cocotte. For a special romantic dinner. The good thing with cast iron is that you just slide the cocotte in a gentle oven and food cooks by itself.
  • The pumpkin cocotte. Ideal for a ginger-flavoured pumpkin soup with garlic croutons.
  • The rooster cocotte. Great to serve a whole chicken basted with herbs with an onion jus.

Looking for inspiration?

If you’re in the mood for cooking, check out our Constance recipes - we post a delicious recipe from the heart of the kitchens every Friday. And don’t miss our video showing you how to make puri bread.

 

Weekly round up: 7-13 November 2011

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Giant gingerbread house at Constance Halaveli

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